ERIC Number: ED381529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Every Child a Winner with Inclusion.
Owens, Martha; Rockett, Susan
This paper describes the "Every Child a Winner" curriculum that provides inclusion for special needs children in elementary classrooms. Key elements of the curriculum for all ability levels are: improved fitness and motor skills, and enhanced academics and self-esteem for every child. Early program development is described as growing out of movement concepts that were later delineated into objectives and sequential movement experiences for children in daily lessons. The rationale for using movement concepts was that these were thought to better serve the needs of all students as well as those with special needs. Strategies are enumerated: the content decision; the appropriate teaching facility; the selection of equipment and apparatus; and the teaching method, class organization, and discipline techniques. In summary the paper describes the curriculum as centered on space awareness, body awareness, qualities of movement, and relationships. The paper also reports that field tests have found some strategies to be particularly effective: movement concepts for content; facility changes to allow students more flexibility; equipment selection to allow a variety of shapes, sizes, weights, and adaptability; indirect teaching methods; class organization to permit student decisions about grouping; and positive discipline which facilitates student responsibility for their own behavior. A program specification sheet is appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Disabilities, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Inclusive Schools, Individualized Education Programs, Mainstreaming, Movement Education, Program Descriptions, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Self Esteem, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Excellence, Inc., Ocilla, GA.
Identifiers: Every Child a Winner