Teaching Children Gymnastics : A Developmentally Appropriate Approach

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-10-16
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics
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Teaching Children Gymnastics, Second Edition,shows teachers how to use an innovative and individualized approach to teaching gymnastics skills and how to link those skills into sequences. This text has been expanded to present 30 child-tested examples of gymnastics activities (called learning experiences) that are ideal for children in kindergarten through grade 6.The learning experiences are divided into three skill themes: traveling, statics, and rotation. Each learning experience may be explored for three or more lessons to provide up to a full unit of instruction.This book explains the why and how of teaching children gymnastics. It describes how learning experiences allow teachers to focus each lesson on one skill theme while at the same time drawing on other themes to support the development of sequences. This approach helps children advance more quickly from performing isolated skills to performing movement sequences.This new edition includes many additions and updates: - Real-life scenarios in part I that bring key points to life - More standards-based learning experiences for each skill theme - Ideas for creating additional gymnastics learning experiences - Sections on behavior management, inclusion, fitness, and advocacy - Assessment of children in gymnastics using both process and product variables - Objectives and questions for reflection for each chapterPart Icontains the necessary background information on the national standards for physical education, the importance of using a developmentally appropriate approach, advice on tailoring gymnastics instruction to fit each teaching situation, ideas for task development in gymnastics, effective management strategies and safety concerns, and ways to assess student progress across three domains: psychomotor, cognitive, and affective. The chapter objectives, scenarios, and questions for reflection help teachers think about and apply the material in meaningful ways.Part IIis organized around three skill themes: traveling, statics, and rotation. There are 10 detailed learning experiences for each theme. Additional ideas are provided for those who want to create their own learning experiences.The appendixhandouts are ready-to-copy forms, such as student certificates and gymnastics report cards, and can be used as they are or they can be customized. Sample forms include task cards, lesson design worksheets, and sample lesson plans.An annotated suggested readingslist provides teachers in training as well as experienced teachers and recreation leaders a ready resource for expanding their understanding and skills related to developmentally appropriate gymnastics.

Table of Contents

Developmentally Appropriate Gymnastics
Why Is It Important to Teach Children Gymnastics?
Defining Developmentally Appropriate Gymnastics
Brief History of Gymnastics
Gymnastics Today
National Standards for Physical Education
How Gymnastics Should Be Taught
Where Are We Now?
A Look to the Future
Questions for Reflection
Tailoring Gymnastics to Fit Your Teaching Situation
Developing a Positive Learning Environment
Questions for Reflection
Incorporating Gymnastics Into Your Program
Scope and Sequence
Stages of Gymnastics
Task Development in Gymnastics
Direct and Indirect Teaching Styles
Designing Gymnastics Sequences
When to Encourage Student Demonstrations
Accountability: The Gymnastics Work Ethic
Stressing Good Body Mechanics
Skill Themes for Gymnastics
Traveling Actions
Static Work
Rotation Actions
Process Variables
Learning Experiences
What Makes a Learning Experience Developmentally Appropriate?
Questions for Reflection
Assessing Children's Progress in Gymnastics
New Ways to Assess
What to Assess
How to Assess
Psychomotor Assessment
Cognitive Assessment
Affective Assessment
Reporting What Has Been Assessed
Questions for Reflection
Teaching Developmentally Appropriate Learning Experiences in Gymnastics
Learning Experiences for Traveling
And Away We Go
Landing Pad
Bunny Hop
Ready for Takeoff
Rock and Roll
Fantasy Flight
Cross at the Intersection
Clock Face
Beam Me Up
Me and My Shadow
Additional Ideas for Learning Experiences
Learning Experiences for Statics
Patches and Points
Push and Pull
Same, Different
Shoulder Stand
Copy Cat
Bottoms Up
Back Bend
See What I Can Do
Lean on Me
Additional Ideas for Learning Experiences
Learning Experiences for Rotation
Balls, Eggs, and Pencils
You've Got It All Backward
Roll, Roll, Roll Your Body
Taking a Spin
The String Challenge
A Roll by Any Other Name . . .
Hip Circles
Partner Task Cards
Feet, Hands, Feet
Additional Ideas for Learning Experiences
Appendix Forms and Handouts
Suggested Readings
About the Author
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