Thursday, February 13, 2014

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?

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35 comments:

  1. My respect for volleyball has definitely increased. I have realized just how much of a technical game it really is. Volleyball requires you to move quickly and have quick reactions. You have to be ready at all times and always be in ready position. Also, every player has their own responsibility on the court. Everyone has a position and that position comes with a job. When you are playing and the ball comes in your area it is your job to get it, not anyone else's. Also, when playing volleyball you have to have organization. One example is how you are rotating on the court. When we played during gym sometimes we had four, five, or seven on a team. It wasn't always six on a team. We had to find a way to organize all of the players and figure out what we want the positions to be and how to rotate through them. It is not just volleyball that requires all this, it is other sports too. Every sport requires team work and organization. Also, in almost every sport their are positions that have responsibilities. What we learned in volleyball could definitely be applied in other sports too.

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  2. Headline: "Bump, Volley, And Hit, Is All You Have To Get!"

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  3. Before I actually started playing volleyball during class, I thought it was like a normal sport with a net and a ball. Just after some time the game I realized how technical this game is. Since playing volleyball during class I have improved a lot on my bumping, volley, serving and down balls. I learned that all players have their responsibilities. They have their own place on the court and they have to have quick movements to get the ball past the net. At the beginning of the unit I thought volleyball was: "Teamwork" "Cooperation" and "Getting The Ball" but now I know that it is more than that. I have really enjoyed this Volleyball Unit.

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  4. As we mentioned in class various times before, volleyball is a very technical game. To play it you need strength in your arm, strength in your leg, teamwork, clear understanding of rules, good passing, good blocking, and good attack. In the game, you have to be in a ready position all the time. Also, you have to be active and wary. Every person in the game has a responsibility. The one in the back right corner serves and the other ones have to have control of the ball and be ready to help anyone in the team. Adding, organization is also needed when playing because then everyone has a turn to play. Lastly, strength in your arm, strength in your leg, clear understanding of rules are also needed in basketball and american foot ball.

    Headline: In volleyball be ready, be quick, be good!

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  5. I have a very different view of volleyball compared to what I thought of it before this unit. I never really played volleyball and only now realize how technical and challenging it can be. The only way to be really good at it is to practice practice practice. I think that my cooperation and mental skills have improved with volleyball. Volleyball is a mental and technical sports. The positioning of the players is very important to get to every ball, and you must always be ready to get a ball. Volleyball is a team sport (most of the time I play single sports like tennis), and is required lots of teamwork and cooperation. I feel I am getting better at agreeing with my team mates and understanding their ideas.

    Headline: Heads high, hands up, knees bent... this is volleyball!

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  6. Ever since the beginning of this unit, I have realized that my thinking of volleyball and all the skills used to play this sport have shifted. At first, I thought it was a very simple game, all you had to do was keep it from touching the ground. However, as we went more in depth and learned more about the movements and skills to play volleyball, I have realized it is harder than it seems. Some of the skills we focused on were volleying the ball and also digging, which seem basic but are very complex. When volleying the ball, you can't touch the ball with your hands, but with the tips of your fingers. When you make contact with the ball, you shouldn't hear your hand slapping it, which would be a sign that you are making the wrong movement. Also, when you are making a dig, the power must come from your legs, not your arms, because our legs have a lot more power. If we hadn't studied this in P.H.E, I would have continued making the wrong movements, especially when digging. Lastly, a perspective of mine that has changed was applying this concept to real life. At first, I believed that the skills learned in volleyball couldn't be adapted to other sports. Now I see that teamwork makes up a huge chunk of volleyball and it can be applied not only to other sports, but to every day situations. Additionally, muscular endurance can be used in any sport, because it is very important to have power and speed. Overall, this has been a great unit and I learned a lot from it. If I had to create a headline for volleyball, it would most likely be: Dig it, Volley it, and Don't Let it Fall.

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  7. Volleyball, a sport to use your resources in every way to get the ball. That is my headline. In the last months I have noticed that other than the skills you learn using overhand, spike and serving you also have to learn to use all resources possible if you have to. For example, if the ball is right in front of you, but to far to get it with your hands you most likely will kick it or find any other body part that can do that. This, in my opinion is the most important aspect in volley, but there are others like learning your skills very well and having communication with the rest of the team is equally important. "Volleyball requires the application and coordination of skills necessary to contribute collaboratively in achieving a common goal." That means that the communication and the teamwork, if done properly by everyone, and if the skills are all practiced in the game you and your team will most probably achieve your common goal, which is probably winning.

