ERIC Number: EJ931552
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Reference Count: 0
Ideas Exchange: What Are Some Suggestions for Overcoming Any Unique Challenges Found in an Urban Physical Education Class? How Might We Better Prepare Physical Educators for Teaching in an Urban Setting?
Chase, Melissa, Comp.; Vollum, Matt; Toebbe, Jennifer; Clark, Gary E.; Magnotta, John; Culp, Brian; Schmidlein, Robert; Ladda, Shawn
Strategies: A Journal for Physical and Sport Educators, v24 n3 p6-9 Jan-Feb 2011
This article presents suggestions from various physical education teachers regarding how they can better prepare physical educators for teaching in an urban setting. An educator suggests that understanding that each student is an individual and taking the time and effort to talk with (instead of at) each student will allow a teacher the opportunity to utilize different strategies to reach the goal of creating a lifestyle of healthy choices for all students. Physical Education is inherently a social subject, which should be utilized as an advantage for both the teachers and students to overcome the barriers to physical activity such as enjoyment and self-efficacy. Another educator says that the bottom line is that good teachers are good teachers for a reason. Good programs regardless of urban or rural have teachers who actually teach their students. They also create a safe learning environment in the classroom. Good teachers learn to communicate with their students and listen to them. Still another educator feels that regardless of the level of teacher expertise, it is important to understand how urban students conceptualize learning. Educators need to be open to the fact that it may be more relevant to educate with the intent of "meeting students where they are" instead of fitting students into a system.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Physical Education, Self Efficacy, Physical Education Teachers, Student Needs, Urban Areas, Educational Environment, Teacher Student Relationship, Barriers, Physical Activities, Teacher Competencies, Cultural Influences, Teaching Methods
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