Online Learning – PE

Online Learning – PE


It’s no secret that online learning for PE can be very challenging.  My experience from last year left me feeling disheartened and burnt out.  However, I’m feeling optimistic about the changes that have been put in place for this academic year and I’m going to do my best to do justice to teaching PE from abroad.  My team is always a great resource – for ideas, solutions, and moral support.  They will always be my first point of contact for help.  I also know that Ruth in the OOL, Laura, and Clint are available for tech support.

Speaking of tech, that is definitely my area for growth this year.  I need to do better using the variety of tools that are available to make learning PE online more captivating.  Over the next week, I will explore those tools and figure out ways to integrate them into my units on DX (which I thankfully already know how to navigate).

I think that my strength last year was CARE.  As a tracked student engagement over time, I was able to identify those who were falling behind.  In many cases, I was able to establish contact through emails and generate a discussion about their engagement and come up with solutions to move forward.

If we move into a situation where all students are completing PE through online learning, CAPTIVATE will be an area of focus.  Towards the end of last year, we looked for ways to leverage student interest and generated challenges based on those interests.  Perhaps it was because it was the end of the year, or perhaps we misread our students, but many of our challenges fell flat with the students.  Engagement decreased significantly despite our efforts.  I think to keep the kids engaged this time around, we will need to ask them specifically what they want to do and give them lots of choice (yay personalized learning!).

My first unit this year (as is it every year) will focus on Team Building.  Since students in PE classes are mixed, they don’t have the same sense of community that homerooms develop.  I want the group of students to feel safe, appreciated and cared for – by myself and each other.  For some students, this comes naturally, for others, not so much.  We will take time to get to know each other and learn how to interact respectfully in challenging situations.  Our department uses a modified SAL rubric.  This Team Building unit serves as the introduction to this rubric which is used in every unit throughout the year.  We use it both as a self-assessment and as a teacher assessment.  I’m looking forward to meeting my students on Zoom and conferencing with them in small groups to get to know them better.  No doubt, partnering with my colleague in BJ will be challenging, but I think there is still lots of potential for my students to get to know me, my partner, each other, and of course still have fun and be active.

Here we go…

2019-2020 Professional Growth

ISB MS Teacher Goal Template – 2019-20

Name and Position:  Jen Cooper MSPE

7Cs Professional Growth Goal (to be completed after Professional Growth Self Reflection)


Which of the 7Cs will you work on this year?  Why?


Confer – I had a lot of responses in the “Somewhat” category on the Pre-Survey Reflection.  I think I can do a better job of making my students feel like they have a stronger voice in my class in terms of expressing their views, sharing their thoughts about learning activities, and sharing their feelings about the effectiveness of my learning activities.  I’m thinking more specifically about Health classes than PE classes, but there is definitely room for growth in both.

In addition to using the feedback from the Tripod survey, I can regularly poll my students to get feedback on day-to-day learning and effectiveness of activities.  I think this can also tie into my goal of consolidate from last year.  Taking a few minutes at the beginning and ending of class (or throughout)  to share opinions and recap learning will be time well spent.



Consolidate (continued from last year) – There are still many “Somewhats” so I’m going to keep working on this informally.  I’ve already used some of the exit tickets I found last year and I’ve been using time at the end of my lessons (especially early in the unit) to recap learning (“I used to think… But now I know…about cricket).


Action Steps: Resources Needed Evidence of Completion (deliverable showing completion of action step) Will be completed by (date)
  Carving out time in my lessons to ask for feedback.  Lesson plans with times blocked out for sharing.   ongoing
  Creating a survey to get feedback from students   Check in with Mel or Jo who have done this before   Completed surveys   once per unit
 Reflection and Next Steps from surveys     Re-teaching or modifying lessons to meet student needs   ongoing



Collaboration Goal

There’s nothing for you to develop here, but when you do your common formative assessments this year and complete the data dialogue, there will be Action Steps to be implemented with your classes.  Please be ready to discuss this at your end of year meetings with your supervisor.


(World Languages and Visual Arts may not be ready to do common formatives yet.  Your Collaboration goal will be to develop your common formatives.)



So my results for the second round of Tripod testing were unexpected.  My scores dropped in almost all categories, despite my attempts to focus on a few, not just Consolidate.  I was really surprised by this.  Especially in the Care section.  This is something I think I do well.   In the Consolidate section, I scored low on questioning, summarizing, and ‘learning a lot everyday’.  I’m wondering if they’d taken the test right after a Health unit, if my scores would have been better.

Some things I will work on next year to Consolidate better:

-More deliberate time spent doing what Mel calls ‘visible thinking routines’ (I think…  I notice… I wonder…)

-Checks for understanding throughout the lessons

-Exit tickets to summarize learning at the end of lessons.



Some Resources

Some Resources

These are some resources I found on the OPHEA website.  They are from OPHEA’s Inquiry Based Learning document.  I could use them to consolidate at the end of class.  (I haven’t actually used them yet…)

What I have been doing is pulling the students back together at the end of class to have a quick recap of what they’ve ‘learned’ that class.  I found this easier in a classroom setting (like during Health), but I have made an effort to summarize the learning objectives at the end of most lessons.  I’m hoping this helps the kids consolidate their learning at the end of the class.  I have also tried to do the same at the beginning of the lesson about the last lesson.  I’m really trying to get the kids to realize they actually learn things in PE.

Survey Reflection

I had set my goal for Classroom Management, but that was turned out to be one of my high scoring categories.

I will reset my goal for Consolidate.  I scored Average for the 3 questions, and I recognize that I don’t always do a great job of summarizing and consolidating student learning at the end of each lesson.  I was surprised that students thought I was ‘average’ or ‘medium’ for the question that said “In this class, we learn a lot almost every day”.  This tells me that I need to be more explicit about the learning targets for the day and then consolidating them at the end of the lesson.



Goal 2018-2019

My goal for this year is to adapt my classroom management skills to meet the needs of my current students.  I’ve chosen this particular class because it is my largest and has the widest range of abilities (physical, social/emotional, and academic).  I’m planning on using the results of the Tripod survey to guide me through this process.  I’ve chosen this goal because I feel like I’m struggling every class to maintain the attention of my students.  Despite using strategies that have worked in the past (having clear expectation, using squads to discussions, mixing the use of ability grouping, random group and peer grouping, and giving students leadership opportunities), I’m finding students are disengaged and disrespectful.


Welcome to your Professional Learning Blog! This is a place for you to post your goals, and reflect on them throughout the year.

  • Decide on your goal, perhaps in consultation with your colleagues or principal, and create a post to share with this online professional learning community that you are now a part of! Categorise this post in Goal Setting. Set your goal by considering:
    • Self assessment and reflection based on new teacher standards  (Tripod 7C’s)
    • Previous or new observation data from peers and principals
    • Student surveys (online surveys developed and aligned with 7C’s)
  • Identify colleagues, coaches, principals etc. that will play a supporting role in achieving your goal, and invite them to view and comment on your post. Encourage them to bookmark your blog and visit regularly.
  • Throughout the year, collect and share evidence to support your progress. Categorise these posts in Reflection.
  • Encourage your colleagues to share your learning journey by engaging with your blog. In return, engage with their blog (and others across the School)
  • You may also like to share work that your students have created or your own professional achievements that may not be directly related to your goal setting. This is encouraged! Categorise these posts as Showcase.

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