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A New Way to Measure Success

09 Jan A New Way to Measure Success

Advent’s physical education teachers, James O’Toole and Meagan Ramos, presented at the AISNE Connected Teachers Workshop. Here, Mr. O’Toole and Ms. Ramos reflect on the presentation.

Want to know more about Advent’s PE program? Attend the Learning @ Advent event this Wednesday, January 11. Click here for more information.

We were honored to be chosen to speak at the AISNE Connected Teachers Workshop this past December. Our presentation was titled “How High: Inquiry Based Learning in Physical Education.” The title was a nod to traditional teaching and learning modalities in movement education.

In primary school PE classes of the past few decades, it was compulsory for each student to run the mile and try for their fastest time, hang on the bar for as long as they could, and count the amount of push ups they could do in 30 seconds. Activities were teacher directed, results were quantitative, and success was determined by “how fast”, “how long”, and “how many”.

At The Advent School, we are excited by the ways that physical education is changing in its philosophy and practice. We are proud of our innovative and progressive program that makes movement-based learning and skill building accessible, enjoyable, and rewarding for every learner in our community. We like to say that whereas PE teachers used to say “Jump!” and the students would ask “How high?” in our program the students still ask “How high?” but they are asking it of themselves.

Our presentation was rooted in the idea that young learners who are striving to “change the world” also benefit by having an understanding of how the world has changed: how the roles of both teachers and students of physical education have evolved into those of movement therapists and movement scientists, and how thinking about our pursuits in this way gives us powerful tools for enacting social justice in our communities.

Many educators are making these shifts in their programs and our talk was well received at the workshop. We would like to thank AISNE for giving us the platform to share our work, and for connecting us with other independent school teachers.