Class Of 2023
Developmental Theorist Erik Erikson believes 7 to 11 year olds are playing with with
"Industry vs. Inferiority"
Children busily learn to be competent and productive with their bodies. This is an imperative time to identify competence and growth mindset habits with equipment, exercise, and group activities. Members of peer groups are responsible for managing their own relationships by controlling group dynamics, providing nurturing to each other, and sometimes establishing hierarchies within the group. This is normal and part of development.
Hooking the love of activity with others is essential during this time!
Identify with Being Athletic
We foster athletic mindsets by practicing in appropriate formats. A small-sided game (3 vs 2 or 3 vs 3) is developmentally solid for many reasons. We gain practice as being a valued member of the team because we are needed. Poor aim and dropped balls are common - we learn to move on quickly and try again. When you are in a small group, you don't have time to dwell on the mistakes.
Offense and Defense Skills
These skills translate to so many sports and activities. It's crucial to have fun with healthy competition and deliberately use the adversity as a life lesson. "There is a lot of time we don't have the ball (spotlight) in games . Our role is still very important." Once we learn to find patterns in group movement, we can feel confident with our place. Main goal = find a sport you like!
Our brains need movement in order to wake up the prefrontal cortex of the brain. Before we deliver any new information for learning, we exercise and activate our bodies for approximately 10 minutes of class.
Collaboration & Competition
We have Design Principles in EL Education that guide our practice.
Learning how to compete with our personal best is a very large emphasis in Adventure PE. We also acknowledge that some students take this lesson to an exemplary status and we leave a placeholder in our Sportfolios for honorary recognition.
Expeditionary Learning highly recommends classroom routines in order to keep a kinesthetic classroom functioning well. We can have more time for fun when we have a clear understanding of our expectations.
Invasion Sports Intro
3rd grade introduces invasion sports in small-sided games. Any game where one team needs to "invade" the other side in order to score is called an invasion game.
Basketball, hockey, soccer, handball, ultimate, football, rugby, etc.
Once a person learns the fundamentals of creating space, moving to open space, and defending area coverage, they can translate it to any of these sports.
Choice is a big deal for intrinsic learning. The person at the front of the line chooses the activity and the rest of the group follows. This lasts for 20 seconds and then this person switches to the back of the line.
Personal Fitness Routines
Third grade power target: I can select moderate to vigorous activities for my weekly cardiovascular plan and practice the routine.
Most of us have goals.
"I want to be able to do 5 pull-ups."
Wishing it so is not enough. In third grade we learn that daily practice (a system) is the way to achieve goals.