• Concept based learning,  Dance,  formative assessment,  peer coaching,  Teacher Reflection

    Spontaneous Dance Mob

    Our Grade 9 students all take PE at the same time, so we have 65 students and three little spaces to play.  Our PE department made the decision a few years ago to do Dance at the same time as to share the Gym and our Dance room and avoid the Turf during the winter cold and usual rainy seasons.  This has been a good decision as it allows our students to mingle out of class groups and for us to really share the work that is happening in our unit. This unit focused on What makes a Great performance?  and we look at a whole host of important features…

  • Concept based learning,  Dance,  MYP,  pegeeks,  screencasting,  Teacher Reflection,  Technology in PE

    Movement Composition – Kung Fu fighting….

    Kung Fu Fighting from Just Dance on YouTube – an awesome warm up for your kids! Where did this year go?  It is already time to begin the final units in PHE and I am excited to get into this Movement Comp unit with my Grade 8’s.  The focus for me is on doing less and having time for more content and I am going to do my best to stick to this plan. The Key Concept for me here is Creativity – I read Dominique Dalais’s most recent blog post on his Martial Arts unit and I spoke with my colleague, Asako Clark about how she set up a…

  • Dance,  MYP,  pegeeks,  screencasting,  Teacher Reflection,  Technology in PE,  Uncategorized

    Dance – Concepts, Visual Learning and Formative Assessment

    A few months ago I posted about our Just Dance unit for Grade 7 students.  This was a big change for us as Dance educators and has really been a valuable learning tool for our students. As this was so successful for our G7 students, we decided to run a more advanced form of it for our G9 and G10 students.  We wanted them to experience a Dance unit that allowed for success for everyone and that ensured we have a chance to formatively assess along the way rather than leaving the final summative assessment as the be-all-end-all of the unit.  We also decided to use a Visual Learning approach…