Integrating Math into Physical Education
Support Math Concepts While Getting Students Active
We are excited about your interest in taking this online 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 7 hours to complete. Once you have completed it, you may request the 7 hours towards your teacher licensure re-certification.
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
This course has been designed for any K-12 physical education teacher, as math is a lifelong educational requirement. In this course, we focus on developing a working knowledge of the importance of integrating math for overall student success. It explores how to implement a myriad of math strategies with your students, while keeping them active and learning their physical education curricular outcomes. Our instructor is available to help you throughout this course with any questions you may have.
The purpose of this course is to introduce the importance of math integration and demonstrate, through hands-on experiences, how math integration strategies can be implemented in a physical education setting. Teaching students to live a health-enhancing life extends beyond physical activity. In order to achieve a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness throughout life, one must be able to understand basic and complex math. One must also be able to clearly identify and solve problems through problem-solving. Math helps to teach this, which in turn, helps students when they are trying to achieve goals related to wellness and health. This course will provide physical educators with the knowledge, skills, and creativity necessary to effectively integrate math into their physical education setting so that their students not only maintain health-enhancing levels of physical activity but also succeed academically.
The push to integrate math across all content areas is a rapidly growing movement. Not only is it the best standard teaching practice, but it has also proven to help children achieve success at higher academic levels. With global competition and other countries surpassing the United States in math test scores, school districts, administrators, and parents are demanding that children leave high school college-ready. Math provides the foundation that ensures this goal will be met. This course will help you understand the importance of incorporating math into a physical education setting and provide practical strategies that you can use to integrate math into your physical education curriculum. Upon completion of this course, you will develop your own math integration plan and method of assessment.
By the end of this course, the student will be able:
- To identify the positive effects of math integration on students’ personal, social, and academic growth.
- To analyze the process for implementing math into physical education.
- To create a math lesson or game that can be used in your physical education setting.
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.
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Charles Silberman is a physical education and health teacher with 15 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.
"Integrating math in PE can be much simpler than I was
thinking it would be. I need to remember that the math tasks do not need to be
involved or difficult to provide good practice.
"I think my biggest take away is just the recognize how many different strategies there are that can be used to integrate math into the physical education curriculum. Also, there are many ways that physical activity can be integrated into the core classes as well."
"The biggest takeaway from this course is how easy you can implement a variety of math strategies into math lessons whether its games, skill development, warm-ups, instant activities, etc. And most of us as teachers might already be doing some of these strategies and not even realizing that we are helping progress students math knowledge of basic facts and be able to compute various problems in a game setting or format."