PE Dance Plan Evaluation

In PE we had to plan our own lesson to teach a dance to half of the class. I partnered with Aude, and together we taught a hiphop dance routine. Together we planned out our aims, warm up, and then the final routine, on a Google Document that we later on shared with the students. Both the warm up and routine were found on YouTube, but together we had to find the perfect warmup and routine that allowed us to fully teach our aims – energy and timing.

I think that my planning was effective overall, because I knew what had to be done. This way I was able to be organised throughout the entire time, and let things move from one activity to another. Along with that, as I knew what exactly had to be done we managed to finish everything on time, with everything that had to be done, finished. The planning allowed me to know what was supposed to be done, so it was then easier for me to see if someone was actually doing the activity properly or not.

I think my strongest teaching component was being comfortable and confident with everyone. As the class being taught were my peers, I didn’t mind going up to them personally and asking how the dance was going. Along with that, I was able to speak to the class as a whole, and not be afraid to tell them to stop doing something that wasn’t correct, or tell them that they needed to improve on something.

My weakest teaching component was perhaps being too nice or lenient. Originally we had planned that we were going to make the students create a part themselves at the end, but when looking at the time we decided that it was there choice. This resulted in no one doing it, while they could have had the time, or people fooling around during this creation stage. Instead of this, perhaps we could have said either to do one or the other, not allow them to choose. But I think overall being nice was alright, as it didn’t bring any fuss among the students.

As mentioned before, one of the challenges was trying to make the students focused towards the end when we allowed the studnets either create their own moves, or continue practicing the dance. Because some of the students weren’t doing either and were just talking to each other or sitting with each other. But we solved this by going up to them and asking them what they were doing, and if they were just gonna continue practicing or creating their own part. But this may have been due to another problem, in which we could have used a little more time in the end, but it turned out alright.

I think that I’d use the video for the routine again, and especially with going up to the students throughout and asking them how they were doing, and if they needed any help or such. But instead of having the warmup as a video, perhaps I would create my own so I can have some more connection with them in the beginning, instead of allowing them to be using the laptops and videos throughout the entire lesson.

I think the happiest part for me was when we made everyone dance their parts together just to see where everyone was, that they all did really well, and nearly aced the dance already. It was great to see them be able to dance the piece properly, and well.

Everything went mainly to plan, except for the ending in which we wanted everyone to preform in their pairs [but we just made them preform as an entire class] and that we also wanted people to create their own dance for the ending, but in the end just allowed them to do it if they wanted to.


2 Stars and a Hope

So in PE class, we’ve been learning how to play futsal, which to be honest, is one of the toughest sports for me, as I never seem to be able to have any control over my feet. Futsal is like football (soccer) but several rules are different, one of which that in futsal there is 5 players playing at a time. In PE we’ve been focusing on skill, game sense, and group work, which are the main assets to be good at any type of sport.

Starting of with skill. Skill is important for playing futsal, because it’s how well you play. Skills are your ability to play futsal. The main two skills you need for futsal is passing and trapping. Personally, I think that skills is the hardest out of the three assets for me. I do know the basics, passing and trapping, but I am not confident enough in myself to use them in a game. Many of the things we did in class did help me improve my skills though. These were mainly the drills, as they focus on skills. For example when we play monkey in the middle, you get to work on making sure that your passes are accurate and is the right strength, but also you get to work on your defense skills, when you are in the middle. One star that I think I deserve is my passing. My passing has improved, and now in games I pass when I get the ball, and it does usually go straight to the player. Another star for me is my defense. Before I wouldn’t be brave enough to go up to a person and try get the ball off them, but this time I actually did. Even though when I kicked it away it may have just gone to the opponent again, or out, it is still a huge improvement from before. A hope for me would be able to work on my dribbling skills, as I’m extremely slow, and tend to trip over the ball and my feet still.

