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Crowdsourcing A Unit Plan

When I was in University, so much emphasis was placed on lesson/unit planning. Don’t get me wrong, I think planning is an extremely important part of the teaching process. It pushes you to think about new ways of presenting material, helps you prepare in advance for situations in your gym, and allows you to reflect on your lesson and grow from those reflections.

But let’s be honest: planning doesn’t usually rank high on teachers’ “favourite things about teaching” list. You won’t ever hear about a teacher who would turn down a Friday night out with friends because they were “just too excited to get lesson planning for next week”.

Its just not the way things are.

But that doesn’t mean that all planning sessions are boring. I love it when I get together with some old classmates and we hash out a new idea for a unit/lesson. Its fun: you get to be around like-minded people, its in a casual setting, and, most importantly, it usually leads to richer unit/lesson plans.

Now imagine if you could do the same but with a much larger group of people and, therefore, a much larger knowledge base. Imagine if that planing session was an ongoing thing that let you connect with teachers from all over. Think of how great that would be!

Well, that’s what I would like to try out. This is by no means a new idea: there are tons of teachers who are already doing this. This is just my attempt at coordinating such a project.

I mentioned on Twitter yesterday that I was looking for teachers who a) had experience with leadership activities, b) were into Survivor (I don’t watch it anymore, but that’s mainly because my life’s dream to participate on it was crushed when I found out you had to be an american citizen to do so), and c) who felt like working together on a unit plan for elementary Physical Education.

I’ve heard of great Survivor themed activities in the past, but I thought that, if we all worked together, we could go above and beyond anything I had ever seen before. The idea is to combine elements from the show (e.g. tribes, theme-based activities, tribal council, etc) with various leadership activities to create a unit that focuses on leadership through group physical-activity based games/challenges.

I would love for the unit’s challenge to be set up in such a way that it allowed for healthy competition while also rewarding other behaviours as well (e.g. communication, strategy planning, sportsmanship, etc.)

To be honest, I have no idea how far we can take this thing. All I know is that there is a ridiculous amount of talented Physical Education teachers in ThePhysicalEducator.com’s network and I’m really excited to see what we can get done.

So where do we go from here? How about we start by bouncing ideas around in the comments below and, once we have a better grasp on what we want to do with this, we can use this form to write out the actual plan.

Can’t wait to see how this turns out!

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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