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February 2020



JOPERD: Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

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  February 2020 (Volume 91, Issue 2)

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Table of Contents

Free Access Article
A Team within a Team: Relating Coaching Concepts to Professional Learning Communities in Schools
Zack Beddoes, Deb Sazama, Keven Prusak, Jenna Starck, and Brock McMullen

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are becoming more commonplace in K-12 education. As PLCs represent a departure from isolation toward a culture of collaboration, physical educators may be ideally situated to shape school culture. Physical educators often serve the dual roles of teaching and sport coaching in schools. Sport coaching inherently involves principle PLC components of collaborative teaming, data-driven decision-making, and results orientation. This article highlights the congruent nature of sport coaching and the educational framework of PLCs. Drawing from the PLCs at Work framework and SHAPE America’s 2019 National Standards for Sport Coaches, the purpose of this article is to encourage physical educators to utilize the PLC framework with the focus of a skilled sport coaching staff.

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Driveway Tennis: An Example of Sport Teaching Via Games Making in Net/Court Games
Shane Pill, Mitch Hewitt, and Rick Baldock

This article describes the concept of ‘Driveway Tennis’ as a construct for student games making in physical education as an option for teaching sport for understanding. We connect the notion of games making in PE with a game-based teaching approach using the example of the Game Sense approach. We demonstrate how the concept of ‘Driveway Tennis’, and games developed by children and young people generally, aligns well with PE curricula expectations internationally.

Youth in Motion: Applying Theory and Best Practice to Enhance PETE/HETE Recruitment
Michelle Moosbrugger

Declines in enrollment in teacher education and shortages of K-12 teachers have led to increased focus on recruitment in physical education teacher education and health education teacher education (PETE/HETE). Examination of theory, needs and characteristics of high school students, and best practice allows for creation of evidence-based programs and strategies to support recruitment. This article includes an outline of current issues, theory, and recommendations that culminated in the creation of a successful recruitment initiative for one PETE/HETE program. Specific examples and guidelines are provided that can be shaped to meet needs in other contexts.

Getting Competition Under Control
Charles Duncan and Ben Kern

Competition is a ubiquitous component of American culture and in many US physical education programs. In this article, five myths associated with competition are dispelled: (1) Everyone likes competition, (2) Competition is motivational, (3) Competition is fun, (4) Competition promotes physical activity, and (5) Competition prepares children for the real world. The auhtors contend that healthy competition allows for students to acquire physical and social skills prior to competing. Furthermore, teachers should consider the physical, cognitive, and emotional/social developmental levels of their students when planning competitive activities.

Interscholastic Participation for Athletes with Disabilities Revisited: Are today’s programs doing enough?
Francis M. Kozub and Amaury Rivera

The 2013 Office of Civil Rights Memo on extracurricular athletics brought attention to the idea that individuals with disabilities have a right to consistent opportunities to participate in sports programs provided by schools across the country. This article examines the key points related to participation along a continuum of opportunities by exploring what is currently happening in many states across the country to afford equal opportunities for athletes with disabilities at the interscholastic level. Recommendations follow to help program leaders continue to build on successful sport options offered in many states for athletes with disabilities.


An Arbitration Ruling in K-12 Physical Education
Mike Stocz

In this case, the Supreme Court of New York County heard arguments from the petitioner to vacate a hearing officer’s decision, which ended his employment as a physical education teacher with the New York City (NYC) Department of Education (DOE).

Inclusive Physical Activity and Physical Education for Students with Epilepsy
Lacie M. Webb and Colin G. Pennington

This article presents some concrete ideas and suggestions for physical educators and youth physical activity directors to consider when facilitating physical activity with individuals with epilepsy. Also presented are safety tips, first-aid procedures, and organizations educators are encouraged to be aware of.

Structuring Physical Activity for Children with Autism
İlker Yılmaz, Caner Özböke, Günay Yıldızer and Ferman Konukman

The aim of this study is to provide tips on environmental regulation in physical activity programs for teachers, trainers, and educators who working with individuals with ASD.

It is Time to Make Use of Technology
Vernada Edwards

How can physical and health educators best utilize the technology they have access to in their school and district? This article explores and provides some suggestions helpful hints.

What’s Going on in College?
Murray Mitchell

This article focuses on teaching and not on the myriad other duties and responsibilities that fall to faculty such as research, service, coaching or administration to name a few. More specifically the article explores what is going on in college physical education teaching and whether there is any effective teaching occurring in college programs, and how would we know?

Weightlifting Should Not be Taken Lightly: Do You Know What’s Happening in Your Gym?
Dan Pohanka

Strength training or resistance training should not be confused with weightlifting. Weightlifting can put too much strain on immature bodies – especially when proper technique is forgone in favor of lifting more weight. Medical concerns about strength training frequently originate from the confusion in terminology. Weightlifting is considered a competitive sport which involves maximum lifts; Olympic style weightlifting uses the snatch and the clean and jerk lifts. Strength training is a systemic, planned program of musculoskeletal overload that can involve body weight training – not simply lifting weights. This article helps distinguish the two and explores the main principles that physical educators should be aware of with their students.