For curriculum updating, I'm trying to focus on aligning the Illinois State Goals and the National SHAPE America standards to my lessons. I'm dissecting the SHAPE grade level outcomes (GLOs) and the Illinois performance descriptors so that they are present in each lesson. I'm designing assessments that will measure each student's growth within various outcomes as well. This is a major undertaking, but one that I believe will enhance student learning and help increase physical literacy.
This website was also a "side project" this summer. I see it as an advocacy piece for quality physical education. I want to continue to push out information to parents, students and other P.E. teachers that will not only promote my program but educate the general public as well. Hopefully I'll have an impact on other teachers and spark some new ideas which may even help generate some collaborative projects!
I'm excited to be placing an order for a Railyard Fitness Course in mid-July. I applied for a grant totaling $7250 to purchase the course. We were awarded partial funding with a $5000 grant through the Making Kane County Fit for Kids program. Together with the help of all six elementary school principals who each kicked in $375 to fund the balance, we were able to fully fund the initiative! Look for a future blog post on this.
Technology is another one of my passions and an integral part of our daily lives. I'm looking to expand our tech integration in P.E. using a variety of tools that will help gather meaningful data to measure student growth in my class. Look forward to quick cognitive assessments using Google forms & Plickers; activity level analysis using Gopher FitStep Pro pedometers and Polar Active activity bands; movement/skill analysis using iPads and video delay and lots, lots more!