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“Sports participation surpasses reading, discussing, and role playing environments because it’s ‘experienced,’ and sport provides spontaneity – situations are unplanned, unforeseen, and unique. Responses are based on application of concepts, and accountability becomes real, mirroring the agency in real life.”

-Tod and Hodge

character education through team activities

Character Education through Team Activities

Andrea (On-dree-uh) Leduc

Spring 2011

human knot
Human Knot
  • Stand in a circle shoulder to shoulder
  • Cross your arms out in front of you
  • Hold 2 other hands
    • Not 2 from the same person
    • Not the people next to you
  • Without releasing hands, untangle yourselves until all arms are uncrossed
human knot pretzel
Leadership

Communication

Teamwork

Honesty

Breaking Barriers

Human Knot (Pretzel)
character building social skills making a connection
Character Building – Social Skills:making a connection
  • Building one’s character isn’t only for the benefit of the individual, but for the individual to bring forth their good for the whole community, and this is where social skills play a role
  • Character and social skills are not dependent on each other but they compliment each other
    • Ex: communication, honesty
the unit
The Unit

7 days of basketball, 5 of which began with team building activities

Philosophy

Create 1st list

2nd list Reflection

team building activities1
Team Building Activities

2 TRUTHS – 1 LIE

HELIUM STICK

the skills dribbling
The Skills: Dribbling

+CARDIO

KNOCK-OUT

the skills passing
The Skills: Passing

3-MAN / 5 MAN WEAVE

A FLAT BASKETBALL?!

the skills shooting
The Skills: Shooting

AROUND THE WORLD

2-BOUNCE

hoops for heart
Hoops for Heart

JUDGES

DUNK CONTEST

reflections
Reflections

Sportsmanship, effort, respect, teamwork, encouraging others, responsibility, reliability, trust

Wasn’t about basketball

Finding the value in athletics

motor development perception

All of these aid us in performing the tasks that we find most simple in our daily lives

    • Walking, running, tying our shoes, bringing food to our mouth, sitting up, avoiding running into objects or tripping, copying words from the board, wearing clothes that will keep us warm/not overheat us, handshake
  • Directional Awareness is a basic component of learning how to read
Motor Development/Perception

7 components-

Hand-eye coordination

General coordination

Laterality

Balance

Tactile touch

Body Image

Language

self concept recreational activity

Harter and Pike subdivided perceived competence into

    • Cognitive
    • Social
    • Physical (movement)
    • General Self-Worth
  • Our global self-concept is based on competence in areas that have personal meaning
  • The North American society places high value on movement competence
  • When we aren’t as successful with something we tend to stop doing it
Self-Concept/ Recreational Activity

Small studies have been done on athletes attitudes about themselves –

They have higher perceived movement competence but the study rejects the notion that playing sports gives one a better global self-concept

research
Research!
  • Axiology – philosophical study of value
    • 3 dimensions: Intrinsic (individual uniqueness)

Extrinsic ( comparison good/better/best)

Systemic (fairness)

    • “If a person can achieve greater value in one dimension and maintain balance, then the value gained may transfer to the other dimensions.
    • “…possibilities exist for developing character through steady improvement in all 3 value dimensions and by maintaining balance, individuals and society can gain greater richness”
great debate
Great Debate

*54 percent of male football players, 49 percent of male basketball players, and 18 percent of females in all sports approve of trash-talking.

*34 percent of all the boys and 12 percent of all the girls approve of a coach trying to pump up the team by swearing at officials to get himself or herself thrown out of a game.

*Two-fifths of the boys and one-fourth of the girls see nothing wrong with using a stolen playbook sent by an anonymous supporter before a big game.

*30 percent of all boys and 20 percent of girl softball players think it's okay for a softball pitcher to deliberately throw at a batter who homered the last time up.

don t assume character is being built
Don’t Assume Character is Being Built

Traditionally assumed that playing competitive sports would naturally build one’s character

This assumption is where everything goes awry - it leaves out the important component to the building of character: freedom of choice

Sports offer athletes and teams the opportunity to build their character through the choices they make

A conscious, determined, intentional effort and focus to shape one’s character through participation in competitive sports is something everyone works toward making happen.

make a difference
Make a Difference

Place A High Emphasis on Character

Place High Expectations For Behavior

Set A Good Example

Make Good Sportsmanship A ‘Must’

Hold Kids Accountable

View Sports With A Holistic Approach

If “winning” and “character” are ever at odds with each other, character must come out on top

sources
Sources
  • http://www.goodcharacter.com/Sports.html : Character and Sports with Dr. Mike
  • http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ethics-everyone/201006/how-can-character-be-built-through-sports : Ethics for Everyone
  • http://www.weplay.com/sports-parents/performance/101-Building-Character-Through-Sports : Helping Team Moms Help Teams
  • http://thesportdigest.com/archive/article/developing-character-through-sportathletic-participation : Developing Character through Sport/Athletic Participation
  • Gallahue, David, and John Ozmun. Understanding Motor Development. sixth. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2006. Print.
  • Brit Johnson. Movement and Brain Development for the Classroom Teacher, Spring 2009
a special thanks
A Special Thanks…

…to my cooperating teachers in Springport Elementary and Middle School for letting me share their classroom and teaching me their tricks of the trade, to all of the professors I’ve had along the way for their high expectations and the knowledge they’ve given me, to my field supervisor for making the trips to observe me and make sure I was staying on track, and the “biggest-warmest-most sincere-thanks-you-could-ever-give-to-anyone – thanks” to my parents for making all of this possible and supporting me in everything I do.