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Urban Physical Education

Urban Physical Education

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    Urban Physical Education targets the teaching circumstances and conditions of urban schools with innovative instructional practices and culturally diverse and contemporary activities. You’ll find games and modified sports from around the world as well as sport and performance activities such as urban dances, parkour, urban golf, freestyle basketball, and fitness routines.

    Each of the 39 activities includes a brief description, a simplified teaching process, key instructional points, alignment with NASPE national standards, and a basic closure activity. An activity finder makes it easy to find activities to fit in your curriculum, and ready-made rubrics help you assess readiness of preservice teachers, partner and group interactions, and lesson effectiveness.

    Authors Clements and Rady combine their expertise and experience to help you better understand urban school environments and become a more effective leader, instructor, and mentor to the diverse students in your school. More than an activity book, Urban Physical Education identifies the common challenges facing today’s urban physical education teachers and presents culturally responsive instructional practices developed by experienced teachers working in urban schools.

    Suggestions and tools in the book will help you improve your teaching demeanor, respond to behavioral problems, implement protocols for large classes, and address the needs of English language learners. With Urban Physical Education, you’ll learn how to generate a new level of student enthusiasm and participation; develop and reinforce effective teaching practices; and enhance your existing curriculum with innovative, contemporary, and culturally diverse activities for middle and high school students.


    As a supplementary or primary textbook to prepare undergraduate physical education majors to teach in urban settings. Also as a reference for physical education teachers working in urban schools or others working with youth in activity programs in urban settings.

    Table of Contents

    Activity Finder

    Part One: Considerations for Physical Education Teachers in Urban Settings

    Chapter 1. Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices
    Practice 1: Recognize Cultural Characteristics Reflecting Race and Ethnicity
    Practice 2: Become Acquainted with the Students’ Native Countries
    Practice 3: Recognize Intercultural Differences in Gestures and Body Language
    Practice 4: Address the Needs of English Language Learners
    Practice 5: Use Nondiscriminatory Selection Techniques, International Skill Practice Formations, and Urban Ways to Start a Game
    Practice 6: Enhance the Learning Environment with Themed Bulletin Boards and Greetings

    Chapter 2. Urban Physical Education Teachers as Leaders
    Examining One’s Teaching Demeanor
    Responding to Life Skills Questions
    Responding to Behaviors with PRIDE
    Common Trigger Scenarios
    Gangs in Urban Schools
    Protocols for Teaching Large Classes

    Part Two: Physical Education Activities for Urban Settings

    Chapter 3. Culturally Diverse Activities and Challenges
    African Bolo Ball
    Egyptian Group Bowling
    El Circulo Handball
    Scottish Clock Golf
    Chinese Soccer
    Italian Fence or Palificata
    Four Goals Futbal
    Four-Team Rip Flag Challenge
    Modified English Rounders
    Finnish Baseball or Pesapallo
    Modified German Fistball
    Culturally Diverse Cooperative Challenges
    Culturally Diverse Stretching and Exercise Challenges
    Culturally Diverse Fitness Challenges
    Culturally Diverse Race Challenges
    Japanese Group Fitness Challenges
    Japanese Team Rock, Paper, Scissors

    Chapter 4. Physical Activities of Special Interest to Urban Settings
    Freestyle Basketball Ball-Handling Skills
    Street Basketball Tricks
    Pickup Basketball
    Hotshot Hoops
    Urban Freestyle Soccer Skills
    Urban Soccer
    Urban Golf
    Modified Ultimate Frisbee
    Urban Workout
    Inner-City Workout: Beat Down
    Ace, King, Queen, or Jack
    One-Wall Handball
    Ultimate Gaga
    Square Four
    Three-Team Softball
    Ultimate Keep Away
    The Harlem Shake

    Chapter 5. Assessing Diversity Outcomes
    Sample Rubric 1: Preparing Physical Education Candidates to Teach in Diverse Settings
    Sample Rubric 2: Assessing Individual Interaction With a Partner or Peer
    Sample Rubric 3: Assessing a Student’s Group Interactive Skills
    Sample Rubric 4: Assessing the Extent to Which Objectives Have Been Achieved in a Class

    About the Authors

    About the Author

    Rhonda L. Clements, EdD, is a professor and the director of the master of arts in teaching (MAT) in physical education and sport pedagogy graduate program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, where she conducts research and teaches about historical and sociocultural issues in sport and physical education.

    Clements is the author of nine books on movement, play, and games. She is past president of the American Association for the Child's Right to Play, a UN-recognized association composed of experts in play, games, and sports in 49 countries. The association’s primary purpose is to protect, preserve, and promote play and leisure activities throughout the world.

    Clements has written numerous articles related to physical education, including 20 on sport and play factors. She is also a consultant for numerous manufacturers of sport equipment and toys and has been interviewed by more than 300 journalists regarding children's right to leisure and physical play. She has presented at 40 international or national conferences and over 60 state or local conferences on topics related to cultural understanding through play and sport. Clements lives in New York City.

    Amy Meltzer Rady, EdD, is an associate professor and the director of the Physical Education Teacher Preparation program at Saint Joseph's College in Standish, Maine where she is responsible for teaching, advising, and developing courses for the students majoring in physical education. Rady was also instrumental in developing the new Health and Wellness Major at the college and has taught several of the Health courses in this curriculum.

    Rady has written several articles focusing on attitudes towards physical education and activity. She is beginning international research with professional colleagues in Brazil, China, England, Israel, and the Philippines.

    Rady taught at William Paterson University in the Physical Education Teacher Education Program before moving to Maine. She has extensive experience teaching physical education basic instructional classes at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York and at the SUNY at Stony Brook. She has taught physical education in public and private schools.

    Rady has presented at the National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education Conference: the Eastern District Association of American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the Maine Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (now SHAPE). Her presentations focus on multicultural activities and professional preparation programs. Rady has recently acquired her Bokwa Level 1 Teacher Certification. Rady lives in Maine.

    Both authors are longtime member of AAHPERD (now SHAPE) and their state and local physical education associations, and both serve on the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force.