PLAN: Criteria for a Student-Centered Exam
For PDSA cycle I chose to use data notebooks during the Fitnessgram testing. I chose these because they are engaging, interactive, and they promote sharing, trusting, teambuilding, reflection, and coaching. (Pitas, 2000) In physical education I am always looking for ways for students to reflect on their exercise habits in and set goals for their future. I want to educate students to be healthy for a lifetime and what better way than for them to tract their own exercise and reflect on how it’s working. They would be sharing their beliefs with me along with their goals. They would trust me to help them achieve their goals as well as their personal information on how they want to portray themselves physically. They would also reflect their own opinions on the class and help me devise strategies that would help them reach their goals and allow me to adapt my teaching to better serve them. I think the idea of using data notebooks to tract their growth and reflections is a great idea especially in my classroom setting.
PLAN: Student-Centered Assessment
For my student-centered assessment I chose to use something that I have never done before but our administration wants us to use which are data notebooks. Every day this week I had the students answer a question so they could self-reflect on the unit. After the closure of the lesson I had students go change out and write about the topic on the white board. My questions included:
1. What can I (the teacher) do to improve your PACER score?
2. What is the most difficult fitness test and what I can do to make it easier?
3. What are my goals for next Fitnessgram test? How can I achieve them?
4. What activities outside of school can help with improving my scores? What am I doing to help my scores?
5. What activities in class have most benefited our PACER score?
Every day I would have a few students share their writing with me. I collected them on Friday and reviewed everyone’s data notebooks. “The assessment information is about the students, yet often we have overlooked the control they have over their own learning.” (Stiggins, 2008) This quote helped me to recognize which activities they thought were most beneficial and it also allowed me to see how they developed their own goals. As a physical educator I always want my students thinking about how to stay healthy for a lifetime so that is how I went about designing my data notebook assessment. If I keep having them reflect and make goals for themselves that will benefit them later in life with their own personal health and well-being.
DO: Pilot Group
My pilot group for this cycle was my seventh grade physical education class. There are 28 people in my last hour class and they are one of my more active physical education classes. I have three students with IEP’s in this section. The gender break down is 16 boys to 12 girls with all but two students being Caucasian while the other two are of...