California Physical Education Content Standards + 21st Century Skills + Technology = Increased Student Engagement...and fun!
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How did this research project support and complement the Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools?
Physical education is critical to the overall physical, mental and social health of our youth. Because physical education continues to be one of the many “untested” subjects, it is unfortunately, often underfunded and/or neglected in the United States. A study done in 2007 by the Center on Education Policy found that nearly half of all elementary schools had reduced time for physical education in response to the priority given to reading and math tests under No Child Left Behind. (Russel and Abrams 2004)
What better place than physical education to practice and refine 21st century skills? Creating, collaborating, cooperating, and communicating in this social and physical realm could be an excellent, not to mention fun and safe, setting to polish and perfect skills that students need to master for survival, happiness and success in their education and in their lives. Creating game videos and ‘movement idea’ videos for elementary school teachers to use with their kindergarten through fifth graders helps students give back to their education community in a huge way.
NOTE: Because physical education is one of the "untested" Common Core State Standards, this project adhered to the California Physical Education Standards.
California Physical Education Standards
The most current California Physical Education Standards were written and published in 2005 (and reposted in 2010) when Jack O’Connell was State Superintendent of Public Instruction. In his message he stated “In order to help students achieve at high levels, local educators are encouraged to apply these standards and design the specific curricular and instructional strategies that best deliver the content to their students.” It is with this authorization that I added technology and 21st century skill practice to our physical education curriculum.
Standards one through four deal with learning motor skills, activities, fitness concepts and strategies to improve health and performance. It is in the last standard, Standard 5, where we find the need to focus on students demonstrating and utilizing knowledge of psychological and sociological concepts, principles, and strategies that apply to the learning and performance of physical activity.