At the start of November I had the honour of presenting to other PE teachers at the IB Dunia Conference 2017 in Jakarta. It was a little nerve wracking, but the whole experience was fantastic; it was great to meet and talk to other PE teachers about their experiences and journeys within the PYP and also to hear their reflections on what I was sharing with them. You can access both presentations by clicking on them and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in contact.
After reflecting upon the Grade 3 Invasion Game unit (which you ca read about in the 'Inquiry Teaching' section), myself and Mr Sota who I co teach Grade 3 with decided that the this unit, would work really well as an adventure challenge unit in the future; with emphasis on teamwork and creative collaboration. As part of the CEESA Job A Like I planned to share the presentation above, though due to time restraints ended up highlighting the unit using Kath Murdoch's inquiry cycle as an overview. Please click on image to see the presentation.
Our school holds monthly parent coffee mornings, these are to provide a forum for parenthood discussion on a variety of topics deemed important by the parent community or by members of the school faculty. The parents had requested a talk about the benefit of outdoor education, this was one of the reasons why I had read Balanced and Barefoot, as I was to lead this discussion.
When preparing the presentation it developed it's focus from purely being outdoor education, but to also include the concept of free play, which I think is something that is very important for students, but seems somewhat diminishing in comparison to more organized forms of play.
To ensure parent engagement and to make them aware of some of the strategies that our students use in their daily lives at AISB, I used two making thinking visible activities Think, Puzzle, Explore and 'I used to think, now I think and I'm still wondering'. These sheets can be found here.