World Games Class Mauro H. André PhD Student Auburn University
The idea of a World Games ClassFall 2010 - I started teaching the indoor/ outdoor games class.The class was designed to teach students to design their owngames in each category: Tag games Target games Striking and Fielding games Net/Wall games Invasion gamesOne day I started talking to a student about soccer and he neverheard of Péle before!! Jesus Coca-Cola Péle
Research and Adaptation• The research sought to find games that would be appealing to the North-American Culture as well as being able to being played within the resources that we had available.• The research focus on having games from different continents and from different categories of games.• After finding the games that seemed as a good fit, I also had to deal with adapting to the university environment without taking the essence of each game.
Class Calendar The course was divided in four periods: Learning about the games categories Learning a new game each week Students’ presentations Replay students’ favorite games
Presenting each Game• Example: Korfball • Where is it from? • Are there formal competitions? • Who plays it? • What category of game does it fit • Video (when available) – Korfball introduction • Its original rules • “Our rules” – Adaptation • Play • Brief discussion
Students’ presentations• Students had to present two options: • Find world games that we have not played in class and that their classmates would not know about • Create their own game showing how their perception of diversity have grown throughout the semester• The format: • Presentation similar to how they were taught • PowerPoint presentation for students who may be more interested to know more about it.
Students’ curiosityBo-Taoshi – videoKabaddi - video
What students learned from this class?• Gain in appreciation for diversity in sports and cultures • How games have an important role everywhere in the world and they have different forms of playing Demystify terms such as “World Series”• Learn games that may be the origin of the games that they play • Cricket or Rounders => Baseball • Rugbi => Football• If you have no interest in sports maybe is because you don’t know all of it • Students said they were more open to try new games after this class
What have I learned from this class?• I have also been able to have a broader view of games that are played around the world• I was pleased to see how students are open to new contents after a “first round of resistance”• Students seemed to have had a huge overall acceptance regardless of their skill level • They were all beginners in all games they played.