This week our class was focused on invasion games led by Krystal, Eric and Sam. I loved this whole lesson that they taught, and I really enjoyed the fact that it was given a theme to work with, that ended up tying the entire lesson together. The most valuable idea that I took away from this lesson was that of inclusion. I think, in terms of P.E. I often consider games or activities where there is always a winner, be it soccer, basketball, floor hockey, etc, the end of which usually concludes with one team winning. The space invaders game, however, brought forth a new way to conduct activities that include everyone, and therefore give every student, a chance to win. I think that it would be significant to conduct these types of games within our P.E. classes because students can really learn the value of teamwork as well as the usefulness of keeping those around them included in the activities they choose to participate in. I specifically liked this because the students who may be less physical and those who may be more physical, and even those who are in between, can all be involved in the game, and therefore the stronger players must align themselves with those who they may look don upon in a game where they compete instead. This is such an important skill for students to acquire because they must learn how to work with whomever they may come in contact with, whether it is in P.E. or their classroom, or later in life when they have co-workers.
For me, I would really like to use this lesson within the classroom during my practicum, not only because I think the students would really enjoy the game, but because there is so much merit to involving students in a game which is fun and inclusive at the same time, and I think the class I am currently in would benefit greatly from this lesson.