Games, Games and More Games

This year I started teaching the” Invasive Games Unit” to have students able to play the games, think, and understand what they were doing, why and how they were doing it.

I guess I got a great start, having students really focused on how to move on the space to achieve whatever goal I proposed. Most of them did great.

The problem came later when I started to use equipment because the students will really try to go over the ball no mater how I told them to spread out, specially when using the hockey sticks.

I had a couple of games kind of keep away, pass that many times the ball, knock the bowling pin and stuff like that but just realize that my leaners were not getting the essence of what I wanted them to do.

They would say it when I asked them the questions, but while playing, they would not spread out, communicate or work as a team.

I also tried a game were 4 teams  were playing at the same time in one court with 4 goals and could only score in the other 3 goals. They had to pass twice before scoring but still, it was hard for students to look up, dribble and try to get away from the other teams.

Since I wasn’t very happy with the results/impact of this game in my student’s learning, I decided to quickly have a 3vs 1 game. I just loved to see students playing, moving or not moving  in the space and starting to understand the consequences of them supporting their team or not. I started changing the rules, adding more difficulty or less, depending on the teams, and finally I could see how learners were starting to understand what to do in the games to play as a team, shoot with accuracy, score and be successful.

At the end of that session I had a paddle ready for them to reflect on their games. Time is also tricky so students did not have exactly time to finish their thoughts.

I might just start next class allowing students to reflect on their last games and think on what to do to be successful in next games.




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