Monday, January 31, 2011

Assignment Number 1

         In the present day United States, childhood obesity is a rising issue. As physical educators, we can no longer the teacher who “throws the ball out,” A new approach must be taken. Having children learn-to-move and learning-through-movement are crucial for their motor development. It can also positively influence a child’s affective and cognitive development. The education must first be based on the individual, and then the age-group. Fundamental skill development in the motor, cognitive, affective domains are very important to becoming physically educated . The motor domain deals with movement (locomotion, manipulation, and stability) and health-related fitness. This domain is directly related to keeping kids fit and healthy. The cognitive domain focuses on concepts and improves the mind through movement. Lastly, the affective domain helps children improve social and self-concept skills. It helps kids work better in groups and get along with peers. Collectively, these three domains are the keystones to our profession as physical educators and the most important factors to keeping students healthy and physically fit.
      The National Association for Sport and Physical education (NASPE) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAPHERD), both advocate high quality physical education. 
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