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?
For more resources, ideas and inspirations please follow:
@cpola17 – Twitter
Miss Physical Education – Facebook and Instagram
Christina Polatajko – YouTube.
A-Z #physed Apps and Ideas.
Recently I blogged about my A-Z list in P.E, but now I want to break down some apps and ideas that you can include into your programs. It's amazing when you break this down, how much you can include into your program. But remember, don't include everything, plan your 'skeleton' planner for the year to see what will work for you.
I've also added Twitter handles of the educators who are the experts in that particular area.
A – Athletics – use Sprint Timer app for a photo finish.
B – BaM Video Delay (@mrrobbo)
C – Coach’s Eye – Analysing skills
D – Ditty App - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3lgx50P9w8
E - Expression Sessions (@mr_d_pe) and Explain Everything
F - Flipped Learning - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STjlyxLRJHM
G – Green Screen and Google Drive
H – Hudl Technique – Analysing Skills
I – iMovie and iDoceo (@azzalanche)
J – Jump It (@mrrobbo)
K – Kahoot – interactive quiz.
L – Physical Literacy
M – Music in your classroom
N – Nearpod – interactive quiz
O – Orienteering – use QR codes.
P - Parkour (@mrdzito) and Padlet App
Q - QR codes - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5xbuwpO6V9bellLRUp2eFJET2M/view?ts=56f8b829
R - Running and reflection - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpNF6FG-1wE
S - Spikeball (@MrHairPhysEd) and Skitch app
T – Typorama – Great to create your own posters.
U – The PE Umbrella – Podcast Show – (@RyanSporting)
V – Voxer ‘walkie talkie’ app #aussiephysed
W - Webscorer app – great for cross country trials.
X – Tricky tricky! Can you name an app or idea – my last post I noted down eXtreme Sports.
Y – YakitKids App - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aopZ8YA2Hm4
Z – Zombies, Run!
So here is my list of apps and some ideas I have used and still use in my classroom. It is really important to see what works for you, your students and their learning.
It’s about trial and error.
A to Z Reasons on Why Implementing a Quality Physical Education Program Will Benefit Your Students.
As you might know I am very passionate Physical Education teacher. Teaching and guiding your students is one of the most important roles we have.
Physical Education is not ‘time out’ for classroom teachers. Physical Education is not a lesson where students ‘just’ play games and I could go on. However, I have created an A to Z list on ideas and reasons why we as educators have such an important role to play to shape our student’s choices in their lives.
A – Active – Every day we need to encourage our student’s be active, 30 minutes plus a day.
B – Balance Life – Educate our students to have a balance in their life, with school work to play, less screen time and healthy options.
C – Confidence – This is a battle that some students face every day in their lives. We need to make that connection with those students and guide them to feel comfortable in what they want to achieve.
D – Dancing – give your students the option to dance freely and express their movements.
E – Energy – No Moving = No Energy
F – Food – Food choices, educating on the choices we make with our foods and having a good balance.
G – Gymnastics – A lot of educators out there say Gymnastics is probably one of the most important units of teaching we teach for our students.
H – Having a go – Encouraging our students to have a go at all activities and accepting the challenges that they may face.
I – Inclusive – ensuring all students are being included. Making sure students work with other students and learning from them as well.
J – Jogging – Encourage your students to go for walk, jogs or runs every day, at their own pace.
K – Kickboard (swimming equipment) – incorporating a swimming program for students.
L – Language – This is could be barrier for student and teacher professional relationship. How do we communicate with students who have English as a second language? A lot of visual concepts and one on one support is required for those students.
M – Motivation – Like confidence, motivating is something we do every single day with our students. We want them to achieve their personal best. We need to lead by example, if we don’t feel motivated, don’t expect your student’s to feel ‘pumped!’
N – commuNication – yes communication begins with C, however I really wanted to include this, as it is an important skill to include and teach into your program. Communication includes feedback, reflecting, student voice, with parents and whole school communication.
