Taha Tinana – How do we challenge our bodies?

15 October 2019

In our work with teachers, the Play.sport team have been encouraging them to think about making small changes to their teaching practice that will have a big impact on the quality of the physical education experience for their tamariki. In our work with teachers, the Play.sport team have been encouraging them to think about making small changes to their teaching practice that will have a big impact on the quality of the physical education experience for their tamariki.

Two such considerations, as highlighted in the following example are:

  • Use sports equipment in non-traditional ways
  • Allow children to embrace the creative process - make new games, modify games, use play for learning

The focus of the lesson was Taha Tinana – How do we challenge our bodies? How might we practice some traditional skills in a non-traditional way?

In class we watched Dude Perfect Trick Shots YouTube clip as a provocation for the physical activity challenge.  Once outside students were instructed to get into pairs, with one tennis ball, and one small witches hat cone per pair. The challenge was to be creative in how they could pass the ball from one person, to be caught in the cone by their partner.

Creative ways the students came up with included:

  • The thrower having their back to the catcher and throwing it backwards over their head
  • Throwing and catching off the basketball backboard
  • Throwing over the rugby posts
  • The catcher climbing a tree to catch the ball
  • Each person standing on a different piece of playground equipment and catching
  • Do a ‘dead drop’ on the bars, and throwing to your partner as you spun around

 

Reflection: Was there anything hard about today’s lesson? Why? What did you do well? What can you improve on?

The teacher observed that the level of engagement during this lesson was higher than usual. For two boys in particular, who normally prefer to opt out of the more traditional sports contexts, they were fully engaged for the whole lesson and they loved the opportunity to choose who they worked with and to choose their own level of challenge and creativity.

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