When playing sports, even if I’m not good at it, I try focus on the game sense. Game sense, or spacial awareness is knowing where to be at the right time. It’s knowing where the open spaces are, in order for you to receive the ball without someone intercepting. We did practice this in class, as we learnt about the dirty line. A dirty line is when someone has the ball, and they want to pass to a teammate. But in the positions the teammates are in, there are opponents in the way, being called a dirty line. In order to clean the dirty line, the teammates have to move around, to find an open space to receive the ball. I personally am a fan with game sense, and feel more confident in it. A star would be that when playing a game, I often try move to an open space, even though I may not be on offense often. Another star would be knowing when to go to the ball and try and get it off, instead of going up to the person with the ball all the time. A hope for me would be when I’m open, I actually call out and ask them to get the ball, instead of just standing there, waiting for the ball to come to me.

And last but not least, group work. This is also an essential team, because how can you be a good team if you don’t agree on anything. A team would have to be close together, and wouldn’t be afraid to call out on each other’s faults. But being kind when they point out the weaker assets of someone, and offering advice and coaching them. There can be many types of people in a team, but this all relates to group work. The main is the leader, who talks on behalf of the team, and focuses mainly on that, and helps things start up. There may be the quieter people, who rather be quiet when among the group, but when it’s one to one, they offer healthy criticism. A star for me would be that when it came to the drills in small groups, I’d try get things going, or help explaining to people. Another star, is also for the drills in small groups is just making sure that everyone is included and that they get a turn, and that we’re all having fun. A hope for me would be becoming more of a leader, which I can often be but only in situations that I’m feeling comfortable with. I hope that I could speak out more with good ideas, instead of staying quiet.

Futsal has never been my type of sport, but for me this unit was enjoyable, and I was able to try more than I have in previous futsal/football units. I’ll try just as hard for the fitness unit, even though that may be tough for me as I have a very low stamina.


Handball Assessment

  1. Explain the rules about inside the D zone(6m line).

The D zone is the zone no one, except the goalie is allowed to step in, including the defenders. The only time the other team is allowed in, is if the player throws the ball and jumps, and lands into the D zone (when the ball is thrown.)

  1. What’s the goal keeper’s speciality? What can he/she do? Write down as bullet points.
  • Can stay inside D zone
  • Is allowed to touch the ball with any part of the body
  • Can hold the ball for more that 3 seconds
  • Can go play as a normal player, but must wear a bib.
  1. If the ball hits the goal keeper’s hand and goes outside of the court, how is play resumed?

The goalie goes and gets the ball, and then passes it in.

  1. Can players pass the ball to their own goalkeeper?

If the players pass the ball to their own goalkeeper, a turnover happens. A turnover is when the other team gets the ball.

  1. What will happen if the defensive players go inside the 6m line to defend a shot?

The other team gets a free throw, where they can either shoot, or pass the ball.

  1. What is a “fast throw-off”?

A fast throw-off occurs in the middle of the court, where the the person with the ball must keep one foot on the line, and then pass to their own team. This happens in the beginning of each game, and every time the other team scores.

  1. Please identify the differences between basketball and handball rules and explain them.
  • dribbling
While in basketball you can dribble as much as you want until you hold the ball, in handball you can take three steps while dribbling, then just take three steps without dribbling, and then three steps once again but with dribbling.
  • steps(pivoting)
 In basketball, when you have the ball, you can pivot, but as long if you don’t dribble again.There are moves called pivoting in handball though. This is when a player is close to the D-zone, so when the ball is passed to them, they can catch the ball, pivot, and then and then shoot, or jump then shoot. (As long as the don’t stand on the line for the D-zone!)
  • throw-offs

In basketball the throw-off start off at the end of the court, the side of your hoop, but in handball you start in the middle, giving more space for the players to get open.

International Rules Football-Assignment


1. Create your own definition of Internationalism (small paragraph).

Internationalism to me is not only just being nice to people from different places, but it’s a lot deeper than that. It’s more of respecting people of who they are, and if something bad happens to where they’re from, you’ll comfort them and help them through those times. Internationalism in sport, is basically the same thing. People from other countries cheering for another.  For example when the Japan earthquake happened, people (from different countries) had a small silence to pray for the lives lost.  Little things like this is internationalism, and can make people feel good about being who they are, and where they’re from.


2. Create your own definition of Sporting Spirit (small paragraph).

Sporting spirit is similar to internationalism, but not the exact same. Sporting spirit is being nice to the other team if something bad has happened to them. For example, when someone on the field playing soccer gets injured, the player with the ball will kick the ball out. To be fair to them, when the opposition throws the ball back into the game, they throw it to the team that kicked the ball out. Small things like that is sporting spirit.



