• PE Hangout,  peer coaching,  pegeeks,  PEPLC,  Teacher Reflection

    Concept based learning – Invasion Games

      Lego Spellen by Dirk Houbrechts CC BY NC For those who know me, you will know that I have recently moved from UNIS Hanoi to Yokohama Int’l School.  This has been a big change for myself (and my family) and I am working in a new PE department and have taken on the Head of Department role.  I am relishing the opportunity to put many of our good practice down in writing so that it is clear to others that our PE dept sees some fundamental truths as important and that this manifests itself in our classes, everyday.  Now I am also part of the #PEPLC community, organising a…

  • 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…

  • 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…