Learnings from Down Under

Screen shot 2015-08-06 at 4.29.30 AMAfter spending my first day in Geelong Australia with Andy Hair @MrHairPhysEd and his wonderful family, my brain is exploding with new experiences and “take-aways.” When I arrive back home we will be starting the school year and I hope to implement these new learnings into my own teaching.
Transitions
When it is time for students to line up at the end of recess at my school one of the teachers blows a whistle, I know some schools have a series of bells throughout the day. Our school doesn’t use the recess bell because other classes are in session and the bell might interrupt student learning. Here in Geelong as we walked the cute downtown area we could hear music over a loud-speaker playing. It was the recess closure music. The last few minutes of recess a song plays over a loud-speaker. The song signals to the students that they need to finish up what they are doing and be back in class by the completion of the song. What a great way to allow students to transition from playground to class. I will not only suggest our school adopts a similar end of recess signal but i am thinking I would like to take the transition signal further. Using it to transition students at the end of each class period instead of me saying get a drink, and line up. I’m thinking I could play the transition song signaling this to students but with the added directive “walk and talk with a friend reviewing the learning from the class period” My role would be to give them the walk and talk prompt, such as discuss how you might follow-up today’s lesson with a similar activity outside of school.”

Sportsmanship
Last night I took the opportunity to watch a game of netball. Andy’s teenage child was playing in a coed netball game. The community facility was fantastic. A warehouse with four basketball courts and two net ball courts, all side by side stretching the length of the warehouse. All the courts were full. Netball is an invasion game where players move the ball into the opponent’s zone where one of the eligible players shoots the ball into a backboard-less basketball hoop. This fast-moving, no contact game (must be 3 feet from opponent) reminded me of no dribble basketball. My big takeaway was the great sportsmanship I witnessed. The game was tightly refereed by two girls moving along the sidelines who would blow a whistle at rule infractions like contact, moving with the ball etc. in the two coed games we watched, there wasn’t any arguing, or disrespect directed at the referees. My takeaway, continue to develop, teach and facilitate good sportsmanship with the main goal of students demonstrating respect towards each other and officials outside of school during game play whether participating in or spectating a sporting event. By setting up a collaborative and accepting environment I create this culture within my gym. However, I can see the need to expand on this concept with children to better facilitate their willingness and skills to transfer this skill to outside circumstances.

2 responses to “Learnings from Down Under

  1. Sounds like a great experience! I love the idea of the closure song. I would like to implement something like this as well. My only problem is my outdoor space is bigger than my speaker can project. Nice post!

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