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Physical Education - Fitness For Life
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Fitness for Life is an individualized, concepts-based, one-semester course designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary to self-assess, create, conduct, evaluate, and redesign personal fitness programs. It is required of all students and there are no substitutions, including participation in athletics. Fitness for Life may be taken anytime during grades nine through twelve, but it is strongly recommended that students take the class in either the ninth or tenth grade year. The course is a combination of classroom and activity-based learning activities with a focus on proper nutrition and the mastery of skills and concepts necessary for students to become accomplished monitors of their personal lifetime fitness. Through participation, students learn to compare the fitness benefits in a variety of individual and team activities.
Students become proficient in the use of a variety of assessments, measurement devices, exercise equipment, web and community resources, and computer software. Assigned reading and writing assignments, which include activity journals and portfolios, broaden the physical education experience and contribute to the literacy of students. An approved student text or the USOE Fitness for LifeCurriculum Guide is an integral part of the course. Opportunities for academic service-learning are made available to students.
Fitness for Life presents students with the most substantial fitness education they will receive in high school. The teacher directly supervises classroom and participation sessions and serves as both facilitator and instructor working to individualize programs and outcomes for students. Fitness testing is used to establish individual baseline levels for designing fitness programs, to show improvement, and to provide students with personal information. Scores on fitness tests are not used as the primary or only measure of success in Fitness for Life. The FitnessGram and the Presidential Physical Fitness Test are recommended for use in this class.
Outside resources such as guest speakers and local facilities are utilized to increase the effectiveness of this course. Teachers guide students to make individual decisions about their personal fitness programs and to develop positive attitudes and behaviors toward proper nutrition and fitness activities.
Measures are taken to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students. Equipment is inspected and maintained in proper working condition, and facilities are kept clean and free from hazards. Activities are offered which are safe and developmentally appropriate. Enrollment numbers meet Northwest accreditation limiting standards so students are safely supervised, and the curriculum is delivered effectively. Students feel free to participate and explore without the fear of failure, harm, or ridicule.
Fitness for Life may be taught in conjunction and integrated with the required Health Education course in the tenth grade. This course is a two-semester class, is team-taught, and students receive .5 credit for Health and .5 credit for Fitness for Life. Students do not receive health or physical education credit when they have attended the combined course for only one semester.
There are no substitutes for this class, but students may elect to take Fitness for Life through the Electronic High School or earn credit by passing the Fitness for Life Competency Test if offered by the local district.
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