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Physical Education

The overall objective of the Physical Education program is to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to make active living a way of life. Cooperation, fair play, sportsmanship, communication, and respect are emphasized in all forms of our activities and sports.

Approach

Every year, we begin with Cooperative Games and Problem Solving Activities. In these activities, the group confronts a specific scenario or problem to solve (a sinking ship to escape, a poisonous or toxic swamp to cross, an electric fence to get over, or a minefield to get a blindfolded partner through safely). The focus of these activities is fostering cooperation, encouraging strategic and supportive dialogue, listening to a different opinion than your own, and having fun at the same time. Some groups spend just a few classes on cooperative activities, while others spend a lot more time and do a wider variety of them. This depends on what each group needs and how well they are working together. The activities also develop collaboration, communication, cooperation, respect, teamwork, and problem solving skills — all skills necessary for the success of any physical activity, game, or sport that involves more than one person.

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Week 6 of Miquon’s 8 Weeks of Action—Chalk the Week 6 of Miquon’s 8 Weeks of Action—Chalk the Walk—began on Sunday, August 9. Families are encouraged to chalk their social-justice messages at their homes, and then to share pictures of their messages:
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Today begins week 5 of Miquon’s 8 Weeks of Actio Today begins week 5 of Miquon’s 8 Weeks of Action. This week we ask families to work together to create a poster, picture, banner, or sign for your window using one of the prompts from The Philly Children’s Movement Family Day of Action:
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On to Week 4 of our 8 Weeks of Action. This week, On to Week 4 of our 8 Weeks of Action. This week, we’re all going to listen to a podcast that discusses race. There are so options from which to choose, so don’t limit your search. For those of you that may like to have a little guidance, perhaps you might begin with NPR’s “Code Switch.”

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After the initial Cooperation and Problem Solving unit, we move onto eye-hand coordination skills and activities that combine the eye-hand coordination skills with cooperation. From there, activities that are in line with the Society of Health and Physical Educators National Standards Scope and Sequence are introduced to students as part of a larger lesson plan. For example, if the students are working on throwing at targets, we usually teach the skill cues first (e.g., jumping jack, muscle man, point, step, throw, follow through). Next, the children practice individually, throwing at targets (paper plates on walls or various objects to throw at). Then, we play a partnered game (“p-i-g” or “t-i-g-e-r” or whatever they decide) which is followed by a larger or whole group game.

PE Blog

Want to learn more about the latest happenings in Miquon’s Physical Education program? Check out pictures and teacher commentary posted to the PE Blog.

Curriculum Report

The curriculum report is the teachers’ review of the entire year, looking back and making observations after their plans, projects, problems, and revelations are long over. One of the distinguishing features of this report is the great extent to which each teacher’s style, focus, and personality come through in this retrospective narrative. Check out the PE Curriculum Report.

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