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May 15, 2013

Video excerpts from a PD session for middle years physical education teachers.  This session touches on the importance of relationships, planning with a purpose, and formative assessment.  You will also find exemplars of some small-sided invasion games that can be used to teach tactics and strategies.

In this session the tactic that was formatively assessed was 'support'.  As students work through various small-sided games we as educators can be assessing in order to help students improve. ...

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April 17, 2013

The following video from thephysicaleducator.com discusses the 6 key stages of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model.  A terrific visual to help understand this student centred approach. 

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January 7, 2013

The following clip is an example of a small-sided game that helps students understand some of the key concepts involved in striking games.  All students are involved at a high level of activity.  Many modifications can be made to this game including what implement is used to strike the object.

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January 7, 2013

Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) is a teaching model to help understand the key concepts involved in a variety of games.  When working on developing skills and tactics in small-sided games there are some things to think about:

Defense rules - the type of defense played in small sided games can help or hinder the success of students.  Understand the difference between cold, warm and hot defense.  Loading the Practice - All games do not need to be played with equal number of kids...
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January 7, 2013

Triple Ball is a modified game of volleyball that is designed to help athletes see success and get more touches.  If we want students/athletes to develop with skills, it is imperative that we find ways to get more involvement and more time manipulating the object - in this case the volleyball. 

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December 13, 2012
Speedball is a high-paced game that involves skills, tactics, and strategies of three traditional games:  Soccer, Team Handball, and Basketball. 
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December 13, 2012

Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) models focuses on four main concepts involved in game play.  Games can primarily be organized into four different types of game:  Target Games, Striking/Fielding Games, Net/Wall Games, and Invasion/Territorial Games.  The Problem Diagnosis Framework allows students and teachers ask questions as to what is or is not happening in the game and then make decisions on what the instructional focus should be.

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