O – It’s ‘OK’ to go ‘out’ – I know I hated going out when I was younger, I felt like I let my team down. We need to educate them that being out is a part of the game.
P – Participation – How do we engaged the disengaged? How do we make sure we get 100% from all students? It all begins with a quality Physical Education program.
Q – The letter Q was a hard one, what about Quiots – A cool activity/game to do part of your target games unit.
R – Respect! I think we all know why respect is important.
S – Safe – Students feeling safe in their learning area is NUMBER 1 for me. If they don’t feel comfortable or safe, students won’t achieve their personal best for that lesson.
T – Team work/Team Building – Yes we begin with team building activities, but don’t hide it during the year, sometimes we need to revisit out team building skills.
U – ‘U’ make a difference – We as teachers MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Well done to all!
V – Values – From the beginning of the year, to reminders during the year about your school values is crucial. It is also important to create your own sporting values with your students to decide.
W – Winning - is not everything. Getting your students to accept results that losing is a part of sport, it’s about how do we react to winning and losing?
X – Xtreme Sports – Would you include any of these sports into your program?
Y – Yoga – Alongside with meditation, is just as critical to teach to our students – Ask @mr_d_pe about various ways of meditations.
Z – Zone – when teaching your invasion games – including what a zone is and how to play a zone defence.
My list might be a bit different to your A to Z list, but I reckon we would be on the same track.
Create your list and let’s see what you come up with.
I reckon when I read back on this I'll think of more things to include into my A to Z list.
Why Do I Love To Flip?
Flipped Learning (FL) is something very new to me and I was introduced to this late 2015. Was I a fan of it when I started? No I wasn't, only because I didn't understand the concept and how to go about it.
So when I produced my first FL video back in August 2015 and only had 4 students that were aware of this and watched it, I gave it the flick pretty much straight away. Yes I know, you should never give up and you should always show persistence. But I didn't, I'll admit that and didn't continue until something magical happened.
Late in November of 2015, Andy Hair (@MrHairPhysEd) introduced me to Aussie Physed Chat on Voxer. A flourishing group of passionate educators speaking everyday about what we love to do. So I was hooked! Going along nicely and finished the year off on a positive note which was great! Over the summer break I was in contact with Daniel Zito (Mrdzito) and Sean DeMorton (mr_d_pe) as I noticed they were doing some videos and thought this is cool! Yeap, it was Flipped Learning. Anyways I decided to give this a shot again, as I love learning new and different ways to challenge my students. (Thanks boys - by the way, if you're not following them, follow them!)
But my challenged was to research about FL and why this could work, so I did. I googled, research educators, examples and was beginning to understand why this is powerful. I was also inspired by Joel Speranza (@JoelBSperanza) and Carl Condliffe (@NZPEteacher), as I have tuned into their PD's and professional conversations through Twitter. Brilliant stuff!
I've also had the opportunity to present at FlipLearnCon 2016 - Flipped Learning which was a brilliant experience. Was very fortunate to present with Aimee (@aimeeshack) and Jeremy. Thanks @drew_murph for the mention.
Flipped Learning journey so far......
In 2016 I started at a new school and from term one I brought in FL for my students. I slowly began to educate them the reasons why Miss P will be teaching this way and how the students would learn from this. I couldn't expect all my students to jump on board from the word go, why?
- Students are use to a traditional type of learning and teaching.
- Students may not like changes.
- Students may feel safe in their comfort zone.
- Some Students think P.E is just playing games and not challenging them with different learning and teaching styles.
The list goes on, however it was all about educating them, building a positive relationship and gaining their trust.
I explained to my senior students (started out with them first) what we were doing and they seemed intrigued. All students had access to iPads and all my FL were videos, so students were able to access these. I explained that I wanted students to take charge of the lessons, challenge and question each other. This is an ongoing process, but a process which has been received really well and students have go into a good routine.
How do I upload my FL and where?
