I am wanting to share a successful lesson which occurred with the year 5/6 students during our Community Building program. Our Community Building program is all about our year 5/6 students (37) working together, teamwork, values, community work and much more once a week.
Every week I think about how can I ensure our program can the best and make sure our students are getting more and more out of these programs. So our focus was working with different people and I wrote this statement on the whiteboard “Did you know, that in life you’ll be working with different people that you don’t know.” This was very important for the students to see and to accept that not all the time you'll be with your ‘mates’ as this is something my students have found challenging. We have been working really hard to ensure students mix and match every week when working in groups and this is one reason why implementing values education in #physed is so important (refer to my 5 Star Physed Blog for more information - under PE Blog).
Let’s begin from the start of the session, we quickly spoke about our focus then it was time to break into groups. When I mentioned you won’t be choosing your groups, students weren’t happy, but I did say Team Shake (a fabulous app to organise groups) will choose their groups. The look on their faces when Team Shake was operating was phenomenal, I could sense that some students were praying to be in the same team as their mates. Once the the students were split, there were some mixed emotions, however the groups got together worked out their team names and accepted their groups and their members.
Run, Run & RUN.
This challenge is a running activity where we set 6 minutes on the clock (Apple TV) so students are aware of the time. In their groups, one student is the scorekeeper where they keep count on how many ‘laps’ they’ve completed. On the word go, one student per team runs up and down the basketball court (making sure they touch the baseline with their hand) to complete one lap. The groups continue to do this until the 6 minutes is up. It was amazing to see the encouragement, mateship and achievements in those 6 minutes, before that some students were upset of not wanting to be part of that specific group. At the end of the time, students got around each other and were ready for the next challenge.
Decide Now is a great app for teachers to use if undecided on what to do or what game/activity to play. I used this app to create an equipment list for students to create minor activities with. Students were in their groups with the teachers ‘spinning’ the wheel on the app. Whichever equipment the spinner landed on, that group needed to use that equipment to come up with an activity or game. The equipment that was on offer - hoops, tennis ball, bouncy balls, cones, scooter boards and bean bags.
Each group had 3 minutes to come up with something very creative, then we would spin again and see which equipment they’ll be using next. It was super, positive and fun atmosphere. The creativity that the students were demonstrating was very cool. The engagement level when the wheel was spinning (all students were hoping for the spinner to land on the scooter board) was intense! (check out my twitter account @cpola17 to see the replay of the spin - using Periscope). By the way, I’ve asked for the students permission to use their creativity/ideas for my lessons - they were brilliant!
The photos that are attached on this blog do not any justice on how well these activities went and by splitting the students from their mates and getting them to work with others was a success.
If you haven’t used these apps before, definitely have a go and see how these little things can help you and your students.
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