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Do you need some interesting ways to get your students thinking about their swimming lessons? Try getting your children to reflect on their swimming experiences and encourage them to write down what they are enjoying and what they would like to achieve. Ranking their level of enjoyment in the pool is a great indicator for both students and teachers to gauge how someone is feeling about the whole experience and provides opportunities for discussions to take place about their interests, goals or fears. These are great ways to link the swimming experience to the curriculum areas of thinking, relating to others, managing self and participating and contributing.
Check out how one teacher uses some of the Kiwi Swim Safe resources as self swimming assessments. Each child has their own self swimming assessment (page 16 from the Kiwi Swim Safe manual) and ticks off each activity when they can do it and has an arrow next to those activities they are working towards. Each student gets to colour in their corresponding Koru level character and they love it. Each student is super excited about swimming and achieving all activities in Kiwi Swim Safe.
Self reflection is a really important part of everything we do. Reflecting helps us to identify what has worked well for us in our swimming classes and what we can try to do differently. When you have new staff training as buddy teachers, encourage them to keep a journal of what they are learning in the pool. Get them to note down what they are enjoying and any questions they have. This can be a great way to support their learning and enables them to critically reflect on their learning experiences. It also helps managers to identify future learning needs for each individual person.