This week Andy Vasily have had an endless conversation about the power of 'Collaboration' in Physical Education to build better understanding. We spoke about how important it is to set lessons up for success not just rebuild them when they fall apart. Our students deserve to be layered for success and shown that through calculated decision making they can be more successful throughout a Physical Education Unit. Andy wrote on his blog http://www.pyppewithandy.com/pyp-pe-blog the power of checking in for prior knowledge and makes some great visuals with the information he collects from his students. We have all seen these visuals and have all attempted to make them ourselves. I personally love these as they can show the students where they have started the unit and how far they have travelled with their personal journey.
It was a Wednesday night WHATSAPP message from Andy that got me thinking. Andy had left a message talking about PADLET.COM. I had previously seen this at a PD event but as we always do at PD's we get excited but then forget. I trialled PADLET.com with my specialist team to gather some like ideas and words we were using around RESTORIATIVE behaviours. Following a long Mountain Bike Ride I had a clearer vision on the amazing power of this site when working across multiple Grade levels.
My Grade 3s were my TEST CASE to view the power. 10 Ipads in small groups with one question:
What are the skills necessary to succeed in invasion games?
I gave them 10 minutes to share as many answers as they could on this site. The best part of PADLET.com is that all students can be on the same page at the same time. They look for space tap the screen write their answer and repeat. Very cool.
Within minutes we had a quite a few responses.
Check out the answers here:
Now the power in the above is quite exciting because Andy and I will work with common grades on the same platform. We are not only Priming students for success but we are now providing them with a fundamental base of learning that is Inter-Country and Inter-Culture. Different sports bring different understandings but the common link being INVASION will give all students a deeper understanding of the topic.
Can't wait for my Grade 6s to come in and use PADLET.COM to see what depth they have with the topic.
For me PADLET.COM works great and I look forward to seeing what is next.
Andy and I spoke just this morning whilst Andy was eating breakfast about students document how they would like to be formally assessed. As teachers we can then shape this up for commonality to meet the goals of our Curriculum guidelines. Personalised learning to the MAX.
PE at Leopold is rich and I thank those that continually inspire me.
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