Goals of physical education

(Previously appeared as http://facebook.com/david.phillips.austin/posts/595850393776781)

This Monday I took my first ever class with the UT Argentine Tango Club, where @Avi Taicher and @Nicole Shutter conducted a class in molinetes to left and right with parada. I love visiting the University where I spent many happy years learning and working. It’s such an energizing environment.

This class had to be moved from their usual room to Anna Hiss Gym. I enjoyed the huge, high space filled with natural light and fresh air, and with a gorgeous maple floor (albeit covered with various colored sports court lines). Looking around, I was taken with the various posters around the wall. It seemed as if they could all be taken to speak (at least metaphorically in some cases) to tango dancers. Here’s what they said . . .

Goals of Physical education:

  • to learn to move skillfully and with confidence.
  • to learn to encourage and help each other.
  • to understand the importance of regular physical activity for a healthy lifestyle.
  • to learn to value your body and the feelings that come from physical activity.
  • to develop strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance.
  • to enjoy movement and choose a physically active life.

Help Each Other

Levels of Skill Proficiency

  • Precontrol – Successful only by chance, each trial different
  • Control – Can perform the skill with complete concentration
  • Utilization – Can perform the skill while attending to other stimuli
  • Proficiency – Skill is second nature, can perform while attending to a variety of other stimuli

–George Graham

Personal/Social Skills

  • Encouragement/Motivation
  • Responsibility
  • Confidence
  • Effort/Perseverance
  • Initiative
  • Compromise
  • Honesty
  • Caring
  • Sportsmanship
  • Cooperation/Teamwork
  • Communication

[These next two, Skill Themes and Spatial Awareness evoked ideas for creative dancing.]

Skill Themes

  • Traveling
  • Chasing, Dodging, Fleeing
  • Throwing & Catching
  • Kicking, Punting, Trapping
  • Volleying
  • Dribbling
  • Striking w/ Paddles
  • Striking w/ long handled implements
  • Balancing

Space Awareness

  • Location
  • Self of personal space
  • General space
  • Directions
  • Up/down
  • Forward/backward
  • Right/left
  • Clockwise/counterclockwise
  • Levels
  • Low
  • Middle
  • High
  • Pathways (floor/air)
  • Straight
  • Curved
  • Zigzap
  • Extensions
  • Large/small
  • Far/near

Teaching Concerns

  • Hellison’s Levels of Participation
  • Levels of Skill Proficiency -Graham
  • Activity Selection
  • Leading & Safety Considerations
  • Structure of Games
  • Grouping Strategies
  • Scoring
  • Add on Games

Felices caminando!
—David

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