Renáta Németh, Máté Takács, János Radics
How did your idea come up?
We meet for a couple of hours, and were brainstorming about what kind of games should we show them. We decided to choose a game where the kids are „forced” to work together, in a group of 10 people. As teachers, we will form a little bit the next generations, and we all believe teamwork is important in today’s „self-made” world, where people vindicate their will by their own.
First, we projected a short film for the children about what this training was about, and presented them the two training locations in pictures. After a short theoretical part, they were warmed up by physical education games. We saw this game the very first time in India, it’s a really competitive one, requires each student’s focus and unselfishness. The point is: There are two teams, each team divided, standing in front of each other at the end of the room.
The floor is „lava”, obviously you can NOT step on it, and the tools ont he floor are the „rocks” that you can step on them. The point of the game is to get through the „lava” without anybody touching it. But! If you stepped on a rock, somebody MUST touch it when you leave it, otherwise you will lose that tool. Implicitly, the more rocks you lose, the worse for your team.
After a few games we can add some extra „commands”, like one of the players must be blindfolded. This rule makes it really interesting, to see the problem-solving skills of the young pupils. We think it’s a really good game that brings the children closer to each other, so if there are lot of new people who don’t know each. It’s a good game to warm up the group.
The second game is what we called „Blind – dodgeball.” Yes, it’s as fascinating, as it sounds. The children have to be in pairs, one of them is blindfolded, the other one’s view is clear. It’s important to use winding-sheets, otherswise they will open their eyes, and that ruins the game. For the blind folded one, the point is to try to follow 100% the commands, and for the other one, the point is to command well somebody who just lost his vision. Both of them is incredibly hard, if you never tried to do it before.
The point is being cooperation, teamwork and having that brings people closer to each.
Obviously, only the blindfolded one can shot with the ball, but both’s body is in the „hit box”, so if one’s hit, they’re out, or have to do some phisycal exercises to be able to come back on the court. It’s a really „thankful” game, with this one you will be successfull with the kids, we recommend it to everyone above 10 years.
At the end of each lesson, we asked the kids to fill a short list of queries. We wanted to know how they felt during the games, and the feedbacks were really positive, that made us really proud.
Finally, each kid got some gifts, a certification as you can see in the picture. We believe that the students had some fun, learnt some new methods and games; so we reached our goals.
We should have ordered the gifts first. We wanted to print a T-shirt with the logo of the event, but it would have taken 2 weeks to complete. Next time we need to spend more time getting the necessary things.
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Since all the three of us are studying to be PE teachers, the preparation for the class was easy for us. The pupils were from the same school where Reni works at. We have been working with children for a long time so we found the common voice with them soon.
We both knew how to communicate and give the proper instruction to the kids.
The event was supported by Hope for Children Hungary, (Reményt a Gyermekeknek Közhasznű Egyesület). The support was provided by the head of the organization. We could buy gifts, fruits, t-shirts with the support of the association.
At the end of the program, children have filled a short questionnaire which has 5 questions. Such as:
- Did you know the games? (one of them, both of them, none of them)
- Do you exercise regularly? (If it is yes, what?)
- Did you enjoy yourself during the day? (Yes or No)
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