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 ...

62 comments:

  1. From the video I can see that both the Russian team and the Brazilian team have a lot of attitudes in common. I can see that they all of the teammates in both teams were very responsible doing the skills that are right for their position. For an example, the people in the front were able to block the ball from coming over to their side of the court. All the people in the video had great teamwork. Responding to the essential question "How is organization needed in playing volleyball?" I think that organization is needed in playing volleyball mainly because each member has a different position that they need to be responsible for. If they are not organized they will not be able to cooperate to the game. I had understood that position and organization has a huge impact in the game because if the team is not in their position there is a huge chance of giving away a point to the other side. The skills that we learned in phe class will help up in other places. We can use the skill responsibly everywhere. I use to think that volleyball was a sport that involves hitting a ball over the net, but now I think volleyball is a sport that needs a lot of cooperation and responsibility.

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    1. Hi Ashley, I agree, responsibility is important in order to be successful in volleyball. Collaboration is needed so that players are organized on the court and are aware of their roles on the team.

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  2. While I was watching this video, I got very impressed because both teams were really good. Also, something that I saw was that if you don't communicate with your team, nothing will work. While you are playing volleyball, you need to communicate with your team members. Before I started this unit, I thought that volley would be an easy sport, I was totally wrong! Volleyball is one of the most difficult sports that I have ever played in my life. Volley is not just throwing the ball to the other side of the court, you need to have a lot of skills to play volley. Something that I am learning, is surfing, I am not the best, but I am improving a lot from the first class we had. Today, I know that I can play a game, and know what I need to do, and how the formation works.

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    1. That's great Marcela that you can connect the concepts learned in volleyball to another activity. I agree, volleyball is a very technical sport. Learning the skills necessary to play volleyball requires dedication and perseverance...attitudes that can be used in all areas of your life!

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  3. This video showed two professional teams in volleyball playing against one an other. This video especially showed me that volleyball requires the application of coordination and movement skills. In several instances, the video went into slow motion so that one could notice the movement and skill of the players. Therefore, I can connect this video to the essential question: What movement skills are needed to play volleyball successfully? The main ones I noticed were stability, accuracy, spacial awareness, agility, jumping,and hitting. One thing this video couldn't show as well is the mental aspects of volleyball. The mind is yet another aspect to achieving a point. Teams may use different strategies to achieve this goal. Also, it must take a lot of dedication and self- determination to reach the level at which the players in the video are. This is yet another thing the video doesn't show as well.

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    1. Good observations Eliza. Remember to connect what you saw in this video to your own development as a volleyball player. Always to persevere in order to improve your skills.

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  4. This video showed the Brazilian and Russian volleyball team playing against each other in a match. From this video, I realized that volleyball is a sport that requires a lot of skills in order to achieve mastery. Furthermore, volleyball requires both immense effort and teamwork. I can tell that these two teams have been working hard their whole lives to achieve this level of skill. To answer our essential question, "How is organization needed in playing volleyball?", there are many reasons why it's important. First of all its essential in order to dominate the other team. If people don't know their positions on the court then it will be chaotic. Furthermore, if players have no positions at all there will be no structure and it will be much tougher to win the match. If the team is organized well then the match will be easier and less disorderly. The player's responsibility, after being organized, is to get to their position and hit a ball that comes in their area. In conclusion, volleyball requires a lot of effort and also requires you to be organized and for your team to be organized as well.

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    1. Good observations Dana. Organization is key for a volleyball team's success. Connect what you saw in this video to your own development as a volleyball player and persevere in order to improve your skills. What action could you take the next time in class to further develop your skills?

