|Methods of Teaching Outdoor Activities
(PE 445 )
|Ron Watters, Professor of Outdoor Education
Methods of Teaching Outdoor Activities (PE 445)
Department of Sport Science & Physical Education
PE 445 Methods of Teaching Outdoor Activities Ron Watters
3-4 Credits Outdoor Program Office
Spring Semester 208.282.3912 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, Thursday () Office Hours (See Below)
PE 445 Methods of Teaching Outdoor Activities - 3-4 credits (Spring Semester)
Additional information about this course and related materials is found at the following URL address: http://www.isu.edu/~wattron/Methods.html
Course Instructor, Office and Contact Information
Ron Watters is an adjunct faculty member of the Physical Education Department. He is the former director of the ISU Outdoor Program and the author of seven books on outdoor activities. He is one of the founders of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and is the director of the National Outdoor Book Awards.
Note that he is a part time instructor and does not have office hours like full-time faculty. Feel free to contact him via email (email@example.com). You may reach him at the Outdoor Program Office (236-3912), or feel free to call him at home 232-6857.
University Catalog Course Description
"This culminating course for outdoor education minors consists of two parts: a study of the objectives, programs and methods of teaching outdoor recreation activities followed by a practicum experience in which students assist in teaching and leading outdoor activities."
Targeted Idaho State University Outdoor Education Standards include: Standard 1 (Content Knowledge); Standard 2 (Teaching and Leadership Strategies); and Standard 5 (Experiential Skills and Field Experience).
Course Goals & Objectives
Goal 1: Teaching methodology
Objective 1A: To explore the fundamentals of motor learning
Objective 1B: To study ways of creating positive, safe and effective learning environments
Objective 1C: To review research into teaching effectiveness
Goal 2: Learning strategies
Objective 2A: To develop learning and programming objectives
Objective 2B: To practice creating and implementing lesson plans
Goal 3: Practical experience in the field
Objective 3A: To gain experience in teaching and/or leading outdoor activities
This course consists of two basic components. The first is a series of lecture and class discussions about teaching methods and instructional strategies that can be used in outdoor activities. The second component is a 32 to 48 hour practicum.
If you are taking the course for 3 credits, a 32-hour practicum is required. If you are taking the course for 4 credits, a 48-hour practicum is required. The practicum is a planned field experience which enables you to gain direct experience in teaching and/or leading outdoor activities. For more details on the practicum and student responsibilities, see the attached "Practicum Procedures."
No text is required, but material and readings come from the following:
Miles, J. & Priest, S. (1999). Adventure programming.
Other resources supplementing the class are available in the Outdoor Program library and resource center. In the library you'll find maps, guidebooks, magazines, videos and catalogs, all of which are available on a free check-out basis. The Outdoor Program office is open weekdays. A number of professional papers, some of which cover class lecture material, are available at the Outdoor Program web site: www.isu.edu/outdoor/
Evaluation Criteria and Grading Scale
College of Education approved percentage scale is utilized (next page):
A = 94 - 100The final grade for the course is based on the following three components: Mid-term test, Final Exam and Practicum Project. The scores from each of these three components are weighted in the following manner:
17% Mid-term testHere is an example of how final grades are calculated:
Mid term test: 87%
Portfolio Requirement: Majors in Outdoor Education
If you are an outdoor education major, you are expected to compile a personal portfolio. Required elements of your portfolio are listed on the attached sheet. Thus, in addition to the practicum project (described above), you'll also be asked to submit the contents of your portfolio.
If you have not completed all of your outdoor education class work at the time you take this class, you will need to present your portfolio for a final check with your advisor. This must be done no later than two weeks prior to graduation. Even if you have not taken all of the classes required for the outdoor education major, portfolio materials from the classes you have completed should be submitted.
Note: Portfolios are only required if you are a physical education major with an outdoor education emphasis. If you are majoring in another subject or if you are an outdoor education minor, you can disregard the portfolio requirement.
DeadlinesThe deadline for the Practicum Report and the Outdoor Education Portfolio is Friday of Closed Week. IMPORTANT: Closed Week is the week prior to Final Week. Papers handed in late receive an automatic reduction of one grade for each day late. Anything handed in after Wednesday of Final Week is given an "F."
