Friday, March 12, 2010

Dinosaur Week

This week in lab we did a dinosaur theme. My group was the first group to go this week and it was rough! The kids were just so wired and energetic that it made are group look like we couldn't control them. All the kids wanted to do was play basketball and run around and play with their friends. I did learn that since we were the first group going we should have just played a quick game that would get them tired out so that they would then listen and want to play our games. After attempting to play our games and the other group played their games the kids just wanted to play basketball. I tried to have the kids i worked with show me their dribble and shot, just to try and have them work on skills instead of just messing around with their friends. The kids loved the song that the last group did and i think it was a great finish to a rough start.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Child Growth and Development

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Movement Skills and Physical Fitness

Fundamental movement skills are the development of the body’s motor control, precision, and accuracy in the performance of movements. Two kinds of fundamental movement skills are locomotion and manipulation. A few examples of locomotion skills are; walking, running, and jumping. Those are three basic skills for locomotion. Combinations skills for locomotion are climbing, sliding, and skipping. A few examples of manipulation are propulsive, which is like ball rolling, kicking, and bouncing. There also is absorptive, which is catching and trapping.
Stability is broken up into two sections, axial and Static and dynamic postures. A couple of examples of axial stability would be bending and swinging. Examples of static and dynamic postures would be rolling and dodging.
Physical fitness is defined as a combination of Health related fitness and Performance related fitness. Health related fitness is made up of the body’s muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Performance related fitness is made up of what the body can do. Balance, speed of movement, agility, and coordination are all examples of this.

Developmental Physical Education

There are three critical issues that children in the US are facing today. The first issue is that childhood obesity has been rising rapidly. The second issue at hand is that the violence in schools and in the communities among the youth has all of us alarmed. The third issue is early puberty has important psychosocial ramifications.
There are several goals that go along with Developmental Physical Education. Two of those goals are physical activity and fitness enhancement and cognitive learning. Physical activity and fitness enhancement means keeping the child active with physical activity. By doing this would enhance their fitness levels and help keep them in shape. Cognitive learning is the ability to think, reason, and act to new movement settings.
There are three major factors that lead to the development of the whole child and they are; Biology of the “individual”, Conditions of the learning “environment”, and Requirements of the movement “task”.
Individual appropriateness is the idea that children have their own individual timing and pattern of growth and development. Group appropriateness is the idea that age and grade level influence the curriculum but are secondary to individual appropriateness.
The difference between the two is that individual appropriateness is geared more specifically to the child’s level of personal fitness and cognitive development, while group appropriateness provides only general guidelines for the activities selected.