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Elementary Sports: Games From Around the World

3 Credits
This course is designed to enlighten elementary teachers to the vast world of children's activities. These games, activities and sports are not only enjoyable, but are chosen to be of maximum physical benefit. The course includes background information on various countries represented, including geographic, historic, and cultural information. This course can be integrated into existing teaching materials, creating a cross-curricular approach to physical education instruction. Course assignments encourage participants to integrate specific national standards for physical education. Objectives for each lesson are modeled around standards-based learning, as identified by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE). Evidence of learning of is tied directly to stated objectives and is assessed via 18 completed lessons applied in the classroom, 3 cross-curriculum lessons, a textbook study guide and a pictorial record of student participants in selected lessons taught.

NOTE: Required textbook must be acquired separately.

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Anita Young

My family emigrated to America from Holland when I was nine. My siblings and I were active in many sports and excelled in them while we were learning English. In college, I chose to study to be a teacher and imitate the teachers who had given me confidence and direction. I have been a teacher for 30+ years and have taught all levels and many teachers. I find that passionate teachers are invested in their students' learning as much as in their subject. One of my fondest memories is a parent who told me that her son had chosen to be a pastor and credited me with inspiring him to serve. After sharing my faith testimony with my 9th graders, their responses were that I should speak in chapel; then they organized themselves to clean up the campus to show an example of Christ-like leadership. Some of the finest compliments ever given me were the student teachers assigned to me from Fresno State after my students had repeatedly scored the highest in the district on the STAR tests. Through Fresno Pacific, I get to work with teachers and share their experiences and stories.