Wenn meine Schüler (trotz ausdrücklicher Warnung) zu oft ihre Hausaufgabe bzw. andere (Arbeits-) Materialien vergessen haben, bekommen sie eine
Straf, ach nee, Übungs-, pardon, Zusatzaufgabe … Mist, darf man auch nicht mehr sagen – aah, jetzt hab ich’s: eine „individuelle Fördermaßnahme“ 😉Meistens frage ich dann die Schüler, über welches Thema sie gerne schreiben würden. Dass dabei richtig gute Sachen rauskommen können, zeigt der folgende „Übungs-„Aufsatz von Luisa Grenzendorf.
On Your Way to the Top
Aren’t we all sick and tired of always playing the same few stupid games in PE? Shouldn’t there be something else than catching, throwing and kicking stinking old balls? If you ask yourself the same questions are bugging you, climbing might be an answer.
Don’t even start crying “But that is so dangerous!” – there is more than the “classic” kind of climbing that requires a lot of expensive equipment, space for those insanely high walls and of course someone watching and ready to help all the time. Doing this with a school class would without doubts result in high costs and the first student being injured after two minutes – or letting everyone climb for about five seconds until it’s the next one’s turn so everyone can get at it.
It’s bouldering that could bring a great variety into schools’ PE classes. Bouldering focuses on climbing technique, as it is very similar to wall climbing but with several great advantages: There is no rope and complicated metal gear needed, it takes less space and you never climb higher than two or three meters – no problem with a thick mattress underneath.
Another positive aspect of bouldering is the fact that it’s perfectly adjustable to everyone’s personal skills. Having a handful of oustandingly good players in football or volleyball almost always spoils the fun for the others as they run around trying to get the ball just once while a few students make the game. One climbing wall offers a lot of tracks of different difficulty, therefore it means flexibility and less frustrated students. Stressing adroitness, mobility and flexible thinking, it’s also a good sport for the smaller, more tender class members with less physical strength.
All in all bouldering is a sport worth of being a part in PE lessons. It may still be a little too risky with large hyperenergetic fifth classes, but why let your course of maybe twenty older students rejoice over this great new activity? Try and enjoy the advantages of an awesome sport!