Tinker Target Games – Summative Assessment

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Encouraging Questioning And Curiosity

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Encouraging Questioning And Curiosity in PE

“Questions are at the heart of inquiry. Effective learners ask questions” (Murdoch, K. 2015, p.56)

Reference:

Murdock, K. 2015. The Power of Inquiry. Teaching and learning with curiosity, creativity and purpose in the contemporary classroom. Seastar Education.

FitSwim Stamford: Strength. Swimming. Performance.

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The healthy development of the whole person benefits from the ability to move with competence and confidence in a wide variety of physical activities. As a fitness professional I firmly believe that physical strength is the basis of all the things we want to do with our body in life: work, play, hike or catching the bus from the station, for example.

The concept of sport performance is at high stake in the swimming department programme of my school, led by Gil Levy, an elite swim coach at the national, international and olympic performance level. Gil came up with a comprehensive plan and he leaves no stone unturned on his way to achieve excellence, and this is one of the reasons that inspired and motivated me to get involved. The swimming performance training approach in our swimming team is centered on the following components: athletes’ neuromuscular factors, the psychological factors, environmental conditions and coaching and external support for the swimmers.

In leading the FitSwim strength and conditioning program I am ensuring that the neuromuscular  components are being magnified through a systemic stress and a systemic response from the muscles during the strength sessions.  We focus on the whole body as a unit, a system, instead of an isolated component. The system gets stronger and the components, too. It is an utilitarian adaption of simple biological principles of stress, recovery, and adaptation that we practice in our progressions.

The strength and conditioning program has a frequency of two sessions a week, with swimmers starting  to train ar 7.00 am. Additionally, short technique sessions are performed during the holiday sessions or swimming camps. This tops up an intesive swimming training  with some of the most commited athletes attending the sessions during school holidays.

In the upcoming posts I will share insights of our strength programme featuring the top swimmers in our school and Singapore. Until then, our swimmers are flying really high!

 

4 Generations 4 Education – Professional Development 2018

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Worth checking 4 Generations 4 Education for valuable professional development opportunities!

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Personalized PE Badges

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I am using Badge Maker to create PE badges that I award when students demonstrate IB attitudes or strive to be one of the IB Learner profiles.

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Future Performer #1

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My name is Coni and im from Argentina🇦🇷, I’m 9 and I love gymnastics 🤸‍♂️ football ⚽️ and I also play tennis and I’m learning how to play the piano. I love to dance and play with my friends. My goals are to do the best that I can and never give up. To achieve my goals I’m always practicing and I never give up.
My message is “never give up on what you want to do”.

All too often we are finding ourselves in various locations around the world and, as international educators, we crave to see how our students evolve. We are wondering about the outcomes of our efforts and if lucky enough, we get a glimpse of what some of our students become. I am lucky enough to have met Coni, again, after 2 years, as her family spent a holiday in the city I teach.

This is the opener of the #Future Perfomers predictions series of blog posts: students that positively impacted  my professional activity and that I am aiming to stay connected with.