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Post submitted by Andrew K. Miller, an educator and consultant for the Buck Institute for Education, which specializes in project-based learning for the 21st century. Connect with Miller on Twitter @betamiller or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Physical education (PE) can be a place where relevant and authentic learning can occur. I think project-based learning (PBL) is one way to not only create this, but to also show others how valuable PE can be. When done well, PBL gives students a relevant and authentic task—a problem or challenge—that they, as a team and as individuals, must explore and solve.
Follow link to read more about a High School PE project.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
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Sunday, December 5, 2010
I just wanted to share a couple of things I learned or heard about at the OAHPERD convention on Friday (before I forgot). I am sure that we will discuss them more at our next meeting!
1. I went to an assessment session that provided us with copies of current assessments that Urbana Schools are using - they rewrote their curriculum last year. They also discussed the assessments that are currently being written to coordinate with the state standards. I think this is something worth discussing as we write our curriculum and is timed perfectly as we develop and discuss our grading practices. The one assessment that I was most impressed with was one that dealt/assessed Standard 6 - which I think we discussed last time is hard not only to incorporate, but how do we know we are accomplishing it? They also discussed how they use Fitnessgram for grades - I think it will be interesting to hear what you think about their methods!
2. I know a couple of meetings ago, Mr. Bennett asked us about the "career piece" and I went to another breakout session called "More than Stop, Drop, and Roll" - which was all about how fitness was needed in certain careers. Dr. Wetzel, from Miami University, demonstrated how something like the "Firefighter Combat Challenge" - a real test/competition - could translate into a lesson and challenge for PE students.
3. Finally, I went to a session called "Everybody Dance" about integrating dance into your PE classroom. They provided me with a CD of edited and appropriate music for line dances and group dances and also directions - if anyone is interested.
See you Dec. 14th!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Although this video discusses issues and problems associated with physical education in Europe, they are the same issues we face at the local, state and national level here in the US.
This video will define the term Bildung and the difference between Physical Education for bildung and Physical education for health promotion.
The first 2-3 minutes is dedicated to give information to the conference participants and to introduce the speaker. Please be patient and continue to watch.
There will also be further introductions one being Mary O'Sullivan who works at the University of Limerick, Ireland and who was educated in the US and worked with Daryl Siedentop at The Ohio State University.
I feel this video not only answers Global questions related to physical education, but also poses questions to the Physical Education teacher both on personal and professional level.
This is a rather lengthy discussion. After viewing it you may want to apply for Grad credit -hee hee! :-)
Friday, November 12, 2010
1 in 5 youth is now considered obese. And because everyone has a stake in the health of our children, we are all responsible for making a change.
If you care about children’s health and know the importance of health education in our schools, we need you to do two things right now:
1. Watch This Video: “An Apple a Day Is Not Enough” is a powerful poem written and performed by Taylor Mali (a well-known spoken word artist and teacher) about the importance of health education.
2. Share This Video: Forward it, blog about it, like it on Facebook, Tweet it.
We must get the word out about the importance of health education and its ability to get this country’s health back on track—but we can’t do it alone. Please help us spread the message—our country depends on it.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010
When students enter the gym they are ready to move. They want to move. As they get off the bus in the morning they are yelling across the black top asking "What are we doing in PE today Mrs. Jessel?" or "Do I have PE today Mrs. Jessel?" They do not want to come to the gymnasium and sit.
I found instant activities provide the students with moderate to vigorous movement options which help the students focus before the lesson begins. I teach a variety of instant activities in the beginning of the year and rotate through them. Some of the activities are linked to the daily lesson while others are random.
Instant activities I've used in the past include cooperative challenges, ball throwing challenges, fitness and low organized games like Lazy Mary. Once taught and reviewed two or three times, the students are able to organize and start the activity with little assistance from me.
During instant activity time I take attendance, reset the daily lesson, and talk with the students.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
1. Waiver or No Waiver - HB
2. Finalize pilot - Web-Based Fitnessgram 9
3. Order resources that will help team move forward with Standards
b. HS Equipment (e.g., watches, scale, straps)
c. Elementary Equipment
4. Revisit Dance - Activities
5. HOP Sports - Demo by HS
6. Articulation Issues that impact power indicators (e.g., Pacer Test)
7. Power Indicators - Phase I and II
8. COS Template Desig
9. Indicators that also show up in health
1. Grading Practices informed by standards based learning and assessment
Sunday, October 3, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Elementary Level: Games and sport with fitness embedded.
