The Becoming Gift

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No man ever steps in the same river twice.’ (Heraclitus)

In the sixth century BC Heraclitus said that nothing in the world around us is constant except the change and becoming. Far away from trying to be philosophical I just had one of the greatest opportunity to experience both concepts today, with physical education teachers and a cohort of students. Taking in consideration that I am an international educator for the past thirteen years and that personally I don’t favor gifts, I have to be honest and say that this is one of the best gifts in life; one of those small ‘essences’ that motivates you, keeps you smiling and on your toes, when some others will need coffee or boosters to keep you going

During a job-alike session, I visited my former school, SEK Qatar, where we had to interact and collaborate with a group of international educators and two classes of grade 5 students. In its big majority the group was made of the same students that I taught when they were in KG2 and grade 1 levels at the same school. So, not only that I could see the physical transformation of these students for the past four years, but I have also experienced the questioning, understanding and hands on activities of their learning process. I smiled when recognizing them by their faces, gestures or even more interesting, by their walk, which in turn reminded me their names. How rewarding and how grateful one can be!

 

I have reflected and reached one conclusion that is connected with my previous posts: as educators we hold a great responsibility over what we instill in our students and how we empower them, always with a purpose in mind. Once they grasp meaning from the learning we plan for them, we are, then, artisans of memorable learning experiences that last for a life time. With a bit of luck, one day we could witness with our own eyes the outcomes of their becoming process. And what a day that would be!

Are these some of the ‘every morning thoughts’ that may keep us engaged and motivated as educators, on the long run? Have I stepped in the same river again?

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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!

 

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.