I upload onto my YouTube page (Christina Polatajko) and copy the link to my students digital portfolio site, Showbie. Students are then expected to watch and type in questions or responses about our upcoming lesson. Students have a week to complete this (plenty of time).
What tools/apps/programs do I use to create my FL?
- Adobe Spark (Voice) other Adobe products to help produce my videos.
- ScreenCast (Thanks to Jeremy LeCornu - @MrLeCornu) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh0yGSo_NKQ
- YakitKids (Thanks to Nina Jackson @musicmind for this one) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjJUD4Tasrw
- DoInk Green Screen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2LXVb-FrSY
At times I just use one app, however most times I use a mixture of apps to create my FL, which has been very engaging for my students. My videos go for a max 2-3minutes.
What types of Flipped Learning do I produce?
- Flipped Learning
- Flip Clip (short 20second clip, giving students a hint and to begin to think about what we could be learning). For this I use Ditty App, thanks to @ICTEvangelist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3lgx50P9w8
- Flipped Challenge (set my students a physical challenge to complete by our next lesson). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3YhlZXZJvk
- Flipped Reflection (allowing students to reflect with Miss P on personal level and in their own time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs4Yz0D85cA
You may ask, does it take long to create these videos? At the start it does take time to set up and understand how to use the programs and apps. However, you need to try things out and see for yourself. Not like I was back in 2015. You also need to consider will this work out for this year level or class? It won't work all the time, but how can you make it work?
Flipped Learning gives your students a head start with their learning.
Also guess what!? For my high achievers, I set them a task to create their own FL video to share with the class https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzBYbG7SUqY . This was a a trial and I was very impressed. So yes Flipped Learning is very student driven and it is working for me. Have I had trouble with FL? Absolutely, you wouldn't be human if things didn't go wrong. You just get back on the horse and solve the issue.
Flipped Learning isn't for everyone, but for me it works. I can't wait to learn more about it and to continue to give my students the best opportunity to succeed.
I dare you to have a go.
Connect to Make a Difference.
7 years ago when I started out my teaching career never would I have thought that making connections all over the world would motivate more to become an even better educator. I thought I could do this on my own. A bit stubborn? Maybe not, I just wasn’t aware of what was around me and today I want to make you aware of all the amazing connections you can make to benefit you and your students.
How do we connect?
Every day as humans we connect with people, whether it’s through face to face, text, email, twitter or Facebook, we connect to create conversations. From our conversations ideas build up, from our ideas reality happens. In my professional world regardless how I connect there are always ideas that get me thinking on how I can improve my teaching.
Over the last 8 months I have been heavily involved in professional discussions through Twitter and especially through Voxer, which is a ‘walkie talkie’ app that allows educators to connect verbally. This has been a huge break through for myself in my career and I know for others.
The current Aussie Physed family which is led by my superstar mentor, Andy Hair who had a vision to connect Aussie Physed teachers to begin professional conversations and to inspire others. I believe that there were 3 teachers that were involved in this small chat group, today the numbers have tripled plus more. We now have opened up our Aussie Physed Chat into small ‘focus’ groups including Tech Group, Primary Group, Secondary Group, School Sports Victoria and a Podcast group. How cool is this? Motivated educators talking every single day about what we love to do, all from connecting with one another.
Here are our connections – WE WANT YOU to join and to contribute to our incredible groups.
Aussie Physed Chat - https://web.voxer.com/chats/1437216250621_0946748666_5f1eeb0a
Aussie Physed Tech Group - https://web.voxer.com/chats/1465266091811_4642202842
Aussie Physed Primary Group - https://web.voxer.com/chats/1465265828350_8705028404
Aussie Physed Secondary Group - https://web.voxer.com/chats/1465266005436_4977835650
Why am I connecting with so many inspiring educators all over the world?
The way I think about this, is that if I can share one of my ideas with another educator and they can share their ideas, we are already making a difference with our student learning.
We connect to make a difference, but it’s up to you if you want to make that difference.
Connect with me and I look forward to hearing from you and working closely with you.
