What are your responsibilities on a team?
'With rights come responsibilities"
My main goal over the next couple of weeks is to help the students be able to identify exactly what their responsibilities are when working on a team. This seems like quite a simple task, but when we try to go beyond surface level with the idea of what responsible teamwork is, it becomes more complex in nature, especially considering it's grade 2. However, it is imperative to breakdown what good teamwork is and to be able to describe specific components of success. Doing this will not only help students in this unit, but set them up for success for the rest of the year in PE.
To set the stage for learning, I am using the same driving question with all of my grade 2 classes in PE this week. Once I introduce this question to the students, I have planned a number of different activities aimed at requiring the students to obviously work together. I am giving them clear and simple instructions in each of the activities, but letting them figure out the best ways to accomplish the task.
If they had great difficulty in using a particular style, they were of course allowed to switch it up and start over. I gave them a few short breaks, so we could discuss their progress or lack of. I gave them my own observations during this time. During these moments, I was assessing whether or not they understood my objective for the unit which was to ensure that they could clearly identify what their responsibilities are on a team. Here are some fun photos of the students in action today.
During the last 5 minutes of class, we got back together as a whole group to discuss what the students thought were their responsibilities when working together as a team. I recorded their answers in my journal and created the visual below to be used to initiate further discussion about rights and responsibilities in PE over the next couple of weeks.
As an exit pass, I required all teams to come up with one key idea that demonstrated their success working together as a team. It was clear to see that they really did understand the driving question and focus of today's lesson. All in all, a really good lesson. I will share the students' progress with their classroom teachers as this is an integrated unit of study.
Thomas: "We shared ideas well and listened to one another."
Alina: "We made sure we moved together at the same time and stopped when someone fell behind."
Elijah: "We switched up the hard work so people didn't get too tired."
Ludovico: "We did a good job taking turns talking."