Teaching Sport and Physical Activity: Insights on the Road to Excellence

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Human Kinetics, 2003 - Education - 221 pages

- Explains the specialized teaching skills needed by teachers and coaches
- Presents essential techniques and strategies that all successful instructors use
- Provides real-life success stories from master teachers and coaches in diverse settings

Becoming a great teacher requires extensive learning and prolonged practice. Teaching Sport and Physical Activityblends practical suggestions and contemporary research to provide a blueprint for successful sport instruction at any level and in any setting.

Teaching Sport and Physical Activityreveals the techniques and strategies that all successful teachers and coaches use to help their students and athletes achieve success. It covers

- how to create stimulating learning environments,
- how to form effective relationships with students,
- how to teach motor skills,
- how to manage the lesson time and resources to aid students' learning,
- how to maintain a dynamic pace of instruction, and
- how to master other indispensable skills that apply no matter what sport is being taught.

The book includes these special student-friendly features:
- Engaging sidebar stories from well-known teachers and coaches highlight key themes and demonstrate how master teachers address a wide array of common teaching challenges.
- End-of-chapter discussion questions will stimulate class discussion and allow readers to apply their opinions to the ideas and advice just learned.
- Twelve appendixes provide sample forms that readers can reproduce or customize. These forms cover everything from short- and long-range lesson plans to take-home practice diaries, from teacher-student "contracts" to observation forms and PE Web sites.

Regardless of the particular sport or setting, anyone who wishes to teach sports to others will find that the road to excellence begins here, with the fundamentals of Teaching Sport and Physical Activity.


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Determining What Teachers Know
Creating the Learning Environment
Exploring the Art of Teaching
Importance of Practice and Feedback 1 11
Teaching Strategies
Checking for Learning
Becoming a Better
Technology for Teaching
Developing Teaching Expertise
Appendix A Sample Lesson Plan
Appendix F Sample Contract
Appendix J Sample Directed Observation Guide Sheet
About the Author 221

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About the author (2003)

Paul Schempp, EdD, is a teacher first and foremost. He loves teaching and continually strives to find ways to improve--a quest that has led to his extensive research on instructional expertise in physical education and a variety of sports. Known worldwide for his research in the pedagogy of sport and physical education, he has served on the faculty of five different universities in three different countries and has presented the results of his research in 18 countries.

Schempp currently heads the department of physical education and sport studies at the University of Georgia and directs the university's Sport Instruction Research Laboratory. He also has served as a senior Fulbright research scholar in Germany, as a member of the National Education Advisory Board for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), and as a technical consultant to the Swedish National Golf Team. As the scientific consultant on instruction to Golf Magazine, he also assists in the annual selection of America's top 100 golf instructors.

Schempp holds an EdD in human movement studies from Boston University. A resident of Athens, Georgia, he enjoys spending his free time playing golf, fly fishing, and scuba diving.

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