Teaching Games for Understanding
Physical Education 6.1
Students will perform basic skills and tactics that are developmentally appropriate in at least one activity from the following categories of sport: invasion games, net/wall games, fielding/run-scoring games, and/or target games. Students will successfully participate in sport demonstrating skills of the game and applying the tactics, knowledge and concepts of the game. In addition, all students are required to take 6th grade PE and will participate in the Ohio Department of Education Physical Education Evaluation. Length of course can be completed by having students attend one period per day for a 9 week course up to everyday for the entire school year.
Teachers who use this approach see their students as active participants (mentally, physically, emotionally) in the process of learning games. As we all know, students and adults alike, learn in a variety of ways and progress at different rates. Knowing that students are always at different stages of understanding, teachers can use the TGfU model to focus in on individual, social and contextual processes.
Thematic Approach For Planning the Year
“Setting up units based on game categories rather than specific sport units (e.g. soccer unit, volleyball unit) can be an effective approach to developing games [awareness] across a number of formal games.” (Mandigo & Holt, 2004). TGfU advocates also state that rather than teach the rules, skills, and tactics of one sport, the thematic approach advocates teaching students games through the use of four game categories: target, net/wall, striking/fielding, and territorial/invasion games. This themed approach creates a framework to link the different sports within a category based on shared rules and tactical skills that transfer across similar games (Figure 1). These category specific technical and tactical skills are taught, developed and modified through games using the TGfU approach so that knowledge and understanding is created within each category. These can then be transferred to a less familiar game which the student will be able to participate in because understanding has been transfered (Figure 2).
In PlaySport, activities have been grouped into specific categories which represent games and sports which are similar in structure and include aspects of certain sports. For example:
- Sitting Volleyball
- Wheelchair Tennis
- Wheelchair Basketball
6th Grade ODE PE Evaluation Forms and Rubrics
Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Units
The above PDF is a complete adventure challenges unit. The OPEN 8 Middle School Adventure Challenge is a fun and engaging module with a focus on fitness, skill, and 21st century learning. Each activity is meant to provide a global education experience in a setting that stretches just beyond a student’s comfortable performance zone.