Teaching Children Physical Education : Becoming a Master Teacher

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover w/DVD
  • Copyright: 2008-06-01
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics
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In this fully updated edition, George Graham, PhD, presents a concise, practical, user-friendly view of what it takes to become a master teacher of children's physical education. The book is contemporary and easy to apply in real-world teaching situations. Dr. Graham knows kidsand the challenges of teaching them.Teaching Children Physical Education, Third Edition,is valuable to future and veteran teachers alike. Future teachers will learn the skills and techniques that master teachers employ, and experienced teachers will be challenged to consider some new techniques for designing their classes, developing lessons, and adjusting tasks for individual children. All readers will learn the skills and techniques that successful teachers use to make their classes vibrant, fun, and developmentally appropriate.Graham, a university professor and public school physical education instructor who was recently named to the NASPE Hall of Fame, deftly weaves research-based information with firsthand experience in a conversational tone. The result is an easy-to-read book rich with practical advice based on what really worksin today's gymnasiums and playgrounds.Bound into every copy of the book is a DVD featuring video clips showing teachers in real-life situations as well as easy-to-print worksheets from the book. The video clips illustrate key techniques and strategies from the book. Those techniques and strategies include how to- motivate children to practice,- build positive feelings,- minimize off-task behavior and discipline problems,- create an atmosphere of learning,- maximize learning,- develop lesson content,- use a problem-solving approach,- observe and analyze,- provide feedback, and- assess children's (and your own) progress.The book includes many practical teaching scenarios that illustrate the decision-making process that master teachers use in virtually every lesson they teach. Other reader-friendly features include- chapter objectives,- author insights that make the book come alive, and- reflection questions that help teachers consider how well a lesson worked and what would have happened if they had taken a different approach.This new edition is also backed by easily downloadable ancillaries for course instructors, including an instructor guide and test and presentation packages.Teaching Children Physical Educationhas become the foundation for the shared technical language that is used in many college and university PE teacher education programs. If you're looking for an affordable text or reference that focuses on pedagogy in a down-to-earth style, Teaching Children Physical Education, Third Editionis a book you'll turn to again and again on your way to becoming a master teacher.

Table of Contents

Successful Teaching
The Teacher, Not Only the Contents
How Is Children's Physical Education Different?
Analogies of Teaching
Changing and Dynamic
Difficult to Capture in Words
The Challenge of Teaching Children's Physical Education
The Teacher Makes the Difference
Pedagogy Tool Box
Working Definition of "Successful"
Questions for Reflection
Planning to Maximize Learning
The Need for Planning
Tendencies to Avoid Planning
Personalized Planning
Planning Formats and Components
Questions for Reflection
Creating a Positive Learning Environment
Teacher Expectancy
Teacher Stereotypes
Creating an Emotionally Safe Environment
Determining Management Protocols for Your Classes
Teaching Behavior Protocols
Questions for Reflection
Minimizing Off-Task Behavior and Discipline Problems
Strategies for Minimizing Off-Task Behavior
Discipline Problems
Discipline Systems
Characteristics of Effective Discipline Systems
The Discipline Confrontation
Questions for Reflection
Getting the Lesson Started
Instant Activity
Why Instant Activity?
Communicating the Purpose of the Lesson
Traditional Ways to Start a Lesson
Questions for Reflection
Instructing and Demonstrating
Checking for Understanding
Students' Use of Time
Definition of Categories
CDs and DVDs
Questions for Reflection
Motivating Children to Practice
Three Keys to Motivating Children
Eight Techniques for Motivating Children
Helping Children Develop Realistic Expectations
Teacher as Cheerleader
Questions for Reflection
Observing and Analyzing
Child-Centered and Subject-Centered Decisions
Observing Individuals
Techniques for Observing
Four Key Observation Questions
Questions for Reflection
Developing the Content
Teacher Choices in Developing the Content
Content Development Patterns
Questions for Reflection
Providing Feedback
Types of Feedback
Who Gets Your Feedback?
Research on Physical Education Teacher Feedback
Questions for Reflections
Building Critical-Thinking Skills
Value for the Children
Convergent Problem Solving
Divergent Problem Solving
Verbal Problem Solving
Effective Questioning and Problem Setting
Should I Use a Direct or an Indirect Approach?
Questions for Reflection
Building Positive Feelings
Intentional and Ever Present
Techniques and Strategies
Selection of Activities
Competition for Children
Understanding Feelings
Learned Helplessness
Concluding Thoughts
Questions for Reflection
Assessing and Reporting Children's Progress
Why Assess?
New Ways to Assess in Physical Education
What to Assess
How to Assess
Reporting What Has Been Assessed
Informal Assessments
Fitness Testing
Questions for Reflection
Continuing to Develop as a Teacher
Stages of Teaching
Techniques for Continuing to Improve as a Teacher
Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teachers
What Type of Teacher Will You Become?
Parting Thoughts
Questions for Reflection
About the Author
DVD User Instructions
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