A Video Glimpse into Student Designed Fitness Unit
I thought I would give a little wee glimpse into our grade 5 fitness unit to see what it looks like in action. The students have selected their own areas of fitness that they would like to improve upon in this unit. Using fitness journals to document their journey, the students are creating their own activities and exercises under my guidance.
My main objective in this unit is to get my students to understand that fitness can be broken down into specific areas and that we can set goals to improve upon these areas. I truly hope that I can inspire them to intrinsically value fitness and the joy that goal setting can bring to a person's life.
I believe that by giving them freedom of choice they will be more engaged in this unit. I am not forcing them to do anything, but closely observing each individual student journey throughout the 6 weeks that this unit lasts. We have looked closely at 3 areas related to fitness; cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, and flexibility. The students can choose 1, 2 or all 3 areas to improve upon which brings time management very much into the picture. They are required to record data related to heart rate, which activities they are doing, and how long their rest periods are for.
I put together a short slide show of the students in action. The student design aspect allows me so much freedom to move around and take anecdotal notes during this unit. Very pleased with the way the unit has gone so far. Thanks for reading.
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.