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Physical Education, Health & Wellness


Physical Education Program Philosophy
Physical education is a unique and important component of the total school program. Physical education provides the physical component of a total education facilitating health maintenance and physical vital-ity. It is only physical education that contributes to physical develop-ment while integrating the emotional, social, and intellectual compo-nents that develop the whole child. The program prepares the adoles-cent to meet the physical demands of daily life, to use activity for preventive health benefits for a lifetime, and to enjoy physical activity during leisure time. The school community focuses on balanced learn-ing opportunities addressing the following three major goals as set forth in Turning Points: Preparing American Youth for the 21st Cen-tury, a report of the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development.
(New York: Teachers College Press, 2000, p.12).

• Academic achievement
• Developmental responsiveness
• Social equitability.

The unique objective of physical education is to guide all students into being physically active for a lifetime. A developmentally and instructionally appropriate physical education program promotes a physically active lifestyle. It accommodates a variety of individual differences such as cultural identity; previous movement experi-ences; fitness and skill levels; and intellectual, physical, and social-emotional maturity. Appropriate instruction in physical education incorporates best practices derived from both research and experi-ence for teaching early adolescents in ways that encourage success for all students. Providing a safe and inclusive learning environ-ment allows all students to experience positive, challenging, and enjoyable physical activity while learning about the benefits and importance of physical activity.

Specific outcomes for each grade level are denoted within the cur-riculum. The outcomes indicate what skills students should learn and the knowledge and behaviors they should possess when com-pleting the program. This is accomplished through a sequence of carefully selected activities, curricular and intramural, which build on each previous level of the physical education curriculum as a means of developing proficiency in a few motor skills and compe-tence in many. Physical education content should be clear, com-prehensive, and unified. The delivery of this content should pro-vide for a positive learning environment that consists of the cogni-tive, psychomotor, and affective domains.

The cognitive domain of physical education stresses the objectives of critical thinking, decision-making and problem solving. In-cluded within this domain are developing vocabulary, gaining knowledge about how the body moves, learning about safety and understanding the rules and strategies of games, dance, gymnastics and aquatics.

Within the psychomotor domain, the student should become a ver-satile and efficient mover in the program areas of games, dance, gymnastics and aquatics.

In the affective domain, the student as a participator and observer develops an awareness of the joy of movement. Learning to make healthy choices, taking responsibility for one-self, showing self-control, following rules, participating safely, working well with others, demonstrating respect and display of good sportsmanship are key to developing abilities within the social and emotional areas.

Wellness Program, K-8 Philosophy
Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices towards achieving a more successful existence. Personal wellness occurs when one commits to a continuous, lifelong process of developing a lifestyle based on healthy attitudes and actions. Wellness extends the definition of health to encompass a process of awareness, education and growth. By presenting a planned, sequential program that embraces the six dimensions of wellness, students develop knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors necessary to achieve optimal wellness and become committed to lifelong learning. This approach builds resiliency, which in turn leads to healthy families and communities.
The program goals are to:
• promote excellence in the teaching and learning of wellness.
• implement the core concepts of wellness outlined in the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework.
• provide opportunities for students to set goals, assess risks and demonstrate behaviors that protect and enhance their wellness.
• establish partnerships with community partnerships to enhance the classroom experience.

The Brockton Public Schools Wellness Program, K-8, adopts the standards of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Education Curriculum Framework.

The fourteen content areas include:

1. Growth and Development
2. Physical Activity and Fitness
3. Nutrition
4. Reproduction/Sexuality
5. Mental Health
6. Family Life
7. Interpersonal Relationships
8. Disease Prevention and Control
9. Safety and Injury Prevention
10. Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Substances Abuse Prevention
11. Violence Prevention
12. Consumer Health and Resource Management
13. Ecological Health
14. Community and Public Health

The Brockton Public Schools Wellness Program, K-8 adopts the vision of the Massachusetts Health Education Curriculum Framework in presenting a comprehensive wellness program that teaches fundamental health concepts, promotes habits and conduct that enhance health and wellness, and guides efforts to build healthy youth. The Wellness Program also embraces the Framework's Guiding Principles in offering a sequential and coordinated teaching program.

Wellness Education Program, 9-12 Philosophy
The Physical Education and Health Departments have traditionally been separate entities at Brockton High School. An initiative is underway that will integrate the current Physical Education and Health Education programs into a single Wellness Education program. The restructured Wellness Education program has been designed to support the academic mission of the school, as well as the lifelong health and well-being of our students. Our nation's youth are currently experiencing a health crisis of epidemic proportions. Individuals who are overweight or obese have an increased risk of developing such chronic diseases as Type II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, as well as several forms of cancer. The objective of the Wellness Education program is to support learning through enhanced student awareness and appreciation for lifestyles that are based on healthy attitudes and actions.

Offering one Wellness Education Program allows for the synthesis of Physical Education and Health Education concepts within a single, stimulating curriculum. Academic concepts such as "strengthening the heart muscle" or "weight management" can come to life in the fitness room and gym, on the track, as well as in the classroom. By offering a variety of innovative courses, students will learn the criteria for a healthy lifestyle along with wellness practices that can be incorporated into their daily lives. Expanding the scope of the existing curricula will bring the present program into the twenty-first century.

The Wellness Education Steering Committee is in the process of making changes that will provide our students with an academic program to challenge students cognitively and physically. In keeping with the established Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks, which include Health and Physical Education, students will participate in a course of study that concentrates on the Six Dimensions of Wellness: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual and occupational/leisure.

The inclusion of Physical Education components is integral to an overall Wellness program of study. A comprehensive Wellness program includes developmentally appropriate skills, logical and sequential progression learning through a variety of movement activities, as well as a relevant academic component. Intramural offerings are intended to enhance the classroom experience and the students' appreciation for lifelong activity.

The first phase of the Wellness Education initiative involves redesigning the freshmen "Fitness and Wellness" program to help students demonstrate personal and social responsibility through physical activity. The emphasis will be placed on fitness assessment, character education, cooperative games and trust-building activities that are developmentally appropriate as an introductory course for new high school students.

Comprehensive School Health Education is similar to effective programs in the traditional academic disciplines. It includes a planned, sequential program that integrates health information and concepts into a variety of interactive wellness initiatives for all students. The Brockton Public Schools Wellness Education Program has been designed to support students' development of the knowledge, attitudes, skills and behaviors that are necessary for lifelong learning and wellness. The intent of this approach is to build resiliency, which in turn will lead to healthy families and communities.

The program goals are to:
• promote excellence in the teaching and learning of wellness education.
• implement the core concepts of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework focusing on the health and physical education standards
• provide opportunities for students to set goals, assess risks and demonstrate behaviors that protect and enhance their well-being.
• establish collaborative partnerships with school and community organizations in an effort to deliver a high quality wellness curriculum.

The fourteen content areas include:

1. Growth and Development
2. Physical Activity and Fitness
3. Nutrition
4. Reproduction/Sexuality
5. Mental Health
6. Family Life
7. Interpersonal Relationships
8. Disease Prevention and Control
9. Safety And Injury Prevention
10. Tobacco, Alcohol and Other Substances Abuse Prevention
11. Violence Prevention
12. Consumer Health and Resource Management
13. Ecological Health
14. Community and Public Health

The core concepts of the Wellness Education Program include health literacy, healthy self-management skills and health promotion. The Brockton Public Schools Wellness Education Program, 9-12, adopts the standards of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Frameworks

 

 

 



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