2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

EDUA 5554 Shaping Authentic PE Instruction

“The health and wellness of our students does not rest solely in the hands of healthcare providers or families. Effective physical education instruction plays an essential role in educating America’s youth about the benefits of engaging in regular physical activity, which research shows leads to longer life expectancies, lowers risk of certain diseases, and improves mental health.” Therefore, it is imperative that physical education teachers develop teaching strategies that provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to engage in a lifetime of fitness. A high-quality physical education program offers students more than just skill development and physical activity; it emphasizes student learning in these three domains: cognitive, effective, and psychomotor. This course provides teachers with the resources to develop students’ skills in these learning domains, as well as the knowledge, strategies, and skills necessary to advocate for, design, and implement PE instruction that addresses the needs of students of all learning and physical abilities.

By the end of the course, teachers will be able to develop authentic physical education activities that are aligned to the SHAPE America National Standards, engage students in authentic activities that intrinsically motivate them to participate in PE, and help students understand the value of physical activity in their lives. Teachers will also learn strategies for assessing students in PE and fostering an environment in which learning time is maximized and students spend the majority of their time in motion.