G5 students are in the middle of their “Invasion Games Unit.” Using the “Teaching Games for Understanding” approach, we started exploring basketball throughout small sided games.
The learner profile items we chose for this unit are:
- Inquirers: “We nurture our curiosity, developing skills for inquiry and research. We know how to learn independently and with others. We learn with enthusiasm and sustain our love of learning throughout life.”
- Communicators: “We express ourselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in many ways. We collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.”
This year, we are focusing on inquiry and one of our goals in physical education is to nurture the student’s curiosity by providing more opportunities for student-directed inquiry in PE.
Yesterday, after the warm-up, I wrote down a few provocations for learners and asked them to add their thoughts.
This is what I wrote:
“A Closer Look at Invasion Games”
Good Decision Making Is: Good Running Is: Good Defending Is: Good Attacking Is:
I had several markers and learners stood up and started adding their thoughts. We also looked at the modified small-sided games and talked about the importance of respecting the rules.
The PYP Attitudes for this unit are “Respect, Commitment, and Cooperation.”
We made a big deal about them before starting the small sided games.
Learners got together in groups of 7 and divided into 2 teams and one person filming the games.
They changed roles during the games so everyone would get a turn to play and a few to film the games.
Before they started playing, G5 students took a look at what was written on the board, their ideas and other thoughts I had added and created a strategy with their teams. As they played, questions raised and students wondered.
I walked around, observed the games, stopped them and asked them questions about their strategies.
We ended up our unit using a great tool called “Plickers” that gets me instant feedback about every single student.