Students explore the meaning of success. They investigate their values and self esteem and look at the relative importance and enjoyment of the 'Journey versus the Destination'. This unit has a focus on practical, hands-on activities and students use a class blog to reflect on their project work and achievement. Children's stories, poems, practical building experiments and presentation of a Games Gala are woven together in this unit of work which encourages students to both assess realistically their contribution and also to focus positively on their strengths and future personal development.
View how assessment is used in this unit plan. These assessments help students and teachers set understandable goals, monitor student progress, provide feedback, assess thinking, performance and products, and reflect on learning throughout the activities.
Students Prior Knowledge
Students bring prior knowledge of sports, both from the perspective of their own participation, and from watching elite sports people in the media/on television.
Students bring prior knowledge of event organisation from the perspective of being an attendee/observer/participant. Their experiences may include local, national and international events.
Teachers Professional Learning
Teachers' Professional Reading
The following strategies will be introduced or revised during the course of the unit:
Students are introduced to the unit through initial work in cooperative groups designed to prompt students to reflect on the concept of success and how it may be achieved.
Groups are required to complete a number of group activities.
To encourage students to evaluate positively their contributions to the group:
Teacher now introduces the concept of the difference between the process and the end product:
The teacher now introduces students to the main project work for the unit: the planning and implementation of a 'Games Gala at the school.
Students with special needs
The mixed ability and interest groups will provide an opportunity for all students to provide knowledge and expertise to the overall project.
English as a second language (ESL) students
Provide translation for instructions if possible. Group work should offer support.
The tasks are open-ended as they can be extended to the student's ability.
Indigenous groups will be encouraged to explore sports from their culture and to represent their country with the designing of a flag.
Rosemarie Van Den Broek participated in the Intel Teach Program, which resulted in this idea for a classroom project.
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