Friday, February 28, 2014

Team Handball... Definitely Worth Blogging More About!

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

Oi Grade 8!

It's time to synthesize our learning about team handball. I wonder how our understanding of the game has changed? 

Step 1: Go back to our first post, Team Handball... Definitely More Than Hands About It! and review our enduring understanding and essential questions for this unit. In what ways has your thinking shifted? 


Step 2: Use the thinking routineThink-Puzzle-Explore, to demonstrate what new thinking has taken place. 

Step 3: Create a blog post that will include:
  1. Title
  2. Your Think-Puzzle-Explore
  3. Reflection on at least 3 of the essential questions - use our experiences in PE to help guide your thinking and/or a team handball-related resource (some websites are listed on our PE Blog)
  4. Include at least one image or video to add meaning to your post - remember to cite your image and be aware of images that are copyrighted! Cite your images according to the following examples:
      • Creative Commons: Image licensed under Creative Commons by "name or username". Link to original source.
      • Public Domain: Image from Public Domain by "name". Link to original source.
  5. Labels: PE, grade level, name of unit

Follow the grading rubric to help you in this process.

Ultimate What? BLOGGING!

Grade 6: Blogging about our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Ultimate Frisbee... 

Oi Grade 6!

It's time to synthesize our learning about ultimate frisbee. I wonder how our understanding of the game has changed? 

Step 1: Go back to our first post, Ultimate What? FRISBEE! and review our enduring understanding and essential questions for this unit. In what ways has your thinking shifted? 

Step 2: Use the thinking routineHeadlines, to demonstrate your new thinking of what captures the heart of ultimate frisbee. 

Step 3: Create a blog post that will include:
  1. Your headline as your title
  2. Reflection on at least 3 of the essential questions - use our experiences in PE to help guide your thinking and/or an ultimate frisbee resource (some websites are listed on our PE Blog)
  3. Include at least one image or video to add meaning to your post - remember to cite your image and be aware of images that are copyrightedCite your images according to the following examples:
      • Creative Commons: Image licensed under Creative Commons by "name or username". Link to original source.
      • Public Domain: Image from Public Domain by "name". Link to original source.
  4. Labels: PE, grade level, name of unit

Follow the grading rubric to help you in this process.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ultimate What? FRISBEE!

Grade 6: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Ultimate Frisbee... 

Oi Grade 6!

Watch 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 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?

Use the Ultimate Frisbee Progression Rubric to help guide your development throughout this unit.


Some FACTS about Ultimate Frisbee... (wikipedia)
  • Ultimate frisbee is a low-contact field sport played with a plastic flying disc
  • The beginnings of ultimate frisbee date back to the late 1960’s
  • Ultimate frisbee relies on the sportsmanship of its players, invoking the “Spirit of the Game” to maintain fair play
  • Mud, wind and great competition increase the level of play, with rapid turnovers and a higher degree of cooperation

What could our enduring understanding mean? If you were to write a headline for what described what is ultimate frisbee, what would that headline be?

Use the thinking routineHeadlines, to capture what you think is the heart of ultimate frisbee. Base your headline on the above video and include your headline in the comment section of this post. 

Take a look at some of the headlines below...how could your headline show your thinking in a meaningful and clear way?

http://www.vitamin-ha.com/odd-funny-news-headlines-16-pics/

http://funnydumpster.com/pictures/funny-headlines/attachment/funny-headlines-10/

http://www.pleated-jeans.com/2011/06/15/20-funny-newspaper-headlines/

http://duckduckgrayduck.com/tag/funny-headlines/

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Five-A-Side is Needed to Thrive!

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

Oi Grade 7!

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 futsal?

I wonder how could you connect open-mindedness, risk-taking and the essential questions to this video?


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

Essential Questions
  • What is futsal?
  • What movement skills are needed to play futsal successfully?
  • In what ways is collaboration practiced in futsal?
  • How does open-mindedness and risk-taking contribute to player development?
  • What decisions and actions impact the success of a team?
  • In what ways does futsal develop physical and health literacy?

Review the Descriptors of Achievement and Grades to help guide your development throughout this unit.


Some FACTS about Futsal... (source: http://www.hfss.com.au/Facts.htm)
  • The origin of Futsal can be traced back to Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930 
  • The game is played on basket-ball sized courts, both indoors and out without the use of sidewalls
  • FUTSAL is the international term used for the game - FUTbol or FUTebol for “soccer” in Spanish and Portuguese and SALon or SALa, the root word for “room” in French and Spanish

Finishing up our discussion on Futsal... 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 futsal-related resource (some websites are listed on our PE Blog) to help guide your thinking.

Use the thinking routineCSI (Color-Symbol-Image), to demonstrate your understanding of our enduring understanding.

Steps to CSI:
  • Choose a COLOR that you feel best represents the enduring understanding
  • Choose a SYMBOL that you feel best represents the enduring understanding - a symbol is something simple, for example one object that represents an idea
  • Choose an IMAGE that you feel best represents the enduring understanding - an image is more complex, like a picture involving great detail
  • For each color, symbol and image write a brief explanation describing its connection to the enduring understanding - What makes you say that?

