An alternate approach that adds critical depth to PE.
Project-Based Learning is a pedagogical approach that emphasizes projects, as the name suggests. It allows students to experience what the real-world engages in - projects. Our world is driven by projects, such as engineering bridges, designing video games, staging music festivals, and the list goes on. Project-Based Learning allows students to learn fundamental skills, may they be academic, knowledge-based, or social-emotional skills through a project.
I primarily use the Gold Standard PBL model designed by PBLworks. This model details 7 design elements to ensure a high-quality PBL experience. Below is a brief explanation of what the model entails.
If you would like to learn more about Project-Based Learning and how to apply it to PE, check this booklet out.
Here are some public products of where I used the PBL model. I recuited interested students in creating a website as a platform for students to present their products. This was particularly effective for online learning during COVID-19.
During our extended online learning period, the grade 5s inquired into Physical Literacy. We used the PBL approach to guide our investigation and created a website as our public product. The students chose an area of physical literacy to explore and created activities to educate others what it means to be a competent and confident mover.