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?