Balancing Instructional Time with Practice Time: the story of Volleyball Bingo


Last night while moderating the last session of #pechat, this anecdotal part of the discussion sparked a reflection from earlier in the school year. To give context, last nights #pechat focused on the balance between effective use of instructional time (IT) and practice time (PT). Much of what was discussed centered on things such as: effective planning, limiting teacher talk, purposeful practice vs. physical activity, questioning, and interspersing instruction/checking for understanding throughout a solid lesson with high levels of practice opportunity. One of my biggest professional goals this year was finding ways to give timely, specific feedback as efficiently as possible–this was imperative for me because of the rather large (45 students) classes I encountered on a daily basis.

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