Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fitness for LIFE!

Grade 9: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Fitness...

Oi Grade 9!

I wonder, what does fitness mean to you? How is it connected to physical and health literacy? Consider the following enduring understanding and essential questions as they relate to fitness:

Enduring Understanding
  • People’s decisions and actions affect their level of fitness, and in turn, impacts their health

Essential Questions
  • What is fitness?
  • How can you maintain physical activity for lifelong health?
  • What is our responsibility regarding our fitness and health?

Making Connections

How do the physical fitness components help maintain our health? What muscle groups are targeted as we develop each of these physical fitness components? When developing these different components, what does our heart rate tell us about our level of fitness?
  • Muscular Endurance - ability sustain or repeat series of muscular contractions without tiring
  • Muscular Strength - ability to carry out work against a resistance
  • Power - ability to produce explosive force
  • Speed - ability to move the body rapidly
  • Agility - ability to quickly change body position
  • Flexibility - range of motion of body parts (important for execution of techniques in sports)
  • Balance and Coordination - ability to stay in control of body movement
  • Cardiovascular Endurance (aerobic fitness) - ability to sustain physical activity continuously

Measuring our Fitness... Heart Rate

Monitoring our heart rate during physical activity will help determine baseline training zones. Finding the training zone that is right for you will help maximize the health and fitness benefits from participating in physical activity. Calculate your heart rate zones - what does it mean if your heart rates zones or too low or too high when exercising?


Measuring our Fitness... The Beep Test

The beep test is commonly used to measure endurance. Simple to conduct, the test only requires minimal equipment. Explore Top End Sports in order familiarize yourself more with the beep test. Pay particular attention to the following sections:
  • About the Test
  • Test Performance
  • Scoring the Test

In class, you will perform the beep test and record your results. You will calculate your score and compare yourself against beep test norms. Taking your results into consideration, you will create fitness goals to work on throughout the year. 

Please note, you can also use the following aerobic assessment to calculate your score. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully. This health and fitness assessment website is a great resource for measuring your fitness.

Ask yourself the following questions in order to think critically about your fitness level and how this relates to our strand of Lifelong Skills (we will come back to these questions at the end of our fitness unit):
  • What does your beep test result tell you about your current level of fitness? 
  • How could monitoring your heart rate help inform your level of fitness?
  • What goals do you need to set in order to improve? Are they based on interests and abilities? How can you achieve them?
  • What approaches could you take that will challenge you to succeed?
  • What are the benefits of an active lifestyle?

Creating Fitness Goals... The SMART goal approach

Following the instructions on the Fitness SMART Goal-Setting document, you will create a blog post that outlines your fitness goal.


Revisiting your Fitness SMART Goal 

Based on your participation and performance during our fitness unit, revisit your fitness SMART goal blog post...
  • Include your answers to the following questions at the bottom of your fitness SMART goal post:
    • What does your latest beep test result tell you about your current level of fitness? 
    • How did monitoring your heart rate during this unit help inform your level of fitness?
    • What revisions do you need to make in order to refine your fitness goal? Are they based on interests and abilities? What core values are being demonstrated?
    • What approaches could you take that will challenge you to succeed?

Grade 6 Health

Health... What is it?

Oi Grade 6!

I wonder, what does being healthy mean to you? How can you motivate others to make healthy choices in their lives? Throughout our journey into health and wellness, taking risks and being open-minded are fundamental in order to develop our understanding of health literacy.


Quests into Health

Each class we will participate in different learning experiences, or "quests", that will help further our understanding of the following enduring understanding and essential questions:

Enduring Understanding
  • Health is a complex system with many moving parts and every choice we make impacts our physical, mental and emotional well-being

Essential Questions
  • What are health benefits from physical activity?
  • How do our choices affect our health and safety?
  • What skills are needed to create and maintain healthy relationships?

The following health strands will be covered and assessed throughout this unit:

Health Benefits from Physical Activity
Students will understand, experience and appreciate the health related fitness benefits that result from physical activity.

Benchmarks: Functional Fitness, Body Image, Well-Being
Personal Wellness Choices
Students will make responsible and informed choices to maintain health and to promote safety for self and others

Benchmarks: Personal Health, Safety and Responsibility
Relationship Choices
Students will develop effective interpersonal skills that demonstrate responsibility, respect and caring in order to establish and maintain healthy interactions

Benchmarks: Understanding and Expressing Feelings, Interactions, Group Roles and Processes


Unpacking our Enduring Understanding for Health

Consider the following questions: What does being healthy mean to you? How can you motivate others to make healthy choices in their lives? 

