Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving Skills

Our focus this year is on developing critical thinking and creative problem solving skills. All K-6 students practice and develop these skills in their physical education units and classes. Physical Education is experiential learning- the process of learning through hands-on experience and reflecting on those experiences.

In their recent scooter skills unit, each kindergarten student came up with a favorite way of traveling, a brand new way they had never tried before and a difficult way of moving through space while dodging others. First graders practiced traveling in various movement pathways; straight, curved, zig-zag, spiral, and then drew their own creative pathways before trying them out and choosing what body parts to balance on. Second graders culminated their unit playing “Scooter Team Ball”, a challenging cooperative and competitive game focusing on offensive and defensive strategies. While playing this game, they practiced skills of teamwork, throwing, catching, dynamic balancing and moving into open space. Our third graders have been busy critiquing their jump rope form and techniques in order to make improvements in their skills. In this unit, students will have fun exploring jumping with a partner and in small groups with a long rope. Our intermediate students are currently in a volleyball skills unit, analyzing their form and providing feedback to assist their peers learning how to be more successful at bumping, setting, serving, spiking and dinking. Student self and peer-assess to work on making improvements based on evidence. We hope to have some exciting, enjoyable and active game play. The gym is a wonderful environment to cultivate critical thinking, develop problem solving skills, nurture creativity and foster collaboration!