Kia Ora, Welcome!
My name is Ashley Schellingerhout, and this is my blog. I teach year 5/6 at Tamaki Primary School in Auckland. I am also a graduate of the 2016/17 Manaiakalani Digital Teachers Academy (MDTA) cohort, a CoL (Within school) teacher and part of Manaiakalani Google Class On Air for 2018.
Today was the Tamaki cluster softball tournament, and my first sports tournament ever. I never played sports as a child, and this hasn't changed as I went into adulthood.
However, I wanted to make a conscious effort to go out of my comfort zone (read my goals for 2017 here). So I volunteered to coach the year 5 and 6 softball teams.
This has meant that for three weeks, I have had a softball training almost every lunchtime. This has been hard on me personally as I haven't been eating lunch properly and taking that break, making me more tired for the afternoon block of learning and also messes with my eating schedule.
I am glad I did sign up for it, as I have learnt a lot about the game of softball and of course have gotten to know my kids better as well.
My focus for the year 5 team was for them to learn how to play. I purposely made them rotate often through the various 'roles' in the team, even during the competition. I wanted them to build confidence in themselves and their physical ability, and the focus was about getting better, not being the best. This rotation was a focus for the year 6's as well, rather than them having 'set' roles in the team. This definitely did happen - every single child got better, wether at batting or catching
The next sport is cricket (starting next week!) and I am looking forward to learning more about the sport (ala, I know nothing..) and continuing to build strong relationships with my students through this extra activity.