This week Eric, Krystal and I taught the class about invasion games. We chose to teach this lesson because I thought the title sounded interesting and the first game that came to mind was Capture the Flag, a classic game we have all been playing for a very long time and also recently a Shame Game. When we did just a little bit of research I found the category of invasion games was a lot more than that. It included any game that was about defense, offense and protecting a zone or target from the invading team. These games are much more complex than striking, target or net/wall games in that they usually involve basic strategies and skills to be able to play them.
The way we were probably taught most invasion/territorial games in PE was through a series of drills, scrimmages and intramural sports. This is called the multi-activity curriculum pe model. This approach is usually successful if your class has a background playing these sports on a team and has practiced these drills before. If this is new to them there can be a high rate of frustration as students do not like to be asked to perform in front of others, or waiting or learning new skills this way. It can create anxiety and boredom for all of your students. A lot of games that were taught this way in PE are soccer, football, basketball and rugby. It can be hard to get a real grasp of the game.
There are other ways to teach these popular sports which is what we learned about by reading Chapter 3 and comparing and contrasting various curriculum models in PE class. We used our game Prairie Dog Pickoff as a way to demonstrate the Teaching Games for Understanding Model. This is a fun game using alternative equipment and boundaries but some of the basic rules and strategies involved in most invasion games. The students had to work together to develop strategies to knock over opponents targets and defend their own. It was a fun way to get all learners involved in the game and everyone could participate at a level they were comfortable with. I was very impressed with the success of this game and can’t wait to teach it in my pe classes. I think the Teaching Games for Understanding Model is very effective and in line with the new BC Curriculum that is student centered and learning focussed. I am looking forward to exploring this more.
In my next post I will reflect on what it was actually like to teach PE for the first time! Stay tuned!