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January / February 2024



Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators

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Table of Contents

Free Access Article
Outdoor Education as a Service Learning Project

– Amy G. Gagnon

Students benefit from exploring nature and participating in outdoor activities that challenge them emotionally and physically. The purpose of this article is to describe an outdoor education class with 21 undergraduate physical education teacher education (PETE) students and the benefits of participating in this experience. The second purpose is to discuss the outcomes from participating in an outdoor education unit and the service-learning requirement that was included in teaching a Lifetime Activities course. Finally, the article provides resources, tips and suggestions for planning and implementing a similar experience in other programs.


Silencing the Whispers: Making PE More than PE

Many classroom teachers in our schools do not know what physical educators truly do. There is a need for additional strategies for physical education (PE) teachers to be viewed as contributors to not only students’ development as skillful movers, but also to the goals of the entire school. By implementing new cross-curricular best practices, the PE teacher can be viewed positively as an academic contributor. At the University of North Georgia, preservice teachers are successfully implementing two new strategies at the elementary level. The goal is to support the entire school’s curriculum and, as a result, silence the whispers of the “gym coach” stigma. This article provides emerging strategies to new and veteran teachers on how to successfully implement cross-curricular content within their physical education programs without needing to make overly invasive changes.

An Introduction to Beach Volleyball

Beach volleyball has been one of the fastest-growing sports over the past 30 years, and its continued popularity due to the Olympics and expanded global media coverage has caused schools to see the benefits of adding beach volleyball to their curriculum. It also makes an excellent lifetime sport due to the low impact of playing in the sand. This article shares instructional ideas for teaching beach volleyball concepts in physical education with or without a sand court for grades 6-12. Included in the article are offensive strategies, serving strategies, defensive strategies, and equipment.

Invited Article

Teaching a Successful Badminton Unit: Skills and Strategies for Secondary Physical Education

Lifetime participation in physical activity is a major goal of physical education. For this reason, teachers should focus on instructional units that provide students with knowledge and skills in content areas that can be used throughout their adult lives. Examples of lifetime activities include outdoor recreational activities, cycling, water sports, winter sports, racquet sports, golf, fitness pursuits, and some team sports. One lifetime activity physical educators could consider teaching is badminton. This article provides middle and high school physical education teachers with the basic but necessary information to teach an effective badminton unit.



Royal Pickles: The Game Destined to Boost Engagement in a Pickleball Unit

Royal Pickles is a “King of the Court'' variation of pickleball that removes the bored spectator element from the class and creates a solution for the challenge of having too many students and not enough court space.


Physical Activity in the Classroom for Students with ADHD

To combat the ever-increasing number of symptoms of ADHD in the classroom, this article suggests a few strategies and a one-week physical activity plan for educators to adopt during the school day. These strategies are easily implemented, requiring no additional equipment, tools or extra time.


Elevating Athletic Performance with Flow Theory: “Being in the Zone”

Highly successful athletes must learn how to optimize factors that facilitate flow and effectively manage factors that inhibit flow. This article explains what coaches can do to push the flow button and motivate athletes to have peak experiences and improved performance.


Bridging the Core Values of Martial Arts and Social–Emotional Learning in Physical Education

This article serves as a starting point for teachers to understand the core values of martial arts that can be incorporated into physical education to promote social–emotional learning and how to integrate martial arts in physical education.