Ensuring learning outcomes are explicit and clear increases chances of student success in PE
As part of Ross' self-initiated professional growth plan, he was given approval to fly over from Melbourne to co-teach and collaborate with me. Together we have been doing some exciting things in PE and I have benefitted just as much as Ross has from this experience. Ross blogged about our recent tuning in activity done with all the grades from 2-5 last week. It is an excellent blog post as it breaks down what are learning intentions were for the students and also includes video as well.
We started off by watching an inspirational Olympic video and asked the students to think about the following question, "What are the key ingredients for success in Athletics?". After watching the video, they went for a 'walk and talk' session with their elbow buddy and discussed their answers to the question. I recorded all student answers from grades 2-5. At the end of the week, using student generated answers, I created a visual that captured their thoughts and ideas related to what success looks like in Athletics. See picture below.
I have these visuals ready for the students and will be the first thing introduced when they come to the second lesson of Athletics this week. Some of my classes have already seen them. As you can see, there is a difference between the grade levels (2/3 and 4/5). Can you spot it? As well, I purposely recorded the student learning outcome, "I can be the best I can be" twice to make a strong point that Athletics is about being the best that a student can be. Winning first or finishing last doesn't matter, it's about how hard you try and improving upon your personal results. All in all, a great start to Athletics at Nanjing International School.