Racquet Sports: Pickleball & Badminton
Racquet sports are great for developing hand-eye coordination and agility. The students learn to enjoy working as a partner-group and have the opportunity to work w/ others of varying skills/abilities. I love making this lifetime sport fun and exciting by having a culminating tournament where students are recognized for their sportsmanship, spirit, and performance.
In racquet sports there is an emphasis on etiquette and sportsmanship. Students at the beginning and end of each game are expected to shake hands, students rock-paper-scissor-shoot to decide sides/serving. If there is question that is, "too close to call" - we call it in, redo the play, or students can agree to a "rock-paper-scissors".
Etiquette Video : It's a Tennis Etiquette video from Australia. I like to show this as an example because many of the points can and should be applied to any racquet sport.
In Pickle ball students each leave class with a pickle :)
In Badminton students each leave class w/ a Marshmallow which is fun and represents the birdie.
Students work over the course of the unit to develop skills in each of the following domains: cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. Which correlates well with my Personal Goal. Students are expected to learn the rules and develop understanding for concepts and strategies related to the activity (technique, placement). Students enjoy the activity, the challenge, and respect the game and the opponents. Students work to develop skills to be successful such as serving, clearing, smashing, and rallying. This lifetime sport also related to my District Goal of promoting lifetime activities in class. I had a student come to me after Christmas one year smiling from ear to ear so excited to tell me he got a Pickle Ball Paddle for Christmas! I have begun to do an after school intramural program to help promote the activity.