Book Titles

  • SPARK by John J. Ratey, MD

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Conversation Questions

Please post questions that come to mind...

1.  How do we teach PE rules/routines across the district?

Thank-you for the Invitation

Thank-you for the opportunity to participate ; I look forward to working with all of you on this curriculum rewrite. I will share my experiences from Naperville next week when I return.


Monday, February 15, 2010

Welcome PE Team

It has been a while since the last course of study revision. I know all of you are ready to re-examine our K-12 physical education program and current practices. This revision is timely now that the State Board of Education adopted the Academic Content Standards for Physical Education June 2009.

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

Big Picture: Vision Activity

Think about a student who will begin Kindergarten at Miller in 2010. Think about the same student graduating from Aurora High School June 2023.
What kind of skills will this graduate possess after completing the K-12 Physical Education curriculum?

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Personal Learning Networks: "The Times They Are A-Changing"

In your PLC PE updates, the following statements were made:

"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

Professional Learning Network Presentations & Learning Goals

After hearing presentations about Professional Learning Networks, please respond to the questions below:

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

Academic Content Standards Workshop - Feedback

Several of you attended the Physical Education Academic Content Standards Workshop.  The following comments were shared on your professional absence form:

"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."

Forming Assessment Through Technology

The growing use of technology is a key step in the move to bring physical education into the 21st century. 

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

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


After having read SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,

1.  Share what you learned about academics and fitness.

2.  Share ways your PE curriculum connects to the academic content areas.