Middle to High School: Fitness with sport and games embedded. Fitness is out there and discussed with students as they participate in sports and games. The activities presented are centered on fitness components through game play, muscular endurance, cardio, muscular strength, flexibility,
Cardio Capture the Flag :-)
- Students learn offense and defense skills
- Invasion sport similar to football, basketball and lacrosse
- Cardiovascular game, running
- Risk taking game
- Strategic planning
Thursday, September 30, 2010
1. Focus on Quality vs. Quantity
2. Using the team's expertise (e.g., Jen - Lacrosse, Erika - basketball).
3. Look at the big picture, then break it down from high school to elementary (backwards design)
4. Check out areas that are lacking in the current curriculum (e.g., dance)
5. Take a look at the current standards, benchmarks, indicators - identify power indicators.
6. Give students a choice with activities (e.g., high school schedule example)
7. Exposure to community life time activities (climbing wall, ropes courses, swimming)
8. Day-to-Day classroom instruction should model student engagement so students are moving from start to
finish with minimal downtime.
9. Examine tactic approach at the October 5 mtg.
10. Continue to scaffold skills and activities
11. Bring in Dr. Mitchell from KSU to discuss assessment development linked to power indicators.
12. Explore web-based fitness gram tools for K-12 assessment tool
13. BMI - How will we do this?
14. Parent Communication - How do we communicate student progress and assessment results?
15. Continue to find ways to work with principals and teachers that promote physical education as a school
culture (e.g., OAA, OGT testing, reducing behavior problems through the use of quick PE activities at
the start or end of the classroom).
16. Identify professional development needs (e.g., conference, course offering).
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Revisit the goals you wrote at the end of the school year. Do they include one or two Web 2.0 tools you would like to learn more about -- tools you can integrate into the new COS revision? Our technology integration team can provide professional development support.
Web 2.0 Tools - Voicethread
Monday, July 19, 2010
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
January 20, 2010
More than 3 million people had bought Wii Fit consoles by last November. A study finds that just using a video game workout like Wii isn't enough for people in their 20s or for older people who are reasonably fit. To shed the pounds gained over the holidays, more than a virtual workout is needed.
Study: We Need More Than Wii Workouts
January 20, 2010 ... KEYES: Cedric Bryant is chief science officer for the American Council on Exercise which recently studied the fitness benefits of the Wii Fit and Dance Town. ... By Allison Keyes http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122755260
Monday, April 19, 2010
Naperville is the community I visited in February. I can share lots of information on Wednesday.
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Monday, February 15, 2010
The following link connects you with ODE's Academic Standards and general resource information:
We look forward to your contributions on this blog -- ideas, suggestions, reflections, sharing best practices and resources.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
"There was some discussion about professional development for PE. What kind of professional development can the PE staff take? Conference/Convention/Workshops?"
"Is all professional development being held in house or can they attend and participate in out of district events?"
"Professional development and leadership were the two big questions. Some things were denied and team members were not sure why or did not understand if it was cost, the format, the topic, or district policy."
After hearing presentations about "Personal Learning Networks" we'll revisit your questions about professional development.
Friday, February 12, 2010
1. What do you hope to learn or achieve in this course of study revision process?
2. Post one or two long-term professional learning network goals.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
"This was a great help in informing me on the new standards for physical education. The most important part was the inforamtion on how to go about using the new standards to write our curriculum so they align. Right now some of the things we are doing align with the state standards but there is much more we need to implement.
The workshop also talked about how to assess the students to ensure they are meeting the indicators for each grade. Dr. Mitchell really gave us good tools to use to review our current curriculum to see what we should keep and what we should add or discard.
The assessment information was great because I feel this is an area in which physical education as a whole struggles due to the nature of our content. Much of our assessment is observation. Therefore it is hard to get data. However, he gave us ideas we could use to obtain the data."
1. How can assessment technology enhance physical education programs?
2. What type of assessment technology would best align with PE Standards and our district's technology
Wednesday, February 10, 2010