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  5. This video was of two professional volleyball teams, Brazil and Russia. While watching the video I noticed just how easily team members were able to communicate with each other in order to know who was going to hit the ball. All of these skills can be connected to the essential question, "What movement skills are needed to play volleyball successfully?". Firstly you need to have a lot of hand and eye coordination, in addition you must be able to jump very high in order to spike the ball over the net, this is needed especially for the people on the attack line. Although there is many other skills, the final most important one is upper body strength. Volleyball players must have a lot of strength in their arms to be able to hit the ball over the net, and serve. Another thing that can help with upper body strength is momentum, it is also very important to have a lot of momentum while jumping and hitting the ball. If I was to connect this to our current class, I would say that from observing this game it is clear that we all need to work on our communication skills, for example calling the ball when you are going to hit it. Personally along with communication, I know that one thing I should work on is serving the ball correctly, and hitting it over the net. Hopefully I will be able to practice these skills more in volleyball, and continue to improve.

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    1. Good observations Guen. It's great that you can connect what you saw in this video to your own development as a volleyball player. Remember to always to persevere in order to improve your skills.

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  6. This video clearly demonstrates that without coordination of skills, the player and its team will not achieve their goal, which is to win that game, that tournament and that championship. One particular part of the video that this stood out to me was when the setter set the ball to the back row, and the guy jumped super high and was still able to hit the ball. Also, if the guy didn't have coordination of skills, he wouldn't have been able to do the approach, jump before the three meter line, and still have the perfect timing to hit the ball in the direction of the floor. Also, while blocking, you have to make sure that your arms are correctly placed because if not, the attacker may use your block to make a point by making the ball hit your hands/arms and go out, as seen in one play in the video. Furthermore, volleyball is one of the few, if not the only one, sports that teamwork is the key thing. If you do not work as a team, you cannot play volleyball. In this video, we can see that not only do both teams work as a team, but they have a system to have their players doing at what they are best at; the player that is the best at setting is the setter and the hitters are organized based on their strength, ability, and height as well. Also, there are different types of balls that can be set, depending in which position you are playing; a one ball, two ball, a back-set to the player in position two, a more fast ball to the opposite, or a backward ball for the middle player to do the slide approach. So, if the team is not organized in such manner, it will not be the best it could be.

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    1. By looking at this video, I was able to see that one thing I need to make sure I do in class is coordinate my skills during blocking and hitting. This means, doing the approach correctly, and knowing when I have to jump, start, and/or finish.

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    2. Great connections Tati! I love watching this video because it clearly demonstrates how precise and intricate the game of volleyball truly is. Timing and teamwork are essential in this game. Even the slightest adjustment in your technique or position on the court can have a great impact on your team's success. Keep thinking critically about the action you need to take in order to further improve your skills and those of your team.

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  7. Within this video, it's possible to notice that there were well balanced coordination of each player and how they have reacted to each attack to the opponent team. One connection that can be made from enduring understanding is that in order to defend each attack coming from the opponent's side, it is required to jump at the right time. Not only that, but the team that was currently attacking, just like Brasil, used a strategy where they faked to hit a ball and made the other player do the actual attack in order to score a point. If it wasn't for the Brazilians who used this strategy, then Russia would have been able to block all the incoming balls, giving no opportunity for them to earn a point.
    One thing that stood out of this video were the players' responsibilities during the games. To be more specific, in volleyball, there are assigned positions to each player. However, it is not that the player is limited to that position, they are free to move around, and by doing this, they are allowed to respond at the right time and position for any unexpected serve coming from the other team. In certain moments, there were players that were all moved up closely to the net to defend all the incoming balls; there were also times where there were three at the back and three in the front because whoever is in that spot can receive it and attack it back to the other team. If it wasn't for the organization and player's responsibility takes, there would have been absolutely no chances of receiving balls given from the other side.

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    1. Great connections Min! This video clearly demonstrates how precise and intricate the game of volleyball truly is. Timing and teamwork are essential in this game. The slightest adjustment in players' technique or position can have a great impact on the team's success. Apply what you have written in order to further develop your skills and those of your team.

