Thursday, March 4, 2010
A look into motor development
Physical Education can defined through health related fitness and performance related. It is geared toward the teaching trough the physical to children. Two goals of Developmental Physical Education are skill acquisition and cognitive learning. Some activities to enhance the skills acquisition are locomotive such as walking, running, and leaping. For more of a cognitive approach manipulation skills such as throwing, catching and rolling a ball are good. We could work also on stability through axial movements such as twisting and bending or static/dynamic movements such as dodging and rolling.
Children learn at different rates and three components, learner, task and environment are what lead to the child's development as a whole. Therefore group appropriateness activities, which are based upon the chronological order and grade level of the class are not always beneficial to the students. More activities that focus an a variety of individual appropriate activities which are geared toward a students learning phase and skills are more useful.
We must take all this into consideration and help our students who are being attacked by three major critical issues. Obesity which is sadly rising quickly. Increase in-school and community violence among children and early puberty.