Sunday, February 19, 2012

Dodgeball in PE?

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.

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