Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Rugby Soccer Basketball

I like to try to get my students thinking outside the box, and think and do things in new and creative ways, and have fun doing it.

Today I had a relief class. I had to fill in for the Physical Education teacher. He was here, but he was sharing his expertise in Hoki (Boy's Field Hockey) with the coach and players from another school.

I didn't know what to do, so I asked the kids what they wanted to do, which can be dangerous. The girls said they wanted to go to the library or stay in class and study. The boys said they wanted to go outside and play either rugby, soccer, or basketball. Some of the boys said they didn't want to do anything. So I allowed the girls to go upstairs to the library, and I took the boys to the lockerroom by the field, so they could change and run around.

Most of them changed, but some of them didn't. Since today was "club day", when they have club activites, all the students and teachers were dressed up in their club uniforms. Clubs meaning Boy and Girl Scouts, Red Crescent, Firefighting, Army, and other things.

After they changed, I took them to the gymnasium to see if there were any rugby balls, soccer balls, or basketballs we could use. You have to go up to the balcony of the gymnasium to get them, and the balcony is full of bird guano from the Swift's that make the gymnasium their permanent home. The rooms upstairs looked like they had been ransacked by monkeys. There were balls there, but they were all partially deflated.

So they threw down whatever they found that was halfway decent, and we had a fullcourt game of Rugby Soccer Basketball.

We made up the rules as we went along. As you can see from the picture above, one of the rules was that you had to try to make a basket with whatever type of ball you had, while some guys with Hoki sticks tried to block your shot.

So there were students running around with a rugby ball, trying to get to the basket to make a shot, while others were shooting baskets with deflated basketballs, which then doubled a soccer balls, and the soccer balls doubled for everything.

Even the students who hadn't changed were running around in their uniforms getting all sweaty, and everyone had a great time, including me.

Just a bunch of kids having fun and being kids, which they have very little opportunity to do here.