A part of institutional and state outcomes assessment requirements, and state and national program accreditation requirements, the
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism and cheating. For more information refer to the ISU Student Handbook found on the following webpage: www.isu.edu/references/st.handbook/conduct.html#CONDUCT. For definitions of cheating and plagiarism, see the ISU Faculty and Staff Handbook (Part 6, Sec. IX, page 6.9.1) found on the webpage: www.isu.edu/fs-handbook/part6/6_9/6_9.html
Reasonable Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The Sports Science and Physical Education program is committed to providing a classroom environment in which all students may achieve their potential. If you have a disability or think you have a disability (physical, learning, hearing, vision, psychiatric) which may need reasonable accommodation, please contact the
Evaluation of Course and Instructor
Outdoor Education Majors: Portfolio RequirementsNote: the following is only required if you are a physical education major with an outdoor education emphasis through the Sports Science and Physical Education Department. If you are majoring in another subject, you can disregard the information below.
Academic Year 2005-6
If you are an outdoor education major, you are expected to compile a personal portfolio. You'll want to begin saving information for your portfolio as soon as you undertake your course of study. For example, as part of the requirements of PE 220 (Foundations of Physical Education and Sport), you will develop a professional resume. A resume is one of the required components on list below and you'll want tuck it away for your portfolio.
Portfolio material may be placed in a three ring binder or in a portfolio case. You'll be asked to submit your portfolio as a requirement for PE 445 (Methods of Teaching Outdoor Activities and Practicum). Note: if you have not completed all of your outdoor education class work at the time you take PE 445, you will need to present your portfolio for a final check with your advisor. This must be done NO LATER than two weeks prior to graduation.
The following is a list of portfolio requirements. You may also add appropriate professional information that you think is relevant to your career search.
Other Components to Consider (Not Required)
Practicum ProceduresPurpose of Practicum
Methods of Teaching Outdoor Activities (PE 445)
The practicum portion of this course is a planned field experience which enables you to gain direct experience in teaching and/or leading outdoor activities.
Making Arrangements with an On-site Supervisor
In a practicum, you work under the direction of an on-site supervisor. Examples of on-site supervisors include outdoor education instructors (such as instructors of kayaking, rock climbing, cross-country skiing classes), scout or youth group leaders, public school teachers, camp counselors, city recreation program supervisors, etc.
You'll want to pick a practicum experience in which you have sufficient skills and knowledge to be an asset to the on-site supervisor. You should not pick practicums which are out of your experience range. For instance, attempting to help teach a rock climbing class when you are only a beginner rock climber is a poor choice for a practicum.
It's important before approaching an on-site supervisor that you discuss your practicum ideas with the instructor of this course. Some practicum experiences may not be appropriate, and by consulting with the course instructor in advance you can avoid unnecessary work.
Once the instructor has approved your idea, you'll want to set up an appointment with the on-site supervisor to see if they are willing to take you in as a practicum student. Keep in mind that practicum students can and do create extra work on the part of on-site supervisors, and some supervisors may not be able to accept students. Be prepared with alternative ideas. Always use tact and courtesy when approaching potential supervisors.
Your responsibilities are the following:
· Discuss your ideas about possible practicum experiences with the instructor of the course prior to making any specific contact at the placement site.
· Meet with the on-site supervisor, discuss the practicum, and obtain their approval.
· Fill out the Practicum Placement and Duties form and list duties assigned by the on-site supervisor. Obtain signatures from the supervisor and course instructor.
· Perform duties as agreed to and as assigned by the on-site supervisor.
· Keep a journal of the duties performed. Include the following:
1. A record what you have done: planning and preparation work, description of activities assisted with, list of skills taught, and any follow-up work required by the on-site supervisor.
· Attend the regularly scheduled meeting times of this course. During these meetings, be prepared to report on the progress of your practicum work.
· Notify the course instructor immediately should there be any extraordinary event or problem that occurs during the practicum.
· Solicit feedback from the on-site supervisor periodically concerning your work.
· Prepare a summary of your experience. Near the end of the semester, one special class period will be planned in which you'll be expected to present a summary of your experience.
· Complete and submit practicum documentation. At the end of the semester, the following should be completed and turned in to the instructor:
1. Final finished copy of the journal and supplementary materials.
The deadline for the Practicum Report is Friday of Closed Week. IMPORTANT: Closed Week is the week prior to Final Week. Papers handed in late receive an automatic reduction of one grade for each day late. Anything handed in after Wednesday of Final Week is given an "F."
Two forms are needed for your practicum: 1) Practicum Placement and Duties form; and 2) Practicum Verification form. Both are available on-line at: http://www.isu.edu/~wattron/Methods.html.
Information on Outdoor Education Degree Programs at Idaho State University