Impacting Student Motivation: Reasons for Not Eliminating Extracurricular Activities
— Michael L. Shaffer
According to the United States Census Bureau, 57% of high school students participate in at least one extracurricular activity. It is vitally important that school districts provide extracurricular opportunities for all student. However, in the current climate, districts are cutting essential extracurricular activities in the name of budget constraints, academic focus, and additional attention needed in academics. In high school today, extracurricular activities create growth in academic achievement, attendance, social skills, leadership skills and future mindset. Therefore, it is critically important for high schools to offer and maintain extracurricular activities.
Adapted Physical Education Pre-Professional Preparation –Shifting the Paradigm
— Cindy Piletic & Ron Davis
Physical educators must deliver instruction and services to students with and without disabilities in least restrictive educational environments, which are often shared with professionals from other “related service areas” such as physical and occupational therapy, music therapy, and therapeutic recreation. In pre-professional preparation programs, physical education and adapted physical education students are rarely trained alongside pre-professionals from related service professions. The traditional model for many pre-professional training programs follows the paradigm of lecture and practica experiences. But a shift to more collaborative training is needed. The paradigm shift recommended in this article is centered around APE and GPE pre-professionals experiencing hands-on training opportunities for students with disabilities using an inter-disciplinary approach during practica experiences.
MI (my) Wheelhouse: A Movement Integration Progression Framework for Elementary Classroom Teachers
— Jongho Moon & Collin Webster
Movement integration (MI), which involves providing movement opportunities for students during regularly scheduled classroom time, is a widely recommended approach to supporting the goals of a comprehensive school physical activity program (CSPAP). This article focuses on PA opportunities during regularly scheduled classroom time in the elementary school setting and how these opportunities can be shaped to align with the intentions of a CSPAP. An MI progression framework called MI (pronounced “my”) Wheelhouse was designed as an implementation model to give classroom teachers a menu of options for using MI. This article reviews the conceptual basis for MI, describes MI Wheelhouse along with its levels and strategies, and discusses key considerations for applying the model in practice.
Designing Inclusive Physical Education with Universal Design for Learning
— Emily Gilbert
Inclusion, integration and mainstreaming have continued to be hot topics in education. The purpose of this article is to discuss simple ways to ensure that your class is truly an inclusive environment for all students from the start of class. The strategies to be discussed are universal design for learning, instructional supports, incorporating student choice, and using multiple mediums for instruction (e.g., video, verbal, kinesthetic and photos).
THE LAW AND YOU:
Recent Rulings from the Courts Affecting HPERD Professionals: Coach-on-Athlete-Abuse
— Tonya L. Sawyer
Global lessons that will mean the WORLD to your students
— Ingrid L. Johnson, Rachael Chase, & Dan Pohanka
The purpose of this article is to provide teachers with a variety of global game options that might prove beneficial in adding a new dimension to your current physical education program. We believe that offering new and novel activities in your physical education curriculum can help to re-energize your program for both students and teachers. In addition to the typical benefits associated with physical activity, the inclusion of global games offers a variety of benefits for both students and teachers.
Deck Tennis: A Prerequisite to Net Sports
— Jared Androzzi, Senlin Chen, & Rhonda Hovatter
Deck tennis is an educational game that builds confidence and serves as a helpful introductory unit to net sports. This article discusses the history and rules of deck tennis and how it serves as a prerequisite to more complex striking with implement games. Additionally, it provides learning activities, motor and cognitive assessments, and a scope and sequence for teaching deck tennis.
Teaching the Domino Effect to Combat the Rise in Unintentional Injuries
— Michael S. Mucedola
Health educators are tasked with addressing the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in schools and communities. For decades, all groups of people in the United States of America suffered mainly from chronic diseases (heart disease, cancer, respiratory illness, and strokes) with unintentional injuries being the fifth leading cause of death. This article centers around teaching the Domino Effect to persuade students to avoid the pitfalls related to this rising cause of mortality.
Declining Numbers in PETE Programs: Secondary teachers the front line of recruitment
— Cate Egan
Universities have seen a steady decline in students enrolled in teacher education programs. This also includes physical education teacher education (PETE) programs, which directly affects the future of our profession. With PETE programs closing or facing the threat of closing due to low enrollment, we need come up with out of the box ideas to help with low enrollment not just for our profession (that we are so passionate about) but for the future of today’s youth.
Recruitment of Future Physical Education Teachers Will Require All Hands On-Deck
— Emily Jones
This article examines the recruitment of high-quality future physical educators, specifically as it relates to these four critical areas: 1) recognize personal traits and cultivate the dispositions of effective future teachers, 2) create experiences and foster the skills needed to be successful educators, 3) deliver innovative, best practices in your gymnasium and beyond, and 4) engage in collaborative professional communities and networks.