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  8. Volleyball is a sport but also a game. It gives you good health and is also fun. I think that everyone should experience volleyball once in life because first you think that it is a game that is difficult and that it is challenging but after you learn how to play it starts getting petty easy. I think that volleyball involves a little bit of practice, effort and training but I think that it is a really technical game also.Volley ball is mostly a sport that people do that makes them healthy but I think that it is also like a game as I said on the first sentence. I also think that this game and sport gives you some experience like team work, chance and a lot more.

    My headline is "Hit the ball and never quit"

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  9. During this unit, I discovered that I can play volleyball. First, I was patient and listened so I could learn the basics and then saw that I got the hang of it quickly. I enjoyed learning the sport and was able to make it successful by communicating so people could know where I was so they could pass it to me, and by using correct positioning and trusting my teammates and never give up. I think my headline would be: Positive attitude: The key to success. I chose this headline because I saw that in order to play volleyball successfully, you need positive attitude, and not just stand there, waiting for the game to end.

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  10. In this PE unit, I learned a lot of things about volleyball that I didn't know before. To begin with, I learned that volleyball is a sport that involves a lot of technique and skills, as well as strength, agility and resistance. The movement skills needed to play volleyball are volleying, underarm passing, jumping, down ball movement, cutting and also foot and knee movement. Some of the players' responsibilities in a game of volleyball include running, cooperating, and being respectful to others and to themselves. Organisation is key to the success of a volleyball game because if everyone is very close together upfront, then no one will be able to get a ball if it goes to the back of the court. The skills learned in volleyball can be used in other sports such as teamwork can be used in soccer, or basketball, and also the movement of flicking the wrist can be used in sports such as squash and badmintion.

    My headline would be: Pass sucessfully and youre halfay there!

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  11. At first I thought that Volleyball was a sport in which you only had to throw the ball without it touching the ground and just score a point. Me practicing the sport throughout the quarter was a very good lesson in terms of not only learning how to play, but also learning the objective of the sport. My respect for volleyball definitely increased and now i see it as a serious and challenging game. I disliked volleyball before because i didn't know how to play. Now, I can feel secure when I'm playing. I feel very goos serving since I have served and made points. Also, I don't just stand there and be afraid of the ball. I actually go for the ball sometimes when I think it's possible.

    My Headline is: If your attitude falls, so does the ball.

    I chose this headline because it relates to how I learned how to play and the more confident you are playing it, the more chances you have of going for the ball and not letting it hit the ground.

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  12. To start off, to me, volleyball was a sport that you don’t let the ball fall onto the ground. Moreover, it was more about just trying to throw the ball to hit the floor straight down on to the other side of the net so that the other team wouldn’t be able to catch it. However, when we actually learned about the skills you need, movement, etc., I learned that it was not only about passing however being able to communicate with your group and working as a big team. Before, I wondered why we needed to stay in our correct places if all we had to do was to just pass the ball. Turns out it’s way complicated than that. Moving on, the movement skills that are needed to play volleyball are passing (overhead and regular), hitting or spiking, and serving. I believe that the most important is passing since without being able to pass, you wouldn’t be able to go through the net. Moreover, spiking and hitting since those skills don’t just work by putting a lot of force into your arms. There needs to be balanced strength, as well for serving. The players responsibilities is that they should respect others, and also let who’s supposed to get the ball to pass it. This is when organization comes in handy. If you just stand wherever you want to, to get the ball, it’s not only you who’s going to aim to get it. There’s going to be at least another person which would end up bumping with each other. Due to that, you should always stay in your place, and move a little bit if needed. Moving on, some of these skills for example organization, and communication is used in any other sports that I’ve played before. Also, passing the ball is used quite frequently in many different activities as well. Lastly, my headline about volleyball would be: Hit it, serve it, bump it, ace it.

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  13. Here is a headline that I got underway: Dedication, responsibility, and cooperation are essential qualities.

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    1. Pedro, what made you chose this headline for our volleyball unit?

