Using Video for Term-End PE Assessment

-By Dean Schmeichel, PE Teacher Why this project? For the past few years I have been recording conversations (audio versions) at one of the term ends; whether it was term 1 or term 2 depended on the time commitment and how much procrastination I had done prior to November. These conversations were valuable, but not very efficient. Each conversation took about 5 minutes, plus set-up of the software (Garageband) and organization of each student. I teach 300 students and this process took approximately 2000 minutes of school time. This equates to roughly 33.5 hours of instructional time. Through the support … Continue reading Using Video for Term-End PE Assessment

Verbal Assessments in Physical Education

by Tammy Berry, PE Specialist Mr. Schmeichel and I are in the process of working on improving on our reporting process by conducting verbal interviews with specific grades of Physical Education students every term. Our focus questions are as follows: 1) How does an Interview / Conversation (recorded and shared) based Term Assessment allow the students a deeper understanding of the PE programs goals as well as their own areas of strength / areas for improvement? 2) How is this form of assessment and parent feedback a more effective means of communication (compared to the written term-ending comments) for parents … Continue reading Verbal Assessments in Physical Education

Networking Days: You’re Invited!

You’re invited to come learn with us! In the next month we are hosting 2 Professional Development Networking Days. The goal of these days is to bring together teachers of a particular subject to share ideas with time to plan projects for the year. Also, these days are a chance to broaden our PD networks and build relationships that can extend beyond the day. Last year we tried this with two subjects, Phys Ed and Fine Arts, and both of the days went really well. This year we are hosting two more, Phys Ed and Social Studies (Grades 6, 8 … Continue reading Networking Days: You’re Invited!

PE Networking: Follow Up

Last Friday we hosted a networking day for PE teachers from local charter and private schools. We had 12 teachers join us for a day of sharing lesson ideas, assessment techniques, and ways to integrate technology into the teaching of the Physical Activity and Health curriculums. The day was a mix of stand and deliver, Q and A and hands-on sharing of activities. The feedback from the day was very positive. Participating teachers said the following: “It was extremely beneficial for my understanding of assessment. I know have a variety of new activities to use and modify for my students.” … Continue reading PE Networking: Follow Up

Physical Education – Professional Networking Day

The Calgary Science School is hosting a PD day for Physical Education teachers who work at Calgary Charter and Private Schools on Friday September 24, 2010. We feel that much of our work as PE teachers is in isolated and unique situations – whether it is the actual physical building, the location of our school, the mandate/philosophy of our respective schools and so on. We feel there are few opportunites for PE teachers to meet and share their practices, particularly amongst teachers at private and charter schools. We also feel that each of us possesses experience and teaching resources that … Continue reading Physical Education – Professional Networking Day

What we’ve learned about Digital Portfolios

Last year we moved our Fine Arts courses away from traditional report cards and onto digital portfolios as the primary form of assessment. Moving 600 kids onto portfolio based-assessment was a massive undertaking for our Fine Arts teams, and they did a commendable job of embracing the possibilities of these digital tools. The Fine Arts team, with the support of our administration, was given time throughout the year to wrestle with the move to digital portfolios, including the creation of one unified rubric. This video captures the story of our first year of the project. We’re so excited about the … Continue reading What we’ve learned about Digital Portfolios

Inquiry, Assessment and Technology in Phys Ed

One of our Physical Educadtion teachers (Tammy Berry) is delivering a presentation this weekend at the Annual Conference for the Health and Physical Education Council of Alberta. Tammy is delivering a one-hour session on her grade 4-6 football unit, in which she strives to incorporate both inquiry-based learning and technology. In the past, when Tammy taught this unit, she was often frustrated because playing traditional games of football with this age group (grades 4-6) often left out a sizable chunk of students, due to either athletic ability or interest in the sport. Tammy was looking for a way to teach … Continue reading Inquiry, Assessment and Technology in Phys Ed

Building Inquiry into Physical Education

Last week, our Physical Education team met in order to weave more ‘inquiry-based learning’ into the way Phys Ed is taught at our school. The team came away excited about the planning session, and is now making two significant changes to the way the Phys Ed program is being presented this year. 1) Enduring Questions. After much discussion about the long-term goals of the teachers, we boiled down the vision of the P.E. program into 2 questions. These questions are given to the students as a way to weave common threads throughout all the different units. How did you best … Continue reading Building Inquiry into Physical Education