After listening to a podcast (@joeyfeith) about how he goes about his teaching, was just what I needed to get back into teaching mode after our term break. He spoke for over an hour and I just couldn’t believe the amazing things I was hearing and learning from him, that I was so excited to try some of these things at school. If you want to hear more about the podcast, head over to http://peumbrella.com/welcome-to-the-pe-umbrella/ and for more other great podcasts.
I would like to share with you about the experience I had with juniors, 1-2 students. Our learning intention was “To celebrate our physical activity success which occurred over the holidays” driving question “Why was it important to be active over the holidays” success criteria “I was able to share my success about being physically active over the holidays.”
My session was all about getting students to make connections of the importance of physical activity, sport and health and how that impacts their everyday lives. So speaking about their holiday activities was a great way to share and be proud of their ‘physical moments.’ However I set the challenge for my students to break down their activity (idea from Joey Feith).
Firstly I sent them out on an Active Jog/Walk and students must carefully go around the room and speak to at least 5 different students about their holidays and discover what they did. Once a student has spoken to 5 different students, they stand inside a hoop (jumping, hopping), waiting for the whistle or time.
From here we had 30 seconds of ‘open air’ which means students put their hand up to share their findings. Their next challenge was to go on another Active Jog/Walk and to find 5 different students. Once we were warmed up and our minds were focused on our learning intentions etc, we were ready for our whole class discussion (2-3 minutes)
Our classes created a chart (see above) which then instead of just listing what we did on the holidays, we spoke about how each activity was helping our mind and body.
EG - a student (8yo) who shared about his physical activity moment - him breaking down into the columns.
Activity - Soccer (what they did) Skills - kicking and passing (skills that were required) Attitude - Never giving up (you need positive attitude and good body language) Health - my body feels good (health is number 1, if we don’t have good health, we be able to do what we want).
I put down on top of the chart THIS IS WHY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IS SO IMPORTANT. There was one student who said “It also helps me to read properly because if I’m tired I won’t read.” I thought, that’s fantastic and more students contributed to that.
This discussion went for longer than I planned (extra 5 minutes) I had to stop my students and get them back moving. It was brilliant to see 7 and 8yo students having discussions and thinking outside the square about how creating their own physical moments make them healthier, better human beings and making good choices.
As we continued the lesson it was great to hear students referring to their skills and attitude “I am throwing the ball and I am doing my best” 7yo girl.
As the lesson came to an end, we reflected together and I set them a challenge - Be physically active every day. When you come back to our next lesson, tell the class what skills you needed, what was your attitude and how it improves your health.
Thanks again for the inspiration Joey.
I am looking forward to continuing the ‘physical moments’ as the year goes on with all year levels.
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