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  8. To tell you the truth, I never actually had interest in volleyball...at all. I thought it was quite a boring game with not much to look at; no excitement. However, this year, I was actually able to have an amazing opportunity to go to a professional volleyball game! There, I have seen the players play with such passion and excitement and I was mind blown! Not only the players, but so did the audience cheering for the teams! Every time the team they cheer for makes a point, the crowd would go wild, which made me even more excited!

    With this in mind, as I watched the video, I could notice how high they could jump to not only attack, but also block the ball from the opponents attack. It is very impressive how they could constantly keep their body balance constant, even when they have to change directions suddenly in order to get the ball. Not only does the video show the skills needed for volley, but I feel like it clearly showed how teamwork is critical and essential to this sport (it is also important to other sports too, like basketball). I could see how every one of them would communicate with each other in order to know who would strive to the ball, when to give space for that person, and when to attack. One thing that I found very interesting was how whenever they would make a point, they would gather in a circle and have a small, quick group hug. I feel like that enhances the spirit of the whole team and motivates them to keep striving for their best.

    Connecting this to one of the essential questions, "How can the skills and attitudes learned in volleyball be used in other sports and activities?", I can clearly relate all of what I have mentioned to basketball. As you might know, I have great passion towards basketball and I, myself, am a basketball player. That being said, when I do have a basketball game, I have to include all of the skills mentioned: flexibility, jumping high to grab the ball, changing directions quickly, keeping balance, ball handling, and so much more. However, I would love to emphasise once again the importance of teamwork. In basketball, you will clearly notice that without teamwork, the game will never flow. You would have no way to keep the ball moving around the court in a quick speed nor would you able to score as much as you would need! Not only that, but your teammates could help you identify who is opened for a pass, who is marked, where you could go to in order to receive a pass, and so much more. All in all, I feel like there is a great connection between those two sports, both physically and mentally.

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    1. Hi Jenny, I totally agree that skills and concepts developed in one sport are transferable to another. Just as you mentioned, teamwork is crucial in any team sport. I love how you pointed out the action that teams would take to encourage and strengthen collaboration throughout the game. Continue to think critically about the action you should take to further improve your skills and those of your team...whether in volleyball or basketball.

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  9. In this video, I was surprised to see the movement of each player. This connects with the essential question: "how is organization needed in playing volleyball?" In each game, a player has a function. This function is really important during the game because it makes the volleyball game easier to be played. Also, the position of each individual on the court is really important for the sport. To conclude, volleyball is a very organized and complex game, but if you practice and learn these essential questions, you will be successful in this sport.

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    1. Hi Denis, I agree, organization is important in order to be successful in volleyball. Each player has a function and must be coordinated during a game situation. Collaboration is needed so that players are organized on the court and are aware of their roles on the team.

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  10. After seeing this video and playing volleyball for almost a month and a half I clearly changed my perspective about volleyball. When we started this unit I coul never imagine how intriguing and interesting this sport could be. It exercises both your mind and your body and also makes you have a ton of fun. When I started playing I really enjoyed to spike and defend, I started to notice which place I belonged. While this happened I related to the essential question, "What is volleyball?". Even though most people disagree I think this is a really hard question to answer because volley is not a sport, not a hobby, and not a class. Volley can be communicator, innovative and all the other core values. So after this awesome unit of volleyball I learned both what is volley and I actually played it, now I know how to play this wonderful sport, that I have been missing for years.

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    1. Hi Joao, I love how you connected the core values of communicator and innovative to volleyball. This demonstrates your understanding that core values are applicable in any learning situation you find yourself in. Keep up your enthusiasm for volleyball in order to further improve your skills!