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  14. Volleyball, just a sport? would be my headline because there are probably a lot of people out there who have never played it and probably think it is just some other sport.these people remind me of myself before I went through this quarter of playing volleyball. I learned that volleyball is a sport that requires lots of specific skills and just all round ability. Unlike other sports where you primarily focus on one thing, volleyball is a team sport where the entire team must work together in order for things to work out. I also learned that one of the most important skills in volleyball was communication because various times in the beginning of the unit me and my teammates would collide while we were both trying to go for the same ball so as he unit went on I learned that in order to avoid those kind of incidents, I should call for the ball so that only I would approach it instead of various people. I also think that movement would be the second most important skill because even if your teammate makes a mistake you can still try to move in order to save the play. Finally I also believe that being confident in yourself is very important because when you lose confidence you tend to play worse and that therefore impacts the final outcome of the game. -Tomas D









    BMO

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  15. When I started volleyball I considered volleyball a simple sport but boy was I wrong it is one of thw most precise and technical sports I have ever played! The game has a lot to do with communication and teamwork. An important attitude I have gained is being more positive towards others. I think my headline would be:Get Ready! GO!

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  16. During this unit, my thinking towards volleyball certainly changed. I now realize how important details are to a game. The way your hand grasps the ball can totally affect the result of the point. You have to always be aware of what is going on and to be ready to do something. Teamwork is also extremely important. We need to be able to communicate with the other players. For example in times of passing the ball. We need to be confident in what we are doing and in our team mates.
    Headline: Communicate quickly, that's the key!

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  17. During this unit my thinking towards volleyball difinetly changed a lot. Now I see how important it is to be attentive and pay attention to the game. Also the difference it makes when you put force to the ball that you are throwing. I thought that I grew as a player because I now see the responsibilities a player needs to have during the game, and I think I managed to accomplish some of them. Is attention needed during a volleyball game? That is my headline. Because if you don't pay attention you might lose the ball.

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  18. Before this unit, I have never really like volleyball because to be honest I never played it. I always thought the only thing you had to do was hit the ball. But it is more about, team work, paying attention, speed, etc. I honestly enjoyed this unit a lot, I improved a lot and I also had fun. My goal before this unit was to learn how to play volleyball, and I believe I passed that goal. One thing that I improved, was my serving. When we started y serve did not even past the net, now I make every serve. Volleyball was a very fun unit, and I can not wait for the next unit.

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    1. Andrew, I wonder what would your headline be?

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    2. Volleyball is a sport that uses a lot of concentration and teamwork, some skills that you need to use are jumping,power and even speed. A responsibility that a player has is that you have to take care of your side of the court if not then they might score on you. You need organization if volleyball because if everyone is scrambled and their is no positions then you will lose games. Some skills that you use in volleyball that you can use in games are power, you can use that playing hand ball, also organization you can use that in badminton, and speed you can use that in soccer.

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  19. I have come to the understanding that volleyball is a sport where you need to be able to work in a team and require the skills to play. The movement skills required is to be able to spike, jump, run, serve and passing to other players. A player’s responsibility in volleyball is to keep the team together and help each other. As a player you also need to help so another person can make a spike or save the ball. Organization in volleyball is very important. With the organization, you can tell which player takes the ball, so everybody aren’t running to one place. Teamwork can be used in a lot of other sports, such as soccer or handball to score or get the ball away from the goal. Teamwork can also be used when you are with your friends or classmates. Reaction time is very important in almost every single sport because you have to react whenever the game starts or even in the middle of it. Basically everything learned in volleyball can either be used in another sport or even in a classroom. My headline would be: ”Work as a team, and you already getting there!”

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  20. Volleyball: More than a Sport. That is my headline. Volleyball is a sport but you would need more than to be fit to play it. It is a sport where you need to have fast reflexes, got to work as a team, and be friendly, but most important you would have to know the basic skills, like to spike and jump. The responsibilities in a player varies from knowing volleyball to being friendly. For an example, you would have to know the rules of a volleyball game but you would have to know how to work it out with your team, like a family. Organization is needed in volleyball because if there is not any teamwork or organization, the game would turn into a big mess. Like everybody would be bumping into each other or the players would bess up easily. These skills that we learn in volleyball can be used in school projects and other sports like basketball.
    -Alice

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  21. Volleyball is a sport that involves collaboration, communication, and skills. To be able to play volleyball successfully you need to pay attention to the game and communicate with your team mates. If this is not done, even with skills, you will never be able to play a successful volleyball game. Additionally, these are also players responsibility, they have to connect with their team because if they don't say they are going for the ball another person might not go and the first person who was going might end up not going, so the ball falls. Moreover, organization is one of the most important skills to play volleyball successfully, if your team mates don't know their position and get lost, the game will turn into a big mess. Lastly, I think many skills learned in volleyball, like communication and teamwork, can be used in others sports such as tennis, badminton, and handball. To conclude, my headline would be: Volleyball, if you don't communicate with your team, there will be no game.

