I’ve been thinking about strategies to engage my students to take PE lessons. A teacher struggles to keep students engaged all class long, and it’s mine also. Sometimes I feel early years involved, and lower or middle school don’t. On the other hand, talk to the old kids it’s quite useful to find new strategies to achieve student’s expectations, that’s because we can chat and discuss what is the best for them looking for their own interests. So, I have toddlers to kindergarten engaged and Middle School already spreading wings and discussing their interests, but what about Lower School? I started to put in practice some visible things to engage them as an Engagement Rating Chart.
I’m not talking about disengagement and disrespect only but giving them instantly positive feedbacks. Following this idea (to give positive feedback while teaching them) I think I could make it visible as I am pursuing this model of practices. I described the importance to do not complain while playing games, and this is the start of our new philosophy in PE lessons. If we do not complain about our friend’s behavior and try to solve problems by ourselves instead of taking short breaks during the PE lessons, children can enjoy more time and play.
This week I made this chart to gather some data of their behavior, and we (my assistant and I) felt children worried about the progress of the class. The main idea is starting the lessons one hundred percent, very happy and full battery. I made the connection with the battery because we are in the digital era, which means, students could understand the idea to lose something while the battery is losing energy. I established the rules below:
- The three faces: Happy, Thinking, and Sad. I will manage the humor of the faces according to the power of the battery. Starting the battery a hundred percent, the face is Happy. Achieving fifty percent, the face is Thinking and, less than fifty, the face will become Sad (I’m rethinking to change the faces for thumbs up or down).
- The battery: According to children’s behavior, if they score Disengaged or Disrespectful, the group will lose ten percent of the battery, which means, one less minute of ten minutes destined for free play at the end of the class.
- At the bottom of the chart, you can see the rating behavior. I will gather their data through the development of the class. Disengaged is the “worst” one because some students don’t even try to take the class and find some humor in my lessons. For the old ones, students that don’t like sports or plays, in general, come to me asking to go to the nurse complaining about something instead of taking lessons – this is an indication of disengagement. Following the same idea, Disrespectful embrace all bad behavior as physical and verbal disrespect to each other and the teacher’s approach. If students score one point only in both categories, they will lose ten percent of the battery. They can recover the energy of the battery if they show Engagement, Happiness, or play and have fun like a Pro.
Of course, I have many things to consider and maybe remodel the chart. I’m applying the Engagement Rating Chat for the first time and know more about their feedback. I felt students engaged and worried to do not lose their free time and last but not least, to do not lose the PE class. If the chart becomes something meaningful, I’m thinking to ask the Teacher from Maker Space to do a wooden chart and also I’m thinking to make an APP. Let’s gather more data and reflect on the chart as a kind of research.