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Essentials of Teaching Physical Education With Web Resource, The

Essentials of Teaching Physical Education With Web Resource, The

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    The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education is the definitive guide for future K-12 physical educators, as well as current teachers and administrators, and is an appropriate resource for learning to teach at both the elementary and the secondary levels.

    Preparing Future Teachers for Success

    The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education is the most up-to-date resource that meets the new SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes. Fully integrated with all SHAPE America assessments, the text is comprehensive in its coverage of what future teachers need to know about teaching K-12 physical education and offers a flexible, individualized approach to enhance student learning and acquisition of skills.

    The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education helps prepare future teachers by providing them with these aspects:

    • Insight into student motivation

    • A working knowledge of standards-based outcomes and content that will help students achieve the outcomes

    • The ability to plan for learning in both the short and the long term

    • Management and teaching skills to ensure an equitable environment that fosters student learning in three domains: psychomotor, cognitive, and affective

    • The means to assess student learning and program effectiveness

    Teaching for Learning Approach

    In addition, The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education offers a practical and highly successful teaching for learning approach to curriculum development, which makes it easy to put the contents of the book in action and prepare students to graduate with a high degree of physical literacy. The book’s focus on physical literacy, accountability, and social justice, all key elements to high-quality physical education, will prepare future teachers to step into their jobs on day one, ready to deliver an effective program. The text also supplies a vocabulary of the current terminology used in physical education.

    Ancillaries and Book Organization

    The Essentials of Teaching Physical Education comes with a test bank, a PowerPoint presentation package that has approximately 15 slides per chapter, and a web resource with reproducible forms and supplemental activities.

    The authors organized the book in five parts. Part I focuses on understanding the teaching for learning approach, and part II details the five national physical education standards. Part III delves into unit and lesson planning and developmentally appropriate content and curriculum models, and part IV explores how to establish safe learning environments, develop essential teaching skills, and assess student learning. Part V completes the picture for future students by tackling issues that are important to 21st-century skills and professional development.

    The Resource for Developing Physically Literate Students

    The result is a practical and well-researched resource that will help current and future physical educators develop physically literate students while providing guidance for accountability and social justice and meeting the SHAPE America National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes. And that makes it a win–win–win: a win for teachers and future teachers, a win for their students, and a win for the United States as it progresses toward becoming a healthier nation.


    Textbook for undergraduate physical education, pedagogy, and assessment courses. Reference for K-12 administrators and teachers.

    Table of Contents

    Part I Building the Foundation of a Teaching for Learning Approach

    Chapter 1 Developing Physically Literate People

    Promoting Physical Literacy

    Academic Links to Physical Literacy


    Chapter 2 Understanding a Teaching for Learning Approach

    Curricular Alignment in Physical Education

    Instructional Alignment in Physical Education


    Chapter 3 Examining Student Motivation

    Establishing a Motivating Environment

    Retaining Students’ Motivation

    Intrinsic Versus Extrinsic Motivation

    Eradicating Amotivation


    Part II Teaching to the National Physical Education Standards

    Chapter 4 Standard 1: Developing Motor Skills and Movement Patterns

    Competency Versus Proficiency

    Motor Skills and Phases of Performance

    Elementary School: K–Grade 5

    Middle School: Grades 6–8

    High School: Grades 9–12


    Chapter 5 Standard 2: Applying Concepts, Principles, Strategies, and Tactics

    Elementary School: K–Grade 5

    Middle School: Grades 6–8

    High School: Grades 9–12


    Chapter 6 Standard 3: Achieving Health-Enhancing Physical Activity and Fitness

    Elementary School: K–Grade 5

    Middle School: Grades 6–8

    High School: Grades 9–12


    Chapter 7 Standard 4: Exhibiting Responsible Personal and Social Behavior

    Elementary School: K–Grade 5

    Middle School: Grades 6–8

    High School: Grades 9–12


    Chapter 8 Standard 5: Recognizing the Value of Physical Activity

    Elementary School: K–Grade 5

    Middle School: Grades 6–8

    High School: Grades 9–12


    Part III Building the Curriculum

    Chapter 9 Unit and Lesson Planning

    Unit Planning

    Lesson Planning


    Chapter 10 Planning Developmentally Appropriate Content

    Types of Knowledge

    Standards, Outcomes, and Assessments

    Learning Domains

    Students’ Prior Knowledge and Experiences

    Sequencing of Content and Task Progressions

    Modifying Content


    Chapter 11 Curriculum Models

    Skill Theme Approach

    Personal and Social Responsibility

    Tactical Games Model

    Sport Education Model

    Fitness Education

    Adventure Education

    Outdoor Education

    Cultural Studies

    Implementing Curriculum Models Within Units of Instruction


    Part IV Instruction and Assessment

    Chapter 12 Establishing and Managing a Safe Learning Environment

    Setting Rules for Your Gymnasium

    Managing Student Behavior

    Maximizing Learning and Activity Time

    Managing the Learning Environment During Instruction and Activity


    Chapter 13 Developing Essential Teaching Skills

    Exploring Instructional Styles

    Employing Effective Teaching Tactics


    Chapter 14 Assessing Student Learning

    Purposes of Assessment

    Grading Schemes

    Selecting Appropriate Assessments

    Types of Assessments

    Organizing and Interpreting Data


    Part V Developing as a Professional

    Chapter 15 21st Century Skills in Physical Education

    Framework for 21st-Century Learning

    21st Century Student Outcomes

    21st Century Support Systems


    Chapter 16 Advocacy and Professional Development

    Advocating for Your Profession

    Professional Development Opportunities


    About the Author

    Steve Mitchell, PhD, is a professor of physical education teacher education at Kent State University. He has BS and MA degrees in physical education and education from Loughborough University in England and a PhD in education from Syracuse University. Steve has coauthored four other books with Human Kinetics and has numerous refereed journal publications to his credit. He has also made dozens of keynote addresses and scholarly presentations. Mitchell is a member of SHAPE America (formerly AAHPERD), serving on many committees for that organization. He is a past president of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (OAHPERD). In 2005, he received the NASPE Physical Education Teacher Education Honor Award.

    Jennifer L. Walton-Fisette, EdD, is an associate professor of physical education teacher education in the School of Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Studies at Kent State University. She obtained her BS in physical education from Rhode Island College, MS in sport pedagogy from Ithaca College, and EdD in physical education teacher education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her scholarship explores the critical examination of girls' lived experiences and embodied identities in physical education and physical activity through student voice, assessment, and curriculum development. She is currently exploring how sociocultural issues are included and addressed in PETE programs locally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Walton-Fisette has published 3 books and more than 20 research articles. She was a member of the PE Metrics writing team on both editions and is actively involved with SHAPE America, OAHPERD, and other associations.


    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors and available online.

    Web Resource
    The web resource features learning activities, reproducibles from the book, and web links to relevant information from SHAPE America.

    A test bank and PowerPoint presentation package that has approximately 15 slides per chapter are also included.