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"The text is a wonderful reflective approach for physical education trainees
in the areas of planning, instruction, management, assessment, and feedback.
The content is aligned with current international research and UK thinking for
the national curriculum. It also promotes highly accepted pedagogical practices
through the training scenarios and reader questions in each chapter to assist
trainee comprehension. Moreover, it is pertinent that the text focuses on
teacher improvement so as to engage student learning progression with an
inclusive philosophy. Web prompts, technology learning aid suggestions, and
teacher self-observation notes are helpful professional preparation modes. I
highly recommend the text for physical education trainee curriculum/pedagogy
programs and also existing practitioner reflection."
Allan Sander, University of North Florida Coordinator of Physical Education,
" Improving Teaching and Learning in Physical Education is a very useful text
for initial teacher trainers and their trainees alike. It deals with key issues
facing today's professional, is well set out making it easy to follow and as a
result a useful resource for ITT. I particularly like the way it refers to the
QTS standards highlighting each topics relevance in gaining qualified teachers
status. But the highlight for me is the way the author's relate the topic to
possible interview questions that trainees could feasibly expect to encounter
when applying for their first post."
Julie Armstrong, PGCE PE Course Leader, Durham University
“The main strength of the book is that it is an easy to read, practical text
that relates direct to classroom practice. The excerpts from practising
physical education teachers at the beginning of each chapter provide a useful
introduction to the theme that is to be explored. There are links to the
National Curriculum and other current strategies, which supports the strong
focus on teaching and learning in current physical education climate that is
evident throughout the book.
The format of the book with opportunities for reflection, case studies, clear
links to practice, exemplar lesson plans and signposted further readings makes
the book suitable for anyone training as a secondary school physical education
Paul Carney, Programme Director BA/BSc Physical Education and Sport &
Exercise Science Canterbury Christ Church University
“The authors are to be congratulated on achieving a consistency of style,
content and rigour across the chapters with a number of contributors. Their
reward is a book that will be extremely helpful for use by trainee teachers in
their journey towards qualified teacher status and entry to the teaching
Mick Abrahams, afPE Lead Regional Physical Education Subject Adviser Do you
want to know more about the key aspects of teaching PE? Would you like help in
planning effective PE lessons? Would you like to begin to develop your own
personal teaching philosophy? Then this is the essential guide for you!
This book will support you in your initial teacher training programme and
beyond, taking you through the wide range of issues that you need to consider
in order to become a successful teacher and develop successful learners.
Each chapter looks at important aspects of PE teaching and relates it
directly to the PE lesson and how pupils learn. It covers key areas, including:
Planning Assessment Lesson organization Managing pupil behaviour Health and
safety ICT There is a sample lesson plan at the end of every chapter which
shows the reader how to incorporate aspects of the PE National Curriculum into
each lesson. Reflection tasks are included throughout to encourage trainee
teachers to critically analyze their own practice. This is supported with real
life examples of teacher and trainee experiences of teaching PE in secondary
The book also provides guidance to the trainee teacher applying for their
first post in a school. The authors offer common interview questions to help
the reader formulate and justify a personal philosophy of teaching PE which
will be vital to their personal and professional development, as well as the
interview process itself.
This book is essential reading for all trainee and practising secondary
school PE teachers.