The game is never more important that the people you play with
High School PE's main points of emphasis will be centered two concepts: individual fitness and lifetime activity. We will look to set a baseline of where our area of strengths and weaknesses are and work to improve our overall level of fitness. Students wil keep a fitness journal to help track and monitor their fitness levels throughout the semester. Students will be tested in a number of areas that relate to one of the five components of fitness: muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurace, flexibility, and/or body composition.
Some of the areas students may be tested on throughout the semester include: 1 mile run, push-ups, sit-ups, planks, sit and reach test, V-sit, jumping jacks, and more. Students will be tested multiple times in each area to help get a more complete picture of their fitness level.
Since much of the class focuses on individual fitness, students will be required to come up with a work-out plan condusive to their needs. This can be done on an individual level, with a partner, or even in a small group- as long as their goals are the same or similar. As such, most of the time students will be allowed to use their phones during class to listen to music, if it is helping them accomplish their goals and they're staying active for the day. However, it is important to note that AT NO TIME ARE STUDENTS ALLOWED TO BRING THEIR CELL PHONES INTO THE LOCKER ROOM.
Students will have 5 minutes from the start of class to use the locker rooms to change and be back into their assigned spots for attendance. Once attendance is done, students will immediately begin their warm-up and work-out routine for the day.
On occassion, class may take place in an outside setting. Students should be ready and dress appropriately for such settings. They will still be required to participate as normal, they may just need to dress a little warmer (especially with the U.P. weather!). I will try to let students know ahead of time when class will take place outside. (Hint: We will be doing a timed mile run at some point during the first week of class). We will try to run the mile 3-5 times throughout the semester.
Since Physical Education requires active participation from each student, students are expected to be dressed appropriately and take part in daily activities to receive points for the day. If a student does not have appropriate dress, they may be asked to sit out for the day and will lose points for that day. If a student does not dress ("no dress") 3 times during the semester, they may possibly rerceive detention and/or written referral. If a student has an unexcused absence, it will count as a "no dress" for that day. It should be noted that a student who brings a note from a parent is notnecessarily excused from participation for that day, and it may still count as a no dress for that student for the day. Just like a student needs to complete all their math or english assignments to receive credit, students need to participate each day to receive credit. Daily participation is the equivalent to their daily assignment for class. Students must complete their assignments (being active within class) to receive credit.
If a student sees a doctor for any reason and needs to miss class, please have the doctor be specific on the note and not just tell you what the student can/can't do. Also ask the doctor put a time attached to the restrictions. I've had cross country students who could run or do sit-ups on the side (even though they wanted to) because a doctor's note said "no activities," even though they only had a broken finger. Some injuries may in fact require no activity for a short time, but most minor injuries will still allow a student to do light activity to some extent.
Students will receive 5 pts/day for active participation on most days. Activities that are higher intensity (mile run, circuit workouts) will be worth more points. The mile run is worth 15 points and circuits will range from 10-20 points, depending on the focus and intensity of the circuit. We will do a circuit at least once each week. A typical week will be worth 40-50 points total.
Any time a student misses class for any reason, the student must make up the activity/time they missed to receive credit for that day. If a student misses for a doctors appointment, I will exempt them from that day. I will also exempt if it is extenuating circumstances such as a funeral or other emergencies, otherwise students will need to make up what was missed during class time.