Blogging…not always happening

A couple of years ago a colleague started “The AMPed Project” at our school, SIS. Autonomous, Mastered, Personalized. That’s what AMP means and

I wanted to introduced it to my kids so they could have time to work on “their passions.” As teachers I feel that  we should show our learners what we expect from them by modeling it so I had to think of my own AMPed project.

One of my passions is running, the other is to travel and explore different countries and their cultures, however, that’s something I do anyways, because I love it, so I thought that I should find a different project.

Often times I had thought of starting my own personal blog, to actually write stories about my trips, add pictures and places to even recommend friends or family to go to but never really started it. I thought about it as a great AMPed project and I started it and showed it to my kids.

Now, two years later, I look at it and I just realize that I started the project, wrote down a couple of blog posts, used it for my Cross Country Team as well, and never went back to it.

This year, one of my goals is to maintain a professional blog to reflect on best practices and learn from failure. As it seems to get hard for me to find time to write a blog post, I want to make sure I’m consistent and I write at least once a week.

Last year I found an article in twitter on giving basic tips for blogging.

Set Specific Goals. Realistic Posting frequency

Get Creative

Conquer your bloggers’s block

Create a posting schedule

Just get started

I’ll be using these ideas t keep my blog up and running.

Hopefully they’ll help you too!






Reflecting on time management and how to better fit everything in the lesson

Today I had my second lesson on TGfU with my fifth graders.

I chose to play a tag game (It Tag) they learned on the previous lesson to warm up and started to add some more rules to make it more complex and to have students coming up with different tactics.

Today my focus was to work on spatial awareness including proper offensive and defensive strategies. In order to do that I decided to play the “Keep Away” game.

My idea was to aloud students to reflect on the games by asking three basic questions during and after the games, but I guess, by the time we had the teams ready and up and playing there were not enough time to go over the questions. We did reflect on the previous game, asking about challenges, opportunities and ways to offend (tag), defend and rescue, but did not have time to share our thoughts while adding the bean bags, hockey sticks and whiffle balls.

I even made a padlet for learners to use, however, unfortunately we ran out of time. We’ll use it on our next lesson.

The reason why I’m writing this down is to remind myself that asking those questions and reflecting on our learning is key and even more while teaching games for understanding. Hopefully I should plan the lesson in a way that aloud us to have that extra time to share our thinking.

Teaching Games for Understanding

Last year I went the the APPEC Conference and I attended to the game sense session with Shane Pill. As I Physed teacher, I obviously always included games in my session, but the approach of game sense was new to me.

This whole idea got me thinking and this year I decided to use the TGfU (teaching games for understanding) approach for my invasive games unit.

I used resources I found online through twitter, listened to a podcast, got some ideas from the amazing PhysedSummit and even contacted some teachers who had experience with that.

At the bottom of this post you’ll be able to access the resources I used for my unit.

I had plenty of resources, read a lot about it, and I still felt like I hadn’t really planned my unit.

However, I decided to get started  and what I experienced was just AWESOME.

The first question I asked to my 5th graders was “What are invasion games?”

I had them turn and talk and most of them had a little idea of what that mean, some of them had no clue.

I started talking about the traditional way of teaching PE with a warm up, skills focused lesson, a small, modified game and a cool down time.

Somehow, I felt that this using traditional way didn’t really help the students to be successful in the game, because practicing the skills without a defender was completely different than the game situation.

I started my journey of TGfU small, having the kids play a tag game called “It Tag” and I really saw how much thinking and discussion happened during class, and how students how usually where not feeling strong or successful during this kind of games, started to play more and really be active during the lesson.

Even If I had to stop the games quite often to discuss what happened, what challenges and opportunities were there and other tactical questions, I felt like the kids were much more active than when I had them doing drills to practice the skills.

Today was my second day of teaching with this new approach and I was very excited to see how this is indeed a student centered approach and how students are realizing that they need to communicate and collaborate in order to be successful.

Welcome back!

We are off to another great year!

Yesterday we started our year here at SIS. It was great to see so many students from previous years and also starting to get to know some new faces.

We have a caring community and it’s always wonderful to see how much support new students get from their teachers, from the peers and everyone in the community!

This year one of my goals is to inspire students to get active outside of school.

I created a bulletin board where students can post pictures of them exercising and being active with their parents and/or their friends. They can also share in social media using #fitwithfamily #fitwithfriends

Since I find visuals very helpful, I also created a bulletin board to inspire my students to try their best and challenge themselves, even when it gets hard.

This week we talked about routines, agreements, and expectations for the PE department.

We also had the kids working on some team building activities and games.