A bit about Marina:
Marina Gijzen comes from Canada and has a number of years international teaching experience having worked worked in Yemen, Azerbaijan, Germany, and China. She is a colleague of mine at Nanjing International School. Marina is a recent Growth Mindset Educator contest winner as her article on increasing student motivation was selected as a winning entry. Please view link if interested in learning more about Growth Mindset (http://grow.mindsetworks.com/cms/the-winners-of-the-third-growth-minded-educator-contest)
I asked Marina to share her excellent article which she was more than happy to do. I believe that her model for increasing student motivation can easily be applied to physical education. The model involves selecting a goal, identifying what may block you from achieving that goal, and setting intentions to overcome these obstacles. Please view Marina's article below and think about how you may be able to take her ideas and apply them to your own PE program. Thank you Marina for your valuable contribution.
When the timing is right, great integration can take place with the single subjects. Grade 3 teachers, Marina Gijzen and Kath Adams, have been collaborating with me on their current unit of inquiry taking place in the classroom as it fits very nicely with my movement composition unit in PE.
The central idea and lines of inquiry that they are using are as follows:
A work of art is the product of complex processes.
Lines of inquiry:
1. the features of artistic expression (form)
2. people respond differently to the same stimuli (perspective)
3. artists reflections shape the final product (reflection)
As I am in the last couple of weeks in my movement composition unit, the students have started to work on creating their final routines. I will highlight the importance of ensuring a process is followed when creating these routines as they are working on complex processes in their unit of inquiry in class. I am focusing on the 4th line of inquiry mostly, but will also have a look at and consider the 3rd as well.
Objectives of Summative Assessment Task
A)Create a routine, in groups, based on Cirque Du Soleil, Stomp, Gymnastics, and Yoga
B)Choose one element/action from each of the above areas to integrate into a final routine
C)Record their progress through the assessment task in booklets
I have made up movement composition booklets(please see slide show below of booklet) in which the students will:
1.Use a check box to indicate when they have completed each step of the movement composition process
2.Write a short reflection at the conclusion of each step of the process
3.Draw and explain each of the elements that they have used on their routine
4.Complete a self and peer assessment rubric at the end of the task
In collaboration with grade 3 classroom teachers, Marina Gijzen and Kath Adams, we discussed the idea of integrating maths transformations with my movement composition unit. Both grade 3 classes had to create a short yoga sequence that included 4 poses that were repeated in a pattern to a short piece of music (Revue D'un Pantin by Cirque Du Soleil). The challenging thing wasn't so much remembering the poses as it was to include the following maths transformations in the routines (slides, reflections, and rotations). The students did a fantastic job and came up with some pretty creative sequences. Please see short video below to view their great work. As well, I have included an audio clip of Revue D'un Pantin by Cirque Du Soleil. Just click the play button to hear the song.