SEPT 23- Maria’s Movement Journal

In this week’s class, I learned that physical literacy goes beyond the acquisition of knowledge and understanding. Physical literacy is an ongoing journey and is not about owning a single set of skills. As Whitehead (2014) states physical literacy also involves “the motivation, confidence and physical competence to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.”

After defining physical literacy in class, it had me reflect back to how I became physically literate in soccer. I have played soccer since I was six years old and was on a competitive team throughout high school. My physical literacy in soccer developed through learning the fundamental movement skills such as passing, positioning oneself and kicking the ball. I had to gain these skills before learning and understanding the rules of the game. I can resonate to Whitehead’s definition of physical literacy because of the two words she uses- motivation and confidence. For me, motivation was a significant factor in achieving physical literacy in soccer. My soccer coaches were highly supportive, encouraging and instilled in me the confidence I needed to be the best possible player – physically, cognitively and socially. My coaches motivated me to continue building on my basic skills and foundations and to take risks when the opportunity rose. Moreover, as a soccer player I acknowledged that making mistakes is part of the learning process. Finally, I learned that having mentors to give you advice and facilitate your progress are essential in developing your skills.

Even though, I spent a great deal of time playing soccer throughout my youth; it enabled me to apply the same similar steps to achieve literacy in other sports or activities. I believe that it would have been more effective to achieve physical literacy had I participated in a variety of extracurricular physical activities throughout my youth. However, soccer was my passion as a child, and I was determined to make it my priority!

2 thoughts on “SEPT 23- Maria’s Movement Journal”

  1. Maria, I couldn’t agree more. I think that motivation and confidence are two key factors in ensuring a student’s success in physical literacy. Having the support of your family, peers and coaches play a large part in a student’s quest to develop their physical skills and abilities. Although I do see some similarities with your experience playing soccer to my own, there are distinctions in my past that actually led me to stop playing basketball in my Junior year of high school.

    Growing up, I played basketball competitively, and participated in the league and school teams. At a young age I built my motor and basketball skills with the support of my teachers, coaches and peers. But starting in grade 9 I became more self conscious about my performance on the court and slowly began to loose confidence in my own skils. Approaching grade 11, my lack of confidence was reaffirmed when I spent more time on the bench than I did on the court. In retrospect, I wish my coach at the time had put great focus on improving and encouraging each team player’s skill level and passion for basketball rather than winning as a team. But unfortunately, sometimes that is just the competitive nature of sports. I don’t hold any harsh feelings towards basketball, if anything playing on a sport team gave me long-lasting memories and taught me vital leadership and team work skills. It’s clear however, that confidence and motivation play a key role in your physical performance, and as prospective educators I hop to instill these attributes in my students when I’m teaching physical literacy.

  2. Ashley an Maria,

    Thanks for sharing your physical literacy journey and your experiences. Perhaps your journey will take you elsewhere now that you have a different and deeper understanding of physical literacy.

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