Sunday, September 12, 2010
Chapter 1 of our textbook described in detail the most basic motor development concepts in the motor, cognitive and affective domains. Elementary school physical education teachers are held the most accountable for teaching their students the basic movement skills as well as how to become fit movers. It is the responsibility of physical education teachers to ensure that children learn at a very young age that being fit and active is essential for living a healthy life. Those who did not receive a good physical education at a young age are at quite a disadvantage. There are many problems associated with children that do not get enough physical activity. In my opinion the biggest problem is probably the large increase in obesity and thus many more health problems like diabetes which is caused by obesity. In their physical education classes students are taught the fundamental movement skills. Some of the most basic movement skills include walking, running, jumping, bending, throwing, kicking, balencing, starting and stopping. These skills that are developed at a very early age are the basis for all physical activity that people do throughout their lives. In order to stay fit, teens as well as adults do many different exercises. All different sports are basically combinations of of several fundamental movement skills. For example the sport of soccer involves running, jumping, kicking, punting, twisting, turning, starting and stopping. Baseball involves running, striking the ball, catching, and swinging. It is essential that physical education teachers ensure that their students learn all the fundamental skills early on so that they will be able to put them to use for the rest of their lives!