Thursday, November 7, 2013

Fastest, Highest, Strongest!

What does our essential understanding for track and field mean?

Oi Grade 6's!

After participating in various activities to practice and develop our track and field skills, comment on our enduring understanding - what does it mean? Use the essential questions to help guide your answer.

Enduring Understanding
  • Athletes' decisions and actions affect their performance in different track and field events
Essential Questions
  • What are track and field events?
  • What movement skills are needed to be successful in different events?
  • What is the objective in track and field events?
  • What are athletes' responsibilities?
  • How can the skills and attitudes learned in track and field events be used in other sports and activities?

A FINAL Shout-Out to My Ballers!

What does our essential understanding for basketball mean?

Oi Grade 7's!

After participating in various activities and games to practice and develop our basketball skills, comment on our enduring understanding - what does it mean? Use the essential questions to help guide your answer.

Enduring Understanding
  • Players' decisions and actions determine the success of a basketball game
Essential Questions
  • What skills are needed to play basketball?
  • What are players' responsibilities?
  • How can the skills and attitudes learned in basketball be used in other sports and activities?

Friday, November 1, 2013

The Quest to be Technically Perfect

Technically Sound vs. Unique in Style

I wonder if teaching proper technique in sport-related PE units is absolutely necessary if students, by using their own unique style to perform a skill, actively participate and increase their appreciation for lifelong fitness? 

This question was brought to my attention after reading Andy Vasily's blog post, What we can learn from these incredible Kenyan High Jumpers and watching the following video on his PE Blog, PYP PE with Andy.

Next week in PE, Grade 6 will be learning the high jump. What could we learn from these incredible Kenyan High Jumpers that would help improve our performance?


  • I wonder what skills are necessary in order to be successful in the high jump?
  • Would you say the technique in this video is technically correct? Or could it be the athlete's unique style of performing this skill? What makes you say that?
  • I wonder if learning proper technique in sport is important? What makes you say that?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Grading Rubric for Your Blog Post

Follow the grading rubric to help guide your blog post:


Monday, October 28, 2013

Basketball - Set Shot (example)

What skills are needed to play basketball?

In this photo, you can see that the player is performing the set shot. She has formed a "backwards letter C" with her shooting arm - that means, her elbow is level to her shoulder and facing toward her target, her fingers are spread out under the basketball and facing behind her and her balance hand is placed beside the basketball for support. This is important in order to create the height, trajectory and back spin of the ball once the player has fully extended her shooting arm towards the target.


Photo taken from
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Long Jump - One Foot Take-Off (example)

What movement skills are needed to jump efficiently and effectively in the long jump?

In this photo, you can see that the athlete initiates the jump by taking off with one foot. This is important because you need the momentum you have gained from your run-up to jump a longer distance. The speed you gain from your run-up creates the force and power necessary to push off with one foot and propel yourself forward into the sand pit. 

On the other hand, taking off with the two feet, stops the momentum you have gained from your run-up and slows you down. This in turn affects the distance you jump because you are using less force and power to propel yourself forward into the sand pit.


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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

So Where's Home?

What is a Third Culture Kid (TCK)?

David C. Pollack developed the following definition of a third culture kid: 

"A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents' culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK's life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background." (Taken from Wikipedia)

Students in my Grade 7 advisory had the chance to explore what it means to be a TCK. Below are some of their See-Think-Wonder's about third culture kids after watching the video, So Where's Home? A Film About Third Culture Kid Identity.


See-Think-Wonder is a thinking routine that encourages students to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations. It helps stimulate curiosity and sets the stage for inquiry (Visible Thinking, Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education).





What do you SEE, THINK or WONDER about third culture kids? Watch the video and comment on one or more of the see, think, wonders that are displayed - share your thinking!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Usain Bolt: A Legend in the Making...

What skills and attitudes are learned in track and field?

Oi Grade 6's!

Check out the YouTube video from ESPN about Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt... What do you See-Think-Wonder


Comment on what you SEE, THINK or WONDER about the skills and attitudes needed to improve an athlete's performance in track and field. How can these skills and attitudes be used in other sports and activities?

The Science of Basketball

Grade 10 Basketball: How are Science and Sport Connected?

Oi Grade 10!

Check out the YouTube video from ESPN science about Miami Heat basketball player Lebron James... I wonder, how are science and sport connected? What do you See-Think-Wonder



As we progress through our invasion unit on basketball, consider the following enduring understanding and essential questions.


