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MemberJune 22, 2016 at 5:04 am
Just saw this and have a question. At RMIT the fourth year students run a VCE Enhancement program for Year 12 students from school around Victoria. They come into the University and get a chance to take part in a number of tests like VO2 Max, Agility, Sprint, GPS etc.
One of the test that we I did was the Vertec Test, which is the Vertical Jump test that they use in AFL draft camp for example. Its the one where they do a standing jump and tap the “tags” out of the way which gives them a jump height in cm. We also were using the My Jump app. In conjunction with a force plate. We found consistently that the scores from the force plate (100% accurate, been calibrated etc) and the My jump app, which I believe was validated using a force plate, were very similar. But compared to the Vertec jump test they were very different. The Vertec scores where 10-15cm higher than the other two.
I am wondering if anyone would know why? I didn’t get a chance to talk to the exercise science lecturer about it. We were thinking it had something to do with technique, but we weren’t too sure.
MemberJune 22, 2016 at 4:44 am
So at University for the last 4 years its been beat into us. Never play Dodgeball! Then I’ve experienced playing the game at some of the placement schools I have been too. This was as a time filler!
As a pre-service teacher I have never included into one of my lessons. My current thinking is that it will be different from school to school. If you know your students well and it is a game that fits into your curriculum and has purpose, then why not play it.
I would say as a teacher I am not that fond of the game really. For me, like any activity in the lesson it has to serve a purpose. I can’t say that I will never play the game, because my opinion may well change when I get a job and start teaching. But again, it has to serve a purpose in the lesson. If an activity is safe for EVERYONE and serves a purpose, then it can be in a lesson. Thats my thinking anyway.
MemberJune 22, 2016 at 4:37 am
I’ve just been to the school I will be completing my final teacher placement. It is secondary, they have 2 X 75 minute lessons for P.E and 1 lesson for Health each week. I know that is Years 7-10. Not 100% for years 11&12 as that is the VCE years. Seems great to me, especially when at my last placement they had single 45 minute lessons, once a week and the way the lessons where run, students changing before and after etc there was only lie 20 mins teaching actually happening. That was at a fairly expensive private school here in Melbourne.
MemberJune 22, 2016 at 4:28 am
Yeah, its great isn’t it. Turns my 45 min drive to Uni into time thats actually productive. It is an easy way to learn for me too. Just listen away and having the ability to listen to anything over again as well id great!. Theres been some great Voxcasts too. The one with all the International Teachers on it was great for me as I want to teach internationally, so some great info. Another podcast Ive go ten into, through Andy Vassily’s podcast is the TED radio hour. Not a teaching specific podcast but some heat theme an ideas that can be applied to teaching.
MemberJune 21, 2016 at 1:01 am
Run Your life with Andy is a must! Can’t get enough of those podcasts! Would really recommend them. Not just useful for teachers either.
MemberJune 6, 2016 at 8:37 am
I am Chris, I am from Melbourne, Australia. I am in my last year of study to become a P.E and Health Teacher. I can’t wait to graduate soon, Nov/Dec this year which will be great. I am trying are to start of on the right foot and trying to learn as much as I can. I loved the idea of this community as it is great t be around some many great P.E teacher who are continually pushing themselves to improve their teaching. It is really a big inspiration for me.
I am very keen to teach somewhere in Asia, ideally at a International School.I had the amazing opportunity to do a 4 week placement in a local school in Singapore through my University. I have actually applied for my first job that will be in the local system in Singapore. I have been shortlisted which is very exciting. So wish me luck.
I look forward to continuing my development as a teacher and getting an actual job!