- Develop new instructional strategies that lead to positive growth in young people.
- Blend instruction options to take the physical activity experience to another level.
- Move toward a coordinated school health approach.
- Provide 136 teacher-tested, developmentally appropriate, fun, and creative activities to foster a love of physical activity.
Teachers want their students to be successful—not just in the classroom, but throughout their lives as well. Through PE Connections: Helping Kids Succeed Through Physical Activity, teachers can provide the experiences that help students succeed in a much broader sense than is usually associated with a physical education class.
PE Connections accomplishes this by offering teachers and after-school care providers three instructional approaches that expand the definition of student success: teaching quality physical education, building social and personal competencies through developmental assets, and creating the foundation for a coordinated school health program. The activities in the book are the integration of physical activity, development of social competencies, and health strategies.
This multifaceted text
- offers traditional teaching of movement patterns, fitness concepts, and social interaction skills;
- provides 136 fun physical activities that meet the movement skill, fitness, and social competency objectives as outlined in NASPE standards 5 and 6; and
- goes beyond the standards by exposing students to success-building strategies not normally offered in physical education classes.
Some of the activities offer suggestions to encourage the partnering of parents, schools, and community organizations to provide the supportive environment that children need for healthy development. Others provide asset-building tools that either reinforce or build a particular asset or life skill, such as peaceful conflict resolution, personal power, and self-esteem.
The result is a unique book that fosters a love of physical activity and spurs personal growth. PE Connections also
- groups activities by equipment type and suggests creative ideas for using existing equipment,
- offers modifications for the activities; and
- provides an appendix that helps teachers modify lessons for students with physical disabilities.
PE Connections comes with easy-to-reproduce flash card masters and exercise pictures, an activity finder chart, and tips and guidelines for developing or improving coordinated school health programming. In addition, for each activity it lists specific developmental assets or teaching tips for developing the whole child.
With its fresh approach, creative activities, and focus on building successful experiences, PE Connections sheds new light on what it means to be successful in physical activity settings.
Reference for physical educators and classroom teachers of children ages 5 to 14, school administrators, after-school care providers, recreation leaders, and parents. Supplementary text for preservice health and physical education teachers.
Table of ContentsActivity Finder
Part I. Instructional Approaches to Physical Education
Chapter 1. Developing a Successful Physical Education Program
Need for New Approaches in Physical Education
A School’s Mission
Successful Physical Education Instruction
Connections and Instructional Choices
Chapter 2. Teaching Quality Physical Education
Old and New Physical Education Models
What a Teacher Can Do
Chapter 3. Building Developmental Assets
What Are Developmental Assets?
The Power of Assets
What a Teacher Can Do
On Your Mark. Get Set. Go!
Chapter 4. Establishing Coordinated School Health
The Changing Role of Physical Education Teachers
The Obesity Epidemic
More-Effective Instructional Models
Components of Coordinated School Health
What a Teacher Can Do
Part II. Activities
Chapter 5. Superstarters
Chapter 6. Let’s Get Physical Cards
Chapter 7. Deck of Cards
Chapter 8. Balls
Chapter 9. Hoops
Chapter 10. Jump Ropes
Chapter 11. Beanbags
Chapter 12. Dice
Chapter 13. Copy 'N' Go
Chapter 14. Spinners
Chapter 15. Poly Spots
Chapter 16. Food Labels and Pictures
Appendix A: Sample Lesson Plan and Concept Lessons
Appendix B: Reproducibles
Appendix C: Suggestions for Modifying Physical Education Activities
References and Resources
About the Authors