This week involved lots of peer teaching, both by the other class and our own classmates. On Monday the other class taught us a pickle ball progression. I had never played pickle ball and I would have appreciated seeing the whole game played before we started the progression. I didn’t really like following the other student’s instructions while we practiced on our own, I only started to find the activity interesting once we started trying to hit the target with a partner. I think part of my lack of motivation may have been due to the fact that I didn’t understand where the activity was going; I didn’t see the point of the exercise. This is an important observation because I need to remember to explain why we are doing things as a class when I am a teacher. If students can see how an activity is relevant to them, they are more motivated to participate. It is also important to assign an activity that is at the right level of challenge and to give students the option to work with a partner, sooner, before they get bored of working on their own.
On Monday, we also did a really fun circuit; music played in 115 second increments and then stopped for 15 seconds while we switched stations. There were a variety of stations: bowling, basketball, stretching, running, skipping, ball throwing, push ups, and sit ups. It was fun because we got to work with a partner and choose the stations that we wanted to do, it gave us a chance to chat about our break while we exercised together.
On Thursday we had another round of peer micro teaching of warm up games. Some of my favorites included dancing, Simon says, ball tag and chuck the chicken. Chuck the chicken started with one team throwing a rubber chicken across the gym and then forming a huddle while one team mate ran around the huddle as many times as possible. The other team ran to fetch the chicken and formed a line behind the person who picked it up. The chicken was passed under (between the legs) then over (over head) until it reached the end of the line and then the last person yelled “Chuck the chicken!” and the roles reversed. We were given a chance to strategise after the game had started which was useful. The game was surprisingly exciting, I will definitely use chuck the chicken as an outdoor warm up/team building activity.