After almost 12 months of development, The Balance It app for iPhone/iPod and iPad is finally been released. Balance It is a Task Card Resource for PE Teachers. A simple and easy way to provide students with visual prompts and cues designed to help them develop Gymnastic skills.
The app features over 60 hand drawn balances that progressively build up in difficulty, allowing students to develop their static balance and team work skills. Balance It is the perfect app to introduce students to the self directed approach of Task Card based learning, with a direct emphasis on students moving through the Balance Cards at their own pace with minimal teacher instruction.
- Individual Balances
- Paired Balances
- Balances of Three People
- Balances of Five People
- Larger Group Balances
The App is also available as a downloadable PDF eBook for Printing or use in classes without mobile devices. Download it at the following online stores below.
Download on LuLu
Download on Amazon
Download on Gumroad
Last year I discovered two brilliant podcast series geared towards younger students involved in dance and fundamental movement units. The episodes which appear weekly are produced by the BBC and available to everyone worldwide for free via number of channels. If your unfamiliar with how podcasts work I suggest you check out this video
The most exciting aspect of these podcasts is that they combine simple dance elements with storytelling in a completely engaging manner. A simple way to make them available for your students is via subscription within the Podcasts App or to download them your computer as MP3. You might also like to check out the mobile web app I built last year to house all the series (Visit it on your mobile device)
Time to Move Podcast
Dance resources for children aged 6 to 8 covering popular cross-curricular topics, primarily for school use. Presented by Diane Louise Jordan and featuring music specially-composed for the series. Programmes available on Thursdays with new episodes added the same day each week, during term time. Programme duration: 20 minutes.
Lets Move Podcast
Dance resources for children aged 5 to 7 covering popular cross-curricular topics, primarily for school use. Presented by Katy Ashworth and featuring music specially-composed for the series. Programmes available on Wednesdays with new episodes added the same day each week, during term time. Programme duration: 20 minutes
Dance Workshop Podcast (UK Only)
This year I am teaching year 5 and 6 Physical Education, which has been an amazingly enjoyable experience dealing with students who are so enthusiastic about everything they do in class.
However at times the younger students have shown the need to improve there conflict resolution, teamwork, co-operation, sportsmanship and general behaviour. Here are some of the tools I have used to promote these interpersonal skills.
Class Dojo – This superb website enables you to set up your classes and develop both positive and negative virtual badges that can be given out during your classes. Students are then awarded with these badges based on the actions and behaviour they exhibit within a given session. For me the awarding of badges is done via the mobile website by simply visiting mobile.classdojo.com from my iPhone. Students are then able to view the latest activity and badges they have received via the laptop monitor/projector during class intermissions and breaks.
Class Dojo although simple, is a highly effective that has helped shape positive actions and relationships within the practical PE sessions.
QR Code Posters - After producing an A4 poster with 20 different numbered text based QR Codes on the sheet, students then scan a code with the class iPad when they are offered praise or feedback. For example, a student will be asked to scan code 5, which will reveal a text or audio based feedback from their teacher, such as “Well done, you have mastered todays skill”. A simple yet novel and fun method of sharing feedback & praise with students in a PE class.
Paper Scissors Rock – Conflict resolution at its best. Students arguing? Solve the problem with a quick paper scissors rock game and move on
So what do you do to instill these important behaviours in your PE Class?