UNESCO has stressed the urgent need for schools to address physical inactivity, by improving young people’s experiences of physical education. Couple this with the regular external inspections that schools in many countries receive, and there are growing pressures on all PE teachers to reach the highest levels of performance. This free online course is designed to help PE teachers achieve and sustain these levels. It defines an “outstanding” physical education lesson as one that meets the diverse learning needs of all of its students at a point in time and in a specific context.
Become an “activator” and deliver outstanding PE lessons
The course begins with a guided, expert analysis of students’ needs, local and national curriculum requirements, and teachers’ personal readiness to deliver outstanding PE lessons. Throughout, PE teachers will be positioned as “activators” – practitioners who activate new, inclusive learning possibilities for their students. By the end of the course, you will:
- understand the characteristics of an outstanding physical education lesson;
- know and be able to engage in the process of being an activator of learning;
- develop the capabilities to engage in self-directed continuous professional development (CPD) using a range of digital tools.
Learn with physical education CPD experts
The course has been developed by the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham. It is led by Dr. Victoria Goodyear, who has extensive experience of supporting physical education teachers, through online CPD, video blogging, and social media.
What topics will you cover?
- Activating learning; the process of diagnosing student learning needs, responding to student learning needs and evaluating the impact of practice on student learning
- Pedagogical Cases; the use of multi-disciplinary perspectives to diagnose the complex, diverse and individual learning needs of young people
- Competent Bystanders and mechanisms to identify ‘hidden’ students’ learning needs
- Safeguarding and Child Protection; the pedagogical consequences of no touching in physical education
- Models-Based Practice; the design of a curriculum around physical, cognitive, social, and effective learning outcomes to positively impact on lifelong engagement with physical activity
- Online CPD using open access research articles and social media
- SOLO taxonomy and the design of contextually relevant assessment frameworks that cater for individual learner progression and learning in physical, cognitive, social and affective domains
- Strategies and tools to engage in reflective practice
- Methods to embed a collaborative approach to curriculum development within departments and schools
- Questionnaires and tools to evaluate the impact of engagement with CPD
What will you achieve?
- Identify key characteristics of an outstanding physical educator
- Assess the complex, diverse, and individual learning needs of young people in your pedagogical context
- Design effective learning experiences for young people in response to an identification of your students' learning needs
- Evaluate the impact of your practice on your students' learning needs
- Collaborate with colleagues to diagnose learning, respond to student learning needs, and evaluate the impact of your practice
- Discuss your practices and beliefs with colleagues to support your development as an outstanding practitioner
- Develop strategies to support your learning and the on-going development of your practice beyond this MOOC
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for physical education teachers globally.
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Last updated January 29, 2018