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P.E. teachers Jessica Shawley and Chrisit Meyer are both long time PLT4M partners from Lewiston High school in Idaho. They sat down with us to discuss their application of the 4 signs of quality curriculum. Shape America defines curriculum as one of the four essential components of physical education. Quality curriculum in physical education can help improve everything from student engagement to the consistency of instruction. But just because curriculum is an essential component of P.E. doesn’t mean it is as simple as buying a new textbook or rewriting a syllabus. Quality curriculum in action has never had a one-size-fits-all solution. But, key indicators can help define and measure curriculum throughout physical education programs. 4 Signs Of Quality Curriculum In Physical Education Are: Curriculum Addresses The Needs Of Students Curriculum has a Logical Sequence of Subject Matter Curriculum is Flexible and Adaptable For Teachers Curriculum is Constantly Evolving Pictured abo
In nearly every state across the country, high school students are required to take a 9th grade PE course. For some states and schools, 9th grade PE is the only requirement before physical education becomes an elective. At other schools, it is a stepping stone for future required PE courses throughout students’ high school careers. No matter what comes after 9th grade PE, teachers look at this transformative time as an opportunity to expose students to new fitness and health opportunities. At Unity Christian High School in Iowa, Josh Van Kempen has shaped his 9th grade PE class to center around the theme of personal fitness. Here is what a semester of 9th grade PE looks like at Unity Christian. The Big Picture – 5 Components of Fitness Throughout the semester, Josh looks to shape everything around the five components of fitness. The five components of physical fitness are: Cardiovascular Endurance Muscular Strength Muscular Endurance Flexibility Body Composition With this struc
Since joining PLT4M in 2018, Kaukauna High School has successfully implemented a student choice model with the help of PLT4M. We connected with the PE staff at Kaukauna to learn more about their approach. The ChallengeLike many schools, Kaukauna High School had an ambitious and enduring mission: To empower students with lifelong fitness skills and engage student’s interest and confidence with a variety of exercise options. While a novel, track-driven PE program gave students more choice than ever, they needed to embrace the role of technology for a new generation of learners to truly deliver on their mission. The SolutionWith a variety of PE tracks available to their high schoolers, the Kaukauna PE department needed a solution suited to a student body with diverse interests and fitness goals. That’s where PLT4M came in.Beginning with the foundational PE course requirement in 9th grade, Kaukauna High School’s four-teacher staff implemented PLT4M to support their introductory curriculum
Rusty Fuller first joined PLT4M in 2017. Throughout the years, Rusty has provided us with many insights into how he is building a unified strength and conditioning program at St. Paul High School. In our latest discussion with Rusty, he provided us with an update on the progress he is now seeing. Proof in the NumbersWhen Rusty Fuller first started at St. Paul School District in Nebraska, he was determined to create a strength and conditioning program that would benefit everyone. Rusty wanted to make an impact on every student in the Physical Education program as well as the variety of student-athletes on St. Paul’s sports teams. As a PE teacher and head football coach, he took steps to plant the seeds for long-term success. From creating a 7-12th grade curriculum plan to introducing technology into the weight room, St. Paul’s program was starting to turn the proverbial seeds into budding flowers. In 2017, a few years into the journey, St. Paul and Rusty were featured in a success stor
Quincy High School joined PLT4M in the Summer of 2020. We sat down with PE teachers, David Stoddard and Phillip Frost, to gain insights on how they’ve incorporated both technology and peer teaching to run a more efficient fitness and weights class. PEER TEACHING & TECHNOLOGY IN PEAs a teacher, you only get so much time with your students. While every school follows a slightly different bell schedule, most teachers face similar challenges as they race against the clock to cover everything in class. David Stoddard and Phillip Frost, PE teachers at Quincy High School in Washington, have 34 minutes each day with their weight training and fitness classes. With a large class of students ranging from first-year students to seniors, the teachers have to juggle different experiences and a tight time window. To enhance the learning experience for every student, David and Phil have fostered student-to-student teaching and incorporated technology into the classroom. PEER TEACHING With a wid
Darin Nolan and Bellingham High School joined the PLT4M community in 2019. Darin describes how his experiences using PLT4M remotely, shaped his curriculum, and how he incorporates technology into his classroom. PLANNING FOR THE NEW YEAR - POST COVID PEPublic education has seen its fair share of changes over the years. But none have so dramatically changed the landscape of schools overnight like COVID-19.And while teachers were left exhausted from a rollercoaster school year, many also had lingering questions about what would come next. Will school as we know it ever be the same? Will we go back to “normal”? What will the first year of post-COVID school look like? For Darin Nolan, PE teacher at Bellingham High School in Washington, planning for a new year offered a unique opportunity for change. OPEN TO CHANGE Darin Nolan has always welcomed change that could produce better results. No matter how big or small, Darin is open to adapting for the better,“As teachers, we are always changing
Horace Greeley High School has been a PLT4M customer since 2018. Steve McLee’s, Horace Greeley’s Strength and Conditioning Coach, was kind enough to share their story and insights on how they use PLT4M. Check out this article and some inserted suggestions from the PLT4M team. UNIFIED PE & ATHLETICS – INVESTING IN FITNESS FOR ALL STUDENTS A few years ago, the Horace Greeley High School fitness center was starting to collect cobwebs. As an old and outdated room, there had never been a significant emphasis on using the space in athletics or physical education. At best, a handful of kids would consistently use the room throughout the year. But that was a few years ago. Fast forward to today, the fitness center is now a staple of Horace Greeley High School and is used every day. Students use the fitness center throughout the school day during PE classes and after school for sports and general wellness. To make such a drastic shift over the last few years, the Physical Education and Athl
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