Combining the best of athletics, team building activities, invasion games, and the future of technology.

Part 1: The Creation

Life has choices. Those choices have consequences. The consequences are natural and seamless. The connections between cause and effect are very apparent. Example, if I spend more money than I have I will go into debt. If I misuse something it will break. If I mistreat a person our relationship will suffer. If I do not prepare accordingly I will not be ready.

These are basic principles we take for granted as adults, common sense we call it. However, they are not so common, they are learned. We learn through our experiences and relationships as we grow INTO adulthood. Learning in school is no different. With this idea of authentic learning in mind I set out to create the “perfect” PE unit.

In planning an athletics and games unit for my grade 5 Physical Education classes, I wanted to incorporate the above dimensions organically, without the formal structure of “Objective-Activity-Assessment”. While this structure was maintained, it was not continuously emphasized. Through the use of technology, students would work together to move through a set of tasks and challenges designed to push them to think individually and solve corporally.

The goal was to combine the following activities and games into a continuous adventure for students to travail at their own speed and discretion.

  • Track and field – javelin, shot-put, discus, sprints…
  • Invasion Games – soccer, football, rugby…
  • Cooperative Games – magic carpet, team building, problem solving…
  • Technology – role-playing games, Classcraft, iPads…

In planning for the unit, we used the International Baccalaureate PYP framework, Screen Shot 2016-03-22 at 10.22.04 AMspecifically the outcomes and objectives of the PSPE (Personal, Social, & Physical Education). This included three main categories: Active Living, Interactions, and Identity (see attached). We overlaid these outcomes with the PE National Standards in the United States (SHAPE).

Therefore, the result would be a multi-faceted, standards-driven, culturally, physically appropriate, and contemporarily relevant unit, that above all was authentic and organic to our students.

Tune in next time to find out the specific steps taken to reach this goal?