Here you will find video, bid ideas, visuals, pictures, thoughts, and resources that will help you build a better understanding of what your children are learning in physical education at South Bristol School.
March & April 2017
I feel like February was a lot about snow and snow days... and they seemed to hit Wednesdays and Thursdays the hardest. We ended up missing a lot of classes but grades 3 and 4 rolled on in their inline skating unit. Grades K-2 continued to build fundamental motor skills and connect to fitness and we finished up our MVPA challenge unit with students in grades 5-8 designing some MVPA activities for everyone to try. Students were very creative, designing some very enjoyable ways to get their heart rates up and lots of steps!
We have started the new year building new units. Each unit begins with a big idea posted on a visual. As the units progress we explore skills, knowledge, and understandings the relate to the original big idea. Students also find specific learning targets for lessons posted on the unit visual. You can use the images of our visual to have conversation with your children about what they are learning in physical education.
Students in 5-8 have been working hard to meet MVPA Challenge!
Grades 5 through 8 will be exploring moderate to vigorous physical activity and the benefits of leading an active lifestyle.
Below you will find some video clips from our cooperative challenge 2016.
Students in grades 3 and 4 are beginning to choose personal learning targets from the portfolio sheet pictured below.
Learning to skate safely in a group is the 2nd step to success in inline skating!
Students on grades 3 and 4 have started their inline skating skills unit.
Students in grades K, 1 and 2 are relating the activities we do in class to fitness components and skills that they challenge. They will also be thinking about why they enjoy participating in different physical activities.
September - December 2016
Games of Invasion & Consensus Decision Making
Our middle school students started the year focused on learning to plan and work in small groups using a consensus decision making process and further developing their abilities to think tactically in games of invasion. This category of games includes many activities that children enjoy. An invasion game is any game in which one group of players try to gain posession of an object and invade another team's territory in order to score, while at the same time keeping the other team from doing the same. Basketball, soccer, football, hockey, lacrosse and the game of pinball you can see students engaged in below all fall into the category of games of invasion.
Parkour in PE
Students in grades 5 through 8 had fun learning parkour skills on the obstacles we set up in the gym. Each students worked frrom his/her portfolio and with iPads to learn and work through skill progressions, documenting their performance along the way. Some of their videos are included here.
Below you will get a glimpse of the work the first and second grade students were involved in during the first trimester. They were engaged in lots of activities building maniuplative skills and balance.
Manipulative Skills & More...
Many of you know that I have a strong interest in the connection between the brain and body. My lessons are founded in the principles of brain compatible learning. Over the past several years there has been a lot of research done connecting movement and exercise to improved brain function and improved learning. The video below is a talk Jean Blayeds Moize, founder of Action Based Learning, gave at a conference for physical educators that would be interesting for anyone interested in learning more about the impact movement and exercise has on the brain. If you choose to watch, skip the first little bit and start it at 5:38.
The powerful link between Exercise and Learning
Team K was busy exploring moveement and building basic skills. I didn't capture everything but you will get the idea by watching the video below.
Travel, Balance, Jump & Roll
I went looking for video of grades 3 and 4 from the beginning of the trimester and didn't find any... I must have been too busy teaching to get a chance to pick up the iPad but I did capture some clips from the second part of the trimester. I'll do a better job during the next trimester... Using the same set up we used in the 5-8 parkour unit, students in grades 3 and 4 worked on traveling, balancing and rolling in a variety of ways. Check out some of their work in the video below.
Each trimester all classes work together to build a "connect" learning circle. This creates a cognitive thread that we can use to connect to learning in almost every class. The two videos below give you an idea of how they work.
SPARK by John Ratey
Another resource you may be interested in is a book written by psychiatrist John Ratey titled SPARK - The Revolutionary New Research Exercise and the Brain. If you would like to borrow my copy let me know! It's excellent.