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Knowing how you are going

Possible Learning Activities

The following activities provide ways in which the students can reflect on their participation in a particular movement activity.

Describing your feelings

Using a continuum

How did taking part in this activity affect the way you felt about working with others? Put an X on the continuum to show how you felt about working with others in this activity. Give one or two reasons for your choice.

Using a picture

Draw a smiley face, straight face, or sad face to show how you felt about doing this activity.

Give on or two reasons for your choice.

Thumb signals

Use the:

to show how you felt about undertaking this task (or meeting some other condition). Share one or two reasons for your choice with a partner.

Coping with your feelings

In groups of four, the students can share how they felt about doing this task (or meeting some other condition) and explain why they felt that way.

As a group, they can think of ways to cope with any issues that arose. Some questions they might ask include:

  • How do I feel if I don't participate in the activity or complete the task? Do I feel better about myself or worse?
  • What could I do? (Describe a strategy that could help to cope with negative feelings.)
  • Where else might I use this strategy?

On a worksheet or in a book, each student could choose or make up a heading like "I'll cope!, "When I Cope", or "My Coping Strategy" and write down their selected way of coping. They can put a tick after it each time they successfully use this way of coping during other activities.

Suggested learning outcome

Students will identify the pressures that can influence interactions with other people during physical activity and develop strategies to manage these (3C3).

Teachers' Notes

Some students might opt out of participating in an activity because they are nervous about not being as good as others. When this happens, teachers could follow up the activity with one of these strategies to enable the students to identify: "What happens to me if I opt out?" "How can I opt in?"