To advance students in the areas of creativity, complex problem solving, self-directed learning, and self esteem through the physical act of Skateboarding. The program also serves to develop youth leaders who contribute positively to their community through peer mentorship and service learning.
Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes
1.1. Students will learn how to stay safe and promote the safety of others while skateboarding. Students will effectively service their skateboards and make choices around the variety of safety equipment available to them. Students will show skatepark etiquette and learn how to coach and promote etiquette with less advanced skatepark users.
1.2. Students will be knowledgeable in relation to the origins of skateboarding, its relevance to modern culture and its impact in the areas of music, art and design. Students will learn about the significant skaters that have pushed the progression of skateboarding and their impact on the larger culture. Students will be exposed to the relationship skateboarding has had with music, art, design and popular culture. Students will learn more advanced skills related to board design, manufacturing, photography, and video editing while being exposed to the technologies that make them possible.
1.3. Students will show creativity and self-directed learning as they interpret terrain and adapt to obstacles on a skateboard. Students will learn some of the more advanced skills of skateboarding and be given the freedom to use those skills on a variety of terrain. Students will film a video part highlighting their skills and share at the end of each semester.
1.4. Students will engage in physical activity through the act of skateboarding. Students will benefit from the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of regular physical activity.
1.5. Students will create community among their peers and show increased engagement to the larger school community. Students will effectively collaborate as they learn new tricks and photograph, film, and document their personal progression. Students will share their progression with the larger school community as a member of the school based group. The students participating in this class will also be encouraged to help lead other students through clubs at lunch and after school.
The nature of the course is such that students have freedom to adopt skateboarding skills through creative exploration rather than prescriptive instruction. For this reason, a heavy emphasis will be put on creativity and much of the assessment will be formative rather than summative.