SEPEP – introduction
Imperial Team for the Winter Olympics by Stefan CC BY
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.
Kelsey, thank you for your comment and taking the time to read my blog. I appreciate your compliment. I take teaching as a serious profession, I like to think that I am an Educator and I happen to teach life (through PE/Health) and that is a big responsibility! I am lucky to work with a very strong PE team and we really enjoy our jobs and like to work with students as we learn about concepts in our classes. I hope that you find the passion in your own teaching/education and work to inspire young minds too.
Dear Mrs. Hamada,
My name is Kelsey and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in EDM310. After reading this post, it honestly made me start thinking about the resources I had while in school. I disliked P.E so much during school, because we never did anything but run. The teachers never seemed to care or take physical education seriously. By this blog post, I can truly see that you care about physical education. I wish I had you as a teacher back in my school days. Thank you for actually caring about your students and what you are there for, which is to teach.
Jordan, thank you for taking the time to read and share on my blog. I think that PE is moving forward away from ‘let’s roll out the balls and watch you play a game’ to learning about how games are made up (Where do you move on offense? or defense) and breaking games into more skill specific levels. Eg. Start off with a basic invasion game of 2 v 1 and think about the way we move and pass and then move to higher phases of difficulty as students demonstrate they can do this skill. We also look heavily at collaboration skills and team building, leadership and also on differentiating so that our more skilled players are under different rules or changes to the game than our beginners (eg. invasion game like soccer, our great players only get 2-touches on the ball, and our new players can have multiple touches on the ball and can’t be tackled). This helps for everyone to learn and enjoy PE I believe! I left a comment on your blog. Good luck!
Jordan, Mobile AL
Dear Mrs. Hamada,
I am Jordan and am a student at the University of South Alabama in EDM310. After reading this post, it honestly makes me wish when I was in school we had resources like this. Honestly, PE was not my favorite class and this is because we never really did anything..The teacher either had us run or play basketball. They did not seem to really care what we were doing, and I can tell you are not like this. Your students are so lucky to have a great teacher who tries to incorporate all different things in lessons and make it more than just gym class. Thank you for all the useful tools! I talked about you on my blog for this week, if you want to check it out I will attach the link: Jordan’s Blog