Trying to craft exciting, fun, engaging, thoughtful, relevant lessons is fun for me. Knowing that the more and varied ways in which I teach and review increases the likelihood that what I'm trying to teach is learned, coming up with new and creative ideas is very important to me. It's a great feeling to see everything come together and see evidence of learning. My lesson format follows the same outline for all grades. This routine has served me well in my attempt to use class time efficiently. The kids enter on the move, sometimes the movement continues with a fitness activity, skill builder or an quick activity to activate prior knowledge and sometimes we move directly to connect to the lesson's learning targets. We move on to activities designed to help students make progress toward the learning targets and then there is time to self-assess, reflect, or debrief during a class closure.
PE Progressions - As I choose learning targets for a specific lesson focus I currently pull from this document. It's been a work in progress for many years and is aligned with the standards.
This page contains a some examples of lesson components, ideas, activities, games and other resources I have used in helping students achieve desired learning targets.
I want all my students to have positive learning experiences when they are in my care. If this is going to happen it is imperative that I consider how they learn best as I plan for their time. There are a lot of questions I ask myself as I work through the planning process and many revolve around how the brain and body learn best and the neuroscience of safety, motivation, attention, learning and memory.