321 - Methods (K-12) & Curriculum - 1.0 Credits

Robert Kohler, Assistant Professor

Office: 299-4439 / Home: 236-8418



Dynamic Physical Education for Elementary School Children by Pangrazi and Dauer

Teaching Physical Education for Learning by Rink

Curriculum and Instruction by Wuest and Lombardo

Course Description:

The course is designed to provide an opportunity for Physical Education majors to become aware of different methods of teaching in grades K-12. The course will provide experiences and discussion that will benefit the Physical Education major. Curriculum planning and development will be introduced and studied for grades K-12.

Course Competencies:

Upon completion of PE 321, the student will be able to:

1. Define physical education and develop a physical education philosophy and

comprehensive school physical education program.

2. Describe the characteristics of good teachers.

3. Understand the philosophy of the liberal arts college and the importance of the reflective teacher.

4. Incorporate cultural and international activities that may relate to classroom teachings.

5. The student will gain knowledge of movement patterns, games and sport skills, gymnastic and rhythmic activities, and fitness theory and techniques to be used in instruction programs for children in preschool settings and in the primary and intermediate grades.

6. Match teaching methods and strategies with content to appropriately facilitate learning.

7. Write measurable, observable, and student-centered lesson objectives.

8. Develop an understanding of the importance of wellness and fitness in the elementary and secondary setting.

9. Teach sample lessons and critique the teachings of others.

10. Define discipline and develop a sample set of classroom rules and consequences.

11. Identify strategies for networking with parents and for preparing for parent-teacher conferences.

12. Develop standards for assessing a concept or skill.

13. Observance and work in clinical experiences at both elementary and secondary physical education levels.

14. Understand and apply the process of curriculum development to the implementation of programs and activities to achieve goals of the school, community, state, and profession as they relate to physical education.

15. Prepare lesson plans, unit plans and year-long curriculum.


1. Outside Reading/Research - (10 Points)

Students will do outside reading and research in regard to K-12 physical education. Outside reading will come from professional magazines and organizations.

2. Bulletin Board - (10 Points)

Groups will be formed and topics and due date assigned in class. Each board will have a theme.

3. Philosophy Development - (5 Points)

Students will develop a philosophy of physical education necessary in curriculum development, and lesson plan and unit plan development.

4. Lesson Plan, Unit Plan, Curriculum - (50 Points)

Students will write lesson plans, 3-week unit plan, and prepare a physical education curriculum for grades K-12.

5. Exam #1 - (100 Points)

6. Peer Teaching - (20 Points)

Students will peer teach for twenty minutes in grades K-6 and 7-12. Lessons will be videotaped and evaluated.

7. Clinical Experiences - (20 Points)

Students will do twenty hours of clinical work in grades K-12. The clinicals will be

observed and evaluated by the instructor.

8. Exam #2 - (50 Points)

9. Oral Presentations - (25 Points)

Students will present a paper to the class on a particular area in physical education. Research and professional organizations will be high priority.

10. Equipment Budget - (10 Points)

Prepare an equipment list and budget for a K-12 program.

11. Discussion and Participation - (50 Points)

Students will be evaluated on attendance, professionalism, discussion, and participation over the semester.

12. Exam #3 - (50 Points)

Grading: - 300 Possible Points

92% = A 70% = C

90% = A- 68% = C-

86% = B+ 65% = D+

80% = B 60% = D

78% = B- 55% = D-

75% = C+ Below 54% = F

P.E. 321 - Elementary & Secondary Physical Education Methods

Tentative Schedule - Fall 1997

Day Topic

1. Introduction - Expectations - Syllabus / Professionalism and Philosophy

2. History of Physical Education / Professional Organizations

3. Elementary Student - Characteristics and Interest / Group Activity

  1. Qualities of an effective physical education teacher and characteristics of a quality


5. Domains of physical education and objectives to meet domains.

6. Lesson plans - types and use of lesson plans / Unit plans effects

7. Peer teaching Assignments / Clinical Teaching Styles - K-6 Assignments

8. Exam #1

9. Peer Teaching / Group Activity K-6

10. Peer Teaching / Group Activity K-6

11. Discipline Plan K-6 / Elements of Instruction

  1. Peer Teaching / Group Activity K-6 / Special Need Students / Level of Instruction


13. Evaluating / Equipment / Space / Safety / K-12

14. Curriculum K-12 / Models / Committees and Framework

15. Characteristics - Needs - Interests / Secondary Physical Education - Elective


16. Objectives / Lesson Plans / Unit Plans / 7-12

17. Exam #2

18. Teaching Strategies - 7-12 / Skill Level / Student Interest

19. Clinical Assignments / Peer Teaching Assignments / 7-12

20. Bulletin Board / Field Trips / Guest Speaker / K-12

21. Parent-Teacher Conference Conducting / Dealing with Community and Staff

22. Peer Teaching - 7-12

23. Peer Teaching - 7-12

24. Planning and Communication / Pre-Instructional Decisions

25. Peer Teaching - 7-12

26. Oral Presentations

27. Oral Presentations

28. Exam #3