This is something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I’ve blogged in the past about the importance of ensuring you have a great start up program in your P.E program and ensuring all students are on the same page.
This 5 Star Physed concept is something I thought about on my way home from Brisbane, Australia. I kept thinking how all P.E educators around the world have brilliant ideas, plans, programs etc which are fantastic. But it also got me thinking that before we get into our brilliant ideas and programs that we need to include the 5 Star Physed concept. Will this concept take off? I’m not sure, but this blog is about sharing my beliefs on building a positive, safe and vibrant classroom before getting into the curriculum.
So what is the 5 Star Physed?
This is star is about including the ‘little things’ constantly into our programs for ALL year levels. Now you may do this already, but I am talking about dedicating 4-5 week program at the beginning of your school year to ensure you create that positive, safe and vibrant classroom. Also constantly referring to the star as the school year continues.
Sessions 1 Building Relationships - This may include a lot of team building activities which are very popular in all learning areas. We constantly refer back to team building when needed. But how else do your students build relationships with each and with you as their educator? Sometimes this can be tricky, as some students may find it a challenge to build relationships - but challenge them and students love to be challenged. If your students and yourself build a positive relationship from the start, it will to develop that trust and bond between each other.
Session 2 Equality - This is huge these days and we need to ensure that we stamp our authority on equality. Everyone has the right to learn, to feel safe and to happy in their learning environment. Everyone has the right to maximise their learning and to feel they belong to a learning community. Educating our students about equality could be something simple as all boys and girls have the right to play any physical activity. Blue colour is not a boy colour, nor is pink is a girl colour. The little things make a difference and make your students feel comfortable. How would you fit equality into your programs?
Session 3 - EveryBODY is Different - This is very important, as this can lead into bullying. All students are different, size, colour, race and gender, like above with equality we need to ensure our students respect each other and accept one another. All students learn differently that’s ok. Some students would feel self conscious of themselves and are worried of their peers reaction if trying something new. This session could be about zero tolerance on bullying in P.E or recognising different people and cultures. How would you fit this into your program?
Session 4 - Values - All schools have their own values, some of us create P.E values, but one thing that we need to model is our own personal values towards our students. Share your values with your students and then allow them to develop their own values they want to implement into their learning. This is real powerful stuff as they realise how they can contribute to the class and how their values can support others. Firstly break down what a value is, show some examples of sporting heroes or teams. Give this ago, this leads into some great discussions with the class.
Session 5 - Mindset - You may have the greatest basketballer at your school, but if he or she is fixed on something that can’t be change or thinking they can’t win, they shouldn’t be on the court. We know the mind plays a huge role in our learning and we see and hear negative talk all the time, but how do you stop this? Growth v Fixed - Positive v Negative. Allow your students to share their experiences and how their mind played a huge role with their results. Create some growth mindset posters (examples on site under P.E resources). This would also tie nicely with body language and how poor body language can affect learning and achievements.
Small overview of the 5 Star Physed - but don’t just focus on this at the start of your year, incorporate these into your lessons as much as possible (for all year levels) to benefit student learning, development and culture at your school.
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