MYP

  • collaboration,  Criteria,  formative assessment,  MYP,  screencasting,  Teacher Reflection,  volleyball

    Volleyball Assessment – Knowledge and Skill work

    Like most PE teachers I cover Volleyball as part of my Middle school curriculum.  Volleyball is very hard for students to learn as they really do have to go to meet the ball rather than let the ball bounce, be passed or kicked to them, they have to learn to move like no other sport I know and the concept of the way this team works together also creates confusion. I used to teach volleyball with some modified games where students could have a bounce, but it became clear that this caused many problems once we tried to play.  Students were clearly moving away from the ball for a bounce,…

  • Blog,  formative assessment,  MYP,  peer coaching,  pegeeks,  Teacher Reflection,  Technology in PE

    Screen-casting in Gymnastics and Dance

      Dancing Troopers by Kalexanderson CC BY NC SA I have mentioned on twitter about using technology in my Gymnastics and Dance classes and thought I would delve a little deeper into this in a blog post. Last year I began my Gymnastics unit with Grade 7 students.  This unit really focuses around Floor routines using balances and other tumbling and so I pitch it to the students with the importance of Team work and also on giving lots of feedback as the routines are very aesthetic and require students to think and be more aware of presenting themselves and on proprioception within their routines. I was using the typical…

  • Badminton,  iPod Trial,  MYP,  pegeeks,  Technology in PE,  Uncategorized

    Mastering skills in Badminton – enhanced by Tech!

      I have written previously about a Badminton Unit I trialed last year with Simon Mills where we focused on Mastering skills starting with basic and then moving to progressively more difficult skills as the unit went along.   I should add that these skills came from a book (yes a book!) from our office – Badminton: Steps to success. This unit was harsh – we expected students to Master a particular skill before they could progress and we pushed them hard on peer coaching and had frequent teacher assessment as part of this unit. This year I am taking my G8 students a step further.  Many of these students were a…

  • iPod Trial,  MYP,  Teacher Reflection,  Technology in PE

    Slow Progress – iPod trial

    Undecided by Rafael Peñaloza CC BY NC SA Have you ever thought that things would run at a certain pace, but been amazed at the reality?  That is how I am feeling about my iPod trial.  I suppose because I read about the great things that other PE faculties and teachers do, I dreamed that all of this would suddenly begin for me here at UNIS.  However, I am findng that it takes longer than I had originally thought.  My post here is not intended to be negative or pessimistic, I am loving finding out what I could/should do with my iPods in class, but there are some hiccups that are…

  • Google,  Health,  MYP,  pegeeks,  Student Reflection

    Giving Feedback on a Presentation

    Speech bubble by Alice Bartlett CC BY NC How do you evaluate your Presentations?  I have struggled with finding meaning from student presentations especially if they aren’t very good.  How do you face public humiliation in the moment of knowing that what you presented was not up to par?  And why should this process of giving feedback only be up to the teacher?  I have worked with index cards, asking students to confer with peers and just asking for verbal feedback but often this becomes teacher directed and students choose very trivial focus points (eg. “They had good slides”) and it can be hard to bring out meaning to the…

  • admnistraion,  formative assessment,  MYP,  pegeeks,  Teacher Reflection

    Assessment

    We are having some great discussions at school at the moment around assessment.  It seems that our students are overwhelmed by summative assessment and to be honest so am I.  I have been trialing playing with more formative assessment this year and it is going well, but it still adds up to more marking and time away from feedback and advice in lessons (things slide when I am tired of marking…) but I thought it would generate some more questions.  I pondered whether I needed to offer a ‘large’ piece of assessment to students – could I offer smaller pieces of work over time and forego the summative big piece? …

  • Administration,  formative assessment,  MYP,  Teacher Reflection

    How much is too much?

      One Click or two by Kaptain Kobold licensed by CC BY NC SA How much work in a unit is too much?  I would be the first to say it is likely that I am guilty of trying to do too much in a PE unit, but is it too much?  How do you gauge what is acceptable and what is too much work for you as the teacher (or teachers if you teach across the grade level) and the students?  I would like to try and quantify this if possible.  Here are my ideas so far: It is too much work when – you can’t easily get the…

  • collaboration,  Criteria,  MYP,  pegeeks,  Student Reflection,  Teacher Reflection,  Technology in PE

    Collaboration, Blogs and Feedback

    Dancing Troopers by Kalexanderson licensed by CC BY NC SA My G8 students are beginning their annual Dance unit.  This is usually met with not much enthusiasm.  I have to admit that my dancing shoes are not as polished or practiced as many other PE teachers, but over the last few years I have had the opportunity to work a little with Sara Quigley, a fabulous Dance teacher, and she and I have worked hard to put together a Dance unit about dissecting dance and then putting a Dance together with all its segments and joining bits and it has been more successful than other attempts…. This year I decided that…