Create a blog post that will include:
  1. Title 
  2. Your CSI - use the example below to help guide your thinking
  3. Labels: PE, grade level, SLC, learning habits
  4. Include your learning habits self-assessment at the bottom of your CSI - copy and paste it from your motor skills self-assessment into the blog post body
  5. Find your images from creative commons and cite your images according to the example:
      • Creative Commons: Image licensed under Creative Commons by "name or username". Link to original source.

Ben

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Team Handball... Definitely More Than Hands About It!

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

Oi Grade 8!

In the spirit of the Olympic Games, what do you think is going on in this picture? How could you connect your thinking to our enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on team handball?


London 2012 - Denmark’s tall man (212cm, 6’11”) Nikolaj Markussen leaps to attack Croatia during a preliminary match in men’s handball http://www.olympic.org/photos/markussen-s-flying-attack 

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?

Use the Team Handball Progression Rubric to help guide your development throughout this unit.

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)

Using the thinking routine, Think-Puzzle-Explore, what would you like to learn about team handball? In your comment, answer the following questions of the thinking routine. Draw upon our enduring understanding for this unit, as well as the above picture to help guide your thinking.
  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?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Thinking in Volleyball... How Does it Look Like?

Just as there are shifts in players' positions, there are also shifts in players' thinking...

Grade 8 final Chalk Talk about volleyball

Grade 7 and 8 students were asked to go back to their initial volleyball Chalk Talk and make connections to what has already been shared, as well as, add new ideas that demonstrate a change in their thinking. 

Take a look at the new responses from their final volleyball Chalk Talk. In what ways have students' thinking shifted?

Essential Questions for volleyball...

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?








I used to think VOLLEYBALL was .... , but now I think VOLLEYBALL is .... . 

Using their responses to the thinking routine3-2-1 BridgeGrade 7 and 8 students also created a blog post describing their shift in understanding about volleyball.

I wonder, how could you create a blog post that demonstrates your shift in understanding about a topic, concept or idea, either within or outside of the PE setting? What would you do to make your thinking visible in a meaningful and clear way? 

Click on the images below to view students' thinking!







Thursday, February 13, 2014

Collaboration is a Team Effort!

Grade 6: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Team Building... 

Oi Grade 6!

In the spirit of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, what do you think is going on in this picture? How could you connect your thinking to our enduring understanding and essential questions for our unit on team building?

Team Canada talk before their game prior to the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A Game against Switzerland
http://www.olympic.org/multimedia-player/all-photos/2014/02/08/ice-hockey-women-group-a-10/

Take a look at our Chalk Talk from the beginning of our team building unit. How has your thinking shifted with respect to your understanding of our enduring understandingReview the essential questions and the team building progression rubric to help guide your thinking. 

Enduring Understanding
  • Your community is your life, so make it a good community!

Essential Questions
  • What is community?
  • How is community related to team sports and group activities?
  • What skills are needed in teamwork?
  • What is the difference between cooperation and collaboration?
  • How are the Graded Core Values being practiced and applied in team building?
  • What makes a good community and/or team?

What More Can You Dig?!

Grade 7 and 8: Exploring our Enduring Understanding and Essential Questions for Volleyball... 

Oi Gente!

Take a look at our Chalk Talk from the beginning of our volleyball unit. How has your thinking shifted with respect to your understanding of our enduring understanding? In what ways have you grown as a player? Review the essential questions and the volleyball progression rubric to help guide your thinking. 

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?

What does our enduring understanding mean? If you were to write a headline for what summarized the most important aspects that should be remembered about volleyball, what would that headline be?

Use the thinking routine, Headlines, to capture the heart of what is volleyball. Your comment will include your headline and your reflection on the essential questions.

Take a look at some of the headlines below...how could your headline show your thinking in a meaningful and clear way?

pleated-jeans.com
hilariousheadlines.com
dumpaday.com
headlinehumor.com

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Smile! You're on Google Glass!

What is Digital Citizenship?

The concept of digital citizenship has been brought to the forefront in lieu of the ever-changing, and growing, advancements in technology. As part of our Grade 7 advisory program, students have been exploring, what is digital citizenship?

http://mstechgraded.blogspot.com.br/2014/01/digital-citizenship-exploration.html

This week I have had the opportunity to explore using Google Glass in my PE classes. After my initial experience, I was left with a few wonderings regarding the use of technology in the PE setting. Just as students should be physical and health literate, the need to become literate in digital citizenship should also be valued. 


What complex forces tug at the idea of technology and social mediaTake a look at the following video. What further inquiries does Google Glass create in the context of digital citizenship? 



Watch the Google Glass video of volleyball skill development in PE and consider the following questions...
  • How would digital citizenship look like in different teaching and learning settings?
  • What would change about the thinking taking place among students and teachers?
  • How would teaching and learning be like if Google Glass was used in the PE setting?
  • What would be some factors that could influence the use of Google Glass in PE or in other classroom environments?




Use the thinking routine, Tug of War, to reason carefully about the pull of various factors relevant to digital citizenship.
  • Identify the factors that pull at each side of the use of technology and social media in different settings
  • Think of tugs, or reasons why you support a certain side (think of reasons on the other side as well)
  • Generate what if questions to explore the idea of using technology and social media

Share your questions in the comment section of this post - let's make our thinking visible!



More on digital citizenship...

See what prompts the New York Times has listed for technology and social media...



See what Google has to say about teaching to the Google Generation...