Our last week of school consists of ‘Kids Choice’ and ‘Teach the Teacher’. I can always guarantee that Prep – 2 students will always choose the game Fruit Salad and year 3-6 students will always choose Octopus. A crowd favourite.
So I thought let’s add some challenges to these old games and make them more interesting. Below I have our top 5 popular games voted by the students and we have come up with some ideas to include into the game. These games are normally played either at the start or the end of a lesson.
Due to privacy, I was unable to video the students to demonstrate the games below.
New trick: Add a fork and a spoon (who are the taggers) – they call out any fruits and those fruits must run past the fork and spoon to the other side of the wall. If the fruits get tagged, they complete 10 star jumps or an exercise of their choice.
New trick: When a student gets tagged, they must stand with their arms out and feet a part. They can be saved ONLY by another student, who must crawl between their feet. That student needs to be careful, because they can get tagged as well when saving someone (crawling). It’s all about when is it the right time to save their friend.
New trick: Add an ‘Eagle’ in front of the bean bags. They must protect the eggs and try to tag the students. If they tag a student, that student must run back without a bean bag and wait for their next turn.
New trick: Every student but the taggers have a tennis ball. When a student gets tagged they must still stand like a scarecrow and place their tennis ball near their feet. Instead of crawling through their legs, the student must throw the ball to the person who is tagged. They must catch the ball and throw it back, however if someone drops the ball whilst saving they must try again. Students need to be careful when saving a student, as they can get tagged as well.
These are just some examples we have used and I really love adding new tricks. But make sure you ask the students and get them to think about the new ideas.
What new tricks do you have?
I have just finished presenting at the ACHPER Tasmanian Conference, another amazing experience and their hospitality was brilliant – Thank you.
If someone came up to me 14 years ago, just as I received my VCE certificate and told me you would be inspiring others in the education field, I would have laughed and said ‘Turn it Up.’ No way in a million years would I have thought I would be making such an impact towards various educators, young and old, experience and inexperienced.
Back in the high school days, I had good days and I had bad days. I experienced of being bullied, struggled to make new friends and at times would be afraid to go to school. My confidence level was terrible and was very low. I thought I was an alright person to hang out with, but my shyness got the better of me and I struggled to get out of my comfort zone for years. Fast forward to Year 12, probably my favourite year. I had cemented a group of friends, but I was still pretty hesitant in opening up, beginning conversations or answering questions in class, just in case I looked like an ‘idiot’.
When studying for exams, I didn’t mind It at all, but I was no good with tests, SACs or exams. I just really wanted to get a good score to get into university. Unfortunately, at that time my score wasn’t good enough and therefore needed a back up plan. I enrolled into a 2 year Sports Development TAFE course in South Melbourne, and again I felt very shy, I was keeping to myself a lot, not opening up and felt I wasn’t good enough. But I felt pretty motivated in completing my studies and really tried my personal best. So long story short, the 2 years went really quick and it was time to apply for university again, so I did.
I still remember that morning when I got the paper from 7-11 store in Keilor. Uni placements came out that morning and I had to read twice that I was accepted to a 4-year education course (Physical Education) at Victoria University. I was pumped! Then I thought, 4 years is a long time, however it was amazing how quickly it went. I survived university, although I didn’t really attend campus parties or O-Week, only because that was out of my comfort zone.
It was time to apply for jobs. Here I was applying for Classroom Roles, (not sure what I was thinking), I think at the time there wasn’t many P.E jobs. I got an interview at a local school and I remembered walking out of the room thinking ‘Yeap I’ve got this.’ 30 minutes later my phone rings, “Christina, thank you, but you weren’t successful…” I was shattered! I thought why, how? Anyways an opportunity came knocking on my door soon after for part time P.E position at a brand new school. I wasn’t going to take it because I wanted full time, therefore I was being a bit greedy. I eventually took the role and lucky I did because it turned into full time by the time the school year begun.
The first 4 years was a real eye opener for me and I didn’t really get out of my comfort zone, but I did make some amazing friends. About mid way 2014 is where everything changed for me. I bought a new iPad and attended a professional development in ICT/PhysEd. This is where the real magic had begun. I slowly began to get out of comfort and stepped up by trying new things. Trial and error was big for me and having a go to see if it will benefit my students was the key. Actually networking was the key, or even signing up to Twitter.
Presenting at various conferences is always a great opportunity to share the passion I have and I just love it.
I mean seriously, I now present, again 14-15 years ago, there would be no chance. But it’s amazing.
I could write on forever about this, but here are my tips:
I’m happy now I didn’t get a good VCE score, I happy now I applied for university for the second time round and I happy now I took a risk in what I love to do.
I now inspire others who continue to inspire me. I wonder what’s going to happen in the next 15 years?
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These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.