Physical Literacy

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If I get an opportunity to teach physical education in an elementary setting the concept of physical literacy will be important for me to keep in mind when designing lessons. At a young age children need to develop basic motor skills to be able to participate in physical activities for the rest of their lives. It will be my job as a teacher to find fun and developmentally appropriate ways in which I can engage the students in the basic motor skills so that in the future they are competent in the basic skills and can apply them in a more challenging sport specific setting. In any subject, a student’s knowledge and skills must be scaffolded (built upon) in order to master more complex concepts and skills.

What has teaching become?

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As a teacher it is important to be mindful of what material you are teaching to your students and the method you are teaching it to them. If you are purely just teaching them irrelevant facts and having them memorize those facts, they will not be engaged in the learning process and will not be active learners. When students are not active learners there is a larger chance they will not retain any of the information for any length of time. This video supports Paulo Freire’s (1993) idea that students do not learn best when information is mindlessly taught to them, he refers to this as the ‘Banking concept of education’, students are simply filled with information by the teacher. When I am teaching I will need to put thought into how I can make all of the lessons relevant to my students and how I can get them engaged in their learning.

Teaching Games for Understanding

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From my experience as a learner, it has been most effective when a teacher has taught basic skills first and gradually increased the complexity, or scaffolded my knowledge and skills. In a physical education setting these basic skills can be taught to students in a more engaging way if they are in the form of a game. The game can begin with very few rules and only minimal objectives, then it can be modified increasingly as the students master each new stage. In order for a teacher to properly incorporate this concept into a class, he or she must know the students well enough to know what skills they already possess and what skills are not too complex for them to attain at that particular time.

In Conclusion

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While I hope to be able to include all of the above mentioned concepts in my teaching, I know that they will not all come automatically. Through my teaching experiences I will be able to see what works, what does not and then alter my teaching style and philosophy accordingly.