Little teachers in action in target games unit
I had a great time today watching my grade 3 students teach grade 1 students different types of target games. I gave the grade 3 students extra PE time today to take on the role of teacher. I made it very clear to the grade 3 students that I was looking for three things:
You must show responsibility and take care of the grade 1 student.
You must clearly explain the rules, how to play, and the scoring system.
You must give them feedback about how they are doing.
I closely observed the grade 3 students as they taught and played the game with the grade 1 students who they had been paired with. They did a fantastic job for the most part and I was able to assess most of the grade 3 students in regards to how much they know about target games. We used the visual below as a starting point for the lesson in order to get them thinking about some big ideas related to the unit.
Once I set the grade 3 students off working with their grade 1 partners, I walked around listening and observing what was happening and tried hard not to intervene. Near the end of the class, I asked the grade 3s what the most difficult part of teaching for them was and what they enjoyed the most. These were some of the most common answers:
What was most difficult...
Some times the kids do not listen.
It's difficult to explain things in an easy way.
It's frustrating when they walk away when I am talking.
I tell them one thing but they do another.
What they enjoyed the most...
We liked being leaders.
We enjoyed playing the game with them.
We liked that they were able to learn from us.
This is what grade 1s had to say about the grade 3s.
Things they didn't like about their teacher...
They sometimes shouted at me.
They spoke too fast.
They got frustrated when I made mistakes.
Things that they liked about their teacher...
They were nice to me.
They helped me to improve.
They helped me get better.
They said things like, "Nice job" and "You are getting better!"
As I said above, I was able to walk around , observe, and take some notes on most of the grade 3s as they taught the games to the younger students. I commended both grade 1s and grade 3s for the great work that they showed today in this combined lesson. Definitely worth trying out with your own students if you can set something similar up. Thanks for reading.