Well well well, I did not know what to expect on day one of the #TTPlay, all I knew I was excited to learn something new and to make new connections.
I was pumped to see and meet the famous Twitter teachers who I follow daily and they did not disappoint. Firstly, we started off with a bang with Alice Keeler @alicekeeler talking Google. The way she engaged the audience with her passion and let’s not forget her fabulous shoes “I can't stop staring at Alice's fabulous shoes!” was contagious. Reinforcing the us the main reason we are here are for the students and us teachers are superstars, that is something we always need to remember. Alice showed us examples of how powerful Google can be, using Google Maps, Google Slides, Google Sheets and much more.
I thank her for sharing her knowledge with 300 other passionate educators.
It was time for my first session with Nathan Jones @elearnjones who presented iDevice and Assessment 1:1. Really strong examples were used here including Explain Everything, Tellagami, Socrative and my favourite for the day Adobe Voice. I’ve recently have begun to create flipped learning videos for my students and however I knew I needed to improve on the quality, audio and engagement level. Then this happened, I met Adobe, I fell in love with Adobe. “Just met @adobevoice #loveatfirstsight #TTPlay”. Adobe offers many programs for many educational reasons, for example Adobe Voice. This is something I cannot wait to get stuck into the improve my flipped learning videos.
Moving onto some fun activities with the #aussiephysed family and always great to see them and I am sure the team learnt just as much as I did today.
Post first break it was time to move into the second session with Adam Vardanega @adamvardanega who spoke about Classroom Chatters. Which focused on student driven ideas. Using the following apps and programs, Today’s Meet, Padlet and Go Soap Box, all of these can be used with your students.
Today’s Meet enables the teacher to post a question and students only have 140 characters to respond quickly. Which is great, as it educates the students to be short, sharp and straight to the point with their answer. Padlet, is something I use quite often with my students and it was good to refresh the memory and learn new tricks.
A very strong presentation by Adam with excellent knowledge.
It was time to visit and listen to one of the keynotes of the conference, Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist who showed us why he is one of bests when using an iPad – iPad Ninja! Lots of little tricks learnt when using your iPad. One trick which I loved and will save me time as my email address is a long one, pretty much replaces your address by replacing with another word. Go into your iPad settings – general – keyboard – text replacement, insert your email address under Phrase, choose which ever word you would like to replace your address under Shortcut and done! As mentioned this will save me time.
Last but certainly not least – Flipped Learning and How Adobe Can Help. I was pumped for this session and the brain was feeling still fresh, I think!? Anyways Tim Kitchen whipped out some Adobe magic and showed us how you can create an engaging and high quality flipped learning video.
Here are some Adobe programs I’ll be testing out:
Adobe Presenter (include multiple choice, annotation into your video)
Adobe Voice (get the students to make the video about a Physed skill) (flipped learning)
Adobe Slate (text based)
Adobe Post (iPhone only)
That was only day one!
So coming home tonight and what did I do? Quick gym workout and then straight onto the MacBook and iPad to play around with my new learnings and thinking how can I implement this into my teaching.
What am I expecting tomorrow? Well, I’ll find out very soon.
Cracking day, thank you.
Ok, so you can be a good teacher or you can be an outstanding teacher that makes a difference. We all make a difference in many different ways, here is one quick way on how you can make a difference towards your teaching.
Over the last few months I've been thinking more outside the square with my games and activities. Thinking of how can I be more creative with my lessons and engaged the students even more. I've created a YouTube account where I post all my games and activities which I have created or adapted from other games.
http://youtu.be/euUZ0oRrrrM or search Christina Polatajko on YouTube.
There are thousands and thousands of games out there that can be played, we can search for a game online or through a text, which I heavily rely on for my teaching. However I believe being creative with your games and activities, challenges your thinking and teaching to enhance student learning and development. It's all about trial and error, there is nothing wrong if things don't go to plan, but it is important to know what went wrong and how you can fix it.
