Below is an organizational checklist to help the teacher prepare for the first day in a physical education class. All of these items will help ensure that the start to the school year goes smoothly and efficiently, maximizing the student’s learning time. Many if these items will also help ensure there are no surprises for the teacher that will negatively impact students or the learning environment.
Wong, K. and Wong, R. (2009), The First Days of School. Mountain View, CA: Harry K. Wong
Characteristics of a classroom layout that promotes positive management in a physical education setting:
Clean and organized locker room-
-Promotes student safety.
-Helps with efficient student changing into and out of gym clothes and shoes.
-Helps with teacher supervision.
Squad lines at the start of class-
-Routine, spacing for student movement.
-Alphabetical order for efficient taking of attendance. Students begin warm up routine while teacher takes attendance for time efficiency.
-Roll taking is not the responsibility of the students, so do not take up class time with the process (Wong, 2009, p. 133).
-After warm-ups, students gather around the gym white board (sitting) for review of Learning Targets.
-Class activities including demonstration/instruction of skills or activity (keep the students close so teacher doesn’t have to demonstrate or shout while students are spread out all over the gym or field).
Discussion, video or brief reading/writing assignment.
Gym and field equipment-
-Any gym or field equipment is already set up ready to go to maximize student activity time.
-All other gym and field equipment put away for safety and to keep distractions to a minimum.
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What does it look like?
Flipping the gym assist students in being able to retain information before the unit or lesson begins. Initially students must have access to the google drive (canvas, blackboard) to be able to view documents and receive new information quickly form the teacher. An introductory class must be provided to ensure students have access to the google drive and an understanding of how the platform operates. Expectations and guiding documents with link are then accessible for students on the google drive. Students use the resources provided to supplement learning before they enter the PE classroom.
Why is this so good?
Within PE class a teacher only has a small amount of time to demonstrate activities. Providing applicable resources within the guiding documents can help further the understanding within the lesson or unit. Students are also aware well in advance of assessments, expectations, and an outline of the unit. Furthermore loose documents are not lost or misplaced. Students will always have access to document online.
What are some common mistakes?
After my first unit of flipping the gym I reflected and found some areas of improvement.
-I am reducing the amount of paper work within the class but that does not imply to completely neglect providing hard copies of documents. Within the first couple lessons I would recommend handing out laminated copies of the assessment that will be returned at the end of class. Also I would have student pair and share information included in the final assessment. Providing hard copies of assessments and discussion of expectations resonate more with some students. This is the assessment that I should have provided for the pair and share (Subtitle lesson and teacher lesson plans included):
Basketball Rubric (HS)
-Keeping in touch online throughout the unit will provide certainty that students are comfortable with access. At the beginning I initiated contact with the student and at the end I expected them to understand how to upload their lessons. More contact between those times is imperative to ensure they are able to access and use the drive properly.