Suggested Job Interview Questions for Prospective Physical

By Dolores Arnold,2014-05-15 21:57
11 views 0
The National Association for Sport & Physical Education (NASPE) has developed guidelines and interview questions to help you to hire the best physical


    Suggested Job Interview Questions


    Prospective Physical Education


    A Quality Physical Education Program

    Will Keep Your School

    Fit to Achieve

    Prepared by the National Association for Sport & Physical Education

    Make Hiring a Key Aspect of Assuring a Good Program

According to NASPE’s Physical Activity Guidelines, school children are

    encouraged to be physically active at least 60 minutes, and up to several hours

    per day. Assure that your students are taught the joy and reasons for being

    physically active by a professional!



    Hiring high quality professional staff is one of the challenges faced by principals. Another is having

    a general understanding of the standards, issues and trends relative to all the content areas that make

    up a comprehensive education including physical education. The National Association for Sport &

    Physical Education (NASPE) has developed guidelines and interview questions to help you to hire

    the best physical education faculty and contribute to the total education of your students.

NASPE, a nonprofit professional membership organization headquartered in Reston, VA, is the

    only national association supporting K-12 physical education programs and physical educators.

    Through its nearly 20,000 members, NASPE develops and supports programs of high quality in

    sport and physical activity that promote healthy behaviors to enhance individual well-being.

Please share these suggestions with other principals in your school district as well as chairs of your

    departments of physical education. We hope the following will help you better assess your program

    and prospective faculty members.

    Suggested Questions for Faculty in Physical Education

1. What do you believe are the characteristics of an effective “physical education teacher?”

     -“A physical education teacher is someone who is able to integrate knowledge and

    understanding of human movement and physical fitness, student growth and development, and

    current learning theories in order to facilitate student learning so that students become physically fit,

    competent movers and understand a range of movement forms..”

     1a. What is an effective program?

     2a. What do you want your students to learn in your program?

-*Key concepts: has comprehensive knowledge about scientific and applied aspects of human

    movement and physical activity; uses developmentally appropriate activities; models sportsmanship;

    shows awareness of students’ needs; applies effective teaching strategies; accommodates diversity; demonstrates professional commitment through involvement in professional organizations; serves as

    a positive role model of personal fitness and skill; uses appropriate assessment and evaluation;

    applies current technology. Students should learn health-related fitness, motor skills, how to be and

    stay active out of class, sport opportunities, various movement forms.

* (Key Concepts - the applicant may or may not answer the question in exactly this way,

    however, the interviewer can focus on the key words related to the concepts involved in the


    2. The accepted definition of a “Physically Educated Person” from NASPE is the following:

     -“Has learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities.”

     -“Is physically fit.”

     -“Participates regularly in physical activity.”

    -“Knows the implications of and the benefits from the involvement in physical activities.”

     -“Values physical activity and its contribution to a healthful lifestyle.”


    2a. How would you help your children to become physically educated?

    *Key Concepts: Competence in manipulative locomotor and non-locomotor skills, involvement in life activities and various movement forms (sport, dance, gymnastics, aquatics), assesses, achieves

    and maintains personal physical fitness; understands how to be safe in physical activity; health-

    enhancing regular physical activity; variety of physical activity options; motor development; healthy

    lifestyle decisions; enjoyment.

3. What are the “Appropriate Practices” in physical education?

     “Those practices which recognize children’s developmental status and changing capacities to

    execute motor skills.” Teachers plan and implement instruction that maximizes each student’s

    potential to develop in all domains in a safe, motivating environment.

    *Key Concepts: selection of movement concepts and motor skills; cognitive development; affective development; fitness; fitness assessment; maximum participation; variety of movement forms;

    management of competition.

4. How do you assess students in physical education?

     “Learning should be systemically assessed based on predetermined goals.” Assessments

    should include a variety of forms that assess understanding and application of concepts and

    development of skills. Assessment should be ongoing part of learning and reflect authentic

    application of meaningful skills and knowledge.

    *Key Concepts: evaluation of students within psychomotor, cognitive, and effective domains; valid, reliable, and objective; formative evaluation in relation to individualized criteria; guide to

    instructional planning; criteria-based; focus on individual performance; should assist in grading;

    indicator of quality instruction.

5. How do you ensure the “safety and well-being” of all students?

     “The teacher should plan and direct all class activities in an environment that promotes the

    safety of all students.”

    *Key Concepts: Physical maturation and skill development levels (size and strength); pertinent student medical information; continuous supervision in all activity areas and in the locker room;

    appropriate clothing and shoes; safety aspects of physical activities is an integral part of instruction:

    emergency first-aid procedures; maintenance of all equipment and facilities.

    5a. How would you accommodate students with a variety of special needs?

*Key Concepts: All students are not doing the same thing at the same time but a variety of levels,

    stations, equipment and activities. It is important to extend and adapt tasks to student needs.

6. What is your understanding of the National Standards for Physical Education that were

    developed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education or of our state’s

    standards for physical education?

     “The purpose of the National Standards was to clearly identify what a student should know

    and be able to perform as a result of a quality physical education program and to establish teacher-


friendly guidelines for assessment.” There are seven broad standards with benchmarks for grades K,

    2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12.

    *Key Concepts: the standards address: motor skill competency; varied movement forms; understanding of movement & fitness; physically active lifestyle; health-enhancing level of physical

    fitness; responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity settings; respect for differences;

    opportunities for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction.

