Physical education classes are part of each student’s course load for each year of the middle school. It is a mandatory, non-tracked class.
Physical Education classes are grouped by grade and consists of heterogeneous groups. Classes meet twice a week utilizing all physical education venues available at the school. Units are consistent for all grades with increasing expectations in regards to skills and level of performance as student reach the upper grades. Focus is on participation, team building and problem solving. Beyond participation, the PE program strives to encourage students to seek a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Students are expected to “dress” for PE in suitable gear.
The class meets to discuss goals of day , observe demonstrations followed by a warm-up and static/dynamic stretching. Students follow the warm-up instructional sets working on specific skills in repetition. Once students have basic skills, they put them together in match play or a real-world scenario.
The PE program is developed around the three principles:
Communication is performed during workouts of the day known as WODS. WODS are created to promote and enhance a students learning of functional movements that are constantly varied across broad time and modal domains. This type of workout is generally done in pairs in which one student performs the task while the other is more like their personal coach and judge (judge meaning the task is performed with above average technique). Students therefore are consistently communicating the fitness language with each other as well as in groups.
Intercultural awareness during class emphasizes that no matter what your culture or background you come from fitness should be approached holistically. Functional movement is probably the only thing you will learn in school that you will utilize everyday in your life no matter where you are or where you're from.
Holistic education: Students are demonstrating a wide range of modal domains in their approach to fitness and its effect on their ability to move large loads, long distances quickly. The ability to sustain that fitness throughout your life is a defining measure of health therefore making informed choices that lead to a safe and healthy lifestyle.
PE students at Gilkey International Middle School:
- Strive to understand that balance between academics, physical education and exercise is important to a healthy life.
- learn to take risks and discover physical activities they did not think they would enjoy ioth in PE class and in the non competitive after school sports that are offered to them.
- care for each other and encourage each other.
Aims and objectives
In order for students to
- Understand and value physical education and the benefits of physical activity to a healthy lifestyle.
- Develop skills and understanding of skill sets that are necessary to participate successfully in a variety of physical activities.
- Develop lifelong healthy habits as well as lifelong awareness regarding physical activity.
They will learn how to
- Demonstrate an understanding of concepts, strategies, techniques, and their knowledge to analyze situations and solve problems.
- Link movement (coordination) in order to compose aesthetic movement, skill and technique necessary for active participation in a variety of different physical activities.
- Demonstrate the skill and technique necessary for active participation in a variety of different physical activities.
- Communicate effectively demonstrate good sportsmanship, set goals and show respect.
Assessment: At the Gilkey International Middle School teachers commit to a variety of summative assessments tasks clearly tied to learning objectives, skills and criteria. Before an assessment or along with it, teachers will hand out clearly described tasks and criteria for assessment. All units of work include formative assessments leading to the summative piece.
The following criteria for assessment are used in PE:
- Use of knowledge
- Movement composition
- Social skills and personal engagement
- Class participation
Methods of Assessment: Oral presentation , Video and analysis, Paper and pencil (written test), Teacher observation, Projects , Peer assessment