Along my journey of researching ways to better deliver quality PE lessons, I have come across the work of John Hattie and his 'Visible Thinking' approach to education. One of his books, in particular, has been an excellent resource in helping me to push my own thinking to a deeper level about ways to better engage my students in their learning experiences in PE. The book is entitled Visible Thinking for Teachers -- Maximizing Impact on Learning and I highly recommend it for any professionals wanting to push their teaching to a new level.
Hattie stresses the importance of learning goals being as transparent as possible to the students at the start of class. The goals should not only be visible but discussed and used later in the lesson to ensure students are on track. This is very possible to do in PE and I have set the goal for myself to make all of my learning goals visible at the start of every class and remain up for the entirety of the unit. In Hattie's book, Schunk (1996) showed that when learning goals are made transparent at the start of the lesson, students have higher confidence that they can attain them.
I am going to post these goals at the start of every lesson and discuss them with my students. Although I feel that I have always made my learning goals for the students known past lessons, after reading Hattie's book, I question whether or not this was always the case. Along with posting these learning goals, I also aim to have the students reflect, at the end of each lesson, on whether or not they were able to complete their learning goal. And if they were not, they must answer why not. Answers will be posted on the paper to the right of the poster. This will be a good indicator to me how effective my teaching is. Perhaps, the students will figure out for themselves if their actions and behavior resulted in them not being able to meet the learning goal. Either way reflecting on whether learning goals are met is good practice for both teacher and students, a win-win situation, especially if future teaching is improved as a result of this process.
Please see close up pictures below of the goals for grade 4 for week one in the movement composition unit.