Personally I don't use units in my physical education program. My district has certain criteria I must reach and benchmarks that the students must reach within our districtwide curriculum, our curriculum is also aligned to both state and naspe standards. I am fortunate to be given the freedom and latitude in how I approach and teach these objectives to the students. I choose not to teach in units for three main reasons.
1. If I teach volleyball at the beginning of the year for eight weeks, and then move on to another sport or skill, when do I teach volleyball again? Do I teach it during the next school year? If this is the case how do I review or assess any improvements in this area by my students during the rest of the current year? If I do a unit on volleyball in October for example when do they continue their practice and review of volleyball or volleyball skills? Their skill development would be done until the next time we presented the activity again.
2. Many students become frustrated and disenchanted when continually being taught in a unit format. When teaching units it usually begins with a skill or skills, and then is completed by competing in a tournament of that specific sport, or a series of games to help the development of those skills. What do you do with the child or children who are turned off by the drills at the beginning of this unit?
3. Also I have found that there just isn't enough time to teach every sport or skill. Who picks which activities get chosen? Usually the activities that are chosen are activites the teacher presenting the unit chooses. This activity chosen is usually one that is picked because these are activities the teacher feels comfortable presenting to the students or are activities that they prefer participating in themselves. Just my thoughts on this long rainy run, November 19th, 2008.