Physical and Health Education: More than Sweating
Traditionally, Physical Education is characterized by being a subject in which students run, jump, pull, chase, catch, and sweat, among many other actions. Nonetheless, in the MYP, this subject is known as Physical and Health education because Physical and Health Education (PHE) focuses on both learning about and learning through physical activity. Both dimensions help students to develop approaches to learning (ATL) skills across the curriculum.
A good way to understand the nature of PHE in the MYP, it is worth wondering: How can we use the effectiveness of imagination to give students meaningful experiences playing games and practicing skills? The answer to this questions will hopefully reveal the many shapes in which learning in PHE in the MYP occur.
Currently, grades 9 and 10 students are working on their Volleyball unit. Nonetheless, this unit is not just about the sport. Besides learning about strategies for playing the sport successfully, students are also analyzing a series of videos in which they can see experts playing in order to plan their performance (criterion B), and then put it into practice (criterion C), so that they can reflect on how effectively they put into practice the strategies they learned from experts. What is more, they are recording their performance, and are assessing all the elements that need to be taken into account to play the sport safely and with sophistication. Thus, in order to accomplish their goal, students are integrating technology by filming and editing their performance videos in order to analyze and present their evidence of learning.