The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men. ~Bill Beattie

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Standard 3

Planning and Instruction

Physical education teacher candidates plan and implement developmentally appropriate learning experiences aligned with local state, and national standards to address the diverse needs of all students.

Element 3.1

Design and implement short and long term plans that are linked to program and instructional
goals as well as a variety of student needs.

During EDU 356 I had the opportunity to create a Top Down plan for a non-verbal Autistic student. This plan shows how I was able to create an activity plan for the student going out 15 years from now. I created a step by step plan that paved a path for what the student must accomplish to achieve these goals, and the activities that he could participate in along the way. My goals and objectives in this plan followed closely with the national as well as the state standards, because I wanted the goals to be justified rather than opinion based. Since my student's needs were so severe and diverse, I had to be creative in planning each of the steps to reach the final goals.


Element 3.5

Plan and adapt instruction for diverse student needs, adding specific accommodations and/or
modifications for student exceptionalities.

My time spent in EDU 356 was an exceptional time for me to grow as not only a teacher, but as a planner as well. My student's needs and "exceptionalities" were so vast, that I would need to carefully plan out each activity and then come back to revise it again. Since I was able to get to know the student very well throughout the semester, and I was able to modify lessons and activities to meet his needs. This is all outlined in great detail in the Individualized Education Plan that I created for him. It discusses the many details of how I modified activities, teaching style, and environment in order to give him the best opportunity for success.