PE: 6-8 Yoga
Seventh grade students performing the warrior pose.
The P.E. staff introduces Yoga in a variety of ways, such as class discussion, direct instruction, stations and peer-teaching. Students have developed the basic knowledge of proper breathing techniques through poses within grades K-5. Students in grades 6-8 are expected to take on more responsibility of their own personal health. Students are given more challenging tasks such as, studying a pose, reading through it with peers and then teaching to the rest of the class. By the end of the unit students can give corrective feedback to their peers and understand the benefits of Yoga and how Yoga relates to their own personal fitness and health. Overall we would like students to be safely exposed to basic Yoga so they can experience the benefits Yoga can have on their own personal fitness and health.
Massachusetts State Learning Standards (1999)
Through the study of Fitness students will:
2.11 Apply basic principles of training and appropriate guidelines of exercise to improve immediate and long-term physical fitness
2.12 Participate in activities that promote physical fitness, decrease sedentary lifestyle, and relieve mental and emotional tension
2.13 Explain the personal benefits of making positive health decisions and monitor progress towards personal wellness
National Standards for Physical Education (2004)
Standard 3: Participates regularly in physical activity.
Standard 4: Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.
Standard 5: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.
Standard 6: Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.
Town of Brookline Physical Education Learning Expectations
I. SKILL ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT
A. During the eighth grade, students will develop the ability to perform team and individual sport skills.
A. During the eighth grade, students will develop the ability to assess personal fitness in terms of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
B. During the eighth grade, students will develop the ability to experience a variety of specific exercise and activities to promote fitness.
C. During the eighth grade, students will develop the ability to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the benefits that result from regular participation in physical activity.
III. SOCIAL AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
A. During the eighth grade, students will develop the ability to respect the physical skills and performance abilities and limitations of self and others.
B. During the eighth grade, students will develop the ability to work effectively within a group.
C. During the eighth grade, students will develop the ability to display an understanding of the aesthetic and creative aspects of physical performance.
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