Teaching Lifetime Outdoor Pursuits

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Teaching Lifetime Outdoor PursuitsJeff Steffen, Jim Stiehl
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Book/CD 240 pages

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Do you want to help your middle and high school students become more resilient and patient, acquire new skills, and sharpen their problem-solving abilities while feeling competent and good about themselves? If you do, then Teaching Lifetime Outdoor Pursuits is the ideal tool for you.

Editors Jeff Steffen and Jim Stiehl are nationally known physical educators with extensive experience in outdoor education teaching and teacher training. They brought together some of the nation’s foremost experts in specific outdoor pursuits—such as bouldering, caving, rock climbing, and orienteering—to craft a book designed for physical educators who either have outdoor programs or who want to use outdoor activities in their traditional PE programs.

The 12 topics included in Teaching Lifetime Outdoor Pursuits represent the outdoor pursuits that show the greatest growth in traditional PE programs. With each pursuit, students can challenge themselves and spend time outside of the customary classroom context while sharing an adventure with their teachers that can create a profoundly different student–teacher relationship.

Teaching Lifetime Outdoor Pursuits is a comprehensive resource whose ideas and content can be incorporated into a traditional PE program regardless of geographic location. The activities for each pursuit align with NASPE content standards. For each pursuit, you are given detailed information on equipment needed, basic skills and techniques required, teaching strategies, safety considerations, and additional resources.

In addition, Teaching Lifetime Outdoor Pursuits offers

This authoritative resource will help you “leave no child inside” as you teach pursuits that not only get kids outside now but also help them develop a lifetime habit of outdoor enjoyment.

What to Expect from This Book

This is an excerpt from Teaching Lifetime Outdoor Pursuits by editors Jeff Steffen and Jim Stiehl.

To avoid unnecessary redundancy, the next few sections of this chapter address shared topics that cut across all outdoor pursuits, such as general risk management, trip planning, and Leave No Trace. The subsequent chapters then focus on particular types of outdoor pursuits, each following a similar format in order to provide ease of presentation and a basis of comparison among chapters. For example, how might safety considerations for rock climbing differ from those for mountain biking? Unit plans, lesson plans, and assessments for each chapter are included on the accompanying CD-ROM. A sample lesson plan is included at the end of this chapter.

Bear in mind that these chapters are not written for outdoor education teachers with extensive training and background experience in outdoor pursuits. Rather, they provide essential information for introducing a group of physical education students to new experiences in ways that maximize enjoyment and minimize risk. The following is the general format used for each outdoor pursuits chapter:

In addition, each chapter provides Teaching Tips. These are hints and suggestions to help physical education teachers integrate a given outdoor pursuit into their programs.

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