ERIC Number: ED210263
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Planning, Organizing & Implementing Developmental Movement Skill Themes for Elementary School Children.
Gallahue, David L.
A four-step approach to planning and implementing a physical education program for children centers on a theme, through which movement skills are developed and refined. In preplanning, a scope and sequence chart are a means of providing a general overview of the school year and the progression involved from year to year. The second step involves observational assessment of pupils so they may be classified as being generally in the initial, elementary, or mature stage of development for the specific patterns being observed. This enables the teacher to implement specific strategies to advance the learner to the next level or stage of development. Once the entry level of the student has been determined, specific means are devised and implemented to foster improvement. It is important that specific skill objectives for each lesson be determined, and that the teacher know when to move on to the next skill theme. The lesson generally consists of four parts: introduction, review of learned skills, the body of the lesson itself, and a summary of the lesson. The final phase consists of continual observation and refocusing of the lesson to achieve a balance between success, challenge, and failure. To accomplish this, constant evaluations and reassessments of pupil progress, interest, and needs enable the teacher to be flexible and to create the most effective learning environment. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Indiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IN, October 30, 1981).