For my EPE 300 class we were divided up into the different curriculum areas in different grades. I specifically was part of grade eleven’s rythimic/dance curriculum area. In grade eleven the curriculum allots ten hours to rythmics/dance. Thus, I created in my unit plan a concept web that plans out what topics will be taught in the allotted ten hours. I then broke down each of the lesson and made one page lesson plans for the first five lessons. Each of these lesson plan are complete with foundational and learning objectives, pre-requisite learning’s, safety, instructional strategies, skill focus, movement patterns, conceptual focus, a development, assessment and an adaptive dimension.
When it came to developing my unit plan I was able to begin thinking about planning past just a single lesson. I saw that there is a lot of planning involved in creating a physical education class. You need to think about what content is going to be in each grade to make sure that certain learning’s are not going to be repeated. Then within the units you want your lessons to progress to one another and then in an individual lesson the development should have a progression. Hence, it is important to be organized and to be able to plan to be a successful teacher. I am glad that I have seen the importance of the planning process before entering the teaching field because I have somewhere to start from that will help me be prepared.
Nonetheless, getting to the point of being able to plan a unit that corresponded with different grades and units was difficult for me at times. I found that it was hard to imagine how to work with the curriculum and organize it so that it would best fit the students since I am not making it for a specific school. But, I did see that in any school the classes are always going to be different from year to year and what I created was a template that will get me started. I then can always build off of this foundation and adapt to the needs of my students at that time.
Another challenge I had in all the different planning involved the fact that I have not actually been fully involved with teaching physical education using the curriculum. At times I felt that I didn’t have enough knowledge on the curriculum and became overwhelmed with making sure it was being used properly. However, I believe that it comes down to experience and practice and I know this because I was able to grow more comfortable. I was able to end the class with more confidence and understanding then what I had at the beginning.
Click on the following link to view my unit plan: Rythmics/Dance Unit Plan