Enrichment Experience Mandala (Grades 9-12)
With a focus on health and fitness, this course guides student to be active and healthy now and for a lifetime. Effective strategies and techniques are a foundation of the course so that students can continually make improvements in all areas of wellness. Students, with the guidance of a training instructor, set personal goals in four areas of wellness: physical, emotional, social, and academic. Fitness assessments enable students to establish baseline levels of fitness and work toward improvement in specific areas. At the end of each module, students submit a wellness plan documenting their daily physical activity, progress toward goals, changes in fitness assessment results, and reflections on personal progress.
By following individualized training principles, students can achieve personal success and gain confidence, while they develop healthy lifetime habits. The course uses videos, graphics, and interactive learning opportunities to encourage students to eat well, get up, and be active.
Note: content varies depending on course version. For currently enrolled students, please refer to the syllabus located in the course information area for curriculum specifics.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of achieving and maintaining levels of health fitness by explaining elements of safe exercise, creating a wellness plan with fitness goals and assessments, and explaining health fitness principles.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of influences on movement performance by summarizing the effects of exercise on building muscle, describing outside influences on motivation and explaining skill fitness and the impact of nutrition.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of the value of lifelong physical activity by summarizing the benefits of regular physical activity, explaining the avoidance of decisions and influences harmful to health, and summarizing the value of physical activity for enjoyment.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of a healthy mind, relationships and body by explaining the connection between healthy behaviors and mental health, explaining strategies for healthy relationships, and explaining the use of health and nutritional information for a healthy body.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of substance use by summarizing the effects of substance use, describing collaborative decision making to reduce the effects of substance use, and summarizing the policies and resources to support restoration of healthy practices.
Students will demonstrate an understanding of personal responsibility for a healthy body by explaining health issues related to body composition, explaining personal responsibilities with communicable diseases, and explaining practices increasing susceptibility to injury and illness.
Besides engaging students in challenging curriculum, VLACS guides students to reflect on their learning and to evaluate their progress through a variety of assessments. Assessments can be in the form of self-checks, collaboration activities, practice lessons, multiple choice questions, writing assignments, projects, research papers, essays, discussion based assessments, work out logs and discussions. Instructors evaluate progress and provide interventions through the variety of assessments built into a course, as well as through contact with the student in other venues.
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