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PPL1O

Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 9

This course equips students with the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy choices now and lead healthy, active lives in the future. Through participation in a wide range of physical activities, students develop knowledge and skills related to movement competence and personal fitness that provide a foundation for active living. Students also acquire an understanding of the factors and skills that contribute to healthy development and learn how their own well-being is affected by, and affects, the world around them. Students build their sense of self, learn to interact positively with others, and develop their ability to think critically and creatively.

Course Title: Healthy Active Living Education, Grade 9, Open (PPL1O)
Course Name: Healthy Active Living Education
Course Code: PPL1O     /     Grade: 9     /     Course Type: Open
Credit Value: 1.0     /     Prerequisite: None
Curriculum Policy Document: 

Health and Physical Education, The Ontario

Curriculum, Grades 9 to 12, 2015

Resources required by the student:

Note: This course is entirely online and does not require or rely on any textbook. All recommended resources are intended to guide a student toward the items they may want to utilize throughout the course. It should be noted that failure to obtain the recommended items will not prevent a student from completing the course. Students are provided options at all assessment points and can complete the course without investing in speciality items.

  • A calculator (online or hand-held)

  • Access to a video recording tool (webcam, cellphone, etc.)

  • Recommended: Athletic shoes

  • Recommended: Various balls or equivalents to be used in sports and games

The student will be also required to do the following:

  • Plan, create, and execute a healthy eating and fitness plan to last a minimum duration of four weeks. The student can execute both the healthy eating and fitness plan concurrently. Students should be advised that they require a minimum of four weeks to complete the course.

Teaching & Learning Strategies:

Teaching and learning strategies assist both teachers and students in achieving specific learning objectives. Several methods have been used to create an online learning environment that will engage students in a variety of ways and support their understanding of healthy active living concepts. These strategies include:

  • Clearly described unit expectations

  • Creative problem solving

  • Case studies

  • Variety of physical activities

  • Assessments FOR learning activities

  • Differentiated Learning and Assessment

  • Student reflection and self-assessment

  • Discussions of issues relating to active healthy living

 

Note: this course allows students the flexibility work through the course in the order they are most comfortable with, while also providing them the options to select the assessments that best fit their respective skill sets and comfort levels. The goal is to allow the student to demonstrate their understanding and ability through a variety of assessment opportunities.

Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting Strategies of Student Performance:

Our theory of assessment and evaluation follows the Ministry of Education's Growing Success document, and it is our firm belief that doing so is in the best interests of students. We seek to design assessment in such a way as to make it possible to gather and show evidence of learning in a variety of ways to gradually release responsibility to the students, and to give multiple and varied opportunities to reflect on learning and receive detailed feedback.

Growing Success articulates the vision the Ministry has for the purpose and structure of assessment and evaluation techniques. There are seven fundamental principles that ensure best practices and procedures of assessment and evaluation by Virtual High School teachers. VHS assessments and evaluations,

  • are fair, transparent, and equitable for all students;

  • support all students, including those with special education needs, those who are learning the language of instruction (English or French), and those who are First Nation, Métis, or Inuit;

  • are carefully planned to relate to the curriculum expectations and learning goals and, as much as possible, to the interests, learning styles and preferences, needs, and experiences of all students;

  • are communicated clearly to students and parents at the beginning of the course and at other points throughout the school year or course;

  • are ongoing, varied in nature, and administered over a period of time to provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the full range of their learning;

  • provide ongoing descriptive feedback that is clear, specific, meaningful, and timely to support improved learning and achievement;

  • develop students’ self-assessment skills to enable them to assess their own learning, set specific goals, and plan next steps for their learning.

For a full explanation, please refer to Growing Success.

The Final Grade:

 

The evaluation for this course is based on the student's achievement of curriculum expectations and the demonstrated skills required for effective learning. The final percentage grade represents the quality of the student's overall achievement of the expectations for the course and reflects the corresponding level of achievement as described in the achievement chart for the discipline. A credit is granted and recorded for this course if the student's grade is 50% or higher. The final grade will be determined as follows:

  • 70% of the grade will be based upon evaluations conducted throughout the course. This portion of the grade will reflect the student's most consistent level of achievement throughout the course, although special consideration will be given to more recent evidence of achievement.

  • 30% of the grade will be based on final evaluations administered at the end of the course. The final assessment may be a final exam, a final project, or a combination of both an exam and a project.

The Report Card:

Student achievement will be communicated formally to students via an official report card. Report cards are issued at the midterm point in the course, as well as upon completion of the course. Each report card will focus on two distinct, but related aspects of student achievement. First, the achievement of curriculum expectations is reported as a percentage grade. Additionally, the course median is reported as a percentage. The teacher will also provide written comments concerning the student's strengths, areas for improvement, and next steps. Second, the learning skills are reported as a letter grade, representing one of four levels of accomplishment. The report card also indicates whether an OSSD credit has been earned. Upon completion of a course, VHS will send a copy of the report card back to the student's home school (if in Ontario) where the course will be added to the ongoing list of courses on the student's Ontario Student Transcript. The report card will also be sent to the student's home address.

 

Program Planning Considerations:

Teachers who are planning a program in this subject will make an effort to take into account considerations for program planning that align with the Ontario Ministry of Education policy and initiatives in a number of important areas.

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