After finishing my final reflection piece and reading my student-generated comments it left me wondering if challenging the students to use critical thinking skills in PE is worth it.
These are questions and Challenges that I have with using this approach (too Much)
- Does it take too much time away from being physically active?
- Does it improve the performance of my students?
- Do they enjoy this approach?
- What’s the purpose of our program?
- The majority of my students see this approach not connected to PE.
- Many students seem to not care too much about their PE grades.
- Do I (we) stick with this approach as its an integral part of the learning process?
After my initial results from the start of the year, I tried to implement a few critical thinking skill approaches and challenge my students to use more questioning.
One approach that we (PE Dept) have used this year is the games sense approach which put s students in a specific role within the unit such as coach, logistics manager etc and promotes teaching for Understanding, the approach is playing a particular game followed by asking questions about that game, games are stopped at regular intervals and are challenged to reflect on their participation
I implemented this approach in certain units and the feedback I received was fairly negative from the students in terms of stopping the game and reflecting too much and this also showed in my round 2 of my tripod results as Challenge results were slightly lower.
I find that my biggest challenge is educating the students of the importance of questioning and reflection in Physical Education as the majority of students feel that this is time wasted from being active.
My original idea for my goal under the 7 C framework was to challenge my students in a traditional way of thinking connected to my subject and that was to challenge them in a physical setting – Challenge those students that arrive in my class already at Mastery level without having stepped foot in the gym.
Having received my students survey results i realized that it was not physically that i need to challenge them but challenge them to use critical thinking skills in a physical setting.
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