May 11, 2019 at 9:13 AM #71723
Numerous schools sponsor some type of “track and field” day at year’s end. I’m wondering if anyone out there has advice on actually developing track and field skills as part of the Phys.ed. curriculum leading up to the year-end events? Or is the day a tradition that has little connection to the year’s routines of basketball/volleyball/softball routines?
In some years past, I’ve seen spring phys.ed. practice in high jumping, broad jumping, sprinting, and distance running greatly enhance both the interest and skills displayed on track/field day. Especially valuable is time spent broadening students’ repertoire of skills with events such as hurdling, relay races, and the triple jump (hop/skip/jump).
The breadth of skills developed through these events goes far beyond the set repeatedly practiced in the most common team “ball” games.
What is your experience in developing track and field skills?
May 16, 2019 at 2:31 PM #72679
This goes beyond just track & field, but this year I took a few steps to make our PE in grades 7-12 a bit more intentional. We divided the year into four units: softball, volleyball, soccer, and track & field. And we always ended each unit with a well-organized “big game.” I focused largely, not only on practicing the techniques for each sport, but when we divided into teams, the oldest guy on each team was responsible to plan practices for his team during several PE periods. They also led their team, with me refereeing, during the big game at the end of the unit.
Specifically for track & field, we practiced a few of the events, but not nearly all of them. The oldest two guys were also responsible to draft the teams that we will use for track & field. Some students don’t enjoy track & field, but the fact that every 1st-3rd finish scores points for their team is encouraging for them, and it puts a bit more pressure on each one to give their best. We also have a couple of events in which the whole teams work together, and those end up being highlights.
It’s very encouraging to see the captains take charge of their teams and put them through drills, as well as encourage and strategize during the games. Most struggled to lead to some degree and they all at times make mistakes and fail to lead out like they should. But what better place to learn from failure?
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