Shared Synchronous Instruction and HPE!

The Shared Synchronous Instructional (SSI) model is in action in physical education classes. HPE teachers are collaborating, creating and discovering innovative ways to teach remote and face to face students.

The Shared Synchronous Instructional (SSI) model is in action in physical education classes. HPE teachers are collaborating, creating and discovering innovative ways to teach remote and face to face students.

The SSI model has been implemented in all grade levels for HPE. Here are some examples. In elementary school, face to face students learned tossing skills by using scarves, while remote students used plastic grocery bags or homemade bean bags. In middle school, students focused on the skills and drills of team sports. This model provided remote students the opportunity to participate in the same activity and simulate many of the skills and drills of the selected team sport. In high school, students took part in various activities such as Weight Training and Rhythmic/Dance. In these high school courses, students were able to perform the skills safely at home.

Using the SSI model, HPE teachers have been able to focus on the history and fundamentals of physical education. In the opening session, teachers give students a diagnostic assessment to find out what students already knew about the unit, topic, or sport. Brief history and “How To” videos are used during the opening session to introduce the lesson. In the work session, students practice the skill either to achieve learning outcomes. In the closing session, face to face and remote students regroup and recap their learning target and essential question.

Physical Education and physical activity are key factors to academic performance which promotes physical, mental, social, and emotional wellbeing. Active movement increases blood flow to the brain which contributes to calmness, academic engagement, and positive social interaction. “Getting the wiggles out” has often been a phrase used for students who need to move around to remain focused during class. Hence, physical activity, such as, brain boosters and movement are being incorporated into many classrooms more and more. To positively impact academic achievement and healthy lifestyles, students should participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day.


Elizabeth Price Ed.S, Supervisor
Health & Physical Education

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