Where does the inspiration for this blog post stem from? Last weekend the Partners for Physical Literacy presented Growing Young Movers: Mini Summit for developing Physical Literacy in Regina, Sk. It was an honour to have Dean Kriellaars, Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, School of Medical Rehabilitation in the Faculty of Medicine from the University of Manitoba present the physical literacy workshops. Dean is very knowledgable in the area of physical literacy and has created many programs that have been adopted and used across the nation.
We spent two days learning about the research behind physical literacy, how it has been brought into practice, how to enrich our programs and the assessment tools he has created.
We wanted to take some time in this post to discuss Physical Literacy, link it to our curriculum and give you two assessment tools to formatively assess your students and your program.
What tools can I use to assess my students physical literacy?
PHE Canada's website states that individuals who are physically literate move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities in multiple environments that benefit the healthy development of the whole person.
- Physically literate individuals consistently develop the motivation and ability to understand, communicate, apply, and analyze different forms of movement.
- They are able to demonstrate a variety of movements confidently, competently, creatively and strategically across a wide range of health-related physical activities.
- These skills enable individuals to make healthy, active choices that are both beneficial to and respectful of their whole self, others, and their environment.
According to the Saskatchewan Curriculum physical literacy can be defined as...
In Canada there are four known physical literacy assessment tools.
- Physical Literacy Assessment for Youth (PLAY) http://play.physicalliteracy.ca/
- Passport for Life http://www.passportforlife.ca/
- Canadian Assessment of Physical Literacy (CAPL) https://www.capl-ecsfp.ca/
- 60 Minute Kids’ Club http://60minkidsclub.org/
We would recommend using the PLAY Tools or Passport for Life when choosing to assess your students' physical literacy. These tools have been designed with our physical education curriculums in mind. They are made for the generalist or specialist physical education teacher to use to in their classes as a formative assessment piece.
Dr. Amanda Stanec wrote up a great blog post about Assessing Physical Literacy a few weeks ago. She gave a great explanation of the PLAY tools and Passport for Life. She explained how each assessment tool has a slightly different focus, but both are a great way to approach assessment of physical literacy. We recommend checking out her post for more information on Passport for Life and the PLAY Tools.