Volleyball Underhand Serve Assessment

Volleyball Underhand Serve Assessment


a. Has a staggered stance

b. Holds ball about waist height in front of body

c. Strikes the ball about waist height off of the other hand.

d. Strikes ball with the fist/heel of the hand.

e. Ball lands  in opposite court



Attempt 1:       _____/5


Attempt 2:       _____/5


Total:               _____/10

Badminton Game play checklist

Badminton Game play assessment


a. Returns serve to disadvantage opponent

b. Uses a variety of serving options (ie. short-long, drive-flick, fore-backhand)

c. Rallies opponent out of position (ie. varying depth of shots, Front-back, side-side, hits to corners)

d. Returns to central location after each hit

e. Recognizes opponents’ weaknesses and plays to them (ie. Hits to backhand, for a drop, for a clear)



Total:     /5

Motivation and mindset anchoring

Joe Kirby


When I was at University, a running joke was how little we’d all worked on our papers, how late and last minute we’d left them, and how little effort we’d put into them. A couple of things jolted me out of this mindset. International students I knew, from China, India, Europe, Africa and South America, didn’t seem to share English students’ view that slack effort was funny and clever. And my Dad told me that what actually happened at his University was that people boasted publicly about not working, but then worked feverishly in private. The joke was on us.


Beliefs matter; mindset matters; work ethic matters. Kids’ ideas about effort stem from their mindset. The research from Carol Dweck is much acclaimed, and rightly so. If you believe in effortless intelligence, it leads to fear of effort and failure. If you believe in hard work and overcoming setbacks…

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The Virtuous Cycle of Education

yes Education is very important and has great benefits, but making it a human right…. Also, who is deciding “what IS education?”? Is education strictly classroom learning? what topics? etc.


This review of the United Nation’s Millennium Goals targeted to be achieved by 2015 are reviewed here, through an examination of the vicious cycle (from low access to education, to illiteracy, to poverty, and low socioeconomic status and back again) becoming virtuous. With one year left to realize these laudable goals, how far have we come, how far do we have left to go, and how does this factor into the ongoing discussion of public education transformation? You be the judge!

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We Need to Teach into the Unknown…


Grant Lichtman shares his insights about the current changes occurring in education, based on his decades-long passion for transformational education. “Change in education is not hard. It’s uncomfortable and complicated, but it’s not hard. I ask you to consider that.” Of particular note is Lichtman’s concept of the new education ecosystem, globally based, which he terms the “cognitosphere” – a system of knowledge creation and management that reflects the knowledge economy in which we are now immersed. “I hate the term 21st century skills,” Lichtman remarks. “These are recurring skills to which we need to return. I did not visit one school of which John Dewey would not be proud.” This is a constructive, thoughtful, engaging presentation that is worth 15 minutes of your time.

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Is grouping students in year levels the best method for teaching?

the social mindset of education….why do we group students by age?


When a baby is born, everyone is very excited about the news. The parents are very proud of their new arrival and continue to be as the little one starts meeting all the normal milestones along the way as part of growing up: lifting his/her head, rolling over, sitting up, crawling, walking, first word etc.

What interests me is, while we recognise there are certain milestone that should occur at general times for a normally developing baby, we don’t hold a child to any particular timeline to achieve each step on their journey. We don’t except a baby to do a lesson on walking on Monday and achieve it by Friday or they fail. We don’t provide intervention support for babies who are slower to walk than others. Similarly we allow babies to achieve milestones earlier if they are able. No one says to a baby, “I’m sorry, you shouldn’t be sitting up yet…

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Quality Teacher Talk

Teaching with props?

Full On Learning

In this typically engaging short video piece from Hans Rosling, the world-renowned data visualisation and data-entertainment guru (see his brilliant TED Talks for more), identifies the power of explaining using props. He emphasises that although video can be used to explain some concepts, (see Ted-ED for examples to use if you’re looking to implement some flipped learning in your lessons), nothing replaces the teacher and their ability   to make learning fun through the explanations they can offer. For teachers and presenters alike,  being able to draw upon a vast repertoire of explaining is fundamental to being able to meet the needs of all learners/ listeners. As a result, there’s a great opportunity to keep refreshing ‘explaining techniques’ and consider the many ways we can employ quality teacher talk to differentiate, challenge and encourage learners to understand new concepts and think in new ways.

I’ve included a screen shot of an observation format I use very…

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