In 201 our homework assignment was to read chapter one and then blog about 1.) What does learn through the physical mean? and 2.) How physical activity impacts affective growth.
First off, it's good to know that there's learning-to-move and learning-through-movement aims of physical education. Learning-to move is based on acquiring increased movement skills and bettering physical fitness through increased activity. Learning-through-movement is based on the fact that effective physical eduaction can positively influence the cognitive and affective developement of children. It means that by having children moving around and being active their thinking/learning skills and social skills will increase.
Affective growth is learning that involves an increase in dealing with social-emotional skills; being able to act, interact, and react effectively with other people as well as with themselves. Physical activity helps with self-concept and positive socialization. Playing and being involved in vigorous activity allows for kids to establish a positive self-concept (belonging, perceived competence, worthiness, virtue, acceptance of self, and uniqueness). Physical activity also has the potential to foster positive socialization, positive moral behavior and teach the virtues of honesty, teamwork, self-control, loyalty, and fair play. As a teacher you are given opportunities to teach these things, and teaching them through physical activity is a fun way of doing it. Rules are set in games to enforce virtues of honesty, loyalty, and fair play.