Different Speeds & Different Needs: How to Teach Sports to Every Kid
Instructor: Michelle Kalina
Grading: Letter or S/U
Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)
Instruction Mode: Correspondence
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $250
Partner Class Offered Through Northstar Continuing Education
Physical education class and team sports can be an enjoyable part of the school curriculum for most students. However, for students with disabilities or those who lack coordination and socialization skills, physical education classes can be a source of fear and dread. This class will teach educators how to create inclusive sports programs that will bring out the best skills in all of their students. Students with autism, Tourette syndrome, ADHD, learning and intellectual disabilities, height and weight differences, physical challenges and sensory impairments will benefit from the interventions and program modifications taught in this class. Using the latest research and design principles, general and special educators will learn how to include all students in sports programs and will analyze their current programs for barriers that prevent full student participation. Students of all ages and skill levels will learn how to improve their sportsmanship, socialization and friendship skills, character development and social confidence, giving them the ability to succeed far beyond the gym or sports field.
As a result of participation in this course, students should:
1. Thrive in sports environments that are adapted to their needs.
2. Acquire the emotional and social competence needed to succeed in sports with their peers.
3. Participate in physical education classes that encourage participation of students at all skills levels and abilities.
4. Learn good sportsmanship to enhance character development of children with and without disabilities.
5. Benefit from physical education classes based on the latest research and universal design principles designed to teach children with special needs.
Barber, G. (2010). Different speeds and different needs. How to teach sports to every kid. Paul H. Brookes: Baltimore, MD.
Moran, T. & Block, M. (2010). Barriers to participation of children with disabilities in youth sports. TEACHING Exceptional Children Plus, 6(3), 1-13.
Article may be found at: http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/EJ879597.pdf
United States Government Accountability Office. (2010). Students with disabilities: More information and guidance could improve opportunities in physical education and athletics. Washington, DC:Author.
Article may be found at: http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED510469.pdf
Textbook(s) not included in the cost of the course.