School Health Education Methods
Alignment with INTASC Professional Standards
Principle #1: CONTENT KNOWLEDGE--The candidate
understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the
discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make
these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
- Demonstrate knowledge of comprehensive school
- Examine various definitions of health.
- Recognize the interrelationship of the components
- Create organized learning experiences in health
that help children develop the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary
to adopt and maintain health-enhancing behaviors.
Principle #2: LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT--The candidate
understands how children learn and develop, and can provide learning
opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.
- Design health education instructional
materials and engaging activities that match physical, emotional, social,
and intellectual needs of students.
- Apply the learning theories
of Bloom’s Taxonomy in designing instructional lesson plans and engaging activities in health
Principle #3: DIVERSE LEARNERS--The candidate
understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates
instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
- Create culturally appropriate health
- Modify health curriculum to meet the needs of diverse
learners within a regular education classroom setting.
Principle #4: INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES--The candidate
understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage
students' development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance
- Create organized learning experiences for
health that help children develop the knowledge, attitude, and skills necessary to adopt and maintain health-enhancing
- Create a variety of appropriate and
engaging health activities and use a variety of methods.
- Match health activities to selected
- Gather a variety of
materials useful for teaching health. (technology based websites and materials,
instructional strategies, lesson plans,etc.)
Principle #5: CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT--The candidate
uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create
a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active
engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
- Create a health classroom that engages
the learner in positive social interaction, active learning, and
- Demonstrate in writing ways
teachers can plan and implement various techniques used for managing the health
Principle #6: COMMUNICATION--The candidate
uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication
techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction
in the classroom.
- Orally share information with others in
the area of health.
- Learn by listening to and observing
- Recognize the impact of
personal appearance as a means of nonverbal communication to students,
families, administrators, and colleagues.
Principle #7: PLANNING INSTRUCTION--The candidate
plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the
community, and curriculum goals.
- Develop knowledge-based, skill-based, and
affective oriented health learning outcomes to help students adopt and
maintain health-enhancing behaviors.
- Adapt learning plans to meet the needs of
individuals and groups.
- Create daily lesson plans for health
utilizing various methods and strategies of teaching. (discussion,
cooperative learning, role playing, brainstorming, debate,
decision-making, demonstrations, computer-assisted instruction, etc.)
- Produce instructional activities and lesson
plans for health based upon district, state, or national content standards.
Principle #8: ASSESSMENT--The candidate
understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and
ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the
- Recognize the relationship between
teaching and assessment.
- Recognize a variety of
assessment strategies to evaluate learning experiences in health.
Principle #9: REFLECTION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT--The candidate
is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her
choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in
the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow
- Learn by listening to and observing
- Motivate others to adopt and maintain health-enhancing
- Reflect upon lessons and
interactions with students and colleagues, evaluate results of work done, and
make changes based upon the results.
Principle #10: SCHOOL-COMMUNITY RELATIONS--The candidate
fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the
larger community to support students' learning and well-being.
- Be aware of and begin to participate in
parent/teacher groups; local, state, and national professional health
organizations; and local community organizations that promote the goals of
- Utilize district, state, or national standards
in the area of health and use these guidelines in preparing to teach.
- Present themselves to the
school and community as individuals knowledgeable in the methods of teaching
Principle #11: USE OF TECHNOLOGY--The candidate integrates the computer
and other high and low technology into classroom teaching activities,
assessment and/or documentation.
- Identify ways of appropriately
integrating technology in health.
- Use an array of available technological
tools to teach health.
- Use the Internet for developing health