“Okay, now we are going to jump over the river,” Clarke Bear, senior in the Teacher Education Physical Education program explains to her 5-year-old students. “Don’t step in it because, there are snakes in the river!“[Students scream with excitement]
This is just a normal Tuesday at Jeter a Pre-Kindergarten school for young girls and boys. Bear has the students jumping over two jump ropes about two feet apart on the ground telling them it is a river with snakes. “Each week we teach different lessons pertaining to a specific skill like jumping, kicking or ball handling,” Bear says.
According to the Auburn University website, the Physical Education Teacher Education program is to produce teachers with the capacity to create curriculum and instruction practices that help children achieve an active lifestyle which will continue in and throughout adulthood.
The program provides students with knowledge about exercise, physical activity, and instruction, provides significant clinical experiences, develops reflective teachers, and utilizes the most up-to-date methods for assessing teaching ability and skills.
The students of the Teacher Education Physical Education program spend most of their time outside the classroom getting real field experience. They travel around the Auburn-Opelika area teaching at several different schools throughout the semester. “It is really great experience because you get to see what you will actually be doing after graduation,” Bear says, “and it is also a very rewarding experience because you know you are helping the students and their schools.”