Friday, 30 April 2010

Of Teaching and Learning

I'm not really sure how it happened, but yesterday I ended up helping with Mr Busy's Physical Education lesson. A discussion at recess time with his teacher and the Year 6 teacher had something to do with it....and my love of netball. I wish I had the knees to play again, but alas, the were wrecked when I played in my 'Before Children' life.

Our Year 4/5/6's were to begin learning to play netball yesterday. MrW asked if I knew how to which I responded "I love playing netball". His eyes lit up and he wondered aloud and somewhat jokingly if I'd be interested in joining them for the afternoon. I usually just do my own thing on Thursday afternoon rather than come home for an hour and head back to pick up the kids, so I was happy to do something a little more productive. Somewhere along the way I ended up explaining the game, the positions to 40 children and answering what seemed like unending questions. Eventually they were all questioned out and we headed down to the courts.

I ended up co-umpiring a game with the Year 6 teacher, which the kids did a great job of playing... and I learned a lot.

I learned that even the most proficient teachers have things they want to learn. I learned that I can teach those proficient teachers teensy bits and pieces! And I learned that PE is way more fun than it was when I was a kid! Then I realised that I'd managed to teach a group of 40 kids something. That'll do a thing or two to boost a girl's confidence!

Edited to add: For those who don't know what Netball is, check out this wikipedia link. Basically, it's a game very similar to Basketball, only requiring more team play and, I would argue, more skill ;)


Left-Handed Housewife said...

Um, what's netball? Basketball? Tennis? That's neat that you were able to teach it to the kids!

I know what you mean about knees. Mine are done for. Sad!


Linda said...

Well done.

LHH ~ like basketball, no backboard, can't run around the court so much. Very popular.

Tracy said...

Very popular in Commonwealth countries, I suspect! Seems like there's still a whole bunch of people who've never heard of it.

Frances: I've added a link to wikipedia if you want to check out.

Left-Handed Housewife said...

Thanks for the link, Tracy!