3. What role do you think sport plays in building internationalism and spirit (small paragraph)?

When people play sports, it brings them closer. Two countries come close to each other, and care for each other. They learn more about each other, and so if something bad happens to one of those countries, they’ll pray and make sure they get better, because it’s not nice to see someone you know get hurt.


4. With internationalism and sporting spirit in mind , what are some more benefits of the world coming together through sport?

To teams that know each other could get together, and raise an organization to help people. Also, often because of sport, younger kids enjoy each other’s company, even if they’re from different countries.


5. Describe an example (and show it if you like) that you have found of an international sporting event where internationalism / spirit was evident.

From a family that watches tennis almost all the time, I can say that whenever you see a tennis play get injured, the crowd will always cheer them on, even if they’re cheering for the other person. I found this on youtube, a wheelchair tennis competition, holland verses china, in the 2008 Olympics in China.  The Chinese were cheering for Holland, because they had less people cheering for them, because it costs lots of money to go to the olympics. After the Chinese stopped clapping and cheering, one Holland person yells ‘xie xie” meaning thank you in Chinese. This shows internationalism, because even though China and Holland were versing each other, they still cheered, and thanked each other. And it also shows sporting spirit, because handicapped sports usually doesn’t get that much recognition, so the people showing up to the game is really nice, and the players feel special.



6. Do you think internationalism/spirit is the main reason why people watch sport? Why or why not?

It really depends on the person. For some people it’s both. They like to see teams care and respect each other, but they also want to watch a proper, professional game.  Some people like watching because their favorite team/player might be playing, competing against a rival. For fun, or just for learning, nearly everyone has a sport they enjoy watching for a reason.


7. Millions of dollars are spent on international sporting events. Do you think it is wise for a country to spend this amount of money on sport? Why why not?

Personally, I think it’s not very wise. I mean, yes they do get lots of money back, but if you want people to enjoy watching sports, you should make it free, so they don’t have to pay for it. Perhaps instead of paying money to the government, they could have the choice of donating to a charity. Sports bring people together, and we should have to pay for that. What’s the point of paying so much if you can just watch it off the TV. Sure, it’s nice to see matches live, but sometimes, they should at least make it free.


8. Concluding paragraph:

Why does the world play?

Why does the world play? That is defiantly a hard question to answer. So many reasons, and yet they seem to stray away from the question. It could be to have fun. We have fun playing with just the people around us, but once you get to know them better it gets kind of boring. With people from other places, they are bound to have different tactics, weaknesses, strengths and such. It could be to get to know each other better, to know other people’s cultures and language. While that maybe one of the reasons why, I don’t play to know people better. As bad as that sounds, I play have fun, to work on our strengths and weaknesses, while learning some more.


9. Complete the A, C and D reflections (Give yourself a level plus one or two sentences explaining why)

For A I would say 6/8 because I know about internationalism, culture, and sporting spirit, but I’m not too sure if I expressed this in my work. For example my example on the sporting spirit/internationalism wasn’t like what everyone else had, but I believe that it is a good example. For C, I would say 6/10 because I can handball, but often under-pressure I won’t hit it on the right part of my hand. While for kicking, I can barely get it into the goal just with the drills, let alone in a game, so I avoid that. Movement is alright, I don’t use my voice often, because I’m not always sure if I’m not in a good position. But when I do get the ball, I always see someone to pass to. And lastly, D 6/8 because before, I didn’t really enjoy international rules football, and yet now I do. I get closer to my friends playing, and that’s what I really want to do.

