|Hiding in the shadows.|
- To teach movement concepts and content
- To get kids moving
- Improve the health of today's youth
- Introduce sports, games and activities that might otherwise be unknown to the students
- Measure fitness and growth
- Prepare students for jobs in the exercise/health/fitness industries
- Teach students how to take care of their bodies for life
- Help students who need health/wellness and fitness for careers in the Armed Services, Fire and Rescue and Police Departments
But what about PLAY? Is my job to teach kids how to play? When they reach grade 1 and 2 shouldn't they already know how to PLAY?
Increasingly I find it hard not to play in physical education class. I spend most of my time facilitating play activities while embedding all the state standards for Physical Education into the games the students are playing.
|Students move through the gym safely in the dark while playing Hide and Go Seek Tag.|
|Students stack mats to create a hiding tunnel.|
I know there are many reasons why Play is becoming a lost part of childhood and this is a discussion for another time. What I really want to know "Are any other elementary PE teachers experiencing this phenomenon?" Again I find myself teaching play activities and embedding content into the games I teach. Kids need to know how to play. As a physical activity specialist I feel it is my duty to Teach Play. Below is a brief sample of my lesson.
|Health related fitness components.|
Game: Hide and Go Seek Tag
Content Covered in Game: Discussed before, during and after activity.
- Cardiovascular Health- Running
- Muscular Health- Setting up obstacles
- Flexibility- moving into and out of hiding areas
- Cooperation- Setting up game with small groups, fixing obstacles, sharing hiding spots
- Identification of positive feelings associated from participation in a physical activity
- Positive social interaction
- Demonstrate conflict resolution strategies- rock-paper-scissors
- Adapt game to needs of all players
- Respond to appropriate and safe practices for self and class- check speed, look before running, never crawl on top of obstacles
- Demonstrate ethical decision making -follow rules established by group prior to start of game
|Non stop Cardio!|