In this blog post, I have included the PYP attitude poster 'Commitment' which I used to initiate discussion about the importance of working hard to improve upon our skills. As much as I will teach the necessary skills needed in this unit, I will consistently stress 'Commitment' as being one of the major keys to success. Kids can often get frustrated if they cannot perform a task that many of the peers can perform, so I am challenging them all to see their way through difficult challenges in this unit.
- Individual Floor Bounces (hitting the ball up, letting it bounce once, then hitting it up again)
- Individual Pop Ups (hitting the ball up directly from the racket without letting it bounce on floor)
- Individually Hitting Ball Off Wall and Return (from close and from further away)
- Partner Floor Bounces
- Partner Pop Ups
- Partner hit and Return Off Wall (from close and from further away)
I encouraged the kids to try and do 30 consecutive times before moving on to the next drill. They assessed themselves as being a Super Star, Thumbs Up, OK, or Not So Good (X) at each of the drills. Each week we will work on different drills and I will allow them to assess themselves as they go. Please see example assessment below.