So the PEPLC is well under way and as I am leading a group I knew it was time to get things rolling. We had our first Google Hangout a few weeks back and between Julia, Vic, Adam and myself, we had a good introduction and discussion about what interests us in relation to PE Curriculum. It was great to talk to some very like minded people and also good to get a feel for what others are facing in their schools and environment. It certainly made me reflect on how good I have things at my new school with a supportive PE team and admin to assist us in developing our subject. I also was inspired by the stories that Adam shared about his work in a rural school in Australia as the only PE teacher and Julia facing issues with their Grade 11-12 program in NZ and the negativity that PE can receive. I also enjoyed connecting with Vic Caban at WAB in Beijing as he talked about the MYP work they are doing (they are piloting a new program so he can’t give out much detail) and about how his team works together for student learning.
You can see all of our work and a detailed blow-by-blow of our first chat here on the PEPLC website. While I am here, I encourage all PE teachers to think about joining up to PEPLC to learn more from the great conversations that are happening in our #physed World and how you can educate us on your great ideas and experiences too! Andy Vasily has written a new post about what PEPLC can do for you and how to get you going, feel free to ask some questions along the way, it will help you to see why this work is so valuable.
I wanted to share here the two goals we have set. We have decided to work within a model that Yokohama Int’l School has adopted for PD this year and I blogged about here. The idea basically is that we will work with a common theme but set some personal goals within this framework.
Our first goal or framework is to look at mapping some concept based learning focusing on life-long skills not about sports progressional skills. I am keen to focus on Invasion Games and how we can discuss the progression of life-long concepts in this area. I am in the middle of discussions in my PE department too as this is a common area of interest, and I will blog about our progress next week. I have found it very beneficial to talk about what the significant concepts are and learn more about looking at the much bigger picture stuff and create concepts that can be shared in any subject, any age and in any school. This has been our guiding factor.
The second goal/framework is about how we interact with parents and share our work and build their understanding of our PE curriculum. Again this is personal and will depend on the school you teach at the department you are in, your curriculum and the rest. I am keen to see how I can better share our MYP PE curriculum with parents and how we use Back to School nights, Parent Teacher (and student) conference days and how our school promotes PE as a life long skill set, rather than focus on performance and sporting competition. I am finding this to be interesting but also challenging as my newness at YIS is taking time away from using these nights/days as effectively as I would like. I would like to see if I can get ideas from teachers all over about how they share their work with parents too. I think that PE has a tough sell which I believe shouldn’t be the case, we should be embracing students in sport for so many good reasons, and competition can be one of those, but I believe shouldn’t be the centre of this work.
I would be interested in knowing what you do on Parent-Teacher interaction occasions at your school and how your ‘sell’ or ‘promote’ PE and also what your significant concepts are in PE to promote life long learning, it is always great to share good ideas and to learn from others in this field.