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ERIC Number: ED404084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Teaching Technical Skills through Play.
Gullion, Laurie
The value of light-hearted play in teaching technical recreational sport skills is immense. Children as well as adults can learn more quickly and completely with a games-oriented approach. Often without realizing the hidden goal of excellent skiing or paddling, participants respond to intriguing tasks in a game, immerse themselves in good practice, and expand their means of safely participating in the sport. Ultimately, they become more proficient in the activity. The instructor or leader must understand how to select activities that target specific skill development, safely manage the play environment, and direct play to build enjoyable intensive learning experiences. This paper provides tips and strategies related to selection of a game with a hidden skill agenda, game duration and intensity, total participation, role of the leader, creation of fair teams, cooperation versus competition, selection of appropriate terrain, and simple rules that maintain safety. Examples include five skiing, skating, and paddling games that show how a few simple games can be modified for the ski or water playground. (Author/SV)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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