John Dewey once stated, “Failure is instructive. The person who really thinks learns quite as much from his failures as from his successes. “ Dewey’s perspective falls in line with progressivism, which focuses on students that are heavily involved with their own learning. Working within a health and P.E. classroom my tendency has been to educate children with a holistic approach. I feel this approach enables students to become critical thinkers, independent learners, and learn skills that can be applied throughout life.
Recently I attended the Asia Pacific Physical Education Conference. This was in the midst of a Masters program at SPU and balancing being athletic director and teacher at ISM as well. I had a moment the other day to dig through some of the key take always from the conference. It was a little bit ironic that I stumbled upon the PhysEd Inquiry Cycle based upon Professor Kathy Short’s inquiry based model. The illustration of the cycle is posted can be found at:
I say ironic because as being a student myself I was staring at Valuation within the inquiry cycle, “Students reflect on what is of value from learning for themselves, their community and for the world.” While I was digging through what I found valuable from the conference I fount the PhysEd Inquiry Cycle and was applying it to my teaching with hope that it will benefit my community. The inquiry cycle focuses on adapting to students needs and a thorough dose of analysis with many reflection opportunities.