ERIC Number: ED261051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Programs and Practices to Meet the Needs of the Middle School Child.
Students in the middle school are all sizes and shapes physically, at different levels of mental maturity and at different stages of socialization. The diverse needs of these individuals can be satisfied only by providing a comprehensive physical education program containing a required program supplemented with intramurals, club sports and interschool components. The interschool competition could be unnecessary if the other three facets of the program are functioning to their fullest and should have lowest priority for facilities, budget and faculty time. The club sports and intramural programs are barely touched by many schools and have tremendous room for expansion. These programs have declined because of demands on facilities but perhaps administrators should reevaluate their priorities to meet the needs of the majority of the students in their school. Students should have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities in a daily program in their transitional years. The lessons should be vigorous, skill development oriented, with instruction on mechancial and physiological concepts incorported into the teaching. The length of time activities are scheduled should reflect the developmental differences between sixth and eighth graders, with short exploratory activities for sixth graders and longer skill developing units for eighth graders. (Author)
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