The activities in "Team Building Through Physical Challenges" are designed to develop interpersonal skills as well as motor skills. These 22 Outward Bound-type tasks challenge students to work together to achieve a common goal. They aim to teach students to value teamwork, practise leadership skills, improve listening skills, and appreciate individual differences. The activities in "Team Building Through Physical Challenges" are broken down into three levels - introductory, intermediate, and advanced. These levels make the challenges ideal for students in primary and secondary schools. Each of the physical challenges features a summary that includes a detailed description, success criteria, an equipment list, set-up instructions, rules and sacrifices, possible solutions, and more. "Team Building Through Physical Challenges" is easy for physical educators, classroom teachers, and recreation leaders to use. Cards that explain each challenge to students are contained in the text and can be easily copied and laminated. The activities require equipment that is readily available - tumbling mats, ropes, balance beam, cage ball, tyres, and others.
Diagrams show you exactly how equipment should be set up, and photos illustrate possible solutions for each challenge. Sample physical challenges: Alphabet Balance Beam (introductory) - group members attmept to rearrange their starting order while positioned on a balance beam. They begin in a random order and the instructor or members choose a way to rearrange (alphabetically by first name, by street address etc). Bridge Over the Raging River (intermediate) - All group memebers must travel from one end of a gymnasium space (land) to the other end without touching the floor (river). The group can use only the following equipment: four automobile tyres, two eight-foot length 2 x 4's, and two jump ropes (preferably sash cord).
Don Glover has taught physical education, including adapted physical education, since 1967 at the preschool, elementary, secondary, and post secondary levels. In addition, he teaches graduate classes in adapted physical education methods at St. Thomas University in St. Paul. In 1981, Glover was recognized as Minnesota's Teacher of the Year, and in 1989 he was named the Minnesota Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year. He has published numerous magazine and journal articles on physical education and sport and has been a clinician at more than 50 workshops and clinics. Glover earned his master's degree in physical education from Winona State University. He is a member of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD), and the Minnesota Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (MAHPERD), and the Minnesota Education Association. Dan Midura is the elementary physical education resource teacher for the Roseville, Minnesota Area School District. He has taught physical education since 1970. Midura received his master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and was selected Outstanding Physical Education Student in 1970. He is a member of AAHPERD and MAHPERD.