‘Practice what you preach’ - Educating the next generation of PE-teachers
From the year 2010 we started with the implementation of a game-based approach of teaching games within our four-year bachelor physical education teacher education (PETE) programme at Fontys University. Within the practical Teaching Games course the students participate in approximately 200 lesson hours in total in which they learn to become better (thinking) players and above all gain a clear understanding of the principles of a game-based approach and how to apply these principles in PE practice. By undertaking work placement assignments in which the students have to design, teach and assess target-, striking/fielding-, net/wall- and invasion game activities, they learn how to work with and apply the game-based principles within a real-life PE context (i.e., primary schools, secondary schools, special needs schools). At the same time within this practice our students introduce or extend the game-based approach to teaching games at a great number of different schools and contribute to the further expansion of the game-based approach in the Netherlands.
National Network Teaching Games
Facebook: Netwerk Teaching Games
At our recent IAB meeting, Gwen Weeldenburg (The Netherlands representative) presented the Netwerk Teaching Games (NTG). The NTG is a platform which allows the sharing, generation and discussion of knowledge and expertise in teaching games. As a community we wish to continuously develop our field and connect with one another. The TGfU SIG is proud to support the ongoing efforts of professionals around the world and we look forward to working closely with the NTG in the future.
Publications & In-service training
On regular basis we publish articles in the national journal for PE teachers to promote the game-based approach in physical education and sport, and provide workshops at national and international in-service seminars on how to apply this approach.
Together Everyone Achieves More
Of course, all the achievements are the result of great teamwork. And therefore, all credits have to go to all the members of the teaching games department of Fontys University:
(From left to right: Enrico Zondag, Bart Neutkens, Frank de Kok, Gwen Weeldenburg, Michiel Ellenbroek, Daan Geelen)