Creating your own games and activities don't have to be hard or with fancy equipment, even using old equipment that you thought wouldn't be useful. For example, plastic cups, see the youtube link below for Cup Catching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrkKndvcZbg
Here are a few ideas to get creative and create your own version of a game.
1. Choose a game you love and would work within your current program and year level.
2. Question yourself how can I adapt this for my students and their needs.
3. What challenges can I implement into the activity?
4. Do I need extra equipment? - try and keep it simple.
5. Test it out - ask the students, did they understand the game and the purpose?
6. Save the game through video or record it on paper.
Example of an activity I have created and adapted from another game.
Original Game: 5 Star Handball (AFL warm up)
Original Rules: Handball in a star formation.
Adapted Game: 5 Star Throw and Catch
Aim: To get as many bean bags as possible by throwing and catching.
1. Students get into groups of 5 - 6 (no more than 6).
2. Students throw and catch in a star formation.
3. Students cannot drop the ball otherwise they start again.
4. Once the last person has received the ball, the first person who started goes and collects a bean bag from the other side of the court. (Students cannot get the bean if they dropped the ball).
6. Complete this until there are no more bean bags left.
5. If there are more than 5 in the group, 1 student can become the coach/mentor within the group. Swap roles after each round.
What else can be included into this game? Points can be rewarded - bean bags. Each colour bean bag is worth various points.
- Rolling and stopping the ball in a star formation.
- Students create their own formation.
Remember there are no right or wrong games, as long as it fits into your learning intentions, your current focus, students can understand and it is safe to play.
So simple, so get cracking and create a quality Physed games and activities for your students.
I love sharing my ideas, as it gives other teachers options and ideas for their teaching. So don't forget to share your creativity with the Physed world! #sharingiscaring
"TEAM TEACHING. Both teachers are responsible for planning, and they share the instruction of all students. The lessons are taught by both teachers who actively engage in conversation, not lecture, to encourage discussion by students. Both teachers are actively involved in the management of the lesson and discipline."
I tweeted a photo not long about team teaching being a powerful tool. Going home that night I was thinking how students benefited from our team teaching that day and how we benefited from this tool as well.
This year I have started at a new school, after being at my previous school for 6 wonderful years. So besides being nervous and teaching out of my comfort zone, I was hesitant on team teaching as I wasn't sure if it was right tool to use with my students and with other educators. Building trust with your colleagues is critical, so that's something I needed to do first and still developing.
I have team taught before many times in the past when working at my previous school, at least twice a week, as that was the only time we could team teach. So this teaching tool wasn't new, but learning from other educators and their thoughts about this tool was new to me.
Benefits from team teaching?
Two educators = double the learning and double the knowledge for our students. Small summary below.
Having two educators allows students to connect with different personalities. Team teaching allows more opportunities for small group and one-to-one learning, and stronger modelling during lessons.
The planning stages encourages two teachers to bounce ideas off each other in order to deliver the strongest, most engaging lessons. We model positive behaviour and positive peer-to-peer interaction for students. When students observe their teachers working together, they understand the benefits of teamwork, respect and working with other students.
Ask yourself why does team teaching work for you - write it down and keep it somewhere you can see it so you don't forget this powerful tool.
I know some educators don't enjoy team teaching, I asked an educator a while back and they mentioned team teaching doesn't suit them. They get lost in their teaching and they prefer to have full control. So what are some other challenges?
Challenges from team teaching
Two educators = two different opinions and two different styles of teaching.
Like I mentioned before, building trust with your colleagues is crucial, otherwise it will be difficult to work with someone. Especially if their teaching style and philosophy differ from your own. If you are planning to team teach with someone who has different learning and teaching views, talk about it. Look at it as a chance to widen your knowledge, learning and the scope of your practice by incorporating multiple styles into your teaching.
If you have tried team teaching and you didn't enjoy the experience, ask yourself why? Did you seek feedback? Did you make time to reflect with the other educator? What will work next time.
Absolutely our lesson plans/ideas don't go to plan all the time, but the beauty of our profession is we are able to mix and change if things don't work.
