Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Why PE activity impacts affective growth

Physical education is extremely important for children to become familiar with because not only does it teach them fitness and skills it also teaches them how to interact with their peers. However it also helps children with learning to move and learning through movement. Both are extremely important for kids to learn. Learning-to-move is all about acquiring increased movement skills and "enhancing physical fitness through increased physical activity." Learning-through-movement is showing how physical education can positively influence both cognitive and affective development of children. Learning to move and learning through movements overall goal is to make the student physically educated. A physically educated person is defined as physically fit, the person has learned skills that can be preformed through physical activity, the person has a healthy lifestyle and they understand the benefits of physical activity. All of these guidelines help with developmental physical education and also help with long-term goals. For example, it helps with movement skill acquisition, physical activity and fitness enhancement, cognitive learning and affective growth. Which brings me to my next point. Why does physical activity impact affective growth? Affective growth is defined as "increases the ability of children to act, interact, and react effectively with other people as well as with themselves." It is often referred to as the "social-emotional development" and is incredibly important for kids. Every child grows up in a different environment, social class, different family situations and cultures. It is important for children to know that whatever goal or dream they have can be achieved but they have to have a sense of self and affective growth. the way they interact and play really helps children discover who they are as an individual and how to interact with their peers. Affective learning can really help a child enhance their self-esteem and good socialization. This just shows why learning through physical education is so important for children because it teaches them everything from movement skills to affective growth. It is so important for the youth to understand how to be social and confident and live healthy lifestyles. Through physical education, all of this can be achieved!            

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