Friday, September 10, 2010

Getting into 201 - A whole new world

Good Morning :)

After reading through the Overview of Developmental Physical Education I feel much more confident in what I can expect from an education in physical education at Cortland. It helped to clarify some of the terminology that many of my professors are exposing us to in classes and to get the motor running, so-to-speak, on thinking about all of the developmental areas that physical education exposes us to.

It's fun and interesting to think about the progression of a K-12 Physical Education Program and the many ways you can shape and change your methods of teaching to accomplish the 7 goals of NASPE and to provide an incredible, fun, and memorable fitness experience for your students throughout their years with you.

I think the seven goals of NASPE are a great collection of the qualities and expectations that people desire in a physical educator. They provide an educator with the foundation to build a fun, phys-ed world in their school and will allow for that educator to become an important and influential role-model in the lives' of their students. I mean, if we're given the knowledge and power to make a difference... we should harness it and mold it into motivation and success for each student.

There is also an extremely powerful relationship between standards III ("exhibits a physically active lifestyle"), IV ("achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness"), and VII ("understands that physical activity provides opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction") in that there are countless ways in which you can make striving for these goals incredibly fun and challenging with regards to physical education and the natural environment. (But, this is for another day... because I could go on a million tangents here)!

So have fun and get outside!
Til next time :)

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