Enduring Understanding
  • Basketball develops the skills and attitudes to be successful both on and off the court

Essential Questions
  • What movement skills and concepts practiced in invasion activities transfer into basketball?
  • How is leadership, fair-play, teamwork and communication used in basketball? How could these skills be applied outside of the PE setting?
  • What are the physical fitness components developed in basketball?
  • In what ways does basketball develop physical and health literacy?

I wonder, what lessons in developing a growth mindset could you learn from basketball player Brandon Todd?





Some FACTS about Basketball... (taken from Top 10 Facts About Basketball)
  • James Naismith (Canadian!), the man widely regarded as the inventor of basketball, was born on November 6, 1861
  • The original basketball was closed at the bottom, a ladder was needed to recover the ball
  • Basketball has been in every summer Olympics since 1936
  • Basketball is the national sport of Lithuania and Georgia

Heritage Minute - Historica Canada




Assessment in PE

Review the Descriptors of Achievement and Grades to help guide your development throughout this unit. Please note assessment rubrics for this unit are shared in our folder for PE. 

Take a look at the following videos to help guide your motor skills development...

Shooting



Passing



Rebounding



Dribbling




Lay-up





Finishing up our discussion on basketball... What new thinking has taken place at the end of our unit?

I wonder, what new understandings have you gained after your participation in basketball? 

Draw upon our enduring understanding, essential questions, as well as our experiences in PE and/or a basketball-related resource to help guide your thinking.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Shout-Out to My Ballers!

Grade 7: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Basketball...

Enduring Understanding
  • Players' decisions and actions determine the success of a basketball game
Essential Questions
  • What skills are needed to play basketball?
  • What are players' responsibilities?
  • How can the skills and attitudes learned in basketball be used in other sports and activities?
Over the next week in class, we will look more carefully at the skills involved in playing basketball. Get ready to bring your phone to class and take a photo of one of your classmates performing a specific skill. You will then blog about the photo you have taken.

Your blog post will include the following: 
  1. Your photo
  2. Explanation of the skill that is being practiced - What essential question is your photo connected to and what makes you say that? 
  3. Use the skill name in your title
Remember to label your post using the following labels: PEGrade 7basketballFollow the example and grading rubric provided on our PE Blog.

Faster, Higher, Stronger!

Grade 6: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Track and Field... 

Enduring Understanding:
  • Athletes' decisions and actions affect their performance in different track and field events
Essential Questions:
  • What are track and field events?
  • What movement skills are needed to be successful in different events?
  • What is the objective in track and field events?
  • What are athletes' responsibilities?
  • How can the skills and attitudes learned in track and field events be used in other sports and activities?
Over the next week in class, we will look more carefully at the skills involved in participating in different track and field events. Get ready to bring your phone to class and take a photo of one of your classmates performing a specific skill. You will then blog about the photo you have taken.

Your blog post will include the following: 
  1. Your photo
  2. Explanation of the skill that is being practiced - What essential question is your photo connected to and what makes you say that? 
  3. Use the skill name in your title
Remember to label your post using the following labels: PEGrade 6track and field. Follow the example and grading rubric provided on our PE Blog.

Fitness for Life

Grade 10: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Fitness...

Oi Grade 10's!

Throughout the year, we will reflect back on our enduring understanding and essential questions for fitness:
Enduring Understanding
  • People’s decisions and actions affect their level of fitness, and in turn, influences their health
Essential Questions
  • What is fitness?
  • How can you maintain physical activity for lifelong health?
  • What is our responsibility regarding our fitness and health?

I wonder what actions you are taking to develop and maintain your fitness? 

Review your Personalized Training Program... What steps are you making in order to reach your fitness goals? What PE activities are we currently participating in that contribute to your fitness development? In what ways?

Friday, September 27, 2013

Welcome to PE 2013-2014!

Physical and Health Literacy for Life!

Oi Gente!

The purpose of this blog to provide you with useful tools and resources that will help you grow within the physical education setting. 

Throughout our journey into physical fitness, we will work collaboratively to reach our goals - both as individuals and as a group. Developing the appropriate mindset is key so that growth in all areas of our learning is achieved.

Together, we will take risks in order to learn from our experiences, improving our knowledge and understanding of what it means to be physical and health literate in today's ever changing world.

I look forward to our time together!


Physical and Health Literacy:
Take a look at the following video from OPHEA (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association)...


What does it mean to be physical and health literate? Share your thinking!