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Lab C

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Lab C- International Games & Activities
“Teaching Through the Physical”

Introduction / Rationale

The next teaching experience in this course is designed to get you to teach THROUGH the physical. One of the underlying agendas of the standards movement in Physical Education is to get teachers to teach “THROUGH the Physical”- to embrace the “education through the physical” philosophy (as opposed to “education of the physical” which is more narrow in scope).  For example, nearly all countries have games and activities that are unique to their culture. How sad it is that most PE curriculums focus on the same tired American sports! International games and activities provide a great opportunity for you to teach about faraway places and cultures by weaving into your lesson a variety of “teachable moments”.  In order for physical education to be a credible and viable subject area we must be more than tired sports- we must be perceived as valuable, unique, and reinforce the other subject areas. We are a different kind of subject, requiring a different kind of teacher; we are valuable to the school district.


Your task is to teach three to four ~10 minute lessons with a partner using an international activity or game/sport as the central theme of the lesson. It is expected that you will teach more than just the game or activity- we will also learn about the country or culture. You need to research and learn then bring the culture alive by teaching us through the physical medium. (Educate us THROUGH the Physical)

Here are just a few ideas which may provide the teachable moments you are looking to create within your lesson.  

* Counting in a different language * Stories/people from legends * Famous historical people
* The flag: its’ colors, meanings? * Food * Customs
* Where is the country on a world map? * Statistics * Unique fitness links


  1. You and a partner will design and teach up to three to four ~10 minute lessons and will EACH create separates resource packets. 
  2. You will partner together to plan out a basic framework from which to work with the end in mind. In that, you must agree on what the activities, skills, and games should look like by commencement level and work backwards to ensure that the progressions make sense and are appropriate given their skill and developmental levels.
  3. One partner will be responsible for teaching a Kindergarten lesson, another grade 4 lesson, a middle school level (7-8th grades) lesson, while the other will be responsible for a high school level (10th grade) commencement lesson.
  4. Your teaching is worth 20 points using the (C9) Evaluation Form (see assessment form or online version)
  5. Your resource packet is worth 10 points (see assessment form or online version).
  6. You will work with a partner to help develop your curriculum (scope & sequence) but all other aspects will be your own. Your partner is there so you can help each other with ideas.
  7. Your Lesson Plan is worth 20 points (see attached form and online version)
  8. Your blog reflection and analyses are worth 10 points (see attached form and online version)

Planning Stage

  1. EACH teacher candidate (TC) must send me and your teaching assistants  the following items by October 21st, 2011:
    1. A correctly completed lesson plan (LP). The earlier you send it in, the more feedback can be provided to assist you in developing a strong lesson. If you do not make a concerted effort at completing the LP, we will not to accept it and thus will receive 0 points and will not be able to teach and fail the course. (5 points)
    2. An activity progression sheet with a minimum of 40 activity progressions due at the time you teach. This must be 40 different progressions from your partner. One partner will have progressions appropriate for a 7th and 8th grade level, while the other partners progressions are appropriate for the 9-12th grade levels.  (5 points)
    3. Three quality assessments (one for each of the domains: psychomotor, cognitive, and affective) that could be used during your lesson to measure student achievement. The assessments must resemble samples on the PE Profile or in our 255 Packet (Yellow sheets B10-B37). NOTE: You will not have time to use them in your teaching session. (5 points)
    4. It is expected that each TC will read, reflect and create their own class rules and behavior management strategy/plan based on SUNY Cortland PE’s Positive Learning Environment  and Prevent Behavior Problems.  (5 points)
    5. Technology is becoming more evident in physical education and this will give you the opportunity to practice this method. 
      1. You will need to integrate at least one form of technology into your lesson. This is not simply using a music player or speaker or if you’re at the bowling alley using the electronic scoring machines. You need to find a way to incorporate more advanced technology. This may include: heart rate monitors (downloading and analyzing data), iDance (if applicable), projection screen and projector with your laptop
      2. You will need to meet with both your TA and me at least one week prior to teaching to discuss possible ideas and to create an action plan to learn how to set up, use, and manage the technology effectively. (5 points)
    6. Lab C Resource packet (details below) will be due on Oct. 21 and it must include a Scope & Sequence and a Block Plan.

