Strategies Cover September October 2019
September / October 2019



Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators

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Implementing Music as a Formative Assessment Strategy to Improve Student Cognition
– Judy Beard & Mark Perez

Music and poetry can increase student motivation, bridge the gap between school and home, and make meaningful connections with students. A central key for all educators is to make learning meaningful to each and every student, and especially those with learning disabilities. Music is an important and regular part of many adolescents’ lives and can be a strong motivator. This article provides teaching strategies for implementing music and/or poetry in a health classroom as a formative assessment to improve and evaluate student learning.

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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.


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.

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.