Before you read this blog, re-read (or read for the first time!) the blog about learning targets to understand why the ShapeAmerica standards are rewritten into “I can” statements.
This portfolio has been revised a few times over the past 3 years (with the same outcome) after student feedback on the process. It is going to be simplified again this summer (after that is finished, I will post it); however, this packet will still be in their folders.
You will notice that the indicators are not completely written out or aligned exactly as written in the national standards; instead we labeled the packet 1-20. My coworker and I went through the SHAPEAmerica indicators and picked the top 20 that applied to our students and that we could get through in 3 years. In our first packet, we labeled the indicator as “S1.M19”, however, the students told us that was confusing when we told them to find that, so instead, saying “Find indicator 19”, was a lot easier for a 10 year old to understand.
We converted the indicators into “I can” statements because that is what we use as learning targets and now the indicators are converted into verbs that the students will perform with different depth of knowledge levels.
The goal is to complete all of the grade 8 indicators by grade 8. They see all of the indicators starting in grade 6 because some of the students will master the indicators earlier (and then they are presented with more challenging targets). They also are aware of the high school graduation standards, so that they know the expectations of physical education to graduate high school.
This may sound confusing to someone who is not familiar to the process, but again, once explained to a 6th grader and keeping the routine the same for all 3 years, it just becomes second nature to the students.
** We used SHAPEAmerica frameworks and Connecticut Healthy and Balanced Living Curriculum Frameworks to create some components of this document.**