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  11. I used to think volleyball was just a sport I really connected with, and didn't really think of the skills in depth. However, I look at volleyball at a totally different perspective. With the Chalk Talk that we did in class, and often the information Ms. Arcenas said was a great impact to my change of mind. First of all, I never stopped to realize the skills necessary to play volleyball, such as communication, control, concentration, technique; I started playing the sport when I was really little, so I didn't have the mindset to look at it in this way. Due to this, the years passed and the skills became silent, since it was something I already did but never stopped to realize it. After this unit it volleyball, I really opened my eyes to see what volleyball really is about. Volleyball is a sport that can only be played as a team; a sport that requires a lot of control; a sport that requires organization in order to be the best; a sport that communication is critical; a sport that concentration is everything; a sport that trying your best is necessary. All in all, this month deepened my thoughts towards volleyball completely. Now, I do not look at volleyball as a sport I truly love and play a lot and yes as a quite complicated yet simple sport that can be look at from a scientific perspective.

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    1. Tati, what a thorough and meaningful comment you have written about your experiences in our volleyball unit! You have truly demonstrated a shift in your thinking...especially considering you came into this unit already knowledgeable about the skills necessary to play volleyball successfully. Continue to think critically about your actions when you play. This will push your skill development (both physically and mentally) further.

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  12. I used to think that volleyball was an easy, leisurely sport which is mostly played fore fun, but now I think volleyball is a more complex game which contains more rules, movement skills, etc. which I never realized existed. For example, I never thought about using my legs to direct the ball in a certain direction. I used to just hit the ball with my arms and now I realize that that method did not have much control. Also, I used to think that physical education was more for the strength of your body rather than the strength of the mind, but now I think that it can be educational from the Chalk Talks we did in class.

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    1. Fantastic perspective Eliza! Volleyball is a complex sport that requires not only the application of specific movement skills, but also critical thinking. I'm glad you are recognizing that growth in PE also requires reflection and thinking critically about one’s actions in order to improve.

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  13. I used to think that volleyball was a easy going fun sport that did not require many skills. When I would watch professional volleyball players, they always made it look fairly easy. For example I never knew how hard the ball was, making it difficult to hit. I also did not realize that there was such specific techniques needed to play, for example how to spike the ball over the net, serving, and blocking. Now I realize that volleyball is a very difficult sport that requires focus, and a lot of physical ability. I now know what precision players need to use while performing simple passes and hits in the game. Now when I watch or play volleyball I will be able to appreciate the sport more, and understand what skills are needed.

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    1. Great Guen! Volleyball is a complex sport that requires not only the application of specific movement skills, but also critical thinking. I'm glad that your participation in our volleyball unit has helped you appreciate the complexity of this sport. I agree, professional players definitely make the skills needed to play volleyball look easy. But now we know exactly what it takes to get to that level of growth. Continue to use this mindset to help develop your skills in PE.

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  14. In the volleyball unit we learned a lot of new concepts. One of the concepts we learned was that we need to be organized in order to play volleyball. My experience in PE was good and valuable for me. Our final chalk talks were very productive and we finalized our learning towards volleyball. I am better in volleyball now because I learned a lot in the volleyball class.

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    1. Hi Denis, I'm glad your experience in volleyball has helped you grow as a player. I agree organization is key to success in a volleyball game. Other than organization, what are some other concepts and skills in which you feel you also demonstrated growth?

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  15. I used to think volleyball was a sport that we can easily play and that the rules were simple. However, after being in this class and learning different techniques, I realized that it was complicated and not so simple. I also learned that we need to learn teamwork, communication and timing. It was something I never played so it was interesting and a great experience for me.

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    1. Good Julia! Volleyball is a complex sport that requires not only the application of specific movement skills, but also critical thinking and communication. I'm glad that your participation in our volleyball unit has helped you appreciate the complexity of this sport. Continue to use this mindset to help develop your skills in PE.

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  16. I used to think that Volleyball was a sport that was simple; you cannot let the ball touch the ground. Before this unit I also thought that it was not complex to hit the ball from one side to another. I didn't think it required much skill since it didn't involve the same skills as other sports such as running. I wasn't really interested in the game before.

