Specializing in courses that are focused on national standards, project based, student centered, practical, and that utilize authentic assessment. These courses are offered through Fresno Pacific University's Continuing Education. For more information and to register for a course, please visit the Continuing Education website.
Coaching Track and Field is designed to teach students the fundamentals of coaching the various events in the sport of track and field. Evidence of learning is tied directly to stated objectives and is assessed by writing a paper analyzing a chosen event category, creating a detailed 12-week training program for an athlete, and researching sources to complete a comprehensive workbook covering all event categories. Course objectives are modeled after standards-based learning objectives for teachers and for coaches as outlined by the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE America), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
The Coaching Cross Country course is designed to enhance the knowledge base of the student in several areas related to teaching and coaching cross country at the middle school level and above. Students will gain knowledge about nutrition and will also learn the basics of preparing training programs for distance runners. The student will also learn strategies used in racing and training. The student will be able to develop his/her own philosophy regarding the implementation of overseeing a cross country program. Course objectives are modeled after standards-based learning objectives for teachers and for coaches as outlined by the Society of Health and Physical Education (SHAPE America), and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).
Train smarter, not harder. That’s the ultimate goal of Endurance Training for Sports. This course is designed for sports coaches and physical educators who are seeking a thorough understanding of how best to structure effective training programs for their students. You will learn to evaluate endurance fitness, set goals for improvement, and design programs to meet those goals. The course is standards-based as identified by SHAPE America National Standards for Sports Coaches. The course will give you the tools to create training programs and workouts that will pay off in competition.
This course will introduce you to the terminology and methodology associated with the construction and use of educational portfolios. You will determine what educational portfolios are, why they are used, when they are used, and how they are used. You will become aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the portfolio process. You will learn how to use portfolios as an instructional tool, an assessment tool, a motivation tool, a reflection tool, an accountability tool, a communication and collaboration tool, a research tool, a professional development.
Technology has become an infusive and pervasive presence in most aspects of today’s culture; at home, at work, in the classroom, and on the athletic field. Along with, and partly due to, the advances in technology has come an increase in information and an even greater increase in the availability of that information. Technology and the accompanying information glut has provided teachers and coaches with new tools and has opened up whole worlds of new possibilities for teaching, learning, coaching and managing competitions. The boundaries of school and sports are no longer limited by the four classroom or gymnasium walls and are expanding at an exponential rate, limited only by a teacher’s or coach’s technological efficacy and imagination.
Using a project-based approach, and in collaboration with the instructor and other participants, students in this course will become familiar with both current and emerging technologies that may be useful in their teaching and/or coaching. Projects will be implemented to address both SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) and NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) standards. The course is highly interactive with the instructor and other students. Communication with the instructor and student colleagues will be accomplished through asynchronous course discussion boards and e-mail.
Entomology is the study of insects, the most abundant form of animal life on earth. Most insects are easily maintained in the classroom and can thrive despite being handled and kept in captivity. Insects can be used to model many scientific principles. The objectives of this course are to give educators basic information about insects and methods on how to use insects in the classroom. The pedagogy utilizes hands on, project based learning full of facts, fun and DIY classroom activities aligned with the Next Generation Science and Common Core Standards. Note: required textbook is purchased separately.
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Fungus Among Us (Beginning Mycology)