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APPROPRIATE ACTIVITIES :
An activity must have an educational purpose , this is not recess
   Games don't teach skills
   Games reinforce skills and teach children how and when to use them
   Games should include a thorough unit
   Part of games can result in more learning than full scale ones
   QUESTIONS TO BE ASKED:
What skills are being reinforced
Safety considerations
Is the game enjoyable for all levels
Any eleimination activities
Any social skills that the game reinforces
SELECTING GAMES:
Remember that certain games have alot in common
   Tennis , volleyball and badminton require ball striking skills
   Invasion games as b-ball , hockey and soccer all involve dribbling against a defender and an opponents dribble.
BE SURE THE ACTIVITY REINFORCES THE ACTIVITY YOU
WILL TEACH.................ENCOURAGE QUALITY PRACTICE
MODIFYING GAMES :
   Play small sided games(3 on 3)
   Students will get more time with the ball and less skilled students will understand what is required of them .
ORGANIZING GAMES :
   In games with boundries make these very clear and penalize players for going out of bounds
   Set up boundries before the game and never use walls , sidewalks or trees as boundries
   STATIONS - allows students to do different activities or a single activity in parts for more practice time
   Eastyto observe and give feedback
   Easy to spot competent bystanders and horseplay
TEACHING GAMES :
   Have few rules to get the game started
   Add  more rules later as the game goes along
   Master the skills before starting play
   Give plenty of practice and performance cues
   State corrections instead of what is wrong
   Effective demonstrations - avoid showing the wrong way first
   Show correct way then the errors to avoid
   Appropriate encouragement
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RULES TO LIVE BY and REMEMBER :
   Always make appropriate boundries with cones or safety devices
   Never run to a wall or an object(stage , door , etc.)
   Keep ice packs handy along with bandaids , gauze and tape
   Br really great friends with the Nurse and Custodian
   Don't move entire groups into different formations when engaging in new activities that require basic commands.
   Always have your back to the wall for full class vision
   Use a stop and start device that the students recognize
   When in doubt have the class sit down during instructions- this keeps you at a high level of management
   Develop an effective class management model and post a limited number of rules on a bulletin board .
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What are the benefits of gymnastics?
Physical
1. Gymnastics is an anaerobic sport.
Anaerobic means "without oxygen." Gymnasts tend to have middling levels of aerobic (with oxygen) capacity (13). However, gymnasts are among the strongest and most flexible of all athletes (27, 38). Gymnastics performances usually last under 90 seconds. The level of intensity of the activities is too high for long-term performance such as seen in endurance sport long duration events like the marathon.
2. Gymnasts are among the strongest, pound for pound, of all the Olympic athletes.

3. Gymnasts are among the most flexible of all athletes.
Gymnastics emphasizes flexibility due to the need for gymnasts to adopt certain specific positions in order to perform skills. The flexibility demands of gymnastics are probably the most significant and unique aspects of gymnastics that serves to separate gymnastics from most other sports
4. Gymnasts are very good at both static and dynamic balance.
5. Gymnasts learn early to fall without injuring themselves
6. Gymnasts are among the smallest and lightest of athletes
Gymnastics is somewhat unique in that it provides competitive opportunities for the smallest and lightest athletes. Many sports are clearly biased to prefer athletes who are tall and/or big. Sports that cater to smaller athletes usually involve weight classes which limit the number of small athletes who can participate (i.e., one per team) (76). Smallness is actually beneficial for gymnasts in performing better and avoiding injury .
7. Gymnastics is a reasonably safe sport.
Although there are numerous sources of information on injury in sport, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is one of the best. Table 1 shows the number of people visiting hospital emergency rooms in 1997 (56). Note that hunting injuries are not included. In some cases, injuries caused by using equipment are separated from the activity, such as swimming.
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Not only do the gymnast [sic] acquire the ability to focus on an activity while blocking out what's going on around them,gymnasts learned valuable time-management skills that carried over into all her activities and school.
Gymnastics is a terrific sport for young people. Many people have grown up in and by gymnastics to become doctors, lawyers, teachers, business people, professors, police officers, nurses, scientists, and many others. Gymnastics provides an outstanding way for young people to test their mettle against themselves and others. Gymnastics can provide opportunities for physical development, character development, and education that are hard to find anywhere else.
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Detailed Plan for a Teaching/Learning Session
Time
Actual time of the day
Duration
Activity time, changing time, travelling to the venue time
Introduction: Beginning the Activity
Introduction in the classroom.
   How are you gong to prepare the children for the lesson?
   How will you share the purpose of the lesson?
   How are you gong to relate the lesson to previous experiences?
   What health related aspects will you focus on?
   How will you ensure all pupils are actively engaged in activity?
Warm up
   What are the activities?
   How does your warm up link into the rest of the lesson?
   What techniques/skill/quality focus will you emphasise?
Development: Keeping the Activity Going/Challenging Learning
Development
   Is the activity appropriately challenging?
   What techniques are you focussing on?
   What are your expectations of standards and quality?
   Will planned activity levels be high?
   How do the skills, techniques, relate to future applications?
   How will you organise pupils?
   What opportunities are there fore intervention/feedback?
   What demonstrations will you use?
Challenge
   How will your activities progress?
   Is there challenge .... quality ... ?
   How will you consolidate learning/are there opportunities for planning and evaluating?
   Learning?
   How will you ensure pupils maintain high standards/correct techniques?
   How will you organise equipment/resources?
   Are there opportunities for assessment?
Conclusion: Consolidating Learning
Warm down
   How will you ensure pupils' activity levels reduce smoothly?
   What opportunities are there for pupils to reflect on their learning?
   How will you ensure pupils revise the key aspects for their learning during the session?
   What aspects of their performance will you highlight for feedback/reaction?
   What are your expectations for future teaching?
   How will you organise?
Points to Remember
   What behaviours do you expect/need to emphasise?
   What safety aspect do you need to highlight?
   What safety checks do you need to make?
   How will the equipment/apparatus be used/placed?
   What routines/procedures do you need to emphasise?
   Where will you position yourself?
   What questions will you ask?
   How will you deal with the organisation points in the lesson?
   What incentives will you use?
   Is there any special provision you need to make for any individual(s)?
   What quality aspects of movement do you need to emphasise?
   How are you going to ensure pupils are prepared for the next event in their day?
   How do you ensure all pupils experience success?
   How will you reinforce the adoption of positive attitudes towards lifelong physically active lifestyles