This blog is all about sharing some of the ideas I do in the gym and how my lessons and programs are different to yours. There is no right or wrong answers here, but more so giving other passionate PE teachers ideas on successful lessons and programs.
1. PE Word Wall
For those who follow my blog, Twitter or Facebook page you would know I'm a big fan of the PE word wall. Not only does it look good, it benefits student learning by understanding what the word means and if students see that word in the outside world, they'll be able to connect that word to their learning. I focus this a lot with my lower levels, where my Foundation grades have a word of the week on their learning topic. At times I see my students looking at the word wall and asking what certain words mean.
2. Junior Experts
This is something I introduced this year. I have students who compete on the weekends and I though got it would be a good idea to acknowledge those students as 'junior experts'. These students are responsible for assisting students when needed and assisting the teacher during during demonstrations and group activities.
3. Safety Hat
This safety hat is for the grade's to follow the safety instructions for their lesson. Both students and the teacher come up with the instructions and throughout the lesson students are reminded about being safe.
4. Ride to School/Walk to School
This program is conducted once a month for the whole school. This is aimed for our students ride or walk safely to and from school. Each class are in contention to win either the 'golden shoe' or the 'golden bike' award. The is awarded to class with the most participants on the day. No this program is not a PE specific lesson, however it encourages students to get active.
5. Warm up activities
The warm up activity I believe is one of if not the most important component in a lesson. This is where we begin to engage the students, set the tone, learning intention is displayed visually and students. For my warm up activities I tend to write the activity/challenge on the board so when the students come into the gym they read the instructions and get straight into it. This saves time, as students just want to get into playing games and activities. I focus this teaching strategy with my grade 3-6 students.
6. Goal setting
Once again, for everyone who reads my blog would've seen the goal setting program. This program is so successful. Students set their own learning goals and work towards their goal throughout weeks.
7. Star chart
I use this reward system with my grade 1/2 students. The way it works
- Students must demonstrate our school values
- Students to show encouragement
- Students to demonstrate resilience
- Students to try their personal best
At the end of each lesson, as a class we reflect on our team performance and rate on how we went. If the class receives 3 stars two weeks in a row they'll be rewarded with a game of their choice. There is a 'thumbs up' and an 'okay' face this demonstrates on how the students worked as a team.
This reward system can be used for any upper year levels. Fitcash is designed for students to work hard to be rewarded. Teams can earn fitcash by working hard, providing feedback to their peers, demonstrating good skills and knowledge. Once teams earn $500 or more they can begin to buy games. For example;
- Tiggy games $20
- Kickball $100
- Dodgeball $300
- New game $500
Teams must communicate properly to ensure decisions are made fairly when purchasing games. Once games have been purchased, teams start again on earning fitcash.
I love trying new ideas and I thoroughly enjoying sharing these ideas.
These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.