Physical Education- Sixth through Eighth Grade
Our Junior High students participate in Physical Education class using the “Sport Education Model”. The Sport Education Model (SEM) is a model of teaching PE that encourages sportsmanship and teamwork. The focus is on learning to be responsible and work together while still improving the skills of each student. Our class units will now be referred to as “seasons”. Each season will last about 5 weeks, with some being half seasons. During each season, students are assigned a job for their team. We have Coaches, Fitness Trainers, Referees, and Scorekeepers. Everyone is also considered a player, and will participate in all activities.
Jobs will be assigned on a rotating basis so that all students will gain experience in each role. Teams will also be switched each season to give each student a chance to play with and against everyone in their class.
A quick breakdown of the jobs:
Coach: in charge of team practices and organization. Must turn in a team “practice plan” before the practice for that day starts. This is simply a sentence or two stating how they will practice the skill that I assign for that day.
Fitness Trainer: in charge of daily warm-ups for the team. They will also meet once with each team member and talk about what kind of fitness goal they would like to achieve during the season. I will conduct a pre-test and post-test in different areas of fitness, and the trainer is responsible for helping each team member set a challenging, yet attainable goal for themselves.
Referee: will be given a packet of rules and terms for their sport. Should read over the rules (does not have to memorize) and be familiar with them. The rules will remain in the team folder so the referee can refer back to them if necessary. Each team has a referee, and during games, they must work with the referee on the team that they are opposing to ensure that the game played is safe, fair, and follows the rules. Any conflicts that cannot be resolved will be brought to my attention to discuss and settle.
Scorekeeper: will keep track of score for each game. Will be given a scorecard for each game, and should record all scoring players for the game that they are involved in. At the end of the game, they will meet with the other team’s scorekeeper to make sure they have the same stats. Scorekeeper is also responsible for recording the amount of “Fair Play” points their team wishes to assess the other team based on their game play and performance.
Team Points for the season will be recorded and displayed in the gym for each homeroom. These will be updated weekly to show the standings in each class. Points can be earned three different ways; Fair Play Points, Game Points, and Bonus Points.
Fair Play Points are based on the sportsmanship, behavior, knowledge of rules, and the cohesion of the team. Each team will give their opponent a score of 0-5 for every game. They also have to give a reason if they deduct any points. This will prevent giving low scores to increase your own team’s status in the standings.
Game Points are given after each game. 5 points/win, 3 points/tie, 1 point/loss.
Bonus Points are only assessed by the teacher. These points are awarded to teams who are doing exactly what they should- listening to their Coach and Fitness Trainer, practicing the skills, and giving the game and practice their best effort. Sportsmanship, good behavior, good knowledge of the rules of the game, and team cohesion will all be awarded, up to 25 points/day.
Using this scoring system, it is possible for a team who loses EVERY game to still win the season! This model is for promoting sportsmanship and responsibility, while still encouraging friendly competition.
In the past, students who are not comfortable playing a sport have tended to play on the sidelines of the game for fear of messing up. This model is designed to encourage those students to play, and for their teammates to both help them and encourage them. It is my hope that every student will be able to improve in each sport this year, whether it is by learning a skill, learning how to teach and coach a skill, or learning to take responsibility for themselves and their teammates.