Jessica Kurtz

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About Me

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Hi. My name is Jessica Kurtz. I am a graduate from SUNY Cortland with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood/Childhood Education. I am currently a graduate student at the State University at Albany. I plan on becoming a teacher in the year 2021 after I have completed my college career.

I am a very outgoing person who loves to be around family and friends. I like taking my dog Ruby for walks outside or to play in the snow. I love to travel and I hope to one day to travel to Italy and Germany.

My Topic and Purpose

The purpose of these courses are for educators to learn how to incorporate physical fitness into the classroom.

Also the importance of having physical fitness in the classroom.

Scope of Learning Outcomes and Content

1.Educators will be able to identify students who need physical fitness breaks

2.Educators will be able to to develop a variety of lessons that includes physical fitness

3.Educators will understand the value of physical fitness in the classroom

4.Educators will understand the importance of using motor skills

Needs Assessment

Problem: Teachers do not understand the importance of physical activity in the classroom. Teachers may not know how to incorporate physical activity into their lessons. The lack of physical education in the classroom decreases students retention of information. With the lack of physical education in the classroom students may feel tired and have no motivation to learn. Studies have found that students who have gym or are involved in physical activity before a class retain more information or score higher on a test than someone who is not involved in physical activity.

What is to be learned: Teachers will learn the importance of physical activity in the classroom. Teachers will learn how to incorporate physical activity in their classroom and during their lessons. Teachers will learn that physical activity in the classroom

Goals: Learners will learn the importance of physical activity in the classroom. Learners will learn how to incorporate physical activity in the classroom.

Analysis of the Learner and Context

Learners: The learners of these mini-courses will be teachers and possibly physical education teachers. Teachers and physical education teachers may collaborate together to create lessons.

Instructional Context: Learners will be able to do these mini courses online. They will be able to watch videos, read articles, and do activities online.

Performance-Based Objectives

1. Determine when it is necessary to incorporate physical fitness in the classroom and explain why it is important to incorporate physical fitness in the classroom.

2. Create lessons that incorporate physical activity during teaching.

3. Evaluate the effectiveness of incorporating physical activity in every day lessons.

Task Analysis

Learners must be opened to feedback, new information, taught lessons without incorporating physical activity, ready to learn, and motivation to get the students active,

Unit one: Information on Why Physical Fitness in the Classroom is Necessary and when to Incorporate it

Prerequisites: Learners will need a Gmail account, computer, classroom, and ready to learn.

Target Objectives: Learners will learn and explain why and when it is important to incorporate physical fitness in the classroom during lessons. Learners will learn how to teach and conduct physical activity at the same time.

Actions: Learners will know why it is important to incorporate physical activity and when to incorporate it into their lessons. They will think about previous lessons where they could incorporate physical activity before creating new lessons.

Unit two: Create lessons Integrating Physical Activity

Prerequisites: Learners will need a Gmail account, computer, classroom, and know the importance of incorporating physical activity in the classroom and when it is needed.

Target Objectives: Learners will be able to create lessons that integrate physical activity.

Actions: Learners will create lessons that incorporate physical activity while the students learn.

Unit three: Reflecting on the Effectiveness of Integrating Physical Activity

Prerequisites: Learners will need a Gmail account, computer, classroom, and completed lessons that were taught with physical activity and lessons that were completed with no physical activity.

Target Objectives: Learners will reflect on the effectiveness of incorporating physical activity in the classroom.

Actions: Learners will reflect on lessons and the grades students received on lessons that did and did not incorporate physical activity.

Curriculum Map

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References and Resources

Carlson, J., Engelberg, J., Cain, K., Conway, T., Mignano, A., Bonilla, E., Geremia, C., & Sallis, J. (2015). Implementing classroom physical activity breaks: Associations with student physical activity and classroom behavior. Preventive Medicine, 81, 67–72. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2015.08.006

Link: https://www-sciencedirect-com.libproxy.albany.edu/science/article/pii/S0091743515002583

Donnelly, J., & Lambourne, K. (2011). Classroom-based physical activity, cognition, and academic achievement. Preventive Medicine, 52, S36–S42. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2011.01.02

Link: https://www-sciencedirect-com.libproxy.albany.edu/science/article/pii/S0091743511000491


Katz, D., Cushman, D., Reynolds, J., Njike, V., Treu, J., Walker, J., Smith, E., & Katz, C. (2010). Putting physical activity where it fits in the school day: preliminary results of the ABC (Activity Bursts in the Classroom) for fitness program. Preventing Chronic Disease, 7(4), A82–.

Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2901580/