An Open Letter to #PhysEd & #PEGeeks on Twitter:
I’ll get straight to the point: Lately, I have noticed a bunch of posts on Twitter by #Physed Ts and #PEGeeks who I know have skill-based programs (i.e., they are actually teaching students to learn how to throw, kick, catch, etc.) but who are posting pictures and videos that make it appear that they are just doing high interest stuff for fun.
While each of you have the freedom to share what you’d like, I would like us to consider how these posts may contribute to a “Diet of Fun Games” with little or no real skill-building taking place. In other words, the skill levels that the students had when they entered the gym are the same ones they will have when they leave. Or to put it bluntly, students have not learned to be more skillful by your lesson.
Now, I am guilty of this too. In fact, we have built a company around publishing “high-interest” and “fun” games and activities. I know that.
I would just like to see more examples of skill-building ideas on Twitter as well. For instance, when you post a “fun” activity, can you also post one that has a focus on teaching skills, fitness concepts, or a cool assessment idea?
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