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Physical Education & Health

Physical Education I

Physical Education I aims to develop students’ physical competence and knowledge of movement and safety as well as their ability to perform in a wide range of activities with the development of being fit for life. It also develops students’ confidence and basic skills, especially those of collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking and motor movement.  This course is a requirement for graduation from Design-Lab as well as the state of Delaware.  It is imperative for your student to take this course to help further them to live a happy and healthy life after graduation.  At Design-Lab our content in Physical Education I steps out of the comfort zone of most programs.  We will participate in all of the following:  Team sports, Dual sports, Individual sports, fitness planning, aerobic exercise, anaerobic exercise, yoga, Kenpo, martial arts, P90X/Insanity style workouts and meditation.  Students will construct their own fitness plans in this course.  They create goals and then plan their exercise to meet their goals each day, each week and for the entire semester.  

Physical education II

Much like physical education I, Physical Education II aims to develop students’ physical competence and knowledge of movement and safety as well as their ability to perform in a wide range of activities with the development of being fit for life. It will however build on the basic development from PE I into a greater understanding of how the human body can do what it does.  Students will start to learn human anatomy based on what movements they are completing.  This course is the second have of the full year requirement for graduation from Design-Lab as well as the state of Delaware.  It is imperative for your student to take this course to help further them to live a happy and healthy life after graduation.  Building on units from physical education I, students will be learning the following content:  muscle names, types of muscles in the human body, parts of a muscle, how a muscle contracts, antagonist muscles and basic human anatomy and physiology.  The big project we do is that the students create a movement of their choice.  Through research, they will thoroughly evaluate and describe in detail what is happening in the each area of the body.  What muscles are contracting, what muscles are flexing, what groups of muscles are involved?  This type of project will get our students ready for college with a basic understanding of human anatomy.  They will also receive a section of biology that colleges will cover.  

Health

Health and wellness are defined as the the quality or state of being healthy in body, mind and spirit especially as the result of deliberate effort.  This course is mandated for graduation from Design-Lab high school as well as the state of Delaware.  This course will give you information you need in life to make healthy choices based on your needs in life as well as educate you on the impact of your choices as well as other people’s choices around you.  Content that will be covered in this course are The 6 main components.  They are physical, emotional, social, environmental, mental/intellectual and spiritual health.  With each of these topics the goal is that each student create a personal connection with what is happening around them and in their own personal lives.  Through the design process, students will create their own course based off of their needs in each of these main components.  The education is the same for all students, but how they perceive the instruction and what they base each project on will be solely based off of events or personal experiences in their lives.  For example, a large project we do for emotional health is that students research issues in the community based on emotional health.  An example of a topic would be treatment of patients in mental/emotional health institutions or effects of sleep deprivation on emotional health and how it can link to substance abuse, self harm or suicidal thoughts.  Students then have to present this information to the class as well as create a presentation to raise awareness for their issue in the community.