This course will take approximately 10 hours to complete. If you have any questions about the course, please email us at "[email protected]".
Course Description for Administrator Approval
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Mark Manross, Executive Director, PE Central
Whether you’re a new or experienced PE/Health (hereafter referred to collectively as “PE”) teacher, you know that we are preparing students for a lifetime of health, fitness and overall wellness. To this end, a truly high quality PE program in the 21st century is one that engages with Technology and Library Skills in a real-world way. This will grab students’ interest and enrich their learning as it engages multiple subject/skill areas at once. This will also increase the overall quality of your school’s instruction as you collaborate with teachers of other subjects. And as a side benefit, it will make you stand out as an exemplary PE teacher who not only shines as a PE specialist, but a cross-curricular collaborative educator and leader.
Technology (both tech curriculum areas as well as tech devices themselves) are an integral part to our everyday lives. Similarly, Library Skills (research, information processing, analysis, synthesis, etc.) are an absolute necessity today. This course will give you the skills necessary to identify and act upon areas where Technology and Library Science can be integrated into your PE lessons as well as creating collaborative projects involving linked lessons that occur with you (in PE) as well as your coworkers (teaching Tech, Library, and/or Core).
This course has been designed for PE/Health teachers (but also applicable for camp counselors, after-school activity leaders, etc.) who are interested in cross-curricular collaboration and integration of Technology, Technology curriculum and Library Skills into their PE/Health program. Whether you’re an experienced PE/Health teacher or a brand new one, cross-curricular collaboration and integration is an important (and often overlooked) addition to your PE/Health program which will enhance student learning and engagement in PE/Health as well as improve your school’s overall instructional quality.
Identify and explore the cross-curricular concepts of collaboration (working together with Tech and Library Skills educators in joint plans/lesson/units) and integration (using cross-curricular skills within your own PE/Health instruction)
Identify potential areas for collaboration and integration in your own PE program
Engage in backwards-planning to create meaningful and standards-based cross-curricular integrations into PE/Health
Using the points above, this course will provide several examples of cross-curricular integrations into PE/Health that are ready-to-use
Help prepare the course participants to identify areas of, and begin to create their own, cross-curricular integration into their own programs and create
After completing this course, users will:
1.Be able to: Identify areas where they will be able to incorporate Tech & Library Skills into their own PE/Health program
2.Be able to: Identify areas where they will be able to collaborate with fellow teachers (of Tech/Library Skills) to create and lead joint lessons/units
3.Be able to: Use backwards planning to align instruction to standards/learning outcomes
4.Be provided with some ready-to-use examples of Tech/Library Skills collaborations/integrations into PE/Health, and
5.Be able to: Create their own cross-curricular (PE/Health with Tech/Library Skills) collaborative and/or integrative lesson plans
6.Be able to: Create an Action Plan to bring these newly developed lesson/units to fruition.
This course addresses the following standards:
Source: SHAPE America Standards for Health and Physical Education in the US
Physical Education – The physically literate individual:
Standard 2: Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
Standard 4: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
Standard 5: Recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, or social interaction.
Health – Students will demonstrate the ability to:
Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention to enhance health.
Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology, and other factors on health behaviors.
Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products and services to enhance health.
Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.
Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
Standard 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.
Viewing External Content:
At times throughout the course, students will be instructed to visit external sites to view videos, articles, or both. Each time external content will open in a new, separate window, which will require students to close when completed and return to the course.
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Sharing of lessons, learning platforms, and other material created solely for the purpose course is not allowed. This material is for paid course participants only.
Dustin is a physical education and health teacher currently teaching in California public schools. He taught PE remotely for the last two and a half months of the 2019-20 school year and is currently preparing for what the 2020-21 school year will look like (including the possibility of remote, in-person, or a hybrid approach). He created this course for teachers like him – who face the possibility of returning to in-person PE instruction during the pandemic, which will require special planning and considerations, not least of which is making a physical class into a physically distanced class.
Dustin has over a decade of teaching experience, both in the US and abroad. Dustin has taught PE at private international schools in China and Thailand, as well as public schools in Massachusetts and California. Dustin received a B.S. in Physical Education from Eastern Connecticut State University and a M.Ed. in International Education with ESL Specialization from Endicott College through a hybrid program (courses online & in person in Switzerland). Dustin published a book called the New PE Teacher’s Handbook with guidance on job hunting, creating and elevating your PE program, as well as 80 ready-to-use lesson plans. Dustin has also written for various blogs on the topics of international education, physical education, and action sports.