April has come and with it the knowledge that our last PE units are about to begin. We made the decision to cut a unit this year as our PE spaces are always compromised in the last few weeks of school for assemblies, productions and the rest. Instead of trying to complete our last unit and write end-of-year reports, I have decided to give our Dept 2 weeks of buffer time. This is in reaction to the squeeze we all feel at the end of the year with stress of marking, feedback and report writing all along with the other things we are trying to finish. I am hopeful that this buffer will give teacher’s a chance to have students repeat work, sit in class to compete written work and grade as we watch students finish their SEPEP unit.
SEPEP stands for Sport Ed in PE Program. It is not a new concept and I have run units before along with others including Jarrod Robinson (@mrrobbo). I have tweeted out to the #physed community and have had positive responses from Blake (@Mrkampen) and Quentin (@qoaklands). SEPEP is a student centred model that sees the students be players in a team as well as having a role (eg. Captain, Coach, CEO, Publicity Manager) and they have to ensure that these roles are carried out for the end-of-unit tournament to be successful. Quentin has been good enough to share the Manuals for SEPEP and I have put them in this Dropbox link.
We are going to work on SEPEP with our G9 and G10 students each year, we are interested in how we can adapt this program to fit our students and our school – looking at a basic approach with an invasion game focus; 5 people in a team and more teacher preparation to begin with but students running the unit as we get it off the ground. I hope that next year we may have iPads to allow for more Coach’s Eye capture – looking at coaching drills, feedback loop and QR code creations of strategies for sharing; examples of the rules of the game. GoPros for the area we are playing on for third umpire use; decision making discussions, reflection on use of strategies. HR monitors to ensure that we are rotating players based on their work on the field/court and using this as a measure of work done in games. iBook or other to record a progress journal of work. Use of team meetings (of all coaches etc) for assessment when listening to the discussions or asking open-ended questions to ensure they are considering deeper issues. Taking students with us to book facilities or to decide what we could do within our limited school space. Publicity people could make webpages, create team media movies (to showcase the team/players) and write up on Twitter, Instagram. Look at what it would be like to have the Umpire’s do an online course – could we actually get kids accredited?
So many ideas. I would like to hear from anyone running this model as to how you used it with older kids and your recommendations for out 10-12 lesson unit. A big thanks to Quentin for sharing valuable resources.