So my first week of pre internship has come and gone already. I am very happy to be in the classroom because I am learning so about myself as a teacher. For the next two weeks, I will continue teaching a math unit on geometry to the grade fives. Aside from math, I will be co-teaching a social studies unit on treaties and picking up extra lessons as I go.
This week, I had the chance to teach a phys ed lesson with Tayler, and I think it went pretty well. We had the students complete a dynamic warm up with several locomotor skills, and then played a game from our night class. The students were in teams, and they had to hit over the cones in the opposing team’s mat zone. Once they had hit a cone, they could bring it back to their mat zone.
The kids were all moving, and they looked like they were having a lot of fun! We switched up the game every couple of minutes and had the students kick the ball, and then pass the ball to their partners (not allowed to move with the ball).
Although we tried to use music as our management tool, the C.D player’s volume was too low for everyone to hear. As a result, Tayler and I had to get the student’s attention by counting down, saying freeze, or using wait time. It is really difficult to get everyone to stop moving, and I think the music could have helped us a lot.
Another issue we rant into was time management. We had 30minutes for phys ed, but by the time the students got the gym, finished their warm-up and heard the instructions, we had about 15 minutes left. I realized then how important it is for your students to have a structured phys ed routine. The small amount of time for phys ed needs to be utilized.
However, since it was our first time in the gym, I think Tayler and I did well given the circumstances. We have the opportunity to teach phys ed again next week and we plan to play wellness tag. I’m excited to see how the students like the game, and how our time and class management go!