This book 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. The author integrates research-based information with first-hand 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, minimise off-task behaviour and discipline problems and create an atmosphere of learning. This new edition also includes a guide to help the reader maximise learning, develop lesson content, use a problem-solving approach, observe and analyse, provide feedback and assess children's (and their own) progress.The video clips on the DVD 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.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Successful Teaching; Chapter 2. Planning to Maximize Learning; Chapter 3. Creating a Positive Learning Environment; Chapter 4. Minimizing Off-Task Behavior and Discipline Problems; Chapter 5. Getting the Lesson Started; Chapter 6. Instructing and Demonstrating; Chapter 7. Motivating Children to Practice; Chapter 8. Observing and Analyzing; Chapter 9. Developing the Content; Chapter 10. Providing Feedback; Chapter 11. Building Critical-Thinking Skills; Chapter 12. Building Positive Feelings; Chapter 13. Assessing and Reporting Children's Progress; Chapter 14. Continuing to Develop as a Teacher.
George Graham, PhD, has been on the faculty at Virginia Tech since 1985, where he is a professor in the division of health and physical education. Dr. Graham has been a member of Virginia Tech's Academy of Teaching Excellence since 1992. Dr. Graham has published extensively on the topics of physical education teacher effectiveness and physical education for children, with 12 books and monographs and more than 50 articles to his credit. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant, having delivered presentations at more than 100 conferences throughout the world, including more than 25 keynote addresses. He has served as a consultant to 70 school districts, the United States Tennis Association and the Professional Golf Association.