by Joey Feith
Although I love the work I do here at ThePhysicalEducator.com, my real job, my real passion, is teaching elementary kids physical education for the Riverside School Board (RSB).
Last year, after having presented my purposeful #physed ideas to RSB’s physical education consultant, I was asked if I would be interested in creating a resource book to fellow PE teachers teach and assess competency three in Quebec’s physical education curriculum.
Don’t know what competency three is? Don’t worry, here’s a quick explanation:
Quebec’s curriculum is a competency-based approach towards learning. Each subject matter has it’s own competencies which teachers assess throughout the school year cycles. We have five cycles in Quebec: Elementary Cycle One (grades 1-2), Two (grades 3-4), and Three (grades 5-6), as well as Secondary Cycle One (grades 7-8) and Cycle Two (grades 9-11… we only go up to grade eleven here in Quebec).
In elementary, physical education teachers have three competencies to assess:
Competency One: Student performs movement skills in different physical activity settings.
Competency Two: Student interacts with others in different physical activity settings.
Competency Three: Student adopts a healthy, active lifestyle.
Although PE competencies one and two are usually embraced by teachers here in Quebec, competency three has always been a little tricky to evaluate.
That’s why, when my physical education consultant asked if I were interested in creating a resource to help teachers assess competency three, I jumped on the opportunity.
I was allowed to ask one other teacher from the board to be involved with the project. Since she’s a health nut, a great PE teacher and also one of my good friends, I got Alexandra Wells to work with me on this project.
The result was a 31 page document full of curriculum-based activities for teachers to use in their Elementary Cycle 3 PE programs. We called in the Healthbook.
Here’s how we created it:
1. Starting With The Curriculum
In true Purposeful #PhysEd fashion, Alex and I went through the entire Progressions of Learning (Quebec’s grade level outcomes) for competency three. We eliminated any outcomes that were not relevant to cycle 3, grouped the remaining outcomes based on how well they worked together, and selected activities that were best suited to reach those outcomes.
2. Creation Process
Alex and I then spent hours and hours designing the Healthbook and typing up the activities, making sure that the final product could easily complement a teacher’s cycle 3 units.
3. Final Product
Finally, we presented the final product to our fellow Riverside School Board Elementary PE teachers.
We explained to them how the Healthbook was created to serve as an assessment tool for competency three, not as a health manual. Also, we showed them how the activities from the book tie into any competency three content the teachers would be working on throughout the year.
All in all, the teachers at Riverside were very excited about the Healthbook. After all, it is a tool to help guide their teaching to ensure that they are covering as many curriculum outcomes as possible.
Alex and I were very proud of the Healthbook, and that’s why I am so excited to be able to share it with all of you here.
Even though you do not all teach in Quebec, the outcomes our competency three focuses on are outcomes I have seen in almost every PE curriculum I have ever seen. As of today, you can download the Healthbook for free. All that I ask is that you respect its disclaimer and only reproduce it for non-commercial use.
A big thank you goes out to my own Riverside School Board for being willing to share a high quality resource with teachers from around the world. Hopefully more school boards/districts will open up their resources for all to use.
I would love to hear what you think of it and how it could be useful for your teaching, so please feel free to leave a comment in the section below.
Thank you for reading and happy teaching!
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