This video highlights 5 traits that Tiffany Shlain believes are at the core to being successful in today's world and in watching it I agreed with her, whilst watching this I was thinking how does this relate to PE and the curriculum that we deliver to our students.
As an inquiry teacher we should be creating an environment that encourages questions and enables students to explore these 'wonderings' which can lead to even more questions. An example of how we have encouraged this in PE, is through the use of our 'Wonderwall' where students are able to post questions, or wonderings they have related to their unit, or broader concepts. Due to increased PE time in our schedule, we have also been able to give students time at the start of lessons to play with equipment, observe one another or to improve upon areas that they want to work upon. I also think that this ties in with how autonomy can motivate humans, as highlighted by Daniel Pink in Drive, for more on this look at my book review.
Creativity has always been a bit of a dark cloud over me, and that may be because of my archaic interpretation of 'creativity'. Creativity is not just art based or does not even need to be a fresh, original idea. Creativity can be about evolving an idea of someone else to make it more appropriate to your needs or drawing connections from experiences that others may not. This may be as simple as asking students during an adventure challenge activity, to stop and make a connection where they have had to demonstrate similar thinking, skills or collaboration.
Prior to taking initiative students need to be aware of a change or development in their thinking this could be done through a visible thinking strategy such as connect, extend, challenge or I used to think, now i think. From this students will make a decision, whether or not to take action, if they do teachers will need to support and model this process. Who would be a good person in the school or community to talk about this idea with? Or even from another from another country, would that change their perspective? A scaffolded plan and then gradually helping the students gain more independence with their ideas till they are taking their own initiative .
Multi disciplinary thinking
Instead of looking at PE as a singular subject where students repeat skill drills , how can we make connections with what we are doing in the classroom to our outside lives. Whether we look at cultural dances and their significance during our Movement Composition unit and how these movements express emotions, feelings and traditions. Or looking at the broader concepts of relationships, resilience, fairness and emotions.
Whenever I think of empathy I think of this cartoon of a talk by Brene Brown. Empathy is being aware and sensitive towards how another person is feeling, and the PE environment provides regular teaching moments to discuss empathy. I previously blogged about our Conflict Corner, which has been a big success and it became evident that a lot of conflict between students was simply through not understanding how another person is feeling, or the reasons why they are feeling that way. In some respect children, when given the tools to do this are better than adults at this as children are less judgmental than adults (point proven with my judgment right there!) . Once they share how they are feeling, the other child recognizes this and understands or relates to the feeling, whether it is frustration and not knowing what they are suppose to be doing or feeling lonely as they are not being made to feel part of a team.