I wonder, what connections could you make to our enduring understanding for health? What makes you say that?

Create a blog post using the thinking routineCSI (Color-Symbol-Image), to demonstrate your understanding of our enduring understanding for health. Follow the grading rubric to help guide you in this process.

Steps to CSI:
  • Choose a COLOR that you feel best represents our enduring understanding
  • Choose a SYMBOL that you feel best represents our enduring understanding - a symbol is something simple, for example one object that represents an idea
  • Choose an IMAGE that you feel best represents our enduring understanding - an image is more complex, like a picture involving great detail
  • For each color, symbol and image write a brief explanation describing its connection to our enduring understanding - What makes you say that?

Your blog post will include:
  1. Title 
  2. Your CSI - use the example below to help guide your thinking
  3. Labels: Health, Grade 6
  4. Find your images from creative commons and cite your images according to the example:
      • Creative Commons: Image licensed under Creative Commons by "name or username". Link to original source.
Ben

Monday, August 25, 2014

Warm It UP!

Creating a Warm-Up Routine to Prepare the Body for Physical Activity

Oi Gente!

As we get ready to begin our next activity unit, making sure our bodies are prepared for physical activity is important to reduce the risk of injury. According to Andrew Clark, Vice President of Education at Twist Conditioning Inc., a dynamic warm-up teaches and reinforces movement skills and mechanics to help the athlete produce and absorb force in an effective manner.


When creating your warm-up routine for PE, does your warm-routine do the following?
  • Increase heart rate
  • Increase core body temperature
  • Fire up the nervous system so messages from brain to muscle transmit quickly and efficiently (agility, reaction time)
  • Prepare the body to handle quick decelerating movement
  • Increase muscle length (flexibility)
  • Activate your core muscles
  • Include multidirectional movement common to the activity about to be played

Making Connections

I wonder, how could you connect your warm-up routine to the physical fitness components?
  • Muscular Endurance - ability sustain or repeat series of muscular contractions without tiring
  • Muscular Strength - ability to carry out work against a resistance
  • Power - ability to produce explosive force
  • Speed - ability to move the body rapidly
  • Agility - ability to quickly change body position
  • Flexibility - range of motion of body parts (important for execution of techniques in sports)
  • Balance and Coordination - ability to stay in control of body movement
  • Cardiovascular Endurance (aerobic fitness) - ability to sustain physical activity continuously

Use the physical fitness components to help guide the planning of your warm-up routine. Also, keep in mind the following enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on fitness: 

Enduring Understanding
  • People’s decisions and actions affect their level of fitness, and in turn, impacts their health

Essential Questions
  • What is fitness?
  • How can you maintain physical activity for lifelong health?
  • What is our responsibility regarding our fitness and health?

Resources

The following resources provide useful information to help guide you in this process. Remember, you are not limited to the sources listed below:

The warm-up routine checklist is shared in our folder for PE. Please use this document to help organize your ideas. This document will be handed in to me the day you present.



Self-Assessment

Your self-assessment will fall under Lifelong Skills: Safety. This rubric is shared in our folder for PE. Please use this document to help guide your progress.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Exploring Physical and Health Literacy

Unit 1: Activity Exploration

Oi Gente!

The purpose of our first unit in PE is to explore different activities - Invasion, Net and Wall, Strike and Field, Target, Movement Fundamentals and Fitness and Recreation - as they relate to physical fitness and health.


Taking risks and being open-minded are fundamental so that an understanding of the skills and concepts necessary to participate successfully in these activities is developed.

Each class will participate in different learning experiences that will help develop a greater understanding of the following enduring understanding and essential questions:

Enduring Understanding
  • Active participation in various types of physical activity develops the understanding and appreciation of the skills and concepts needed to be physical and health literate throughout one's life

Essential Questions
  • What is physical and health literacy?
  • How does risk-taking and open-mindedness contribute to individual and/or group growth in various physical activities?
  • What decisions and actions impact the success of an individual and/or group in different physical activities?
  • How does an individual's understanding of physical and health literacy help develop lifelong physical fitness and health?

