As the 2016 Rio Olympics draw closer upon us, it is a perfect time for physical education teachers to take full advantage of this wonderful opportunity by creating strong links to the mission and vision of what this international event of excellence represents. The Olympic experience roots itself in timeless core values that emphasize the spirit of fair play, inspiration, motivation, resilience, solidarity, peace, and a relentless desire to be the very best that we can be regardless of circumstances.
The very nature of these core values can and should be embedded within all learning experiences delivered in physical education and are not specific to just track and field (Athletics). When designing units taught in physical education, there are plenty of opportunities to highlight, discuss, and draw out essential values that can drive the learning that takes place with your students.
Creating strong emotional links to learning is of paramount importance when considering how best to reach each student and to emphasize that all of our journeys are about striving for personal excellence. Regardless of the unit being taught in PE, the launch point in which we kick start our units and deliver our daily lessons plays a pivotal role in how deeply we engage our students in these learning experiences.
Below is an excellent video that is all about having an ‘I can’ attitude when facing obstacles, challenges, and impediments that potentially slow our path to success in life. It is perfect for instilling within our students the importance of hope, determination, resilience, and personal excellence. As you watch the video, think about the driving questions you could ask your students that will help to elicit valuable discussion and thought provoking action.
Every provocation begins with a driving question. This is the initial question I might post on the wall or chalkboard before starting the video in order to give my students a great sense of focus in regards to what they are about to watch. What would your driving question be?
I hope that you enjoy the video and share it with your students and colleagues.
“We are not defined by our ‘lack ofs’ or ‘shortcomings’ but more so by our character and the attitudes that define our journeys.”-Andy Vasily