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Guiding Questions that may be used for the Health and Physical Education
Observation Paper
1. Is the gym/room able to accommodate the students and activities?
Yes, if need be.
2. What lesson is being taught?
No specific lesson
3. Are the national and state academic standards incorporated into the lesson?
Yes
4. What routines were evident i.e. starting the class, ending the class, transiting from
one activity to another?
Warm up routine, water break, listen to directions, do activity, clean, water, leave
5. What safety measures are in place?
The walls was cushioned, safe floor material
6. Did each student have an opportunity to participate in the activity?
Yes, they were encouraged to
7. What types of classroom manage skills were evident?
When music stopped that meant next station, whistle meant to come to Mr. May
8. What types of assessment were used?
None, they only assess 4th graders.
9. Were students informed of what they would be doing in this class?
Yes, as soon as they came in the gym class they gathered to speak about the day ahead
10. What teaching strategies were used?
11. What were the teachers comments about the lesson plan, class, students or
challenges?
There wasnt enough time during the PE class to accomplish everything that he wish he
could.

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PE Observation
Nonnie K Jones
Ivy Tech Community College

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Intasc Standards Page
Standard #1: Learner Development
The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning
and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional,
and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging
learning experiences.
Name of Artifact: Health & Physical Education Observation
Date: November 10th, 2015
Course: Education 240
Brief Description: For this assignment I was required to go observe an elementary physical
education class. I had to answer a few questions referring to my observation visit. After my
observation I had to write a reflection about my overall observation. I had to include an
introduction, classroom observation, teacher comments, and a summary.
Rationale: To document my understanding of Intasc Standard #1, Learner Development I have
completed my physical education observation paper. I will speak about what I have observed at
the elementary PE class. This will demonstrate my understanding of how development varies
from cognitive, social, linguistic, emotional, and physical areas. It will teach me how to include
developmentally appropriate learning experiences.

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Introduction
The school that I visited was Green Briar Elementary school. I choose to observe at that school
because that was the school that I attending through my elementary years. The PE class for the
most part looks the same as when I was a student in that class. The walls underneath the
basketball hoops was all matted. I thought that was pretty smart in case someone playing
basketball or other sports and did not stop running would not run into a hard wall. It made the
room a lot safer in my own opinion. The gym was a nice size gym with a stage in it. At this
school there is only one amazing physical education teacher, his name is Joe May. He has been
the same physical education teacher since I was at that school years ago. The class that I
observed was a 3rd grade class. Their class was from 1:30 until 2:15pm. The students was really
energetic and ready to start their physical education class.
Classroom Observation Experiences
My PE classroom observation went great. I saw a lot within the time that I was observing.
Entering the classroom I knew the students had a full fun day ahead of them because of how the
room was sat up. When they first came in the class they had a routine they had to do which was
their warm up. They did a lot of running and other different minor excises. After they finished
doing their warm up Mr. May started giving the rules about the 12 stations they were doing next.
He actually had two responsible students demonstrate what to do while he was saying what to
do. The room was sat up with 12 different stations for the obstacle course. The students had 2
minutes to be at a station. I am going to speak about my favorite stations that he had sat up. One
of my favs was the first station was roller racers which worked out their arms. He had those
exact things when I was in his class and it was one of my favs then as well. My second favorite
was something new, the mini trampolines. I found that to be pretty cool because kids love
jumping on trampolines and they dont look at it as being exercise. The last thing I am going to
speak on is basketball. They did not have a full basketball game going on because that wouldnt

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have been safe with all the surrounding stations. However, they was able to dribble, pass and
shoot which is pretty good exercise for third graders.
Teacher Comments
The teacher that I observed did not make that many comments because he was around at
different stations helping students achieve their goals. However, he did speak about how the
school over the pass years has added to his gym class. They added a lot more safety precautions.
For example with the padded walls, those was there when I was in his class. However, now they
have added more to the wall whereas when I was there it was only in certain spots. Another thing
that Mr. May spoke about was the fact that his gym classes now are a lot shorter than when I was
in class. I found that to be pretty interesting. Mr. May also spoke about being a PE teacher in
general. He said kids are getting more and lazier, but as teachers we need to be encouraging.
While his students was warming up by running and trying to hop over a doddle students began to
give up the higher the stick went. If you dont try your best to hop over youll never know how
good of a hopper you really are, Mr. May. Mr. May was definitely a very supportive and
encouraging physical education teacher.
Summary
I enjoyed my visit to my prior elementary school. It was a great experience to instead of being
the student being a pre-teacher observing the classroom. I loved going to watch the children be
excited to do some exercising. It was interesting to see the new stuff in that gym and the new
equipment that the students was allowed to use. I loved what they were in in the class on my
observation day. I remember coming to class and seeing the stations played out and the
excitement that I felt. It was cool to see how dedicated the students were trying to jump over the
long doddle. It was also great to hear how inspirational and encouraging Mr. May was to his
students that was not trying their hardest. Overall it was a great physical education observation.
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