For those of you that have read my big blogs, you know that I am a believer in meeting the Common Core in Physical Education. I was a believer before the Common Core was even a blip on the radar in the educational universe. I have been a believer since I took my first step onto the Springfield College campus back in 1981. I interpret the Common Core in Physical Education as nothing more than an extension of what we called the Humanics philosophy- or better known to the Springfield community as the Triangle: Spirit, Mind, and Body.
Sadly, I am ashamed to say, that even though I am a believer, there are often times I feel as though I am spurting obscenities when I proclaim my support for the Common Core in P.E.
Dr. Martha James, Ph.D. , Assistant Professor, from Towson University is my hero! She presented “Using the Common Core for Health, Physical and Dance Education” at the SHAPE National Convention on the first day for 4 hours! She stood on the proverbial mountain top of professional organizations and shouted out to the masses her belief that the Common Core is good for physical education!
Spiders are Scary… The Common Core is Not- was the theme of her session. She explained the expectations of the CCSS and illustrated that we are already doing a considerable amount to meet the standards. We identified blocks of time in our classes that can be put to meaningful use in order to meet the CCSS. Then she took it a step further and gave examples of English Language Arts techniques that could be used in the gym to support Physical Education learning. She challenged us to “Code Switch” during professional developments that are geared toward the classroom teacher and figure out how their strategies can be incorporated in our content area. Finally, she examined the propaganda that is being spread to frighten and discourage us from taking on the challenge.
The entire session kept me thinking and planning. Not once during the 4 hours was I bored or overwhelmed. I only hope that I can be as articulate the next time I am asked my opinion of the CCSS in Physical Education.
If you ever get an opportunity to hear Dr. James speak, I highly recommend it. And remember, Spiders are SCARY… The COMMON CORE is NOT!