A Push for Professional Development Innovators
– Jeffrey Colburn, Rachyl Stephenson & Xiaofen Keating
The challenges regarding professional development (PD) for physical education teachers (PETs) have been widely documented. PD for PETs is often ineffective, disconnected from PETs interests and needs, and sometimes provided in content other than physical education (PE). PD for PETs remains problematic because it has been suggested that there is a gap between the current PD practices for PETs and effective PD. Therefore, this article continues the ongoing inquiry about the most effective ways to help PETs participate in career-long professional learning and growth by providing an overarching framework and set of key factors to assist PETs to lead their own PD.
Integrating Skill-Related Components of Fitness Into Physical Education
– Zachary Wahl-Alexandert & Thomas DeMet
Skill-related fitness is broken down into six different components; agility, speed, power, balance, coordination, reaction time. These skill-related components are movements that are necessary for an individual to successfully demonstrate a variety of motor skills and movement patterns. While essential, these skill-related components of fitness are not employed and emphasized routinely in the physical education setting, yet can be extremely enjoyable for students. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to describe and outline various activities that can be integrated in the physical education setting to focus on skill-related components of fitness.
Brain Boosters: Rejuvenate and invigorate your students in 5 minutes or less
– Beth Birky
All teachers whether in teacher training, field experience, student teaching, substitute teaching or covering a class; need an arsenal of short activity breaks aimed at increasing heart rate for students, or for allowing a “brain boost” for better focus, creativity and to become more mentally productive. Brain boosts are examples of quick, easy, and inexpensive ways to accomplish an increased heart rate without leaving a classroom. These activities can assist students with better learning, less off-task behavior, and increased academic outcomes. All activities listed have been developed and practiced during teacher candidate seminars throughout the past four years. The article provides a list of ideas and instructional steps to entice the students to get up and move.
THEORY INTO PRACTICE
Role of a physical therapist in an inclusive physical education classroom
– Karen Furgal and Brenna Menke
This article aims to increase awareness of the use physical therapists to enhance the safety and feasibility of inclusive physical education curricula. Additionally, practical adaptations on how to improve safety in fitness units for students with known neuromuscular impairments related to muscle tone will be also addressed.
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
Digital Instruction in Physical Education: An Avenue for Advocacy
– Chad M. Killian, Chris J. Kinder, & Amelia Mays Woods
This article provides an overview of some ways in which teachers can implement digital instructional technologies into their classes and how these technologies can be leveraged to advocate quality practice in physical education.
Physical Education and the Individual Education Plan: A Checklist for Service Providers and Parents
– Scott W.T. McNamara, Lauren J. Lieberman, Brad Weiner & Brock McMullen
The lack of involvement throughout the IEP process is problematic, as it excludes experts within the area of PE from being incorporated into the collaborative decision-making process that is vital to the IEP process and a student’s ability to successfully access the PE curriculum. Indeed, the inclusion of PE teachers, as well as noting the PE curriculum, within the IEP process is fundamental to developing a healthy and inclusive enviroment for a student with disability, as well as the rest of the IEP team.
Coaching the Parental Side of the Game
– Brent Heidorn & Peter Stoepker
The purpose of this article is to provide recommendations for coaches for developing positive relationships with the parents/guardians. The more thoughts given to the specific plans for building rapport, establishing proper channels of communication, and seeking support from personally invested stakeholders (i.e., the parents of the players), the more likely the season will be a success, beyond the simple measure of the win/loss column.