After some initial learning about the "system" here, I think I have a pretty good handle on things. We have a very limited facility. There is one covered outdoor gymnasium. The north west corner is bordered by a rock face that leads up to jungle. During a hard rain (which happens almost once a day) the concrete floor gets wet and it's unusable. There is also a paved courtyard area which is a little larger. The gym is used for periods 1, 2 and 3 by elementary classes. Secondary has period 4 only. There is no field or outdoor grassy space. This doesn't hold our students back from playing hours of "small goal" football (soccer to most North Americans) and other sports.
|The Maxis we ride in|
10:45 am get changed
10:50 am load the maxis and take attendance
10:52 am leave the school
|A loaded Maxi. We take our gear with us!|
11:10 - 11:45 am - physical activity (give or take)
11:45 am -- load the maxis and head back for lunch.
Yes, that's only about 35 minutes for activity so we have to maximize all opportunities by getting moving very quickly. The students are very good and understand this, so they form up quickly and get active. Sometimes we use travel time for goal setting and instructions. Which is far from perfect because I can only be in one maxi at time. Sometimes I ride with half the students on the way and the other half on the way back.
|Orienteering at King George V Park|
I think any physical education teacher would agree that, despite the plan, the success of a class can be measured by the number happy, dirty, wet, sweaty kids at the end. 10 / 10!
BTW, I mopped up the mud in the van with some wet pinnies and the driver was pleased too!