Lesson Differentiation: PE Filter.
February 19, 2012 1:14 AM Subscribe
How can I differentiate PE activities for young students when they're sick?
posted by These Birds of a Feather to Health & Fitness (8 answers total)
I'm in teacher training right now and one thing I've got to do for every lesson plan I turn in is list modifications I'll make to differentiate learning and accommodate the variety of needs of my students. I've decided to do a series of lessons on balance and flexibility with my upper elementary students for Health/PE class, and want to do a first lesson on basic yoga poses to demonstrate how stretching and proper warm-ups and cool-downs are essential to good physical form and health.
Since I don't have any students with physical impairments or recent injuries (no asthma either), the only thing I usually encounter with my kids on PE days is some kids being sick. I hate leaving them out to sit on the bench when I'm working with other students, so what can I have them do instead if they can't run or do the daily activity? Obviously if they're really not up to anything I'm not going to force them, but I don't want to leave them out either. How could I modify my lesson on super basic yoga to include those students who would normally just sit out during health/pe? When you were a kid, did your PE teachers ever have anything cool for you to do if you had to sit out during class?
I thought about maybe designating those kids as special "spotters" to help me monitor the other students' breathing and posture, but I already incorporated that into the main lesson because all my kids have a workout buddy who helps with that kind of stuff. I also have modified versions of all the main poses so students who aren't as flexible yet don't injure themselves trying to stretch into poses they aren't ready for. (Am not demonstrating anything crazy. Just Child's Pose, Tree Pose, Sun Salutations, Cobra, Triangle and Warrior Pose).