Sunday, March 30, 2014

Setting Goals for Players' Success!

Grade 8: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Volleyball... 

Oi Grade 8!

Take a look at the video below...what do you think is going on? How could you connect your thinking to our enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on volleyball?

In the comment section of this post, write at least 3 sentences connecting our enduring understanding and one essential question to this video. 

This will count as an additional score to your Personal Attributes and Social Skills evaluation, provided the instructions have been carefully followed!


Russia vs. Brazil - World Grand Champions Cup 2013



Enduring Understanding
  • Volleyball requires the application and coordination of skills necessary to contribute collaboratively in achieving a common goal

Essential Questions
  • What is volleyball?
  • What movement skills are needed to play volleyball successfully?
  • What are players' responsibilities?
  • How is organization needed in playing volleyball?
  • How can the skills and attitudes learned in volleyball be used in other sports and activities?

Over the next few weeks in class, we will look more carefully at the skills involved in participating successfully in volleyball. Use the Volleyball Progression Rubric to help guide your development throughout this unit.



Some FACTS about Volleyball... (wikipedia)

  • The first country outside of the United States to adopt volleyball was Canada in 1900
  • The sport is now popular in Brazil, in Europe (Italy, the Netherlands, and countries from Eastern Europe have been major forces since the late 1980s) and in other countries including China and the rest of Asia, as well as in the United States
  • Beach volleyball is a  variation of the game played on sand and with only two players per team

During the first week, we will use the thinking routineChalk Talk, to uncover our prior knowledge and ideas about volleyball. Using our essential questions to help guide our thinking, consider the following...
  • What ideas come to mind when you consider your understanding of volleyball? 
  • What connections could you make to others' responses? 
  • What questions come up as you ponder what others have to say about volleyball? 

Grade 8 Initial and Final Chalk Talks

 

 

 

 

 


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

Draw upon the following to help guide your thinking: 
  • Enduring understanding and essential questions
  • Initial and final chalk talks
  • Experiences in PE
  • A volleyball-related resource (some websites are listed on our PE Blog)

Write in the comment section of this post your answer to the following thinking routine ...

All Hands in for Team Handball!

Grade 8: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Team Handball... 

Oi Grade 8!

Take a look at the following videos. How could you connect your thinking to our enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on team handball?

I wonder, how could you connect our enduring understanding and the essential questions to these videos?





Enduring Understanding

Essential Questions
  • What is team handball?
  • What movement skills and concepts practiced in team handball are similar in other sports? Which sports?
  • How is collaboration needed in team handball?
  • What decisions and actions impact the success of a game?
  • What are the physical fitness components developed in team handball?
  • In what ways does team handball develop physical and health literacy?

Review the Descriptors of Achievement and Grades to help guide your development throughout this unit. Please note that you will self-assess based on the Motor Skills Development descriptors - a specific handball skills rubric will be shared shortly.


Some FACTS about Team Handball...
  • Team handball began in Europe around the late 1920s (Complete Physical Education Plans for Grade 7-12, 2001)
  • Team handball debuted in the Berlin Summer Olympics of 1936 (Complete Physical Education Plans for Grade 7-12, 2001)
  • Team handball is the second largest sport in Europe (http://www.10-facts-about.com/Handball/id/74)
  • The origins of the game are thought to date back to ancient Greece (http://www.10-facts-about.com/Handball/id/74)

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

Remember to draw upon our enduring understanding as well as our experiences in PE and/or a team handball-related resource (some websites are listed on our PE Blog) to help guide your thinking.

Use the thinking routineHeadlines, to demonstrate your new thinking of what captures the heart of team handball. 

Create a blog post that will include:
  1. Your Headline as your title - include important elements of team handball in your headline
  2. Your Motor Skills Self-Assessment as your artifact
  3. Include your answers to the questions on your Motor Skills Self-Assessment in the body of your post:
      1. What evidence could you provide that supports your self-assessment?
      2. Based on your participation during this unit, assess yourself on each of the following learning habits (1-poor, 2-adequate, 3-good, 4-excellent) - responsible, curious, inclusive, risk-taker/perseverance -  what makes you say that for each one?
  4. Labels: PE, grade level, SLC, learning habits

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Team Handball..What More to Learn?!

Grade 8: Think-Puzzle-Explore... What is Team Handball?

Enduring Understanding

Essential Questions
  • What is team handball?
  • What movement skills and concepts practiced in team handball are similar in other sports? Which sports?
  • How is collaboration needed in team handball?
  • What decisions and actions impact the success of a game?
  • What are the physical fitness components developed in team handball?
  • In what ways does team handball develop physical and health literacy?

I wonder, what more could you learn about team handball? 

Using the thinking routine, Think-Puzzle-Explore, Grade 8 students drew upon our enduring understanding in order activate prior knowledge, generate ideas and inquire deeper into team handball.
  1. What do you think about team handball?
  2. What questions or puzzles do you have about team handball?
  3. What does the sport of team handball make you want to explore?
Click on the following images to view some students' thinking. Their blog post includes the thinking routine, Think-Puzzle-Explore as well as their reflection on three of the essential questions...

