Elevating the level of PHysical education
"We make our world significant by the courage of our questions and by the depth of our answers" Carl Sagan
This quote covers the purpose of inquiry based learning, If the question has a purpose to every student, and their answers guide the path the class follows, it is far more significant then a Teacher driven class.
Asking questions is an art form that takes practice. It is a skill to be honed and reflected upon. The question can make or break a TGFU lesson, and really is the starting point of the planning process. Reading about TGFU is easy writing good essential questions and crafting inquiry questions to help them answer the "big question" takes thought and practice.
The success and failure of a TGFU class is in the questions. Good questions inspire thought and help drive change. Students can be guided or derailed by a question at the right or wrong time. As a still learning teacher of this style of teaching, this fact has pushed my thinking and planning to make sure to be prepared for which way my students may go in a lesson. Having questions ready to guide them back to the big idea of the day is vital. Some days, and even some classes I feel like a champ at this and sometimes I feel like a chump. Inquiry based teaching can be almost like a choose your own adventure book with classes constantly taking different paths to the answers they need. I am constantly reading up on, practicing, and asking others about their essential questions to get a better grasp myself.
Crafting a question that is clear and helps students discover strategies is difficult and can be frustrating at times. Physedagogy to the rescue again with 3.0 having the masterful skills of Mel Hamada and Mark Williams guiding me into the art of asking essential question . Their session was key to bettering my process, and helping me realize how much time needs to be invested on questions. Paired with Andy Hairs session on unpacking ,and the content needed and the process to create a great essential question becomes much clearer. It is still a process and each class and even student can respond differently to the same question, but in the end the question is the answer. What they say in response shows what they have learned, and guides the next lesson and those after, I am now investing time properly when building questions.
How do you approach this process? What has your Journey been like? What are your key resources?
Seth Martin has taught for over 10 years all in the Elementary PE setting. He has presented across CA and online for the Physedsummit 3.0. Passionate about doing what best for students and helping them become physically literate and love movement!