Thursday, September 9, 2010

Understanding Chapter 1: the orientation to teaching physical education

When learning how to become a great and successful teacher there are many components one most understand to become proficient.
When one says that teaching is a goal-oriented activity, that means that the lesson is pointless, unless there is a clear cut goal in which the student aims for. Another good question is, why is the process that teachers choose to use to teach content important? This process is very important because, it is how the teacher teaches, that affects the students. The teacher has to be able to set goals that are challenging, attainable, realistic, and specific. Without teaching with these components the student may lose interest or give up if the activity is too easy or hard. And without a specific goal, the individual has nothing solid to work towards and no motivation to do so. For instance, it would be inappropriate to have a 4th grade class aim to make 8 out of 10 free throws in basketball. The requirement would be basically unattainable and the children would get frustrated and lose interest in the task. Also it is important to make sure that within the process that you teach, you try to integrate cognitive, affective, and psycho motor domains of learning. For example, if teaching a soccer lesson, you have students observe each other kicking and as a group decide how to get the most power in the kick. This encompasses all three aspects. Through maximizing practice time, and creating appropriate activities the students will have the chance to improve.  This is why the process in which one teaches has a very important affect on the student, for both short and long term goals.
The movement task- student response unit is also very important in physical education. These motor activities are related to the content of the lesson and allow the students to respond accordingly, in which the teacher can provide helpful feedback towards the improvement of the skill. These movements tasks can be made progressive so the student is able to improve step by step towards their goal.
 Teaching physical education can be very complex, but even more rewarding. This profession creates very exciting experiences, for both the teacher and students.

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