This semester I completed an online course of Habits Of Mind. I was able to discuss what’s going on during my classes in different perspectives of my practices, connecting HoM to early years until middle school. This planning below you will see my strategies to engage a group of students from Grade 6. I’m going to use “Finding Humor” to engage a group of four. I’m displaying the planning without many explanations for now, but the next post I’ll discuss more details, also showing pictures of practices regarding the group in evidence.
Games & Plays for Grade 6 – Finding Humor (1 or 2 students approach)
Identify a Challenge: Engaging students all class long (small and whole group)
Some of the Differences I would like to make are: Connecting HoM often than usual, reflecting at the end of class. Also, choose two or three previous HoM and work on it developing starting from the HoM and promoting reflections over the chosen HoM.
What Do You Already Know? I know that some students don’t like to take physical exercises, and what struggles me is how to engage students that decided by themselves to do not take PE lessons.
What Do You Need To Know? More scientific strategies to become more confidente while exploring the habit of mind.
Describe your motivation for pursuing this: A specific student is not engaged in PE lessons. She usually says that she doesn’t like physical education at all. My partner and I, as a team, are looking for new strategies to engage her in new activities avoiding traditional games and having fun more than usual. She was explaining to me that it is not about me as a teacher, but she is considering the fact of having preferences for activities with less movement. The footage is: while arriving at court, she instantly look for her best friend pushing her to stay with her to have a conversation with another content (basically foolish content) instead of taking lessons as the other group are taking without problems.
Outline your timeline, goals, and resources: The idea is to engage the student (also her friend) until October of this year. The main goal is getting her confidence to talk to me when she feels unengaged during lessons. I’m going to use many different PE contents, also games and plays to differentiate PE lessons from other traditional schools, following the benchmarks and Habits of Mind routines and mentions.
Explain your proposed product: Here, I’m going to explain the strategies that I will use to engage her and have the proper approach to this research.
Strategy #1: Invite the student to become part of the teacher’s team to develop an explanation and showing how to play the game/play.
Strategy #2: Do not split the group of children who usually make a mess. Instead of the split, deliver a responsibility to engage others to run the game/play.
Strategy #3: Giving her positive feedback all the time, in the beginning, during the lesson and especially at the end of the class.
Strategy #4: Approaching students also at a different time of PE lessons, which means having a conversation out of the learning space.
Strategy #5: While strategies are working and going well, mentioning her as a model of ideal for PE lessons, measuring her improvement through the process of changing behavior.
I will measure her through Gathering Data from pictures and movies of her performance and engagement. I started already taking photographs of her non-efforts.
General instructions: Describe motivation WHY, Explain your method, time frames, goals WHAT. What will your end product be RESULT.
I chose a specific student from Grade 6 to engage her in PE lessons by Habits Of Mind’s Finding Humor. She told me that she doesn’t like physical exercises (PE classes) at all. I think I can help her to find humor taking PE lessons.
Explain Your Method
- Inviting her to become part of my team (me and my assistant) to explain the activities, set the environment, helping me to engage other students, and also measure the whole group (solving conflicts).
- I will give her positive feedback all the time, in the beginning, during the lesson and especially at the end of the class.
- Do not split the group of children who usually make a mess. Instead of the split, deliver a responsibility to engage others to run the game/play.
- One month and a half (Half August and September)
- The main goal is getting her confidence to talk to me when she feels unengaged during lessons.
- Gathering Data from photos & videos of her performances.
Opportunity for Growth:
- Making her aware of the whole process – measurement.