Cross Country 2011

Date      Route    Laps   Time          Feeling
Oct.3    Negishi   2      19:53:00    Felt sick, and really tired.
Oct.6    Negishi   2      19:21:00    I felt better, not as tired, and kind of happy afterwords.
Oct.11  Negishi   2      19:18:00    Happy because I didn’t stop running on the first lap, until the end, and yet kinda mad with myself because I know I could’ve done better on the second one.
Oct.13  Negishi   2      17:42:00    Awesome, and super proud of myself of beating my goal.
Oct.31  Negishi   2      19:30:00+ (not sure) Horrible. Walking most of the time, it just felt awful, probably because it’s after the break and field studies.
Nov.3   Negishi   2      Didn’t say  (Opposite direction)In the beginning it felt like I was nearly there, because we were going the other direction. Then I realized it’s not like that. So I steadied my pace a bit.
Nov.8   Negishi   2       Not sure     Good, but with a bad stitch under the rib.
Nov.10 Negishi 2       16:43  Yay I beat my score! Final cross country day, and I got 37, which was better than last time 😀
October 3 2011-I finished with an sprint, beating someone just in time. But I realized that I needed water, and gulp down the entire bottle-something that I shouldn’t have done. Just before we went on the bus, I felt a wave of nausea, and I had to kneel down for just a moment. I felt better, but still feeling a bit queazy. I go on the bus, and I get a huge headache.

October 6 2011-Finishing with another sprint, and made my time better by around 30 seconds. This time I don’t gulp down the water, I instead just sipped it down, and half way through the bottle I realized that I had gotten really full. I was happier after that, and found that I was able to run, despite the 2 laps.

October 11 2011-I was able to run a nearly full lap with out walking, but than for the second lap I nearly walked the entire time. My sprint didn’t’ feel the same, I didn’t run fast enough, and my legs didn’t feel numb like usual.

October 13 2011-My first lap was definitely better than the other two, but it seemed that I was slower than usual. I guess it was the end of the day. With another not so great sprint, I finished with a time of 17:42 and was really happy-hey I beat my goal.

October 31 2011-Horrible. Both laps I feel like I just walked the entire time, except for the sprint at the end. Everything seemed to hurt, and I got two stitches, under both my ribs.

November 3 2011-Better, it just felt in the beginning that it was shorter and closer to the end. There was less hills but I still didn’t beat my best time sadly.

November 8 2011-It was okay, I felt good in the end, but I didn’t beat my best time, but my last one. It was good, but still walking, also having stitches.

November 10 2011-It was good, I felt really good in the end, I was running all over the place. And most of all I beat my high score! 😀 The stitches didn’t hurt to much, and I was super proud of myself.

My outcome goal was to be under 19 minutes, which I did once, so I want to see if I can keep it under. So my next one will be to keep it under 18 minutes. For my process goal, I want to run one lap without stopping, and after that 2 laps without stopping. That’s going to take a while, I know.

I don’t really know how I got better, I guess the music, the self-talk, and just pushing myself to keep on going. Also knowing that I’m doing this for my team pushes me, because I want to help them win.

Notice that the lower it gets, the better I am.

6/8 I say for my performance. Because I seemed to get better every time (except for after field studies) and my final cross country was a better number than last year 37, and my time was better as well.


Cross Country Day Reflection

Negishi park. This is the road we ran on

Negishi park. This is the road we ran on

I enjoyed that we got used ipods for practicing, because the years before, I wanted to, but thanks to the iPods I have done better than before. What I didn’t like was that we couldn’t use iPods for the real day, and that we had to run 2 laps, even though last year the 6th graders got to do one lap. I improved on running without stopping, even if it was too slow. Self-talk helped me for sure, and if I had to walk, I would say to myself “ok, keep walking until this point” and such. I liked that on the real day, I beat someone in the last second, and that there was the medal for good goals, and that a famous Japanese runner was there.

Image Credit:
Sakura Trees at Negishi Shinrin Park, Negishi, Yokohama Shinya Ota

How did you feel you were able to utilize some of the mental strategies such as self talk into your running and understand the importance. (A2) 6/8
How much training we’re you able to do outside of your scheduled PE times? (A3) 5/8
How seriously did you take your goal setting? (D6) 6/8
How do you think you performed during the whole XC unit? (C1) 7/10
I am aware of my strengths and weaknesses in cross country running and I aim to develop this area of learning. (D4/5) 7/8


Hi people,

My post today is about P.E. On November 10th we are going to have cross country, so usually we go run around the track twice which is around 2.4 or 2.6 kilometers. My time on Wednesday was 19:34 but on Friday it was 19:39, 5 seconds worse. ;( . I think it’s because I forgot my iPod in my bag though. I hope I can get a better time next time 🙂