Plank Physical Education
We strive to instill in each student the value of physical activity, health, and well-being so that each student can develop healthy lifestyle habits which lead to a lifetime of excellence in health and overall wellness.
It is our philosophy that Physical Education is part of the total education process. The curriculum provides carefully planned and specific information and activities. Basic concepts in Physical Education will give students the knowledge, skills, opportunities, and strategies needed to achieve and maintain life-long fitness participation.
Goals of Physical Education Why are we here?
As a result of this Physical Education philosophy, we want all students to achieve our overall goals for Physical Education as follows:
- Enhance the skill level of each student in a variety of activities, so that they may develop a positive attitude towards physical fitness.
- Build a greater appreciation and desire to participate in fitness activities, through physical activity and continued self-assessment, so that the students may achieve a healthy lifestyle.
- Increase the cognitive knowledge of each student regarding fitness and the application of positive decision making skills.
- Develop health related knowledge in body systems, first aid and safety, nutrition, diseases, chemical use, sex education, and communication so that they make better decisions regarding their health.
- Encourage sportsmanship and participation in team-building skills and social interactions.
- Promote a safe and positive social interaction within the school environment by utilizing the Character Counts pillars (Respect, Trustworthiness, Caring, Fairness, Citizenship and Respect).
Learning Standards: What will I learn?
Acquire movement skills and understand concepts needed to engage in physical activity to improve health.
Achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness based upon continual self-assessment
Develop team-building skills by working with others through physical activity
Understand principles of health promotion, prevention and treatment of illness and injury
Understand human body systems and factors that influence growth and development
Promote and enhance health and well-being through the use of effective communication and decision making skills.
**Objectives will be achieved through various forms of planned activities that encourage gross motor and fine motor movements daily. Activities will include: Individual/dual activities, personal safety, team sports, core fitness, personal health promotion, plyometric training, mobility/joint flexibility, weight training and peer to peer collaboration/communication. It is expected that all students give their personal best and demonstrate a positive attitude.
Oswego CUSD #308 provides daily Physical Education or Health, in a 40-minute class period, to all students in grades 6-8. Each student receives a total of 5 semesters of physical education during junior high, along with 1 semester of health.
Most Physical Education units are 3 weeks in length and consist of skill and knowledge testing (through observation during game play), written tests regarding rules and strategies, and game participation grades. During each unit we will introduce or review the skills students need to participate in these activities and help them build the confidence they need to feel successful. Every child does not need to be highly skilled in order to be successful.
Students receive a variety of activities throughout the year. The following are a core sample of the Physical Education opportunities provided to the junior high student. We strive to provide each student with as many of the following experiences in Physical Education as possible, but due to time and space restrictions, not every student will experience all listed activities. Many activities duplicate skills and concepts learned, and all meet the Illinois Learning Standards. Additionally, as new games and activities are created or discovered that meet the Illinois Learning Standards and are in line with our philosophy and overall goals, they many be incorporated into our program. The new Common Core Standards will be incorporated to fulfill literacy standards.
All units include instruction about the history of the activity, safety, rules, fitness benefits, skills, strategy, sportsmanship, and care of equipment.
Team Game and Activities
Physical Education Staff
Steve Tubman firstname.lastname@example.org 630-551-9433
Josh Edwards email@example.com 630-551-9432
Jessica Baker firstname.lastname@example.org 630-551-9430
Kristy Miller email@example.com 630-551-9460