Ok, so you can be a good teacher or you can be an outstanding teacher that makes a difference. We all make a difference in many different ways, here is one quick way on how you can make a difference towards your teaching.
Over the last few months I've been thinking more outside the square with my games and activities. Thinking of how can I be more creative with my lessons and engaged the students even more. I've created a YouTube account where I post all my games and activities which I have created or adapted from other games.
http://youtu.be/euUZ0oRrrrM or search Christina Polatajko on YouTube.
There are thousands and thousands of games out there that can be played, we can search for a game online or through a text, which I heavily rely on for my teaching. However I believe being creative with your games and activities, challenges your thinking and teaching to enhance student learning and development. It's all about trial and error, there is nothing wrong if things don't go to plan, but it is important to know what went wrong and how you can fix it.
Creating your own games and activities don't have to be hard or with fancy equipment, even using old equipment that you thought wouldn't be useful. For example, plastic cups, see the youtube link below for Cup Catching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrkKndvcZbg
Here are a few ideas to get creative and create your own version of a game.
1. Choose a game you love and would work within your current program and year level.
2. Question yourself how can I adapt this for my students and their needs.
3. What challenges can I implement into the activity?
4. Do I need extra equipment? - try and keep it simple.
5. Test it out - ask the students, did they understand the game and the purpose?
6. Save the game through video or record it on paper.
Example of an activity I have created and adapted from another game.
Original Game: 5 Star Handball (AFL warm up)
Original Rules: Handball in a star formation.
Adapted Game: 5 Star Throw and Catch
Aim: To get as many bean bags as possible by throwing and catching.
1. Students get into groups of 5 - 6 (no more than 6).
2. Students throw and catch in a star formation.
3. Students cannot drop the ball otherwise they start again.
4. Once the last person has received the ball, the first person who started goes and collects a bean bag from the other side of the court. (Students cannot get the bean if they dropped the ball).
6. Complete this until there are no more bean bags left.
5. If there are more than 5 in the group, 1 student can become the coach/mentor within the group. Swap roles after each round.
What else can be included into this game? Points can be rewarded - bean bags. Each colour bean bag is worth various points.
- Rolling and stopping the ball in a star formation.
- Students create their own formation.
Remember there are no right or wrong games, as long as it fits into your learning intentions, your current focus, students can understand and it is safe to play.
So simple, so get cracking and create a quality Physed games and activities for your students.
I love sharing my ideas, as it gives other teachers options and ideas for their teaching. So don't forget to share your creativity with the Physed world! #sharingiscaring
These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.