Positive Team Concepts in Physical Education
There is always something fun and exciting going on in the Jordan Creek Elementary Physical Education classes. Over the past two weeks fourth through sixth grade students in Luis Suarez’ classes have been combining teamwork, problem solving and physical skills to complete some unique challenges. Students must work together to solve such problems as “The Great Wall of Jordan Creek,” the “Earth ball,” the “Grand Canyon” and the “River Crossing.” All of the challenges have some physical requirements such as balance, strength or flexibility. Each challenge also requires teams to problem solve and work together as they would using the scientific method or solving for variables in math. A large part of the focus centers on using positive encouragement, compliments and celebrating the team’s accomplishments. It is a perfect opportunity to use the six pillars of Character Counts that are taught in all classes. Parents were invited to come observe and many did, as did Superintendent Dr. Lisa Remy, board member Milton Cole and various teachers from the building and the district. Students also complete a summary which asks them what strengths, skills or qualities they bring to their team. If they cannot think of one, their team members are quick to chime in and point out their talents. During the River Crossing, team members are not allowed to touch the river of lava with any part of their body. They have a scooter, a cone, a rubber ring and a rope to figure out how to get across. Fourth grader Rylie Lewis, who is in a wheel chair, discovered this was a day she could use it to her advantage and became the “tow truck” for her team as they attached the rope to the scooter and she pulled them across the river. One of the goals is to get off to a positive start and realize that all students are important to their team, their class and their community. Most of the teams worked through the challenges and enjoyed the process.