“We know that active students are better learners, your mind is only as active as your body”
Hello and welcome once more to you, The PE Umbrella Community, and as always, thank you for spending your time joining me on the ONLY Primary and Elementary Physed Podcast in the world!
Keeping the interview ball well and truly rolling, this week ushers in episode 46 of the PE Umbrella podcast, in which I am joined Under the Umbrella by Elementary Physed and Health teacher Ryan Armstrong. Ryan is the very definition of ‘passion’ when it comes to Physed and he has it in spades! You can catch some of his work over on his youtube channel where you can find a mixture of PE activities like this one…
During this episode, Ryan shares some killer class management advice, relevant engaging Pokemon themed warm ups, the power of giving children autonomy over their learning and so much more! You can listen right here or subscribe on iTunes by following the link below, save it for later and listen whenever you choose!
What I Learned: As a Physed teacher, allowing children the luxury of Autonomy over their learning is key, particularly within the realms of intrinsic motivation, I mean, who doesn’t like to have a say in how they do things! As a teacher, it may seem overwhelming giving all of the power and decision making to the children, but fear not, you don’t have to! It is important to act as a puppeteer and have control over the activity (even if the children think that they do). The constraint led approach that myself and Ryan discuss allows you to do just that. The example share on the podcast is as follows.
Activity – Warm up
Area – Sports Hall, Gym, Coned Outdoor Space
Teacher Talk – “When I clap my hands, I would like you to move around the space in any way you like, travelling on your feet. I will be looking out for who can be the most imaginative…CLAP!”
Short and sweet. I have outlined what I expect and I’m therefore happy as all children will be moving around on their feet. However, they are still afforded a choice of how they move on their feet and can do so in any which way they choose that suits them and the challenge they want. Often there will be a whole range of movements from walking, jogging, skipping, galloping, jumping, hopping, twisting, spinning etc. A further progression here is to have the children change their movement each time they hear you clap.
So remember, be the puppet master of autonomy in your class and ramp their motivation up to the next level!
Ryan’s YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/ArmstrongPE/videos
Pokemon Inspired Fitness App From Jarrod Robinson – http://monsuta.fitness
Twitter – @RArmstrongPE
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