Grade 6 participates in team building activities

Expectations and Assessment

Read through the revised PHE Guidelines and Descriptors of Achievement and Grades and consider the following:
  • What is something new you have learned about the Physical and Health Education program? 
  • What are some questions you may have about what is expected from your participation in PE? 
  • How could our enduring understanding and essential questions for our first unit relate to our new PE curriculum?
  • In what ways do our PE norms connect to the PHE Guidelines and Descriptors of Achievement and Grades?

In the comment section below, share your answer to one of the questions regarding expectations and assessment in PE.

Remember, you have the power to choose how your development in PE and Health will look like over the course of each unit.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Building Community within the PE Setting

PE Norms: How is PE and the Graded Core Values Connected?

During the first week of school, our PE classes used the thinking routineChalk Talk, to uncover our ideas about the Graded Core Values and their connection to PE. Each class came up with specific examples as to how the core values of inclusive, curious, responsible and risk-taker/perseverance could look and sound like within the PE setting. 

Below is what Grade 9 chalk talked. They then synthesized the information into over-arching themes.

 Be friendly, open-minded and optimistic, include others and communicate

 Ask questions, participate and search for new and/or additional information

 Respect, maintain personal organization and collaborate

 Decision-making, set goals, challenge yourself and be different

What did other grade levels have to say?

Grade 10:

Inclusive
  • Teamwork, communicate positively and constructively
Curious
  • Engage in current and new activities and ask questions
Responsible
  • Come prepared, inform the teacher of absence and/or injury and help clean and set up
Risk-Taker/Perseverance
  • Don't give up, try new things and try your best
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Grade 8:

Inclusive
  • Teamwork, encourage and include others, engage in the activities and collaborate
Curious
  • Ask questions, trying new things and check for understanding
Responsible
  • Respect each other and the environment, communicate positively and constructively in order to enhance the learning environment
Risk-Taker/Perseverance
  • Participate, be positive, learn from your mistakes and try again
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Grade 7:

Inclusive
  • Teaching and helping others, collaborate and communicate to encourage whole group participation
Curious
  • Ask questions, share ideas and learn new things
Responsible
  • Be prepared, teamwork, play fair and respect the rules 
Risk-Taker/Perseverance
  • Try new activities, face your fears and give your best effort
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Grade 6:

Inclusive
  • Collaboration, working positively with each other and include others
Curious
  • Ask questions, participate and meet new people
Responsible
  • Come prepared to participate, listen actively and respect others, the environment and equipment
Risk-Taker/Perseverance
  • Try new activities, work with new people, participate in any situation and be open-minded

So what next?

Throughout the year in PE, we will work towards demonstrating each core value on a more consistent basis, improving our understanding of how they are connected to physical and health literacy.



PE Norms: Common themes across grade levels

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Welcome to PE and Health 2014-2015!

Physical and Health Literacy for Life!

Oi Gente!

Welcome to another year in PE at Graded! New and exciting developments are happening within the PE and health setting. Our facilities are under construction in order to provide an optimal environment of PE and health. With this in mind, please be open-minded and flexible as our classes will be impacted by this building project. 

Also, along with the change to the physical environment of PE and health, our curriculum, including grading and reporting practices, is undergoing change as well. The new curriculum will provide us with a variety of learning experiences to enhance our growth within the physical and health education setting, thus developing our understanding of what it means to be physical and health literate for life!

Watch the following videos to learn more about physical and health literacy...





Developing a Growth Mindset in PE and Health

This blog will help serve our growth within PE and health by providing useful tools and resources to improve our knowledge of physical and health literacy. We will work collaboratively to reach our goals, both as individuals and as a group, making our thinking visible and developing the appropriate mindset so that growth in all areas of our learning is achieved. 

I wonder, what lessons in developing a growth mindset could you learn from Brandon Todd?



Growth in Physical and Health Education

Take a moment to read our PE and Health Mission Statement and consider the following:

I wonder, what words hold the most value to you and what makes you say that? In what ways is the PE and Health Mission Statement connected to physical and health literacy? 

Mission Statement
The Physical and Health Education Program makes a significant and unique contribution to our international community of learners by delivering a curriculum that fosters the physical, social and emotional growth of the whole-child. It encourages students to develop the Graded Core Values by providing opportunities that promote physical and health literacy. A physical and health educated student will:
  • Acquire skills through a variety of developmentally appropriate movement activities
  • Understand, experience and appreciate the health benefits that result from physical activity
  • Interact positively and collaboratively with others
  • Make responsible decisions that lead to an active and healthy way of life