NOTE: If you fail to send us your drafts (lesson plans, task progression, assessments, class rules, and behavior management plan) at least 7 days ahead of your teaching time and consult about your integration of technology at least one week prior to teaching, then you will NOT be able to teach, you will receive (0 points out of 25) and thus will FAIL the course.

Pre-Teaching Stage (prior to setting up)

  1. Hand in a printed copy of your LP. (Pull up an electronic copy of your LP on laptop/tablet)
  2. Hand in a printed copy of your TP. (Pull up an electronic copy of your LP on laptop/tablet)
  3. Hand in printed copies of your assessments. (In packet)
  4. Show the TA’s your watch.
  5. Put up the following posters:  Class Rules, Visual Aids, and/or task sheets.
  6. Setup equipment. (If you are teaching after the first person, you will be asked do an assessment on the first TC and you may setup your equipment near the end of their lesson – provided you do not interrupt with their lesson).

Teaching Stage

  1. Your teaching is worth 20 points using the (C9) Evaluation Form (see assessment form or online version)
  2. You may or may not be asked to teach other tasks listed on your TP or for varying lengths of time.  If you are well prepared, this should not pose much difficulty.  
  3. You may or may not be asked to handle discipline and disability issues while teaching. Therefore, you should be familiar with how to handle these situations and individuals and have a well-documented strategic plan on how you will handle each incident.  It is expected that each TC will read, reflect and create their own class rules and behavior management strategy based on the SUNY Cortland PE’s Positive Learning Environment  and Prevent Behavior Problems

Post-Teaching Stage

  1. Immediately after your lesson, I (and perhaps one of the TA’s) will quickly debrief you personally and we will attempt to do a group-based debrief if time permits.
  2. You will need to watch your video(s) online and reflect on what you did well, what you need to work on, and especially on how your observations will impact and improve student learning. This reflection will need to be on your blog along with at least 3 pictures from your lesson and all your videos embedded into a single post. You will also have to analyze your lesson using the forms listed below, publish them as webpages, and link the URL’s to individual words within your reflection. Your reflection and analyses are due one week after you teach. (See Lab D Reflection & Analyses – 10 points)
  3. You will also need to make a collage from your teaching to showcase your newly formed teaching skills using Picasa. and post it to your blog within your reflection. (5 points)
  4. You will also need to complete a movie using the pictures we've taken and adding appropriate music that accurately showcases your growth as a teacher candidate and your ability to impact and improve student learning, using Picasa or Animoto or any other movie making site/software. This movie must be posted to your blog within your reflection (5 points)

Resource Packet  (10 points)

Each partner in required to create their own packet!

Each lesson will be part of a “unit” on “International Games & Activities”. Follow the guideline below to complete your contribution to the unit on “International Games & Activities”. (See assessment form or online version)

Country”: General Information                                                                        (1 point) 

Start with a paragraph or two describing the country and the unique cultural differences you will try to weave into the lesson. In short, what unique cultural things about this country are worth teaching? Minimum 10 facts

List of “Teachable Ideas”                                                                                   (1 point)

Since you only have ~ 20 minutes to teach, you can’t teach everything you have learned about the country; no doubt you have thought of other teachable moments/ideas. List them here so other teachers/readers can use them for lessons they may want to create. A minimum of 10 facts or interesting points about the country or culture.

Other Items:                                                                                             

A list of other possible objectives for other lessons. Be sure to give at least 2 for each domain (psycho-motor, cognitive, affective)….6 total minimum                                                                        (2 points)

  1. Your lesson plan & Task Progression (will be assessed under teaching) (1 point)
  2. Picture of your visual aids (1 point)
  3. A brief assessment for your students & Answer Key in PE Profile format   (1 point)
  4. Scope & Sequence  (2 points) - This form you can work with your partner on and can turn in the same scope & sequence in your own packets.
  5. Block Plan (1 point)

Lab C - Blog Reflection and Analyses / 10

Forms (loaded and published using Google Docs) /1

  1. Lesson plan
  2. Task progress
  3. Feedback
  4. Time coding
  5. Content development
  6. Transcript (if possible)

 Time Coding /5

____ (1) Management < 15%

____ (2) Activity > 50%

____ (1) Instruction < 30%

____ (1) Waiting < 5%                                                                

Blog Reflection (/4)  

Describing growth difference b/w labs with appropriate evidence (published as webpages and linked to words)  to Google Docs.  Audio/video and photos posted to blog.