Driving our learning forward in PE
I have completed an invasion games formative assessment task in all of my grade 2 classes this week. My main objectives at this point in the unit were to assess what my students know and how to use this information to springboard their learning forward. I was also interested in digging into the feelings and emotions they experience while playing invasion games against their peers in class.
I want to address the reasons for students experiencing common emotions such as anger and frustration while playing games and come up with strategies that we can use to help better deal with emotions such as this.
My goal was to have the students engaged in maximum participation type modified invasion games that gave them an opportunity to put into action several different physical skills that we had worked on in the previous lessons leading up to this class. Each game lasted about 5 minutes at the most. In between each game, we had a chance to have a quick discussion about what was going well and what needed more attention. As most students were going full out during these games, the short rest was well-needed.
To open the lesson, I had a keynote (powerpoint) ready to go and we began with a 4-5 minute general discussion first related to invasion games before moving into the activities that I had planned for them.
During the last 5-7 minutes of the class, the students completed the assessment sheet that you see below.
I haven't looked at all of the assessment sheets yet, but will do so this weekend. Once I have a look through all of their assessment sheets, I will be able to design the next steps needed in the invasion games unit in order to push my students' learning forward. My ultimate aim is to get the students to select an area of growth for the remainder of the unit. Perhaps some will want to explore basketball or soccer more deeply. Others may want to play more capture the flag invasion type games. What's most important is to now give the students an opportunity to narrow their focus into one specific area and better develop their skills related to this area. We will hopefully be able to achieve this through further exploration and play that will not only enhance their physical skills but also better develop their sense of space.
You can check out examples of completed student assessment below, as well see a 3-minute video that will give you a better picture into how I structured this lesson. There are snippets of each of the games played. Feel free to use this assessment task and if you do, let me know how it goes for you and your students. I have attached a PDF of the assessment template for your use at the bottom of this blog post.