PE Happenings

September 17, 2019

During our first month in the gym we have been very active discussing what responsibility looks like in the physical education classroom.   Discussion has focused on behaviors that keep ourselves and others safe both physically and emotionally. Some discussion topics were wearing sneakers, looking where we are going when we run, staying on our feet, being kind to others, following directions, and taking care of ourselves.    Students have been taught and practiced classroom protocols and participated in activities that allow them to rehearse how to move safely, play by the rules and be responsible and inclusive in our gymnasium space. We have practiced staying safe inside the boundary lines and tagging safely in touch and go games.  We worked on individual practice tasks, played low organized games involving teams, and worked on small group and whole class cooperative tasks. Though each grade level has been involved in different lessons, all activities have focused on the following overarching question: How was I (were we) responsible for ourselves, others, and equipment during this activity?  This time at the beginning of the year also allows me to pre-assess students and learn how classes function together so I can plan “just right” lessons for each class. Creating a positive and supportive learning environment in the gymnasium will continue to be the focus as we move through the rest of September and into October.  

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