Outline of Physical Education Concerns for Administrators
Appropriateness of the level: Physical education has distinct emphases according to these levels
National associations: AAPHERD and its sub-organization NASPE are the most definitive professional organizations.
Resources: See a list of Pedagogy Links
Curriculum related concerns
- Have mission and objectives and periodically evaluate these.
- Curriculum should be vertically and horizontally planned to build in progression.
- State and national (NASPE) standards should guide curriculum decisions.
- Prioritize the importance of Athetlics, Intramurals, and Physical Education and dedicate resources accordingly.
- Choose appropriate emphasis for curriculum that is consistent with philosophy: Paradigms include The New PE, lifetime sports, teaching games for understanding, traditional sports.
- Class size is a critical concern for both instructional effectiveness and safety. NASPE has recommendations for this.
- Online physical education classes is an emerging educational area at all educational levels, and is controversial. NASPE has a stance on this issue.
Class related concerns
- Lesson plans are important to guide instruction, but also serve as a legal paper trail
- Write clear and specific objectives and conduct assessment that measures effectiveness with these.
- Save all class-related planning material for at least 3 years.
- Ensuring physical activity during PE class has become increasingly important. Classes should be designed to maximize active time.
- Supervision of all students at all times is critical
- Never participate with students during activities since this is a major legal concern should you injure a student, regardless of whether it is accidental or not.
- Prepare procedures and expectations for dress, locker room conduct, etc.
- Grading procedures: Breakdown represents your philosophy of PE. What is most important? Tests, attendance, projects, participation.
- Ensuring a safe environment is very important.