After all, you have the important task of not exposing the student. " - Stalen Deuren Online » Stalen Deuren Online

After all, you have the important task of not exposing the student. " - Stalen Deuren Online

After all, you have the important task of not exposing the student. “

The handwritten letter is that "most personal form of communication" and express appreciation, says Fthenakis. For many children and young people, however, writing means at least in their free time: Typing on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

Motor skills researcher Marquardt also complains that handwriting is being pushed back in everyday life. "It has been proven that handwriting activates other areas of the brain." So lead to a more concentrated, deeper and more sustainable learning. 

This is how the manuscript should be saved

Now wants the newly launched "Handwriting campaign 2020" achieve better promotion of handwriting in day-care centers and schools. The founding members of the Didacta Association and the Schreibmotorik Institut promise to have a scientifically sound exercise program available across the board by 2020.

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Jasper, Bruno, Emilia, Lennart and Clara are already happily trying their hand at the exercises for preschoolers. Fine motor skills are required. You should trace Hugo Blitz’s racetrack on paper with a pen. Clara is the first to finish and is beaming: "That was really easy."

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Sport is an integral part of all types of schools. But what does school sport look like today? Has it changed in the last few decades? And are the children really less athletic today?

First of all: children are no less athletic today than they used to be. "But" says Günter Stibbe from the German Sport University in Cologne, "the gap between those who are very athletic and those who have massive movement problems is widening."

Physical education is facing challenges

School sport is all the more important for the latter. The curriculum – or rather the 16 curricula of the 16 federal states – provides that a broad spectrum is offered. "Physical education should create incentives, sometimes arousing curiosity about a sport. By covering many sports, the children and young people can find out what suits them."

Stibbe sees inclusive teaching as one of the main challenges. But also the number of children and adolescents with a migration background and the associated peculiarities in physical education. "But it is precisely this heterogeneity that is again the exciting thing to which you have to react conceptually."

Take manageable risks

However, physical education does not only include various types of sport, the living out of motor skills and demands in the social, motivational and emotional areas. But also experiencing limitations and communicating dangers.

A good PE teacher makes sure that the students learn to recognize their limits, but also to jump over their shadows and take a manageable risk. "Much has changed in the training of sports teachers. But one thing always stays the same: as a sports teacher you have to be a pedagogue, not just an athlete."

Don’t expose students

Some PE teachers have now started giving each student an area in which they do not have to make a grade. But that alone is not the solution, says Stibbe. "You have to feel if a child does not want to do an exercise it has something to do with fear. Because you have to react very differently to fear, talk to the child alone, support them." He adds: "In sport a lot goes through the body. You have to be particularly sensitive here. After all, you have the important task of not exposing the student."

Physical education is not a focus of education policy

The curriculum is adjusted on average every ten to 15 years. "Of course, one has to be very clear: physical education is not the focus of educational policy" says the high school sports teacher Michael Runkel. He understands this, but also appreciates the freedom the curriculum gives him.

"Of course, this also depends on the state and, above all, how it is handled in the student council. But every school subject has a certain leeway. The curriculum does not say what you have to do in each lesson, only that certain areas should be covered."

Parents fear injury

Rolling movements is a typical area that keeps bringing parents on the barricades – out of concern. Not without reason, because if they are done improperly, it can lead to some injuries.

"Not much can happen with a somersault because you are always in contact with the ground" explains the Nuremberg physiotherapist Stefan Schönmoser in an interview with "It looks completely different with rolling movements where you no longer have contact with the ground. This can lead to quite a lot of injuries. From bruises to whiplash."

Injuries cannot always be avoided

You can therefore hear at regular intervals that the role forwards or backwards, which actually stands for a new position in space and thus for a changed perception, has since been taken out of the program because it is too dangerous.

That is not right. But nobody dictates what kind of rolling movement should be. This is at the teacher’s discretion. "Most injuries don’t happen in gymnastics anyway, but in team sports" so Runkel. These are injuries that cannot be avoided.

In contrast to those that arise from earrings or chains. Even if students, and sometimes parents, have little understanding for this – earrings have to be removed or taped off, hair tied up, glasses need extra hangers and chains belong in the locker during sports lessons and not on the neck, arm or foot.

Experience and gut feeling count

School sport is mandatory for all pupils. Especially in the lower grades, the children look forward to lessons in which they can move around. Motivation problems only arise in the higher grades. Unpopular school sport is a reason for excuses. Sometimes it is menstrual cramps, then again a headache – often reasons that cannot be judged from the outside. "It’s actually hard to tell if a child is really feeling bad or simulating. Only the combination of experience and gut feeling helps here" knows the PE teacher.

Is physical education a special form of bullying?

If you look around in the relevant forums, it quickly becomes clear: Many consider physical education classes at school to be a particularly nasty type of bullying. Just think of the choice of teams. "Bullying doesn’t happen in one second" says Runkel. "One can counteract this quite well. For example, make the team captain exactly those who otherwise tend to stay on the bench and let them vote."

Although he does not deny that social differences can sometimes be seen in social behavior. "But the tooth can be pulled from them." Stibbe also doesn’t think much of the classic selection of teams. "It can be pedagogically tricky. There are numerous other options. I always tell my students: Imagine if you were elected last."

Trend sports are finding their way into physical education

Lately the call for trend sports has been getting louder. Many, especially young sports teachers, are also open to this. However, they need special training in which safety and protection aspects are in the foreground, in order to be able to offer climbing, inline skating or martial arts. 

But it is often the case that the sports teachers do not have the necessary equipment. What sports teacher Stibbe doesn’t think is so bad: "It’s also very good if you don’t take on every trend sport." Because with that, he thinks, you always destroy a piece of youth culture.

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Fewer and fewer children in Germany are learning to swim. Splashing around in the fun pool is not enough to be able to stay afloat safely. Former swimmer Franziska van Almsick, mother of two sons, is committed to teaching children this vital skill. 

The multiple world and European champion van Almsick wants to ensure that more children learn to swim – even children whose parents cannot afford swimming lessons. "Too many children drown in Germany because they cannot swim – and we have to change that" she said. Many people went to the swimming pool – but "to fun pools, where it’s all about sliding, briefly touching the water and then having fun on land again".

Some children learned to swim very late or not at all. Van Almsick thinks this is dangerous: "It is important to know that if you fall in, you will come back on land or at least you can stay afloat." Swimming is not just a sporting activity, according to the multiple world and European champion, but "save your life when in doubt".

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action Day "Germany swims"

On September 24, the 38-year-old wants to go with the "Action day Germany swims" ensure that even those children whose parents do not have the money can attend a course. Many swimming pools aim to swim for a good cause. Depending on the total distance covered, the companies Disney, Rewe and Allianz donate up to 200,000 euros. The action takes place in the run-up to the German start of the film "Find Dory" instead, which opens in theaters at the end of September.

The Italian Maria Montessori is the founder of the Montessori schools. Today there are 40,000 of these facilities around the world in which children learn very differently than in a traditional primary school. Freedom and social life are in the foreground.

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Joy and freedom in learning

In Montessori schools, the joy of learning and clear lessons should be promoted. With the self-design of the timetable, free work tasks are also carried out, but without completely renouncing the rules, as the educator Giacometta Zucconi from the Roman International Montessori School Nerina Noe in the news magazine "Focus" mentioned. However, the child should have the opportunity to develop individually. (School enrollment: basic equipment for the school bag)

Lessons in Montessori schools

First, the day at a Montessori school begins with two or three hours of free work, during which the students themselves determine what they learn. The teacher prepares the classroom with high-quality didactic materials that the students can use to learn and gain experience.