During my regularly scheduled twitter time I came across this tweet by @ThaxtonMarshall “@phys_educator I teach students Hantis 101 & 102 from YouTube, then set up tables and watch the magic happen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQY-7soDS6M&feature=youtube_gdata_player”
I thought to myself what is Hantis? So I watched these videos and found out.
In class we discuss the difference between physical activity and physical education. Is Hantis a physical activity or can it be part of physical education? Let us look at the curriculum to see if it can connect to any outcomes.
What Movement Activity could Hantis fall under? Is it a target game? Or could it be low-organizational and inventive game? There is a target in which the tennis ball must hit to ‘score a point’ but it also requires little organization. (4 tables and 1 tennis ball) I personally would classify Hantis as a target game because there is a target in which must be met in order to ‘score a point’ against the other team. The reasoning for the quotation around 'score a point' is that I believe that this game can be done without keeping score and can be done to build relationships with all those members playing.
In the Grade 5 Physical Education Curriculum outcomes
ü 5.5 Complex manipulative Skills: Refine manipulative skills used in increasingly complex movement activities such as lead-up games, including: hand dribbling can be seen in the video.
ü 5.6 Performance Refinement: Apply performance cues, movement variables, tactics, and principles of practice in complex movement activities to improve the performance of self and others. The body fakes, change of speed, change of direction, keeping the body low while moving are all examples of successfully achieving this outcome and is done by involving your students in a game of Hantis.
ü 5.7 Skillful Play: Refine, alone and with others, selected movement skills, tactics, and strategies while participating in: small sided and lead up target games. The students during a game of Hantis must distinguish between effective and ineffective individual and small group offensive and defensive tactics.
After successfully connecting Hantis to the SaskatchewanCurriculum I would say Hantis could be part of Physical Education classroom. This new discovery of a game involving hand eye coordination, defensive/offensive strategies and movement variables, such as Hantis, can create a new environment for your students that move away from the regular sports (volleyball, basketball, table tennis, etc.). Hantis can be a lead activity to other movement activities such as net/wall games. It could be a developmental area for table tennis, badminton, etc. Hantis can be very valuable in my opinion to any physical education classroom.
Do you think Hantis can be part of physical education classroom or would you classify it as a physical activity?