It was so great to meet many of you during parent/teacher conferences this fall, and I look forward to meeting more of you as the year goes on. The excitement of accepting my first teaching position at Canyon Creek has not yet begun to fade, I am truly enjoying the school and community.
In the last few years, I'm sure you've noticed changes in the world of education, especially in reference to standards and assessments. Health and physical education has not been left out of these changes! I'd like to give you all a small glimpse of what is sometimes referred to as the "New PE:"
Across the country, physical education programs have been shifting from competition based activities to individual fitness and "lifetime sports." The reasoning is that in adulthood, your student are more likely to regularly participate in yoga or ride a bike for exercise than play flag football or hockey. Moving away from competitive group activities allows more students to get involved in exercise, which show academic benefits as well as stress relief. This individual approach lets students track their own success which aligns with the current emphasis on assessment and tracking results that we're seeing in the midst of education reform. This type of assessment is working its way into PE with the overall goal of lifelong health.
As a sport and competition enthusiast, I definitely think there is a place for competitiveness, however, I believe in leveling the playing field with modifications to move away from a PE where the skilled students dominate the game and those not as skilled stand on the sidelines hoping to go unnoticed. I am enthusiastically ready to indulge myself in this innovative shift in physical education. I hope to expose your students to as many activities as I can so that they can be confident to stay physically active when they leave Canyon Creek.