Encouraging Questioning And Curiosity in PE
“Questions are at the heart of inquiry. Effective learners ask questions” (Murdoch, K. 2015, p.56)
Murdock, K. 2015. The Power of Inquiry. Teaching and learning with curiosity, creativity and purpose in the contemporary classroom. Seastar Education.
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!
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.
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.
The purpose of #Fitwork is to empower our students to transfer knowledge and understanding beyond school’s environment and to initiate meaningful actions that may enhance their physical activity level and change lifestyle behaviors.
The first monthly PE homework in grade 4 will be aired this weekend. Initiated by @mrobrienman, the activity is planned by the PE educators (@FitnwitPE,@physedsais, @BriarJohns) involved with this grade level and supported by their collaboration with Home Room Teachers. Here’s the activity for this month:
#FitWork 1 – Dare or Bear!™ FitnwitPE
What shall I do? Call an animal of your choice (bear, frog, crab, etc). Make sure you can imitate and demonstrate its movements. Animal sounds are allowed too!
How long? For 3 minutes, everyone in your family has to use the moves of the animal you called: going to the kitchen, moving to the pool and back or scratching the back on the door).
How many times? Each family member can call ‘Dare or Bear’, twice a day. Feel free to use it in key moments: getting up and out of bed, MRT waiting line, movie time or when playing in the park.
What else? Add a twist of fun by being as creative as you can when deciding the rules of your ‘Dare or Bear’. If you don’t Dare (animal walks), then choose to Bear (consequences: 5 Burpees, 10 Jumping Jacks or let your imagination loose).
- Be clear, concise and demand commitment.
- You can only be famous for 3 minutes!
- Have fun and let us know what went good or…what needs improvement!
Next #FitWork, in a month time! Until then, have fun and keep it simple!