Dodgeball is the type of game that singles out the kids that want to participate, and discludes the ones that do not. It usually ends up with the more athletic, competitive people having a great time, and the kids who probably need to be physical educated the most sitting out or being targeted and not enjoying themselves. However, I think that there are many different variations that can be made to the game to eliminate these problems, and also limit the safety concerns associated with the game. If I were to teach a dodgeball game in my classroom, I would make it more like the game of trenchball, where instead of being eliminated when hit by a ball, one would have to go to the "trench" on the other side of the court and try to catch balls to get back into the game. This makes everyone more involved and allows more motor skills to be incorporated more often. It would also be a good idea to have a game of "dodgeball" on only one side of the gym, and another activity for anyone who did not want to participate on the other side. Because of this, I do not think that the game of dodgeball should be in the Physical Education "Hall of Shame" but that Physical Educators have good enough judgement to know what is appropriate and what's not.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
For our lab this week, I was in the Special Projects group and spent the beginning of my time there putting up a bulletin board, then playing with the kids for the rest of the time until our closing dance and cheer. I enjoyed my time there even though I could not be participating and interacting with the kids the whole time. I realize that have references such as bulletin boards about being active is very beneficial for children and should be done on a regular basis. After finishing the bulletin board, I had a time to form a bond with one specific student that seemed to be shying off and staying on the side, not participating in much of anything. I played basketball with this specific student and got her to loosen up and had her laughing and smiling by the end. This was a very good feeling for me and made me even more sure that this is what I want to be doing. The dance and cheer that we did at the end was also a very interesting experience for me because it brought everyone together for one last little hoo-rah! I think that overall it was a very successful week and I am excited to be able to go back!