Core Values in Your Program
On the downside a bit, I haven't been able to blog in quite a while. Blogging has played such a big part of my teaching over the last several years and it's been a struggle not to be able to write as I once did when I was sharing my own practice. Although I am no longer teaching at Nanjing International School, I have decided to share the great practice of teachers I'm currently working with in this blog post series.
First off, I'd like to bring you the great work of Toby Sumerfield, the head of PE at the elementary campus of YK Pao School in Shanghai. You can follow Toby on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TSumerfield. I highly recommend doing so as he has an excellent mind for PE and is doing some wonderful things at his school. He's constantly evaluating his own practice, looking for ways to get better, and learning as much as he can.
I want to share a great strategy that he used today in a grade 4 invasion games class. He was scheduled to use the outside field for his class but it was raining, so he had to resort to using a large multi-purpose type room for his lesson. This did not hold him back as he is an innovative educator and worked with the space he had available to him.
Toby's school prides itself on 8 core values.
I walked around and listened to the amazing student conversations as they tried to rank these core values in regards to level of importance. Check out the pictures below of how each group ranked these values.
An excellent, thought-provoking task that led to much deeper discussion related to the 8 core values. Toby was trying to truly focus in on the fact that perspectives change depending upon circumstances. Take a look at the photos below to see how the students re-ranked the core values based upon the different scenarios.
Some people might think that they have no idea how to accomplish all of this in a 40-minute lesson. Too much talking and less physical activity? Think again! Toby had them active more than 50% of the class ( I had a stopwatch timing physical activity!!). He structured time well and carefully planned his questions and tasks. The only constraint was the small room due to the rain but he overcame this obstacle.
Does your school have core values? If so, could you do something similar in a unit that you teach? Share your ideas below and don't forget to follow Toby on Twitter!