Monday, December 6, 2010

Class Performance

During this assessment I was glad to see such a great amount of class participation.  I feel that by doing this a second time, students really got the idea behind what this assessment was to accomplish.  The data collected during this assessment shows that only a small portion of the class improved upon their time.  Surprisingly more students feel into the category of "Needs Improvement" after the second trial was complete.  The reason I think this happened was due to weasther conditions.  During the first trial of this assessment, the weather was warmer more comfortable.  The second trial took place on a cold, windy day.  This may have had a lot to do with the drop in times for students.  However, some students did move up in their fitness zone category as well.

Controlling Reliability

Unfortunately there is not much the instructor can do to guarantee reliability during this assessment.  This matter is based solely upon the effort that students put forth during this exercise.  The only thing that can be relied on is the validity of this assessment, which according to Fitness Gram standards, is accurate.

Test Validity

The validity of this test is based upon the Fitness Gram Standards.  This test was performed according to those standards and was evaluated in the same manner.

Video of Instruction

Date of the Next Assessment

The date of the next assessment will be confirmed at a  later date.  However a tenative date will be set for Decmeber 20th 2010.  If the weather allows we will be completing this assessment on the outdoor track where the first two trials were performed.  If not, the assessment will be administered on the indoor track above Harwood Arena. 

How to Improve in and Out of Class

The mile run assessment is largely based upon cardiovascular endurance it is importance for students to improve on this aspect of themselves if they plan improving their assessment score.  There are several ways that students can improve upon their cardiovascular endurance, both in an out of the classroom.  One way to do this with in the class room is to put forth maximum effort within all of the other assessments.  The mile run is not the only assessment that includes cardiovascular endurace.  For example, the PACER test and the mile walk assessment are just two other activities that build cardiovascular endurance.  A way to improve outside of the classroom would be to regularly participate in any type of physical activity.  By becoming involved in daily physical activity, students can become more in shape will be able to more easily complete the 1 mile run assessment each time it is performed. 

Preperation for Assessment

In order to preapare for this assessment students will be walked though a series of static and dynamic stretches.  This will prepare their muscles to perform this assessment to the best of their abilities with little risk for injury.  Since this will be the second time that students are completing this assessment they should have a basic idea of what to expect. 

Evaluation Criterion

Students will be evealuted absed upon the Fitness Gram standards which are as follows:

Girl's One Mile Run Standards
17+      8 minutes or less=Fit
17+      8-10 minutes= Healthy
17+      10 minutes or higher= Needs Improvement

Boy's One Mile Run Standards
17+      7 minutes or less= Fit
17+      7-8 minutes and 30 seconds= Healthy
17+      8 minutes and 30 seconds or higher= Needs Improvement

Monday, September 27, 2010

Brief Overview of the Mile Run

During this assessments students will run around the outdoor track 4 times.  Each student will be expected to complete this task to the best of their abilities.  Times will be recored at the end of the run and will be used for various other tests during the course of the class. 

Importance of the Mile run

Studies have in the field of exercise science have show that running is the best activity a person can commit to in their life.  Running is a natural activity of the body.  It benefits the mind, body and soul in numerous ways that modern science has yet to discover as well.

Some of the benefits to the mind include increased cognitive abilities of concentration, mental speed, mental stability, clarity of thought and many more.  The benefits to the body are very extensive as well.  Specific physical benefits can include bone density, increased strength within the legs, improved conditioning, regulated breathing, regulated appetite, regulated weight, better heart, and better lungs.

Running is the perfect way to keep one's body healthy and in shape.  Starting by running a mile whenever you get a chance can increase your health one step at a time