Wednesday, September 29, 2010

No Game for the Hall of Shame

My initial reaction to seeing the games in the Hall of Shame is dissapointment. I remember playing all of these games in elementary school and to know that the phys. ed. program that I had in school is a bummer. It makes me wonder how much more i would have been able to develop as an athlete if i had a better physical education in grade school. They were alot of fun from what i remember though. I actually use simon says in some of the swimming lesson classes that i teach over the summer, but in the games we play nobody gets eliminated. It is a good way to get kids to review skills that you need them to learn in a fun kind of way. In an actual PE class taking away the elimination may take away the incentive to listen but you could have the winners get candy or you by them ice cream at lunch or something. anything you could think of that would be reinforcing the good the students are doing rather then the bad. the old typical version of simon says involved things such as touch your nose, touch your ear, raise your hand, all things that have them standing in one spot. If that was replaced with actions that you actually want them to learn as a PE Insructor such as running, hopping, skipping, dancing, or jumping, then this game could turn out to be a valuable tool.

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