WELCOME TO MR. U'S PE CLASS
The 2016-2017 school year is here.
I hope everyone enjoyed his or her summer break and is as excited, as I am to be back. The new school year is truly a new beginning. The break hopefully provided balance, new adventures, and the time for you to recharge your batteries, and be ready to set new goals.
Last year was just that – last year. And now we’re ready to take what we’ve learned from the previous years and apply it to the present moment. I look forward to guiding and inspiring you to the best of my ability. My specialty is in the fields of athletics, leadership, teamwork, mindfulness, fitness, and nutrition.
No matter what your past experience in physical education has been, I can guarantee this year will be totally new and a way you’ve never experienced physical education before.
There are three philosophies that have guided the development of our current physical education curriculum.
The three philosophies are;
Education of the physical (cognitive domain)
Education through the physical (motor skill domain)
Education in the physical (social/ affective domain)
/ THREE PHILOSOPHIES
/ MY PHILOSOPHY
My personal philosophy is a conglomeration of all three of these ideologies. A healthy/ physically fit individual should know the importance of being physically active, participate through physical education to gain the skills (body management, locomotor, motor skills) to be successful, and enjoy the physical education experience demonstrated by being in physical activities in and outside of the school that transcends into a healthy lifestyle.
/ CHALLENGES & A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
I view the mind as a problem solver that students’ learn through challenges (safe risk taking), and activities offered in class should allow students’ to venture into small and large group cooperation/ team building activities. As an instructor I believe the philosophy of the discipline and your own personal philosophy, as a facilitator must compliment one another (each teacher must be authentic). As a facilitator you're promoting and sharing more than just your subject matter to your students, especially in the physical education setting. The teaching environment for physical education is taught in open spaces with less physical boundaries when compared to a classroom. Therefore the physical education facilitator (class manager) must create a comfortable environment where there is a sense of order. Being consistent with all students, through the rules and the procedures, promotes responsibility and respect from students toward each other. Each student will have clear expectations for what they are accountable for - their actions and the consequences (positive and negative).
MY PHILOSOPHY cont.
/ WORKING TOGETHER
Another way to promote a positive working environment in the physical education setting is to develop a real working democracy - A FEELING OF OWNERSHIP. Students will work together in multiple situations (small group tasks) to encourage team work, leadership, making a positive difference, and social responsibility and acceptance. A way to promote class cohesion is setting achievable (through progression) individual and group tasks that help each student reach their full potential.
/ HIGH EXPECTATIONS
The actions of the facilitator can be reflected in the performance of the students. If an instructor has high expectations, is consistent, and a positive role model, than these actions can and will be seen in the interaction of the facilitator-to-student and student-to-student interaction. I believe a person is mostly a product of their experiences and environment so the physical education experience should be a positive experience. Of the many conversation I’ve had with students, the classes that were considered enjoyable were attributed the teacher more so than the subject matter. TEACHERS DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE :)
/ THE 3-SIDED TRIANGLE
There are three sides to a triangle that also make up a successful learning environment. These three points would be our schools, homes, and communities.
The schools can be subdivided into the departments (subject matter). Each subject should have standards that are to met to validate the development of their programs. The physical education curriculum has such Standards developed by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the California Physical Education Framework.
The families of our students should be constantly informed of their child’s progress (positive and negative) through letters, phone calls home, web pages, progress reports, back-to-school night, and other functions that allow the parents to get involved in their child’s education development (the child sees this and understands the importance of their educational growth).
And the community has the ability to sponsor functions such as their local PTSA and help the school through fund raising events. With all three of these important entities working together toward the common good of our students - the chance of our students’ successful growth can and will be accomplished.