Protocol Overview and Instructions:
Within this technique students explore whether the solution(s) they came up with related to the driving question is (1) new, (2) useful, and (3) feasible. This is a relatively simple way for students to evaluate whether their solution is on the right track and where they may need some more work. Often times the category of communication (how well and creatively was the issue and solution presented?) is added to this strategy in order to emphasize that students need to not only develop good ideas, they must also be able to present and communicate them well.
NUF Test Protocol Instructions
During the Create-A-Game activity my upper elementary students participate in, prior to presenting to the class, I have them evaluate their game using the NUF Test. Is it a New activity, is it Useful (Does it keep students active and use Physical Literacy Skills?), and is it Feasible (can it be done)? This brings an awareness to students as they prepare to present the activity to their classmates so we can all try it out.
"Using the NUF Test allows students to get real about whether the game they created can actually materialize. With upper elementary students, it helps dial in their ideas because they are typically all over the place."
Meet the Educator:
I have taught Health and Physical Education for 12 years in Grand Haven. For the last 6 years, I have taught Young 5s-4th grade PE at Mary A. White Elementary and Rosy Mound. I graduated from Michigan State University with a Kinesiology degree and then went on to earn my Master’s in Educational Leadership from MSU as well.
"I enjoy thinking outside of the box and giving my students unique experiences in PE. I intentionally try to stay away from traditional sports/activities and add something so that they remember what we do and why we do it. Incorporating PBL into my teaching was a no-brainer because it makes such an impactful experience for students and makes them think in ways they wouldn’t otherwise..."