Teaching Children Physical Education, Second Edition, is unique because it focuses solely on the teaching process – the skills and techniques that successful teachers use to make their classes more interesting and developmentally appropriate. This new edition contains the latest information on effectively teaching the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) standards, as well as new material on performance assessment based on current research and methods.
Dr. George Graham – a university professor and public school physical education instructor – integrates research-based information with firsthand experience to describe the decision-making processes used by master teachers in virtually every lesson they teach. Novice and experienced teachers will learn practical skills and techniques to help them
motivate children to practice,
build positive feelings,
minimize off-task behavior and discipline problems,
create an atmosphere of learning,
develop lesson content,
use a problem-solving approach,
observe and analyze,
provide feedback, and
assess children's (and their own) progress.
The video clips on the CD-ROM illustrate key techniques and strategies from the text, using footage from actual gymnasium and playground settings to show real teachers in true-life situations. Readers will also benefit from chapter introductions and objectives, highlighted insights "from the trenches" about issues that teachers commonly face, reflection questions, chapter summaries, and chapter references.
George Graham, PhD, has been on the faculty at Pennsylvania State University in the department of kinesiology since 2002. He was on the faculty at Virginia Tech for 17 years, where he was a member of Virginia Tech's Academy of Teaching Excellence. He began his career teaching and coaching in the public schools of California and Oregon and served on the faculties of the University of Georgia and the University of South Carolina before moving to Blacksburg, Virginia.
Since its inception in 1996, Dr. Graham has served as the senior advisor for PE Central (www.pecentral.org), the most widely used Web site by physical educators in the United States.
Dr. Graham has published extensively on physical education teacher effectiveness and physical education for children; he has more than a dozen books, monographs, and journal features and more than 50 articles, monographs, and videotapes to his credit. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant, having delivered presentations at more than 100 conferences throughout the world, including over 60 keynote speeches and feature addresses. He has served as a consultant to more than 70 school districts, the United States Tennis Association, and the Professional Golf Association. He continues to work as a consultant to schools and districts throughout the United States.
In 2007, Dr. Graham was inducted into the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Hall of Fame. He is also a fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (2005) and the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Professionals (2004). Dr. Graham has also received the Margie Hanson Honor Award presented by the Council on Physical Education for Children in 1997 and the NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Academy Honor Award in 1996. He served as the executive director of the United States Physical Education Association. With his graduate students, he wrote the first developmentally appropriate document for NASPE. With his undergraduate students, he spends several weeks each semester in elementary schools teaching children physical education.