Two things that stood out for me from this class were the warm-up and cool-down before and after the target game activity, and the idea of invented games.
I loved the warm-up because of several reasons. For one, the way it was designed connected the exercise with people’s everyday life, experiences, and emotions, allowing participants to give more meanings to the movements we were doing. Because of this it felt very personal (we were thinking about our own rooms, clothes, breakfasts, and journeys to school), rather than simply copying what our warm-up leader was doing. For the other, because we were all part of a circle, it created a wonderful sense of common purpose and collaboration. The aspect that I appreciated the most was that it was imaginative – not just because it was a fun, original idea, but also in the sense that it activated participants’ imagination. This was inspiring for me, because it highlighted how important imagination and creativity are in all teaching, including PE, and even in brief and simple activities like a warm-up. Related to that, I was excited to hear that we could do a unit on invented games. I have often played and helped create invented games with children, but they were always board games, and I have never experienced invented games in a PE context. I am looking forward to exploring that option with this class!