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Sunday, December 5, 2010


Hello All -

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!


Gretchen said...

It seem standard 5 and 6 were a running theme at OAHPERD. The session I went to also discussed 5 and 6 and it seems most of the participants are apprehensive about grading them. Stacey was able to attend the 2 hour session called Updates in PE with L. Lyle Henry from the State Dept. of Ed. She said she got a lot of info and I think the assessment drafts. -Thanks Stacey! I can not wait for you teach the Fire Fighter test. Fitness for career is important and I think we need to discuss it with the students. Thanks for sharing the dance and CD.

Stacey said...

Glad you were able to attend the Friday sessions!!!!!