Mission Statement: The Indian River Physical Education department strives to educate all students of all abilities. We are motivated to educate young people about lifelong activities and lifelong fitness. We try to accomplish this by creating developmentally appropriate learning opportunities with meaningful content and instruction. All students will develop health-related fitness, physical competence, cognitive understanding and positive attitudes about physical activity that promotes a healthy and physically active lifestyle.

Learning Standards: As a department, we use the following learning standards as a foundation for our lesson planning. We try to incorporate at least one component from each standard in every lesson we teach, regardless of the unit.

New York State Learning Standards for Physical Education:

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) Standards:

  • Standard 1 - The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
  • Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
  • Standard 3 - The physically literate individual demonstrates the knowledge and skills to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness.
  • Standard 4 - The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
  • Standard 5 - The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.

Course Objectives: Each of our lessons focuses on three learning domains: psychomotor, cognitive and the affective domain. The psychomotor domain is what the student will be able to perform by the end of the lesson. The cognitive domain is what the student will know by the end of the lesson. The affective domain is how the student will interact with other student’s throughout the lesson. We also incorporate safety concerns into each activity. We teach team sports and lifetime fitness units. For our team sports units, we introduce the history of the activity, skills needed to be successful, game rules and game play. For our fitness units, we introduce/emphasize the five health-related fitness components, perform a variety of fitness exercises and activities, and goal-setting on personal fitness and health levels. For all of our units, we incorporate how these activities can benefit the student outside of physical education whether it is through life skills such as teamwork, communication or by being active in the community through fitness events, races, etc.