    After doing this unit I now understand how complex this sport is. You need to have certain skills in order to achieve this game. These skills are difficult ones that require a lot of time and effort put into them. For example, Volleyball requires skills such as organization, teamwork, responsibility, and much more. This isn't just a physical sport, but you need to be in a certain mental state in order to play it. It requires techniques and precision that takes your whole life to master. Volleyball is a sport that requires immense effort, and I didn't realize that before. Throughout this unit, I have realized that I actually enjoy playing Volleyball and I would love to play it in the future.

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    1. Fantastic perspective Dana! Volleyball is a complex sport that requires not only the application of specific movement skills, but also critical thinking. I'm glad you are recognizing that growth in physical activity also requires reflection and thinking critically about one’s actions in order to improve. Continue to use this mindset to further develop your skills!

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  17. I used to think that volleyball was a simple sport that has six people on each team. However, now I think differently. I found out that volleyball needs a lot of skills in order to play well. You need to focus, be responsible, have a lot of teamwork, and lots more. When I don't concentrate on the game for a second that might give away a point to the other team. The chalk talk helped me understand volleyball more. Also, it helped me know what the others were thinking about volleyball. Because of our volleyball unit, I am able to play volleyball. When we first started volleyball I thought that I will never be able to understand that sport but now I do. Also, my wrist really hurt on the first few classes. I think every position has its importance so everybody needs to be able to figure out what the importance is and use them in games. For an example, the front row is supposed to block the ball when it comes to decrease the percentage of losing a point. Now because I know how hard volleyball is I start to wonder how long the professional volleyball players practiced. It must have taken months just to control the ball. I think volleyball is a sport that requires cooperating with teammates, control of ball, enormous amount of practice, and a great team to be with. It will be really nice to have another unit on volleyball in the future.

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    1. Fantastic perspective Ashley! Volleyball is a complex sport that requires not only the application of specific movement skills, but also critical thinking and collaboration. I'm glad you are recognizing that growth in physical activity also requires reflection and thinking critically about one’s actions in order to improve, both physically and mentally. Continue to use this mindset to further develop your skills!

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  18. Although I already have mentioned it on my previous comment, I really did not have much interest in the sport Volleyball in general. I didn't know exactly how the games were ruined through, what was counted as a foul, and how the positions of the players were assigned. I used to think that volleyball might even be boring! With this in mind, when we had our first chalk talks, I had a chance to catch a glimpse of the basic ideas of volleyball. I saw what my peers had in thought of what volleyball was and all the skills required in order to have a successful game. With this in mind, when we actually started playing volleyball during PE class, I have to say I was very “out of place”. Whenever someone had passed the ball to me, I had troubles passing it back directly to my partner. Not only that, but I had so much troubles serving the ball to the other side. However, throughout the unit, I knew that my skills were improving. I was able to control the ball much more safely and also, after we were taught how to attack, block, and pass the ball, I had much more knowledge on how it should be played. That being said, now I have a totally different mind set towards volleyball. I enjoy playing it so, SO much that I might try out playing for the team next year! All in all, I am so glad that I was able to play volleyball this unit and to find a new sport that I certainly am loving!

    One last thing I wanted to point out is one of the links that Ms. Arcenas had posted. It was about a World Organization Volleyball for Disabled, which I found so interesting! I knew that there were sport programs for other sports, like basketball, but I had never heard of one for Volleyball! So interesting!

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    1. Jenny, what a thorough and meaningful comment you have written about your experiences in our volleyball unit! You have truly demonstrated a shift in your thinking. Continue to think critically about your actions when you play. This will push your skill development (both physically and mentally) further. And YES, do play for the volleyball team next year...you will see even greater growth in you skills!

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  19. originally, I thought that volleyball was just about getting the ball over the net but this class has changed my opinion. now I know that it's about teamwork and communication. when we started this class if the ball came over then we would all rush to it and it stop and stair at each other thinking one would get the ball. if you just say 'got it' or 'here' than you will have the ball to yourself. also sometime it would go in the middle of 3 people and no one would go for it so you need to plan for someone to get it. Another problem is when someone hits it and everyone else aspects to go over the net. You can set it up for someone to come in and spike it or just get it over the net. so I've learn a lot about volleyball and my view has definitively changed

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    1. Good Ian! Volleyball is a complex sport that requires not only the application of specific movement skills, but also critical thinking, communication and collaboration. I'm glad that your participation in our volleyball unit has helped you appreciate the complexity of this sport. Continue to use this mindset to help develop your skills in PE.

