Week 5 journal

Learning about the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model has reinforced the importance of breaking down game fundamentals. Games are more than just skills and drills. Team work, decision making and game knowledge are key components for a child’s success with a game. These components are interchangeable between different sports as well as life skills. Making the game accessible for all students to be successful will make the game more enjoyable. 

As important as the TGfU model is, I think it is important to use it along side with others models depending on your students needs. Using the mix curriculum model is important to keep in mind to not became fixated on one type of curriculum. Each class will be different, therefore the teacher must modify the curricula to fit the students needs.

In what ways can educators provoke further questioning among learner?

The educator should resist helping the students at first. Giving the students space  furthers the students questioning and encourage them to make their own decisions about game play. Have the student engaged in active experiences, then inquire how these experiences can be implemented within the larger picture, for example, society, community, school. The fundamental component for provoking questioning among learns is give the students more control!

What are the conditions for including all learners in game playing?

The Teaching Game for Understanding (TGfU) approach is a model which is inclusive for all students regardless of ability and skill level. This approach focuses on giving students the opportunity to actively experience, enjoy and understand games. Having a learner centred approach put the needs and abilities of the participants first over the importance of the game. Modifying games to make sure they are inclusive for all students abilities is a the component of this approach.

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