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Teaching Children Gymnastics 3rd Edition PDF

Teaching Children Gymnastics 3rd Edition PDF

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    This third edition of Teaching Children Gymnastics will help you tailor a gymnastics program to your teaching situation while combining the best facets of developmental skills, health-related fitness, and conceptual learning based on process characteristics of body, space, effort, and relationships. Internationally renowned author and educator Peter Werner and coauthors Lori Williams and Tina Hall guide you through the process of teaching gymnastics skills and then linking those skills into sequences.

    Having conducted workshops at all levels, the three authors combine decades’ worth of gymnastics knowledge and teaching experience. In this book, they offer updated and new material, including

    • a chapter on designing gymnastics sequences;

    • sections on behavior management, inclusion, and advocacy;

    • information on scope and sequence for grades K to 5;

    • information based on revised national standards, assessment, and designing of gymnastics sequences; and

    • additional learning experiences, plus ideas for creating more learning experiences.

    You will find real-life scenarios that will help you apply the material, and you will learn how to create a positive learning environment for your students. Chapter objectives, summaries, and reflection questions enhance the learning experience.

    Part I of Teaching Children Gymnastics provides an overview of developmentally appropriate gymnastics, exploring why it should be part of a high-quality elementary physical education program and how the instructional approach used in the book differs from the traditional approach used in physical education. The material in part I will help you plan your program, incorporate it into your curriculum, and assess your students.

    Part II provides great learning experiences for the skill themes of traveling, statics, and rotation. Each skill theme is broken into categories that help children acquire the skills they need to learn. It’s in this portion that they develop sequences that integrate all the skills they have learned. The authors also supply an appendix with forms and handouts, cutting down your preparation time.

    Teaching Children Gymnastics is a great tool for novice and experienced teachers alike. More than that, it’s the perfect resource for opening up the fun and exciting world of gymnastics to youngsters who are always looking for an excuse to perform just the types of skills that they will learn—and design sequences for—through this book.

    Part I Developmentally Appropriate Gymnastics

    Chapter 1 Why Is It Important to Teach Children Gymnastics?

    Defining Developmentally Appropriate Gymnastics

    Brief History of Gymnastics

    Gymnastics Today

    National Standards for Physical Education

    How Gymnastics Should Be Taught

    Where Are We Now?

    A Look to the Future


    Questions for Reflection

    Chapter 2 Tailoring Gymnastics to Fit Your Teaching Situation


    Developing a Positive Learning Environment


    Questions for Reflection

    Chapter 3 Incorporating Gymnastics Into Your Program

    Scope and Sequence

    Stages of Gymnastics

    Task Development in Gymnastics

    Direct and Indirect Teaching Styles

    When to Encourage Student Demonstrations

    Accountability: The Gymnastics Work Ethic

    Stressing Good Body Mechanics and Aesthetics

    Skill Themes for Gymnastics

    Process Variables

    Learning Experiences

    What Makes a Learning Experience Developmentally Appropriate?


    Questions for Reflection

    Chapter 4 Assessing Children’s Progress in Gymnastics

    New Ways to Assess

    What to Assess

    How to Assess

    Psychomotor Assessment

    Cognitive Assessment

    Affective Assessment

    Reporting What Has Been Assessed


    Questions for Reflection

    Part II Teaching Developmentally Appropriate Learning Experiences in Gymnastics

    Chapter 5 Learning Experiences for Traveling


    And Away We Go

    Landing Pad

    Traveling Transformers

    Bunny Hop

    Ready for Takeoff

    Rock and Roll

    Fantasy Flight

    Cross at the Intersection

    Clock Face

    Beam Me Up

    Me and My Shadow

    Additional Ideas for Learning Experiences

    Chapter 6 Learning Experiences for Statics


    Patches and Points

    Push and Pull

    Same, Different

    Shoulder Stand




    Bottoms Up


    See What I Can Do

    Lean on Me

    Additional Ideas for Learning Experiences

    Chapter 7 Learning Experiences for Rotation


    Balls, Eggs, and Pencils

    You’ve Got It All Backward


    Roll, Roll, Roll Your Body

    Taking a Spin

    The String Challenge

    A Roll by Any Other Name . . .

    Let’s Make a Connection

    Hip Circles

    Partner Task Cards

    Feet, Hands, Feet

    Additional Ideas for Learning Experiences

    Chapter 8 Designing Gymnastics Sequences

    What Makes a Good Gymnastics Sequence

    Sample Gymnastics Sequences

    Peter Werner, PED, is a retired distinguished professor emeritus from the department of physical education at the University of South Carolina. His area of expertise is physical education for children, including gymnastics, dance, and interdisciplinary learning. Dr. Werner has presented at numerous national conferences for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and for the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. He has presented a session on educational gymnastics at an international conference as well.

    Dr. Werner served as senior editor for Teaching Elementary Physical Education and has served in editorial roles for many other physical education publications. He has been recognized numerous times for his contributions to physical education, including receiving the Ada B. Thomas Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award in 2001 from the University of South Carolina, the Margie Hanson Service Award in 2002 from the Council on Physical Education for Children, and the Hall of Fame Joy of Effort Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education in 2008. He is a coauthor of Interdisciplinary Teaching Through Physical Education (2009), Seminar in Physical Education (2008), and Geocaching for Schools and Communities (2010), all with Human Kinetics. He has also written hundreds of articles.

    Dr. Werner and his wife make their home in Black Mountain, North Carolina, where he enjoys whitewater canoeing, running, biking, and hand-crafting brooms.

    Lori H. Williams, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She has taught physical education at the elementary, middle school, and college levels. Her 25 years of teaching experience include 14 years in public schools. Gymnastics has always been part of her curriculum. She coauthored Schoolwide Physical Activity (2010) and several articles for refereed publications. Williams has presented at numerous state, regional, and national conferences, many of which included a focus on gymnastics. She has been an active participant in collecting and analyzing assessment data at the state level with the South Carolina Physical Education Assessment Program, and she has been a member of the NASPE Assessment Task Force.

    Tina J. Hall, PhD, is an associate professor in the department of health and human performance at Middle Tennessee State University. She has taught since 1985, spending 18 of those years at the elementary and middle school levels. Her experience in gymnastics includes teaching gymnastics as an integral part of her elementary and middle school physical education curriculum, conducting an afterschool gymnastics club, and teaching educational gymnastics to future physical educators at the college level. Hall has conducted numerous workshops and in-services focusing on gymnastics. She is a coauthor of Schoolwide Physical Activity (2010) and several articles for refereed publications.