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  20. At first, I thought that volleyball was just a game that you played on the beach however now, I know what it really is. The first thing that really surprised me was all the skill needed to play volleyball. Some of the skills are shooting, passing, throwing, jumping and even agility and organization. There are many more but these are the main ones I think. They prove that volleyball is not only about the arms but also about nearly all the other parts of the body. Now I really think that volleyball is a very complete sport that brings exercise to every part of the body.

    Another aspect of volleyball I discovered was organization. I did not know that there was a special place for everyone in the team. It was challenging sometimes because nobody knew if they should take the ball or not and it ended up with either 2 people going for the ball or nobody. We sorted this out by shouting out “mine!” when we wanted the ball. Overall, volleyball was fun for me this quarter and think that I improved a lot through the multiple exercises that we had with Miss Arcenas. As a last note, I just wanted to congratulate Miss Arcenas for creating this blog. It is a great way for everyone to share their thoughts on the sport that they are learning and also learn more about it!

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    1. Ben, what a meaningful and personal comment you have written about your experiences in our volleyball unit! Volleyball is a complex sport that requires not only the application of specific movement skills, but also critical thinking, communication and collaboration. I'm glad that your participation in our volleyball unit has helped you appreciate the complexity of this sport. Continue to think critically about your actions when you play. This will push your skill development (both physically and mentally) further. Thank you for appreciating my Blog...it was created for you!

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  21. I used to think that Volleyball was a sport that in learning, you would immediately get the hang of it and need no other help. I even used to think that it would be simple. However, as time passed in this class, I noticed that Volleyball is a game that require much more teamwork than I expected and is a very complex sport to learn. In PE we would start with exercises, that even though it is tiering and frustrating, it improves our skill a thousand times more. Help you understand how to control the ball and have a great idea on how to improve yourself. In this video, I saw many of the players use their knowledge and their skill about this sport to move quickly and learn from the others. This is something that is used a lot, especially when you start to learn more things and techniques of people’s on your team.

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    1. Great perspective Nati! Volleyball is a complex sport that requires not only the application of specific movement skills, but also critical thinking and communication. I'm glad that your participation in our volleyball unit has helped you appreciate the complexity of this sport. Continue to think critically about your actions when you play. This will push your skill development (both physically and mentally) further.

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  22. In the beginning, I used to think Volleyball was just simply a sport that requires collaboration of 6 members on each team, the simple skills such as defending and offending, and to have good communication skills with each group member in order to establish a balanced team. But after doing several classes and having sessions where Ms. Arcenas, I realized that Volleyball is never a sport that is simple; it requires to balance out all the different character traits of a person in terms of skills and techniques, use the brain and eye to quickly detect what movement the other team is going to make, and to have a great amount of collaboration to make a point. Volleyball is never a simple sport, and it requires a great amount of time to practice each skill (serving, volleying, hitting the ball with the right angle of hand) and to know how to apply those skills to the actual game. Not only that, but I from this unit, I was able to learn that in a team sport, everyone learns from each other, and it's not a sport where one person does all the job.

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    1. Min, what a thorough and personal comment you have written about your experiences in our volleyball unit! You have truly demonstrated a shift in your thinking. Continue to think critically about your actions when you play. This will push your skill development (both physically and mentally) further.

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  23. Before I started playing volleyball I used to think it was a women's game (not being sexist) and that even if men tried they would be much worse at it. I also thought that it was a very easy game and that it doesn't take much skill. As the class progressed I clearly saw that I was wrong. Now I think that volleyball is a very hard game that requires years of practice and concentration. Volleyball is probably the game that uses the most skill because the angle your arms are in and the power that you push out of your legs with can change the direction of the ball in a split second. Now I see that this is a two gender game because when watching the video the accuracy and the skill that those men possessed was absolutely incredible.

