Instructional Materials for Physical Education Programs

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Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Determining the right materials to choose for use in a PE program can make a big difference in the program's efficacy. This lesson discusses strategies you can use to select strong instructional materials.

Why Instructional Materials Count

As a new PE teacher at Sunshine Elementary, Kelly is really excited to start planning for her year. Kelly has never had her own teaching job before and she understands how important it is to think through her curriculum, make good lesson plans, and form strong relationships with colleagues, students, and families.

When Kelly arrives at the school, her new principal tells her she has a budget to work with, and she should start thinking about what instructional materials, or educational objects, such as media and equipment, she'll need to supplement her program.

Kelly has never thought that much about how important instructional materials can be, but as she thinks about it, she realizes that of course these materials will make a big difference in how she is able to work with her students.

Choosing & Caring for Equipment

First, Kelly starts thinking about what it means to choose, maintain, and care for athletic equipment. She knows she'll need balls of different sizes, mats for students to work on during gymnastics units, gloves and protective gear, and more.

Kelly establishes the following list of questions as she starts perusing catalogs:

  • How often will I use this equipment?
  • What different sizes might I need this equipment in, in order to meet the needs of all of my learners?
  • What reviews does this equipment get? Does it seem to be high in quality?
  • How much storage space does this equipment require?

These questions help Kelly make sensible decisions about what equipment to order. When the equipment does arrive, Kelly knows it's important to store, maintain, and care for it.

Some equipment requires little care and simply needs to be stored properly. However, Kelly maintains equipment for safety, so that climbing harnesses, for instance, do not wear out; for aesthetics, so that her program looks well managed and children can take pride in what they are using; and for utility, so that things like baseball mitts remain soft, flexible, and useful to children.

Managing Facilities & Materials

Another part of maintaining instructional materials has to do with managing facilities, or the different places and venues where children play sports and games. Kelly has a gym and an outdoor field to maintain. Colleagues at other schools also have swimming pools and weight rooms, depending on the age level.

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