Teaching Physical Activity
BookThis book will help you get participants enthused about physical activity by giving them ownership. Teaching Physical Activity: Change, Challenge, and Choice guides you in designing activities and games through which you can meet your objectives while engaging all the participants in your class or group.
You engage all participants by creating healthy learning climates where everyone feels safe, capable, successful, motivated, and connected to others, and where they have a sense of ownership in the activities. And that’s exactly what Teaching Physical Activity: Change, Challenge, and Choice helps you do. That ownership comes from the choices that participants make: First, participants choose from challenges that you offer them, which allow them some self-directed behavior. Second, at a more advanced level, participants can choose among options they generate themselves, imparting a greater sense of autonomy—and with it, a willingness to participate in a more personal and appropriate manner.
These choices result in changes—changes to games and activities and changes in the ways participants view being physically active. Kids will no longer fear being embarrassed in front of their peers; instead, they will welcome the challenges of a safe and fun learning environment and become more fully engaged. These ideas of choice and change are key ingredients in this book.
Other key ingredients include
- foundational material on teaching activities and games,
- 45 ready-to-use games and activities to get you started right away, and
- numerous tips, ideas, and strategies to help you fully understand and implement this approach.
Part I lays a foundation for changing activities in ways that afford proper challenges to participants. It focuses on ways to maximize participation by relating participants’ needs to the program goals, and it explores strategies for introducing change, challenge, and choice into your program. It also guides you in the type of communication necessary for successful implementation, and it details the steps involved in sharing decision making with participants. Part II includes 45 activities that feature change, challenge, and choice strategies you can apply with your participants. The activities span a variety of physical activity pursuits, such as dance, adventure, and sports.
Written by the leaders of the “changing kids’ games” movement, Teaching Physical Activity: Change, Challenge, and Choice will help you engage all the participants under your charge, regardless of their levels of skill, fitness, and motivation. Your participants will benefit now, and the experience will pave the way for a lifetime of healthy physical activity.
Reference for K to 8 physical education teachers and recreation and youth group leaders. Text for teaching games and activities courses in PETE programs or as a supplemental text for methods and pedagogy courses.
Table of ContentsPreface
Part I: Basics of Change, Challenge, and Choice
Chapter 1: Maximizing Participation: The Three Cs
Beginning With Participant Needs
Relating Participants’ Needs to Program Goals
Implementing Strategies to Maximize Participation
Chapter 2: Strategies to Introduce Change, Challenge, and Choice
Meeting the Needs of a Diverse Population
Strategies to Introduce Change
Strategies to Introduce Challenge
Strategies to Introduce Choice
Chapter 3: The Language of Choice
Effective Instructor Talk
Effective Participant Talk
Chapter 4: Sharing Decision Making
Phase 1: Identify the Need for Change
Phase 2: Demonstrate Some Changes
Phase 3: Grant Permission to Make Changes
Phase 4: Use the Five Categories
Phase 5: Alter the Degree of Difficulty
Phase 6: Offer Appropriate Choices
Part II: Examples of Change, Challenge, and Choice
Chapter 5: Games
Maple Hill Ball
Parts of Speech
Chapter 6: Adventure Activities
Switch, Change, Rotate
Chapter 7: Fitness Activities
Continuous Movement Program (CMP)
Around the Gym We Go
1, 2, 3 Dragon
Fitnessgram PACER Test
Health-Related Fitness Relay
Food Pyramid Challenge
Aerobic Home Fun
Walk Across America Challenge
Chapter 8: Dance Activities
Ideas for Teaching Dance
Time to Face the Music
Creative Four Corners
Chapter 9: Sport and Recreational Activities
Kickball Over a Net
About the Authors