Integrating Literacy into Physical Education
Why it Matters and How to Implement
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- Understand and explain literacy
- Understand the importance of literacy to the development and success of a child
- Understand how integrating literacy affects physical education programs and teachers in the school environment
- Understand strategies for implementing literacy in physical education, including speaking and listening, reasoning, accountable talk, and writing and reading
- Understand the components of literacy
- Analyze what proper literacy integration looks like in action
- Create a personalized literacy plan, Literacy Physical Education Lesson, and methods of assessment
We are excited about your interest in taking this e-course from PE Central. Below you will find a brief course description, the instructor's biography, and course FAQ's. We estimate that this course will take 15 hours to complete. Once you have completed it, you may request the 15 hours towards your teacher licensure recertification. In addition, this course is eligible for CEU credit, details are below.
We know you will find this course valuable and enjoyable. If you have any questions please email us at [email protected]
Best of Luck!
Mark Manross, Executive Director, PE Central
The push to integrate literacy across all content areas is a rapidly growing movement. It is not just best standard teaching practice, but it is proven to help children achieve at higher academic levels. With global competition and other countries surpassing the United States in reading test scores, school districts, administrators, and parents are demanding that children leave high school college-ready. Literacy provides the foundation that ensures this goal will be met. This course will help physical education teachers learn what literacy is, its components, the importance of incorporating it, and practical strategies to integrate literacy into the physical education curriculum. Upon completion of the course, students will develop their own literacy plan and methods of assessment.
This course is suitable for grades K-12 PE teachers. The examples in the course are applicable to all grade levels.
On completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Understand and explain literacy.
- Understand the importance of literacy to the development and success of a child.
- Understand how integrating literacy affects physical education programs and teachers in the school environment.
- Understand the components of literacy.
- Understand strategies for implementing literacy in physical education, including speaking and listening, reasoning, accountable talk, and writing and reading.
- Analyze what proper literacy integration looks like in action.
- Create a personalized literacy plan, Literacy Physical Education Lesson, and methods of assessment.
This course addresses the following standards:
Source: SHAPE America National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education (2014).
Standard #3: - The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness. Living a health-enhancing life extends beyond physical activity. It involves being able to listen, read, and comprehend material in order to learn what a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness is and how to achieve it. In addition, it also involves the ability to clearly identify through reasoning – which is a part of literacy –resources to achieve and maintain goals related to wellness and health. Plus, it involves the ability to articulate ones needs to others through accountable talk and speaking, which are all essential components of literacy. This course will provide physical educators with the knowledge, skills, and creativity to effectively integrate literacy within their classrooms, which will help students achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and succeed academically.
Need to get your Professional Development Credits approved by administration? Download the course description to provide them here.
Charles Silberman is a physical education and health teacher with 17 years of teaching experience. He has become a leader and advocate for incoming physical educators by running workshops on integrating literacy into physical education, teaching in limited space, and creating a field day that shines. Charles has advocated on these topics by presenting at staff in-services and conferences, assisting with new teacher orientations, and other initiatives. Moreover, he has experience writing curriculum from scratch and writing published information specific to physical education in state and nationally recognized publications and websites.
Elementary PE Teacher
"I have learned so much from this course! I has given my the boost that I needed to write my goal for the year. In Minnesota we are required to write and execute a professional goal plan for Education Minnesota each year. I will be taking the lessons that I have already done and planning more for my goal for this school year. Delving into the standards has shown me that I can add these tools, charts, writing, reading and must more to help with students learning and studying physical education."
"I am so excited to create more lesson and get started with teaching in this fashion when the school year starts in August. Thank you so much for you guidance and feedback throughout this course!! I am so glad I had the opportunity to take it!! "
"I really enjoyed this course and I’m looking forward to turn keying the information to my colleagues. I’ve already sent my Department Head some of the articles we’ve used, and I’m looking forward to sharing out the year long plan and working as an elementary staff to expand upon it and incorporate in all 5 buildings."
"I teach in a K-12 college prep school, so the more I can do to educate the children, the better off we all are. Prior to this course I knew how to integrate literacy into my high school and middle school classes, but I have always been hesitant with my lower school classes - in part because I was not confident in how to do it, and in part because I did not want to give up any of their “physical” time. I now feel confident to step forward and use my new-found knowledge! "