ACTE Techniques April 2012 : Page 52

Fea ture By John Moore Building a Model PE Curriculum : Education Reform in Action OF BOtH tEACHING AND LEARNING IS A DyNAMIC PROCESS AND HAS EVOLVED “tHE ARt AND SCIENCE t HE BLUEPRINt tO BUILD A MODEL PHySICAL EDUCAtION (PE) curriculum The components are: • Program goals • Curriculum alignment • Assessment strategies Program Goals The goals focus on the long-term learning priorities and are written in clear language that specifies who will perform what task, when it will be performed, and how it will be measured. Program goals written in this format provide the necessary specificity to generate meaningful data that will positively impact the teaching and learning process. The following is an example of a Health-related Fitness program goal on body composition: All ninth-grade PE students will record body composition data, and the percentage of students scoring in the Moderate Body Composition zone will improve by 5 percent by the end of the year, as measured by the Tanita Bioimpedance protocol. Finally, these program goals are charted and the aggregate data are posted in the gymnasium to establish a base-line of where students are, compared to where they need to be. Also, these charts and data collection techniques support the National Association for Sport and Physical Education’s (NASPE) Physical Education Content Standards. Curriculum Alignment This focuses on the integration of instruc-tional technology with the NASPE or state physical education content standards OVER tHE yEARS. IT HAS GROWN FROM A ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE TO A VIRTUAL CLASSROOM; FROM SLATE CHALkBOARDS TO ELECTRONIC SMART BOARDS; AND FROM PAPER AND PENCIL APPLICATIONS TO DIGITAL NOTEBOOkS. “ PHOTO BY STOCk.xCHNG.COM begins by establishing a sound curricular foundation based on a lesson plan template that incorporates clear and concise program goals, the alignment of lessons to state or national content standards, and the collection, analysis and use of objective assessment data that informs instruction and defines student performance. Additionally, this document will address the issue of education reform in the construct of a Next Step Plan, and offers recommendations in the areas of in-service days, parent/teacher conferences, and writing relevant professional development plans. pedagogy and lesson plan Design The art and science of both teaching and learning is a dynamic process and has evolved over the years. It has grown from a one-room schoolhouse to a virtual classroom; from slate chalkboards to electronic smart boards; and from paper and pencil applications to digital notebooks. However, the two components that define pedagogy remain constant—the presentation of information coupled with a delivery method that impacts student learning. Regardless of the nature, scope or focus of a particular PE curriculum— such as Skill-related Fitness, Health-related Fitness, Movement Education or Adventure and Experiential Physical Education (Melograno, 1996)—there remain three essential components in the design of an effective lesson (figure 1). 52 Techniques April 2012 www.acteonline.org

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