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     Daniel Boone School     6710 N. Washtenaw      Chicago, IL 60645      (773) 534-2160 ph.      (773) 534-2190 fx.      [Email]

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY
 
In a safe learning environment the student should gain applicable knowledge through the biopsychosocial model as framework, which should encourage the student to strive for continuous biological, mental, and social health through daily and leisure activity.  Applicable knowledge should also be gained regarding social responsibility, as the student should be able to continuously assess their own behavior, which is essential for success in future pursuits.  Social responsibility should also cultivate a strong sense for cooperation within the classroom, as the students provide their best effort for themselves and others.  Lastly, the students should enhance their self-efficacy in regards to acquiring new skills and knowledge in physical education.

The information transmitted in the classroom should promote an internal desire to continue to partake in physical activity throughout life, which should promote biological, psychological, and social wellbeing.  Enhanced self-efficacy should increase the knowledge base and promote individual growth in regards to health and skills used in physical activity.  Through the acquisition of new skills and knowledge the student's wisdom will grow and wisdom will help guide them to become successful individuals within a continually growing society.  However, it is also essential that the student's self-efficacy reaches beyond the realm of physical education, as the students should build valid confidence in their ability to be successful in all aspects of life.  Success is measured in the student's personal perspective on self-fulfillment.

Curriculum -- lessons, information, and skills -- has to be age appropriate, as the students acquire motor skills, knowledge, and insight on a healthy lifestyle through physical education.  All aspects of the physical education curriculum are covered by this philosophy, which is to help young students become successful individuals through a biopsychosocial viewpoint. 

SOURCES:
Definition: Biopsychosocial Model
Definition: Self-Efficacy
Definition: Social Responsibility
CDC
Illinois State Standards for P.E.
Standards for Professional Educators: P.E.
HHMI: Exercise Improves Learning and Memory
Journal: Science. 1977 Apr 8;196(4286):129-36.