7. What are your plans for professional involvement and self-improvement?

    7a. Would you be willing to attend inservice trainings on your own time?

8. Give an example of how you have been cooperative and flexible in a professional work


    *Key concepts: compromise, respect, for the good of the school

    8a. Give an example of how you have been a part of a decision making process.

9. How do you think physical education contributes to the total curriculum?

10. Do you have any additional information you would like to share with us?

    *Key Concepts: interests, hobbies, certification, professional contributions and involvements, etc.

    Resources for You When was the last time you visited a physical education class in your school? Is your program

    making the contribution it should to the overall education of your students? Are your students

    becoming physically competent and fit so that they can learn better now and become active and

    productive adults in the future? Is your physical education teacher a certified specialist who is

    keeping abreast of the latest standards, issues and trends?

NASPE encourages you to learn more about and develop a greater understanding of the role

    physical education plays in the overall education of your students. Young people who discover and

    develop motor competence and adequate health related physical fitness can improve their self-

    esteem, overall health and well-being. Active, healthy kids learn better!

To help you review your school’s physical education program, NASPE has developed cutting edge

    materials. Here are several you will want to consider:

Professional Standards: National Standards for Physical Education define what students should

    know and be able to do to become physically educated. The standards, which place physical

    education clearly in the mainstream of educational reform, make a strong call for rigorous

    achievement of challenging subject matter both cognitively and physically. Stock #304-10083, $17

    for members, $22 for non-members


New Opportunity to Learn Standards for Elementary Physical Education: All elementary

    physical educators and administrators should be aware of the program elements essential to provide

    students with full “opportunity to learn” physical education. This new NASPE publication outlines

    the standards that ensure that no student is deprived of the opportunity to meet the content and

    performance standards for physical education because the school failed to provide an adequate

    learning environment or adequate resources. Stock #304-10242, $4 for members, $7 for non-


New Assessment Series: The NASPE Assessment Series for K-12 physical education and teacher

    preparation programs are books with current assessment ideas to tell you what your students are

    learning. Each booklet in the series focuses on a different assessment topic. To order a copy of

    Creating Rubrics for Physical Education, call 1-800-321-0789. Stock #304-10209. $10 for

    members, $13 for non-members.

     Other titles in the Assessment Series are:

    ? Standards-Based Assessment of Student Learning ( by Leslie Lambert) ? Assessing Motor Skills in Elementary Physical Education (by Shirley Holt/Hale) ? Assessing and Improving Fitness in Elementary Physical Education (by Shirley Holt/Hale) ? Assessing Social Responsibility and Teamwork (by Mary O’Sullivan and Mary Henninger)

    ? Assessment in Games Teaching (by Stephen Mitchell and Judith Oslin)

    ? Portfolio Assessment for K-12 Physical Education (by Vincent Melograno) ? Assessing Student Learning: New Rules, New Realities (by Ron Brandt) ? Assessment Strategies for Elementary Physical Education (by Suzann Schemer) ? Assessment Learning in Physical Education: Motor Skills (video Stephen Jefferies) ? Cardiovascular Fitness for Fun (by Donna Baker)

Guidelines and Program Appraisal Checklists for K-12 Physical Education Programs address

    the expected outcomes of instruction; the curriculum, qualifications of the teacher; student safety

    and physical conditioning, scheduling of adequate opportunities for instruction; and class size;

    facilities, equipment and supplies; and measurement and evaluation techniques.

Skate in School Program: NASPE and Rollerblade, Inc. created the Skate in School Program to

    promote in-line skating safety, and to turn kids onto a lifetime of fun and cardiovascular fitness that

    they otherwise might miss. To learn more about the exciting Skate in School Program, contact

    Rollerblade at 1-888-758-4386. NASPE members benefited from receiving over 200 $10,000

    Skate in School grants from Rollerblade, Inc.

Web Site: Visit NASPE at or call 1-800-321-0789 to

    order the standards, assessment series, guidelines and checklists. NASPE members benefit from

    publication discounts.

Professional Conferences:


    th Annual Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation &

    Dance (AAHPERD), April 1-5, 2003, Philadelphia, PA. For more information, see or call 1-800-213-7193.


Professional Improvement in Physical Education (PIPE-line) is the theme of the one day workshops

    developed by NASPE to meet the growing demand of school systems nationwide to provide quality

    clinics and inservice programs to physical educators. These workshops concentrate on current issues

    in our profession and provide the most up-to-date information on focused topics. The first three

    workshop topics are 1) Appropriate Instructional Practices, 2) Teaching to Content Standards in

    Physical Education, and 3) Assessment of Student Learning. A faculty of experienced, dynamic

    PIPE-line clinicians will present information these topics using a curriculum outline to guide the

    presentation and a variety of NASPE materials while enhancing the workshop by adding their own

    expertise and hands-on activities. PIPE-line Workshops will be available beginning Fall, 2002.

    Anyone interested in this program can contact NASPE at 703-476-3414 for additional information.

Those are just a few of the exciting new programs NASPE has to offer your physical education staff.

    By encouraging your teachers to access all of NASPE’s resources, you will be contributing to your

    students’ overall health and well-being. Membership is only $125 for individuals. Urge your physical educators to enhance their professionalism!

    (Revised 7/02)


Report this document

For any questions or suggestions please email