Teacher Debbie from Richmond School visited the morning classes and taught us how to say hello in Japanese. She said it is “ohayo” and sounded like Ohio. Teacher Debbie gave us ideas about how she makes variations on the games we play. Portland Public Schools uses the Spark Curriculum. It was nice to have another adult in the room to give attention to kids working at learning centers. Students in the younger grades worked on object control skills of rolling, bouncing and catching balls that are small. Debbie gave kids lots of attention and feed back and our students made her feel right at home.
We showed her how we give complements and appreciations at the end of class. How to slow our breathing to relax and prepare to return to the hall and classroom. We showed her liked seeing our fancy Donors Choice materials that light up a darkened gym.
The week ahead 4th and 5th graders will play cooperative games like Mission Impossible before transitioning to Team Handball. Team Handball is a lot like Ultimate Frisbee but instead of crossing an end line to score the team has to throw the ball into a goal.
I have found that the kids are really enjoying the activities. Many kids saying things like these have been the best PE days so far and many “thank you’s” that are treasured.