Dear Colleagues, I hope you are well rested and had plenty of time for friends and family :) As you are planning for the new school year I would like to take the opportunity to share with you some news and tips for the start of the school year.
News: * I will be teaching PE periods 1-3 at HHS and working at the DO periods 5 and 6.
* Due to the budget challenges, all remaining funds from our grant have been swept into the general fund. We will no longer be able to order equipment, hold standards trainings or be able to send teachers to workshops or conferences.
* My primary duties will be to facilitate the PE CIA meetings, work with teachers and departments aligning curriculum to the state standards and improving Fitnessgram scores, visit sites during their PLC meetings to develop a strategy to streamline Fitnessgram administration and score reporting, and be available to answer questions from teachers, parents, and administrators. I plan to continue to visit sites in the afternoons and share summaries of positive practices and special occaisions.
* One of our tasks this year in the CIA will be to develop benchmarks to chart our progress from the "old PE" to the "new PE". Please start thinking about the elements you would like to see measured for quality PE and share these with you CIA Reps.
* Another task for us this year is to provide feedback and recommendations for the course descriptions. Please keep this in mind as you work through the course descriptions this year and let your CIA rep know.
* There has been some movement of PE teachers to new sites. Congratulations to Allison Fletcher for her new position at CVH! Allison will be teaching PE aerobics, HSI , HSCII and FFL. We wish you the best of luck with your new assignment! If anyone else transferred sites please let me know.
Tips: * As you are planning for your new classes please review the course descriptions. Friendly reminder--each course description has the individual fitness plan for every class in ready to print format. Each grade level and course has it's own unique course description: Click here: Curriculum and Instruction
* As you are meeting with your departments, if you haven't done so yet please consider taking a step towards the "new PE" model by first determining which standards you need to cover, then determine the facilities and equipment you will need, and finally negotiate the time at that facility with your colleagues. For example, this semester Teacher A needs to teach tumbling, Teacher B needs to teach dance, and teacher C needs to teach a fitness circuit. Teacher A decides that she needs the mats in the adaptive room. Teacher B needs the adaptive room for dance, and a Teacher C needs the room for circuit training. Possible solutions might include rotating days (teacher A = Mondays, teacher B = Tuesdays, etc..), a period of time (teacher A = first 4 weeks of school, Teacher B = next 4 weeks, etc...) or if you have a block schedule (Teacher A = first 1/2 class fitness outside, second 1/2 class tumbling, Teacher B first 1/2 class dance in the Adaptive room, second 1/2 class team activities outside). Whatever system works best for your department is the best one to use. The important thing is the focus should be on meeting the standards and stepping away from the old units that aren't aligned to grade level standards (example football, soccer and basketball games and tournaments for 7th and 9th graders).
*This might be a good time to have teachers with expertise teach other teachers' students. For example, if your site has a dance teacher, wrestling coach, avid runner and tennis enthusiast in the PE department, it might be a good idea to keep the teacher at the facility and rotate the students. We are starting to see some schools using this model with sucess. This might be a good time for your school to give this model a try.
* Consider developing and using a standards based report card for scholarship grades. This not only can help you keep track of the standards you teach but helps students and their parents identify areas students are doing well and the areas needing attention. Weighted categories are easy to set up in Gradequick, Excel or if you use Bonnie Mohnson's Record Keeper.
Example: Category:Percent:Example: Physical Fitness Skills and Abilities 20 Completes all stations of a fitness circuit within or above the HFZPhysical Fitness Knowledge 20 Completion of Individual Fitness PlanMotor Skills Skills and Abilities 20 Off ball defensive playMotor Skills Knowledge 20 Development of original inbound playSocial Skills and Self Resonsibility 20 Provides encouragement and positive leadership during game play
Thank you for all you do for our students' health and wellness! Have a fabulous start of the school year and please let me know it there is anything I may assist you with. Cheers, Kim
Kim Butler, Ed.D and National Board Certified Teacher Physical Education Curriculum Specialist Sweetwater Union High School District 619-585-6082