In that hour you are working with another colleague, it will give the students and yourself more knowledge, learning and confidence. Never be afraid to learn from others and share your knowledge.
Trust your colleagues and vice versa - #ivegotyourback
What is Physical Education (PE)? A simple activity on how we can change and improve our students thoughts on PE.
Physical Education can have different definitions to many students, but as educators we must ensure the correct definition is taught and promoted within our schools.
After having discussions with a few PE teachers through Voxer it was very interesting to hear that some students aren't aware of what Physical Education is. The common theme through our discussion was, dodgeball and the common question through our students voices were "When are we playing dodgeball?" This was frightening to hear that all students wanted to do was to play this game (which is a whole new discussion should dodgeball be allowed to play in schools.)
So what needs done? How do we change the culture of students thoughts of what Physical Education means?
First question/s - What does Physical Education mean? How do we teach Physical Education? This is something that can't be learnt overnight or during four years at university, this is ongoing and we learn new tactics, strategies and thoughts on how to teach Physical Education every day.
Something that I did with my students was breaking down the meaning of PE. An example below is what we did. The students require support to create this mind map, however it was great to complete, as it opened the students minds even more about what PE is and what is expected at their level. The mind map could of been extended even more if we had the time to break down each component, this is something could be done when teaching a particular unit.
Give students the layout of what they'll be learning over the next 4-5 weeks so they can prepare themselves. As educators we need to understand some students require that extra notice in what they'll be learning.
From here once students are aware of their topic/s goal setting can be achieved for students and students can work at their own pace with directions to achieve their goal.
Don't exclude the fun games, absolutely not, however we need to make sure we are teaching Physical Education for the right reason/s and to ensure we lead students to an active and healthy life. I believe no one is perfect in the area of PE, but there are so many passionate teachers out there that can assist you if needed to clarify on how to teach various units. Once students head to high school, university, TAFE etc these students will then be making their own choices in regards to physical activity and the importance of it.
I am very please this discussion came about with my students then came about with other teachers. This is the challenge that we have with our students, a challenge that will be very rewarding at the end.
Don't Ignore Physical Literacy. #activeeveryday #learntobeactive
I have always been very interested in researching and ensuring quality physical literacy programs are being taught and learnt in my PE classes. Ensuring all students take part and feel confident with physical literacy seems so easy to achieve, but everyBODY is different and we as educators need to guide our students to master their skills.
"Physical Literacy is the mastering of fundamental movement skills and fundamental sport skills that permit a child to read their environment and make appropriate decisions, allowing them to move confidently and with control in a wide range of physical activity situations. It supports long-term participation and performance to the best of one’s ability." PISE World
At times we forget the importance of Physical Literacy and how this needs to be in play everyday for all students. We need to educate students how to work on physical literacy skills at home. Don't set homework, challenge them to be active everyday. Get your students to show you what they have learnt at home and how they continue to work on their skills.
As an educator, I've learnt that students thoroughly enjoy learning in various environments and enjoy some environments more than others. This is where we need to be creative and ensure all students enjoy all areas. Some of the environments include;
Outdoor areas (oval, basketball courts, playgrounds)
Water activities (swimming, diving)
Indoor activities (gym)
For students to be active, they need to feel confident in many environments. Students learning fundamental movement skills and games sense skills is just as important as to learn the alphabet. It is imperative for students to be active, develop their fundamental motor skills and sporting skills so students feel good about themselves and being active.
How can we incorporate quality physical literacy?
- Movement that focusing on techniques that improves fundamental movement skill and sport skills.
- Dynamic exercises
- Speed exercises
- Agility exercises
- Hand eye coordination and eye feet coordination
- Question students
- Challenge students
Also incorporating words relating to student learning will also increase their learning. Dedicating a word of the week, PE word wall and making connections with the outside world.
The Five Star Physical Literacy is something I created and will be using a lot to ensure my students master their physical literacy.
These are my own opinions and experiences. I love to share and reflect.