2013 Physical Education Program

Educator: S. Urbano

Greetings! Let Me Introduce Myself and My Program

My name is Sarita Urbano and I will be your student's health and wellness educator. While in my physical education program, my students will receive the knowledge and guidance needed to become physically fit. As their health and wellness educator, I will be a role model to your child by using the methods and activities I teach them in class. On a daily basis I enjoy being physically active and strive to become physically fit. Every person has an activity they enjoy doing, but some have yet to find that activity. It is my goal to help your child find an appreciation for and understand the benefits of regular physical activity.

What We Will Be Doing This Year

This year, your child will gain experience in a variety of different sports. Some are the traditional sports (ultimate frisbee, basketball, volleyball etc.) and others are less common (spike ball, pickle ball, and team handball). At the beginning of each unit, we will practice the psychomotor skills needed in each sport. Students will then get thorough knowledge of the sport's rules through game play. By familiarizing themselves with the different sports, my goal is to get them excited and interested in being physically active.

Another goal I have for the end of the year is to give my students the knowledge needed to stay physically active in their futures. Becoming active takes time and dedication; thus, my year-long project will require students to make goals for various physical assessments and formulate a plan to reach their goals. Throughout their journey, they will keep a record of their progress and compile the information in an end of the year portfolio.



Skills Your Child Will Learn This Year

How will you integrate all these skills into your curriculum?

The Psychomotor skills learned in my program will be practiced on a daily basis. These are the skills the students will be using when playing the different team sports we will cover throughout the year. With each new sports unit, my students will get plenty of time to practice the different skills needed in order to succeed in each sport.

The Self-Management skills and fitness concepts learned will be the students responsibility to use. Through their year long project, they will need to use skills like time management and overcoming barriers in order to keep themselves on track to reaching their goals.

Some Benefits of Being Physically Active

  • Exercise keeps individuals focused and energized.
  • Exercise helps individuals deal with stress, aggression, anxiety, and depression.
  • When done before learning new material, students are more likely to retain the information learned in their classroom.
  • Students will be able to interact with peers and work on their social skills while in a P.E. program.
  • Being physically active will prevent individuals from becoming obese, which has become an epidemic in our country.
  • Many other benefits can be learned about in the three resources listed below.

Gain Knowledge

Here are three resources you as parents may find beneficial to understanding the benefits of being physically active. These benefits are not only for teenagers, but also for adults.

1. "Physical Education Is Critical To Educating the Whole Child" on AAHPERD.org: In this article you will read about how a quality physical education program will benefit students in more than just their physical fitness.

2. "Physcial Activity Facts" on CDC.gov: In this article, you will read about many physical and mental health benefits that come from being regularly physically active.

3. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey: This novel is a great resource to have because Ratey goes deep into the relationship between exercise and the brain.

How You As A Parent Can Help Your Child Become Active and Fit

  • Take an interest in what your child is learning in their P.E. class.
  • Become physically active yourself. If your child sees you making an effort to become active, they may be motivated to become active as well.
  • Discuss the benefits of becoming active.
  • Monitor your child's TV and/or computer time.
  • Plan family weekend trips where the whole family can be physically active.
  • Give your child gifts which promote physical activity.

NASPE Standards for Quality Physical Education

Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.

Standard 2: Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performing of physical activities.

Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.

Standard 4: Achieves and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.