multicultural dance, girls from Guatemala in traditional costume

Multi-cultural Activities in Physical Education

The purpose of this course is to show teachers how to incorporate multicultural activities into their current curriculum.  We will cover a variety of physical and rhythmic activities from other countries. SHAPE America (Society of Health and Physical Educators) recommends the following in regards to multicultural integration: 

Teachers intentionally select activities that represent a culturally diverse environment (e.g., dances and games from around the world)."
Appropriate Instructional Practice Guidelines, K-12: A Side-by-Side Comparison. 2009

Among the activities covered will include individual, dual, and team sports.  Examples include Broomball from Canada, Takraw from Southeast Asia, and Bolo Ball from Africa.  In addition, rhythms and dance from around the world will be presented.  Examples include d'hammerschmiedsgselln from Germany, Tanko Bushi from Japan, and Tininkling from the Philippines. By the end of the workshop participants will gain a greater understanding of the importance of integrating multicultural lessons into their curriculum.  Several strategies will be presented on how to infuse that knowledge and wonder of the world into their students and gymnasium classroom.  All activities come with ready to use assessments and are based on SHAPE America's national guidelines.  Come ready to participate and be ready to travel the world!

Instructor Bios


Multi-cultural Activities in Physical Education

  • Kevin Tiller

    Kevin Tiller, M.S. in Kinesiology, has over 20 years of teaching experience at all levels in physical education, technology, and health. Currently he teaches in Andover, MA. He was named the 2015 Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year by the MA Assn. of Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (MAPHPERD). He is author of "The Great Games Handbook" (The Great Activities Publishing Co.) and developer of Phys.Ed.Review, a website that reviews all things Physical Education. He frequently presents workshops at the college level, at state conventions, and through in-service staff development programs.

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