Challenge Your Students
When I plan, I firstly plan a skeleton for the whole term and then week by week I adapt, reflect and make changes to my weekly planners.
I’m writing this blog as my Prep planner didn’t really work out, well let me just say I’m glad things didn’t work out as I had planned! I have been focusing on Locomotor Movement Skills and then my next step is to introduce them to Mini Athletics. I planned for my students to incorporate the movement skills that we have discovered into our Mini Athletics program. I wanted for them to combine these movements and understand that these movements can be used in many sports and in everyday life. One of my Prep grades have challenged me to challenge them, so today was the day to challenge them.
My challenge was for them to create their own obstacle movement course and then sharing and explaining their process. They were given 3 hoops, 10 cones, 2-3 hurdles and 2 bean bags and off they went. They worked in small groups and had 15 minutes to come up with their own course. When the students took on this challenge I thought to myself, hmmm maybe this won’t work? Maybe this is too hard for them? Maybe they won’t be able to explain their process and why they design their course the way they did.
They proved me wrong! These students are 4 and 5 year olds and they were amazing! They all created their own course incorporating various movements including jumping, hopping, running, leaping and crawling. They presented like they’ve been presenting at conferences for years. The way to spoke about their course and breaking down how to complete their course was amazing. Not only did they speak with confidence, but the language they were using was inspiring.
So it doesn’t matter if your lesson doesn’t go as planned, be prepared to adapt and be prepared to challenge your students.
Never be afraid in giving your students that chance to further their learning, as I continue to learn I see the magic they can create and most importantly I see the enjoyment on their faces when they make new discoveries.
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These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.