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Health Education 382

HLTH 382: Methods of Teaching K-12 Health Education

Prerequisites: ESHE 210 and minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA

Credit Hours: (4) Three hours lecture; two hours field experience
 
Teacher candidates will gain an understanding of developmentally appropriate health education teaching practices for teaching elementary through secondary school-aged children. The course builds upon previous curriculum courses taken by teacher candidates and addresses fundamental instructional skills necessary for successful teaching in elementary, middle, and high school health education.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

This course places an emphasis on student knowledge of effective teaching methods in K-12 health education curriculum.  Students will be expected to understand and demonstrate their expertise in planning and teaching.  By the end of the semester students will have developed the ability to understand, recognize, analyze, and demonstrate the range of teaching skills employed by successful teachers.  This course is designed to provide teachers with current health knowledge and instructional models and methods.  Students are exposed to a variety of creative methods for constructing lessons in the required subject areas for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Standards of Learning (SOL’s) such as: alcohol and drug education, disease prevention and control, mental health, nutrition, personal health, growth and development, and safety and first aid.  The three learning goals for the Commonwealth require future teachers to appropriately sequence instruction and teach the content that helps students understand how to achieve and maintain good health for a lifetime.

Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

Course information will be presented through a wide variety of teaching methods including, but not limited to, lectures, videos, large and small individual and dual discussions, role playing and student presentations, individual and small individual and dual project, and isolated through peer teaching.  Emphasis is also placed on the development of decision-making skills.  Following several peer and small group teaching experiences, students are expected to analyze and explore a wide variety of instructional strategies in an effort to prepare them for K-12 school health teaching.  Field experience component requires students to complete observation, teaching, and reflection experiences arranged weekly with local students.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

Goals, objectives and assignments in this class address Virginia Department of Education Health and Physical Education (VDOE HPE) Licensure Standards, specifically:

VDOE HPE Standard 1: Understanding of the knowledge, skills, and processes of health and physical education as defined in the Virginia Standards of Learning.

VDOE HPE Standard 4.a, b, d: Basic understanding of the administration of a health and physical education program: a. instruction, b. student safety and other legal issues, d. including: its role in comprehensive school health.

VDOE HPE Standard 5.a, b, c, d, g, i k: Understanding of the knowledge, skills, and processes for teaching health education, including: a. personal health and fitness; b. mental and emotional health; c. nutrition, body image and weight management; d. tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs; g. consumer health and information access; i. environmental health; k. violence prevention, resistance skills and conflict mediation.

 VDOE HPE Standard 7.a, c: Understanding of and ability to teach: a. the relation between a physically active lifestyle and health. c. the use of new and emerging instructional technology.
The codes below refer to the above referenced VDOE HPE Standards for beginning physical education teachers and the Virginia SOL’s.

At the completion of this course, the teacher candidate will be able to apply appropriate instructional methods to achieve the following goals:
● Recognize and demonstrate socially acceptable and mentally healthy behaviors (VDOE 4.a: HPE 5.b: VA SOL Goal 3: Community Health and Wellness).

● Critically identify eating practices and make healthy eating choices (VDOE 1, 5. b, c., 7. a: VA SOL Goal 1: Knowledge and Skills.  Goal 2: Information and Access and Use).
● Correctly identify the different body systems and explain their function (VDOE 1: VA SOL Goal 1: Knowledge and Skills).
● Demonstrate and analyze a wide variety of instruction models, methods, and strategies relative to K-12 school health (VDOE 1, 4.a, 7. a: VA SOL Goal 1: Knowledge and Skills; Goal 2: Information Access and Use; Goal 3: Community Health and Wellness).
● List and identify a variety of safety practices including violence prevention and use of resistance skills (VDOE 4. b, 5.k: VA SOL Goal 1: Knowledge and Skills; Goal 2: Information Access and Use; Goal 3: Community Health and Wellness).
● Recognize and participate in appropriate hygiene and disease prevention behaviors (VDOE 4. d: VA SOL Goal 1: Knowledge and Skills; Goal 2: Information Access and Use; Goal 3: Community Health and Wellness).
● Recognize and identify appropriate and inappropriate use of drugs, tobacco and alcohol (VDOE 5.d: VA SOL Goal 1: Knowledge and Skills; Goal 2: Information Access and Use).
● Demonstrate appropriate teaching techniques for a variety of health content areas (VDOE 1, 4.a, 7.c: VA SOL Goal 1: Knowledge and Skills; Goal 2: Information Access and Use; Goal 3: Community Health and Wellness).
● Describe and demonstrate effective teaching strategies used in classroom instruction (VDOE 1, 4,a, 7,c: VA SOL Goal 1: Knowledge and Skills; Goal 2: Information Access and Use; Goal 3: Community Health and Wellness).
● Interpret current research on teaching and learning and apply findings to the health classroom setting (VA SOL Goal 2: Information Access and Use).
● Demonstrate lesson plans and content which are sensitive to the motivational characteristics of students (VDOE 1, 4.a: VA SOL Goal 1: Knowledge and Skills; Goal 2: Information Access and Use; Goal 3: Community Health and Wellness).
● Appropriately integrate technology with instruction to enhance learning and performance (VDOE 7.c: VA SOL Goal 2: Information Access and Use).
● Explain Consumer Health and access appropriate information through qualified web sites, journals, etc. (VDOE 5.g, 7.c: VA SOL Goal 2: Information Access and Use).
● Analyze the effects of different environmental factors on health: noise, water, air, ground pollution; personal environment in relation to home, community, state, nation (VDOE 7.i: VA SOL Goal 1: Knowledge and Skills; Goal 2: Information Access and Use; Goal 3: Community Health and Wellness).

Assessment Measures

The students are specifically assessed on the following items:
•    Exams
•    Activity Labs
•    Workout Sessions
•    Projects
•    Lab/Field Experience Assignments
•    Lab Exam

Other Course Information
None


Review and Approval

12/04/08     Course Revised and submitted      Beverly Zeakes

July, 2010

May, 2011