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    1. Great Florens! Volleyball is a complex sport that requires not only the application of specific movement skills, but also critical thinking. I'm glad that your participation in our volleyball unit has helped you appreciate the complexity of this sport...for both men and women (lol). I agree, professional players definitely make the skills needed to play volleyball look easy. But now we know exactly what it takes to get to that level of growth. Continue to use this mindset to help develop your skills in PE. Based on your experiences in this unit, what are specific concepts and skills in which you feel you demonstrated growth?

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  24. I used to think volleyball was a relaxed sport that was all about arm strength and that you did not have to try hard at all, but now I think volleyball is a sport that requires a lot of coordination and multiple different kinds of skills. I think that this unit has taught me a lot, and I have learnt to both apprechiate and understand volleyball a lot better. As already stated I thought that volleyball didn't require much, but truth is you have to be able to do so many different things. I have realized that a few of the most crucial skills are: jumping high, communicating, ball control, and team work. While playing volleyball, I could see that however we did in the games, was depending on however well we communicated and whether we had good team work or not. Something that was especially important to us was to pass the ball, and not play solo. I could tell that when there were only a few people who were trying, the whole team was off, and we could not do as well as we really would have been able to. It is also important to have coordination, and to be able to look at the ball and predict where it will fall. If you can not do this, chance is that you will not know when it is in your area and it is your ball. When you see where it falls, you need to be able to, as fast as possible, run towards the ball and save it. This can be quite hard, because sometimes it is really fast and you don't have any preparation. It is also important that you personally know how your teammates play, and what they do in specific situations, by knowing this you will be able to predict their reactions, and you can change your play a little bit. I can surely say that this unit made me like volleyball a lot better, and I feel like it improved my thoughts of the sport and also my skills.

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    1. Ida, what a thorough and personal comment you have written about your experiences in our volleyball unit! You have truly demonstrated a shift in your thinking. Volleyball is a complex sport that requires not only the application of specific movement skills, but also critical thinking. I'm glad that your participation has helped you appreciate the complexity of this sport. Continue to think critically about your actions when you play. This will push your skill development (both physically and mentally) further.

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  25. I used to think that Volleyball was a sport that was simple and very easy to play, but quarter have proven me that it not as easy as you think. You cannot let the ball touch the ground. Before this unit I also thought that it was not hard to hit the ball but you need to have technique.
    After doing this unit,I understand how complex this sport is. You need to use specifics skills to be able to play, but these skill are hard to acquire in such a small time. Even though, I really was able to see the difference in the end of the quarter. I understood that I needed to be organize, and work hard on my passing skills. I have a certain responsibility in my area because if I don't pass it precisely, the point it basically over. I actually enjoy playing Volleyball and I would like to play in the future with my friends.

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    1. Great Victor! I agree, volleyball is a complex sport that requires the application of specific movement skills, and also critical thinking. I'm glad that your participation has helped you appreciate the complexity of this sport. Continue to think critically about your actions when you play. This will push your skill development (both physically and mentally) further.

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    2. Victor I totally agree, I used to think the same thing. But after playing it for real, I realized that it was not short of a joke and actually quite challenging. It demands many critical skills both physically and mentally.

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  26. I used to think volleyball was simply a game played casually for fun since I had only played it before at the beach or in breaks during school and in PE. Also, before our Volleyball unit, I hadn't really learned the skills needed very well so I didn't understand how hard it actually is to play well. But now, after watching some of these videos and, especially, going through our volleyball unit, I think volleyball is a very difficult sport that requires the application and coordination of many different skills and abilities in order to play effectively. It is very important to have good motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and reaction time as well as agility and speed in order to hit the ball at the right time and direction to keep the game going. Teamwork is crucial to play the game because it is impossible to play the game alone since the court is so big and you won't be able to reach the ball unless the whole team coordinates itself and knows where each person should go, which I learned when trying to cover too much of the court myself. I also learned that the skills used to play volleyball are very correlated to those used in other sports, for example I noticed that I had an issue when playing volleyball that I also have when I play golf. I tend to frequently hit the ball towards the right in both sports (as well as others), probably because of some way that I'm twisting my body or coordinating my arms. Overall, I learned that volleyball is a very complex sport.

