A group of experienced teachers, as part of an NIE in-service program (National Institute of Education, Singapore), participated in an 2-hour active learning session. And they ran, learnt and had a lot of fun 🙌.
The objective of the session was to show how to offer Primary students a learning experience that blends physical movement, academic subjects and technology.
The first 3 activities took place in the NIE sports hall, and showed how students' movements can be used to answer questions, while maintaining a high level of engagement.
The last activity (i.e. the Amazing Learning Race) demonstrated how students can co-create the content of an activity and help them build a deeper understanding of a subject. It also creates an opportunity to bring the learning outdoor.
Participants moved between checkpoints which represent the multiple choices of the question cards. To answer, participants tapped the correct sequence of checkpoints, i.e: tapping all checkpoints displaying the correct suffix for a given root word.
Navigation with cardinals
Navigation is part of the outdoor ed curriculum in Primary.
The teachers followed the cardinal steps on their challenge card (e.g. SW, S, E, S, E, W).
Quiz in movement
The teachers took the active version of the Primary 6 health and fitness quiz. Each checkpoint displayed either A, or B, or C or D.
They also realized that quiz on any subjects could be upgraded with physical movement. How to go from a pen-and-paper to a physically active quiz in 5 minutes
Students co-create and run their Amazing Learning Race on NIE campus
Each team had to provide one MCQ about any Primary curriculum subjects. The MCQs were then attached to one of the 6 checkpoints on NIE campus. Finally, the teams competed to visit all checkpoints and answer all questions correctly.
It was a rich and intense 2-hour session 😅