Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Are kids good movers?

In schools today, kids are moving, but not as well as they should be.  There are many things (TV, video games, etc) that keep kids from participating in physical activity, and these things cause them to be inefficient movers.  If kids are physically active, they are usually put in one sport and spend their time only developing skills for that activity.  To create better, more efficient movers we need to teach kids how to move in a variety of different ways.  By teaching kids a large variety of skills, there is a better chance that they will find an activity that they can use for lifelong physical activity.  Staring kids out moving at a young age is very important so be sure that if you are an elementary PE teacher, you encourage a variety of activities that can appeal to many different children, even those who are not motivated or physically fit.  New units such as adventure activity and exergaming can help to reach the kids who are mot motivated or need a lot of teaching by invitation. 

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