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  22. In volleyball, you can't think twice. This is my headline because I came to a conclusion that in this sport you need to think extremely fast. Moreover, various factors are important in order to be a successful volleyball player. For instance, you need to communicate with your team members, and have good coordination to perform strong moves. Moving on, I used to think volleyball was a sport that lacked positions, but my thinking has now shifted extreme amounts. Not to mention, I now know how to serve the "overarm" serve. Also, in a game situation players have various responsibilities. For example, you need to shout that the ball is yours, and talk to your team mates. In addition, volleyball needs to have organization, so everyone has one area of the court to take care. Conclusively, volleyball is a sport that helps you get better in other ones. One example is basket ball. Taking for granted that you know how to spike in volleyball, you are also able to block shots in basket ball. Volley ball is a fun sport, and I hope to get better at it in the near future.

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  23. At the start of this unit, I didn't know much about volleyball. Now, I notice how many skills you need and how much it is related to other sports. Personally, enduring understand means that once you know all of the skills and aspects of one sport, you can easily play another sport with those same things. Some activities share many things in common, others not so much. In the beginning, we started making connections from volleyball to basketball and soccer. These three sports seem completely different, yet most movement and thinking skills are the same. "Not as Hard as it Seems" would be my headline. This expresses how if you understand volleyball, it is much easier to play. Understanding is a main part of any sport.

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  24. Headline: Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard

    Why did I chose this as my headline? Because at the end of the volleyball season, I realized that talent is not the same as working hard. Volleyball is a sport that to be successful, it takes time to learn and it is time consuming. Not in a bad way, but to be able to be on a volleyball team you have to play it regularly. I believe that I have grown as a player in reaction time. At first, in the middle of games I didn't realize that ball was coming towards me until the last three seconds and that affected my performance immensely. My mind used to be always some were else. Now, I am way more aware of my surroundings and I predict where the ball is going and who is going to hit it. Volleyball is a sport that requires multiple skills and fit people to play. It is a sport that is not for everyone because it is hard. I think that you have to have talent in the skills that the game requires, but you also have to work to improve those skills. I would say that the skills required to play this sport are agility, speed, reaction time, power, and teamwork. There are others, but I think that these are the main skills needed to play volleyball.

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  25. I thought volleyball was just a very simple sport because according to what I saw on the TV, it just seemed like you follow the ball and hit it over the net, and that will give your team a point. However, after doing it myself, I realised that it was much more technical than I thought and you have to know the skills very well to get a point. I think you have to think very deeply to be successful in volleyball. i found it kind of hard to play volleyball, because you have to be very accurate in every skill, which are digging, volleying, etc. The hardest thing, in my opinion, was being in the right position because there can be lots of empty spaces and you have to be responsible for the balls coming to one of them which is near you. Communicating with the team members was also very important, because as you try to get the ball some other team members can also try to get it and that can actually give the opponent team a point. The headline is "Master the techniques, and you will find yourself mastering volleyball".

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  26. I learned many things from playing volleyball, I learned many things that can be applied both in and out of the court. I am used to playing soccer where communication happens but it comes with practice. In volleyball communication is one of the essential keys into being successful on this game. You need to say if you're going to the ball or not which makes us very confused, but once you get the essential skills suck as jumping, spiking, and communicating you get really successful. It becomes really fun to play once there is the "rally" it's a really cool and popular sport in Brazil, and since I'm tall it's easier for me to play.

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    1. Henrique, if you were to synthesize your learning into a headline, what would it be?

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  27. At first, I always believed volleyball was a easy sport, that only took simple skills. It is much more than that. In volleyball you don't only need physical skills but mental. Working in a group is very important and you need to learn how to work in a team. Volleyball is a very fun sport and it prepares you for other sports also.

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  28. Before this unit I had played volleyball with my friends and family a lot and the sport is not very new to me. But as the unit went on and we got into more detail about the sport such as the types of hits such as the volley and the bump. These were two of the easier hit but the dive hit was one of the hardest hittest because you had to move very quickly to get to the ball and then you had to dive and hit it at the same time.

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  29. I believe I am much better at volleyball now than when we first started the unit. I have a better understanding of how you play volleyball and how you interact with your teammates. This helped me understand the questions better and give more thorough answers. I learned more about getting into positions and different techniques of hitting the ball. Before, I thought you just hit the ball and hoped it made it over. But now I realize there are techniques and practices applied in volleyball. I now have a better appreciation for volleyball and the skills needed to play successfully. I found setting the hardest. It is hard to hit the ball properly and hard enough. I am better now at all the skills but this skill in particular.

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