My class has just started to work out how we will use our brand new Wii in the classroom this term. The first thing decided upon was to change our regular PE (physical education) lessons to PWii (physical Wii) lessons, as the kids decided that PE was obviously the curriculum area that would be ideal to start with.
We held discussions about which games to play and how to organise sessions and a number of ideas were put forward:
- Each group of students would tackle a different game and teach the others to play
- Combining inside games on the Wii with outside games
- Integrating skills based lessons outside with Wii sessions inside.
After much discussion (using our De Bono’s Thinking Hats) we decided on looking at Tennis first up. This was primarily due to the fact that the skills in tennis fit most closely with NSW Curriculum requirements.
The class group will do some initial research on tennis – history, equipment, terminology and rules – and then smaller groups will research individual skills. Each small group ( of 2 or 3 students) will then take the lead in outdoor skills sessions in our regular PE times.
After some initial reading and sharing, we were able to come up with enough specific tennis skills, and more general movement skills, so that every group would have an area in which they could teach the rest of the class.
Each group is responsible for:
- Identifying and defining their skill
- Demonstrating the skill – including correct body placement
- Prepare basic activities for teaching the skill including:
- Warm up
- Cool down
The class also thought it would be interesting to investigate various body systems – skeletal system, muscular system, respiratory system, digestive system, circulatory system - in science to help understand how the body works. We will also be drawing on Maths skills in graphing and data collection on pulse levels as well as skill levels.
The Wii will fit into these plans by being the “real-life” application of the new skills being taught in PE lessons. Students do not have access to tennis courts (either within or out of school) so the Wii will be set up in the room, with groups in a rotating timetable to use it whenever we have the time, as well as at set times during the week. Not sure how much work will get done by those not on the Wii – we will have to see how this goes .
We will be doing some basic pre testing of the kids fitness levels before they start and at the end of the unit.
What do you think?
Have we left anything out?