Luiza

Kata

Fernando

Pedro

Ultimate Frisbee... Read All About It!

Grade 6: Capturing the Heart of Ultimate Frisbee... 

Enduring Understanding
  • Players' decisions and actions determine the success of an ultimate frisbee team

Essential Questions
  • What is ultimate frisbee?
  • What movement skills are needed to play ultimate frisbee successfully?
  • What are players' responsibilities?
  • How is collaboration needed in ultimate frisbee?
  • What decisions and actions impact the success of a team?
  • In what ways does ultimate frisbee develop physical and health literacy?

If you were to write a headline for what captured the heart of ultimate frisbee, what would that headline be?

Using the thinking routine, Headlines, Grade 6 students summarized the essence of ultimate frisbee. Below are examples of students' thinking, including a reflection on three of the essential questions.

Click on the following images to view some students' thinking!


Juan Pablo


Rafa

Gaby

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Redefining Relevance... Redefining THINKING!

AASSA Educators' Conference - São Paulo, Brazil: 
Visible Thinking... What is it?

Link to Google Presentation

This weekend, I had the privilege of presenting at the AASSA Educators' Conference. Participants in my visible thinking workshop were asked to consider what thinking exactly entails:

"When you tell someone you are thinking, what kind of things might actually be going on in your head?"

In order to value thinking, we must unpack what it involves in different teaching and learning situations. In doing so, a culture of thinking is created that not only values individual thinking, but the group's collective thinking as well. By sharing each others' ideas, connections, predictions and perspectives, our thinking is made visible. Greater understanding takes place that drives further inquiry and enables the learner to connect new ideas to his or her learning (Ron Ritchhart)...

Participants engaging in a discussion about thinking

Who am I as a LEARNER...

Using the thinking routineCSI (Color-Symbol-Image), participants were asked to describe themselves as learners and share their thinking with their group. Each participant choose a color, symbol and image unique to their thinking and wrote a brief explanation as to what made them say that. In true collaborative fashion, a culture of thinking was created and reinforced throughout the workshop.





What is THINKING now?

Below are some examples of the shift in thinking that took place during the workshop...

"I used to think that THINKING was a natural extension of unit activities, but I now realize that it is a culture of the classroom with a specific language and built in routines...and I plan to add this important dimension right away!"
- Grade 7 Humanities Teacher, Graded School

"I used to think that cultivating my students' thinking was important, but I wasn't sure what the best ways to go about it might be. Now I think it's even more important than I thought before AND there are tools out there to help make it happen."
- Grade 2 Teacher, Graded School


I wonder, how could visible thinking impact your view as a learner, student, teacher or parent?

For more information on visible thinking, please visit the visible thinking page of this blog.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Grade 7... CSI's in the Making!

Grade 7: Distilling the Essence of our Enduring Understanding for Futsal... 

Enduring Understanding
  • Being open-minded and taking risks are necessary for player development, and in turn build teamwork and a clearer understanding of the game

As any good CSI would do, Grade 7 applied their critical thinking skills to describe the essence of our enduring understanding. 

Using the thinking routine, CSI (Color-Symbol-Image), each student chose a color, symbol and image unique to their thinking and wrote a brief explanation as to what made them say that. Their use of metaphors demonstrates their creativity in delving deeper into our enduring understanding.

Click on the following CSI's to view some students' thinking!

Isabel

Juan Carlos

Mary

Alex

Max

Sofia

Sebastian

Sunday, March 16, 2014

To Use or Not To Use... That is the Question!

Fabian Nacer: Drug Use and Abuse... So What About It?

Oi Grade 10,

I wonder, what forces tug at an individual's decision to either use or not to use drugs? 

Do you agree that within our community, both within Graded and beyond, that substance use and abuse is present, but not openly discussed?  

This week in PE, we will have the opportunity to participate in an intimate discussion with Fabian Nacer, a former drug user who grew up in a middle class family from Moema.


Consider the thinking routine, Tug of Warto prepare yourself for our discussion with Fabian... 

Follow the steps below to reason carefully about the pull of various factors relevant to substance use. You may write down your thoughts to help organize your thinking.
  • Identify the factors that pull at each side of substance use 
  • Think of tugs, or reasons why you support a certain side (think of reasons on the other side as well)
  • Based on the above two steps, generate questions to explore this topic further during our discussion with Fabian Nacer

Before our discussion
  • Share two questions in the comment section of this post - base your questions on the information presented by Fabian, as well as your answers to the thinking routine
  • Use this opportunity to explore any concern, perspective or misconception regarding substance use - your questions will be shared with Fabian prior to his visit (please write your questions both in English and in Portuguese)

After our discussion 
  • Go back to your comment and reply by adding one insight, learning or new perspective that struck you the most, in addition to one question that promotes new inquiry into the topic of substance use

Let's make our thinking visible...

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