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    1. Great Daniel. You made some great connections to your experience in our volleyball unit. Continue to think critically about your participation in PE in order to further develop your skills, especially for activities you are not too familiar with.

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  27. The videos show that in order for a team to be successful, all participiants must be good and must be team players. They pass eachother the ball and are good at blocking and spiking if they are in the front, if the are in the back they are good at getting the ball. Also from our volleyball unit, I understand that it is a hard sport that requires practice and attention. For me it was difficult since the ball came so hard and it scared me, but I tried to pay more close attention to the ball and try integrate myself more and I think that in the end I was able to improve at least a little bit. Before our unit, I didn't realize how important knee movements were, I thought it was just arm movements. But I realized how knee movements can influence a lot the direction in which the ball bounces to after you hit it as well as how strongly.

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    1. Hi Sofia, I'm glad you were able to connect what we learned in our unit to the videos you watched. The slightest adjustment to your technique and body position can have a great impact on your development as a player. Continue to think critically about your participation and development in different types of physical activity.

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  28. Upon watching the video of Russia- Brazil, I saw first that they were two very excellent teams, and second the teamwork that they had to get the ball over the net. Since there is a maximum amount of touch that can made to get the ball over the net, the concentration and teamwork needed for those 6 people was incredible. Plus when a game is really in the moment and everybody is in their zone, it's amazing to watch!

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  29. Volleyball is a team sport played in teams where six people per team are on the court at one time. To play volleyball successfully one must be agile and accurate in their bumping, setting, spiking, and serving. The game is pretty fast-paced and agility is key. The players have to be good team players and call "mine" in order to not allow for confusion on who will get the ball. The player in the front and middle is the setter, who is in charge of setting the ball to either spiker on the two sides. Organization is really important in volleyball since there are quite a lot of people on the court at once and if they don't stay in their areas it can get chaotic. Skills used in volleyball, such as agility and accuracy, are also good for other sports, like soccer, basketball, and tennis.

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  30. The video is basically showing a team of volleyball players who cooperate well and work together to reach a common goal. They do so by constantly passing to each other and making the right plays in order to win. And basically, they each fill their role they are given. Volleyball requires some great physical abilities to keep up the tempo and have fast reaction times to receive the opponent's spikes. Also, one important thing while playing volleyball is the player's role. Each one must take the given role and do it as best as they can. If they are attack, they attack, if they are defense, they defend. But above all, I think trust is more important while playing volleyball. A trust that your teammate can do the given job and yourself playing accordingly.

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    1. Hi Hyo Sang, I totally agree that trust is important and necessary in any sport, let alone in all relationships. If trust is an issue for players, then the success of the team will be heavily impacted.

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  31. The video shows how teamwork is important and how we must work together to succeed. They do it by passing to one another and collaborating, something that is really important.

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  32. From what I have observed and played in class I can say that:

    Volleyball is a sport that is not only physical, it is also mental. To master volleyball, you must learn teamwork and learn to cooperate as well as other key parts to volleyball that are physical. I didn't get a chance to try much of the "3D" stuff, because I had to sit out. My mind is still working, so I chose to follow along the class' mental journey. Responsibilities are very important in volleyball, there are some like: organizing your team, making sure you collaborate, etc... Since I have mentioned organization, I'll finish with it! Organization is one of the most important factors of volleyball. You can't play a fair game of volleyball without organization, it would be near impossible. Organizing your team in strategic fashion is important, for if there is a team without purpose , what's the point of playing.

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