• Written work and Elementary PE are not always the best companions; the number of bits of paper with students work on I have seen blown across the field or having a big dirty footprint in the middle of the work as […]

    • I agree with you Ben, that you need to make choices with regards to developing writing skills in the limited time that you have in PE. Maybe if we as a school make agreements about the text types we ask students to write (such as reflections), these can be revisited elsewhere, too. In any case, very helpful for EAL teachers to know, because they can pick up on supporting EAL students with these tasks. Thanks for sharing.

  • In PYP PE, Individual Pursuits are one the areas that should be offered to the students in a balanced curriculum (IB PYP PSPE Scope and Sequence).In our Elementary PE programme we offer Individual Pursuits through […]

  • Ben wrote a new post, Word Walls in PE, on the site Ben 1 year, 5 months ago

    From my reading, creating word walls is often listed as a strategy to help ELL students, which makes sense. However, I have questioned the value of creating a word wall for PE, especially when we often teach a […]

  • As part of inquiry group this afternoon, we had an active discussion on reflection, based around the concept of having consistent and repeated routines in our lessons, help students gain verbal confidence. In […]

  • The older students in Elementary PE have been participating in an Invasion Game Unit, which involves many of Gibbons (2009) intellectual practises being implemented.

    One of our culminating activities involved […]

    • It’s very exciting to see a concrete example of a deeper dimension of language learning and what that looks like in a PE lesson. The first intellectual practice you used that stood out to me was that the children engaged in a task in which they had to do something ‘like experts’ would (the example of coaches and the TV experts). The children used the App to make their thinking visible and to use exploratory talk, what a great scaffold! I like that you also identified that their language could be extended further, and that in a future lesson, by explaining and justifying their choices, their language could be extended. I’m thinking this could be picked up in a writing lesson during class time. Grade 5 is writing explanations for this unit- so this would be a perfect thing for them to practice. Thank you for giving a superb example of pedagogical documentation for language learning!

    • Coachnote is awesome! It’s so cool that the students are using it to essentially teach and learn from each other and it can be as verbal or non-verbal as they choose! Great post, Ben!

    • Thank you for sharing great practices and an awesome way to make student’s learning visible. As a physed teacher myself I always struggle with time. I want students to reflect on their learning in a purposeful way without taking too much time from their physical activity. I will definitively try out the coachnote app and seek ways to challenge my learner’s thinking.

  • Ben wrote a new post, PE, ELL students and SPELTAC, on the site Ben 1 year, 7 months ago

    It seems that there has been discussions outside of the PE department about how PE should be engaging in SPELTAC. It seems these views are pretty polar and range from ‘PE has nothing to do with literacy’ to ‘PE […]

    • As a mother of two very active boys, and PE often being the highlight of their school day, I certainly hope PE won’t be sitting kids down to focus on the writing process! I think PE can offer other teachers insights into the kinds of physical activities, play and engagement that help develop and access language, so looking forward to your inquiry journey!

  • Ben wrote a new post, Inquiry Group, on the site Ben 1 year, 7 months ago

    I’m think the focus of my inquiry group should be try to develop strategies to increase access to our PE and Swimming curriculum for all ELL students.

    Over the years, I have noticed that for many ELL students […]

  • I think you are spot on here about the parents of ELL students, and especially as we are coming from a western orientated perspective from most of the teaching staff.

  • Learning is social and in our Elementary PE lessons it certainly is.

    For many emerging bilingual students PE is an area that they can fully participate and succeed in. Instructions are visibly
    modelled and […]

    • Hi Ben,
      Thank you for your post. I found your reference to Susan Caine very valuable. I had heard of the ‘quiet revolution’ but your post made me look her up and read about her ideas. It made me think of how we need to create quiet time in the class. I learned that she’s a great blogger herself and as a quiet person who prefers to listen, she conquered her fear of public speaking. Dana mentioned in her post that a community of bloggers can be ‘a giant tumbleweed of collective understanding.’ I hope that seeing the value of that will convince people we need to get beyond our fear of being judged. In a social-constructivist learning environment such as the PYP, in which children and teachers build on each other’s learning, isn’t it also fair to contribute? We can contribute in our own personal ways and styles and blogs allow people to be creative and original. Having said that, I agree that blogging may not suit each and every learner. Perhaps the introvert blogger will not publicize the blog like an extrovert might? I look forward to more of your blog posts, as word has it the PE department has a lot of learning to offer. I enjoyed the team-building activity at the start of the year.

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  • Ben wrote a new post, Hello world!, on the site Ben 1 year, 8 months ago

    Welcome to SPELTAC, a community of international educators building resources and understanding about language in learning. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging using the SPELTAC […]

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