Instructional Practices and Cultural Activities
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Rhonda Clements, Amy Meltzer-Rady
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Urban Physical Education presents 40 ready-to-use cultural games, modified sports, and contemporary sport and performance activities. The text provides a broad background on issues facing PE teachers working in urban settings and outlines culturally responsive instructional strategies to help PE teachers become effective teachers and leaders of a diverse student body.
Urban Physical Education targets the teaching circumstances and conditions of urban schools with innovative instructional practices and culturally diverse and contemporary activities. Youll find games and modified sports from around the world as well as sport and performance activities such as urban dances, parkour, urban golf, freestyle basketball, and fitness routines.
Each of the 39 activities includes a brief description, a simplified teaching process, key instructional points, alignment with NASPE national standards, and a basic closure activity. An activity finder makes it easy to find activities to fit in your curriculum, and ready-made rubrics help you assess readiness of preservice teachers, partner and group interactions, and lesson effectiveness.
Authors Clements and Rady combine their expertise and experience to help you better understand urban school environments and become a more effective leader, instructor, and mentor to the diverse students in your school. More than an activity book, Urban Physical Education identifies the common challenges facing todays urban physical education teachers and presents culturally responsive instructional practices developed by experienced teachers working in urban schools.
Suggestions and tools in the book will help you improve your teaching demeanor, respond to behavioral problems, implement protocols for large classes, and address the needs of English language learners. With Urban Physical Education, youll learn how to generate a new level of student enthusiasm and participation; develop and reinforce effective teaching practices; and enhance your existing curriculum with innovative, contemporary, and culturally diverse activities for middle and high school students.
Rhonda L. Clements, EdD, is a professor and the director of the master of arts in teaching (MAT) in physical education and sport pedagogy graduate program at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York, where she conducts research and teaches about historical and sociocultural issues in sport and physical education.
Clements is the author of nine books on movement, play, and games. She is past president of the American Association for the Child's Right to Play, a UN-recognized association composed of experts in play, games, and sports in 49 countries. The associations primary purpose is to protect, preserve, and promote play and leisure activities throughout the world.
Clements has written numerous articles related to physical education, including 20 on sport and play factors. She is also a consultant for numerous manufacturers of sport equipment and toys and has been interviewed by more than 300 journalists regarding children's right to leisure and physical play. She has presented at 40 international or national conferences and over 60 state or local conferences on topics related to cultural understanding through play and sport. Clements lives in New York City.
Amy Meltzer Rady, EdD, is an assistant professor in the department of kinesiology at a state university in New Jersey. In addition to her teaching responsibilities in movement education and curriculum and teaching physical education in secondary schools, she regularly observes teachers and supervises student teachers in New Jersey's public schools.
Rady has extensive experience teaching physical education activity classes at Barnard College of Columbia University in New York and at the SUNY at Stony Brook. She has also taught physical education in public and private schools, most recently in the Scarsdale Public Schools of Westchester, New York.
Rady has presented at the National Association of Kinesiology and Physical Education in Higher Education Conference; the Eastern District Association of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD); and the state conference of the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Her presentations focus on multicultural activities and urban activities. Rady has expertise in Project Adventure and cooperative learning experiences.
Both authors are longtime members of AAHPERD and their state and local physical education associations, and both serve on the National Associaiton for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Diversity and Inclusiveness Task Force.
Reference for physical education teachers working in urban schools or others working with youth in activity programs in urban settings. Also a supplementary or primary text to prepare undergraduate physical education majors to teach in urban settings.