Student Led Game Setup

In recent years, I have made a conscious effort to build in opportunities for students to develop a wide variety of skills and attributes within my lessons. This has resulted in once simple tasks being re-thought to provide students with opportunities to be more independent learners, reducing my role and seeking to increase their personal and interpersonal communication.

One of the my favorite tasks for putting students in the drivers seats utilizes the app ‘CoachNote‘. This app is a super simple coach whiteboard that includes all of the different equipment you might find within your sports storeroom. One of the exciting features of the app is the ability to take a photo that can then be drawn over. This has resulted in me taking a photo of our school gym and utilizing it to create ultra realistic game setups. Once complete these are then shown to the student cohort at the start of the session, with the instructions being “work as a group to setup the game exactly as shown in the example below”. This seemingly simple task has not only minimized my setup time, but has provided me with countless opportunities to gather insight into how students work together to achieve a common goal. See a recent example of this in action in the diagram below.

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Another useful way I have utilized CoachNote is during communication with Relief Teachers, enabling me to be much clearer with my instructions and games for the session. All in all a superb and super addition to my PE Classroom. One that I simply wouldn’t be without.

So how could you see yourself using CoachNote? What value do student led and managed activities add to your classroom? Let me know in the comments below.

6 thoughts on “Student Led Game Setup”

  1. Hi Coach Robinson, my name is Allison Sells and I am a graduate student at the University of South Alabama seeking an alternative masters in Education. I am enrolled in EDM510 and am to read and comment on the blog of a teacher that has been assigned to me. I will be summarizing my visits to your blog on my own blog by March 4th. Here is a link to my blog: . I have a degree in biology and therefore am not familiar with teaching P.E. classes but the use of this great tool might even make it clear to me what I should do if I was filling in for you. Kids love using technology and will jump at the chance to “play” on the Whiteboard. I think you have found the perfect way to incorporate technology into your P.E. classroom. This is an effective, interactive visual that will make instruction by you more efficient and the students will love it.

  2. I have been using CoachNote for my hockey team, it is good, but this has inspired me to think more about how to use it in my classes. Do you print out these for your students to use or do you have enough iPads to use with your kids?

  3. I have never heard of CoachNote before, but I think it would be very useful to teach in a Physical Education class. It seems that CoachNote has different things to do on it, not just one tool. I think this is a smart way to include technology in your class. It seems clear for the students to understand and would be effective. I will have to check it out sometime!

  4. I have used this with my teams and the students loved it but this is a great idea, Jarrod! I will use it and mirror it on the TV screen before entering the gym. Can be taken in the gym as well. So versatile!

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