Wednesday, March 11, 2009
The DCSS HPE Curriculum is not exactly a bright spot
Gloria Talley and her (well paid) curriculum staff have never paid much attention to the Health & Physical Education curriculum for DCSS. We have some solid HPE teachers in the system, but there are WAY TOO MANY DCSS HPE teachers who just throw the ball out and stand by and watch while jabbing on their cell phones. A good veteran HPE teacher goes back to school for a master's in kinesiology (minutes away, Georgia State has a good Department of Kinesiology and Health) , HPE administration, Exercise Science, Exercise Physiology, etc. A slack veteran HPE teacher does not go back to school.
Good school systems throughout the U.S. integrate the HPE curriculum from K through 12th; we need that here in DeKalb. And there are many grants available if you have the giddyup and go to reach out hard to get them, Gloria:
And maybe one day county Parks & Rec. and DCSS will actually work together in unison.
The PE4life Approach to Physical Education:
"Extend beyond the walls of the gymnasium to form community and business partnerships"
It's been clear and proven by reserach for decades that a good HPE program impacts academics and lowers discipline problems.
PE4life, and physical education in general, are positively impacting academic performance, reducing disciplinary problems and improving health and fitness.
C'mon, Crawford, Gloria Talley and staff: You can do HPE better.
By: Michael Popke
Since we aren't allowed to republish printed news material verbatim on the blog, I would encourage you to visit the link above to read about how one teacher, Tim McCord transformed the P.E. program at Titusville (Pa.) Middle School — where classes used to revolve around a traditional curriculum of football in the fall, basketball in the winter, and softball and track and field in the spring — to one incorporating high-tech fitness equipment and detailed health-risk assessments into everyday P.E. classes. The district was awarded $342,000 from the federal government in the form of a Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant, which funded repairs and upgrades to existing equipment, added climbing or traversing walls at every school in the district, and expanded overall P.E. programming. Physical education at Titusville (Pa.) Middle School transitioned from a sports-oriented program to a well-rounded fitness and wellness curriculum that includes exergaming and outdoor winter activities.
The pictures alone are worth clicking over to the link.
Posted by Open+Transparent at 11:21 AM