Here is an update on what has been happening in the physical education classes:
There has been a lot going on in the gym! Before spring break, the younger students were playing with hula hoops and the cage ball, and the third graders were practicing throwing skills (stepping with their opposite foot, keeping their arm parallel to the floor, pivoting with their back foot, rotating their upper body and following through to the opposite side of their body with their throwing arm).
The fourth and fifth graders were taking their cooperative activities to a new level by working in groups to create a new game. Students were given some equipment and were told they could use some, all or none of it. Their class then played the game, talked about what they liked about it and made any suggestions for changes. We talked about what constructive criticism is and how to best give it. We always say something positive before suggesting any changes. We never say we didn’t like something, only that we have a suggestion that we feel may make the game (project, idea, or whatever we’re critiquing) better. The students did an outstanding job of thinking of safety concerns and coming up with innovative ideas.
Everyone was excited when we began the obstacle course. They road a “raft” through one of two canyons, walked across an extremely high bridge that was only as wide as a balance beam, balanced on stepping stones to Jump Rope Island and then made their way through Booby-trap Bay. There were other obstacles and challenges that they needed to conquer before returning to the canyon to do it all over again!
Just before spring break, students were given the opportunity to try their skills at juggling. balancing and spinning. There were more than 30 stations for students to try different challenges. They were also encouraged to try their own combination tricks.
Now that we’re back in school, we are starting volleyball skills. The younger students will then work with paddles and racquets while the older students continue to hone their volleyball skills.
If you are interested in seeing what some of our students are doing, please check my twitter account GWPE. You can also access it at #gwgreats.
Please remember if your child has an injury or something that would hinder his or her participation in class, make sure you send a note or contact me to let me know what happened. Many times children can participate in other ways, which allows them to stay a part of the group and will still keep them safe. Please also feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding things we have done in class or how your child is doing in physical education. I can be reached by phone at 763-745-5520, or you can contact me by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.