Slanty Line

I have just learned that my Slanted High Bar concept was inspired by a physical educator named Muska Mosston. I like this alot - learning that something I had invented to explain a central concept about my approach to games was actually invented by someone else to explain his approach to physical education. What could be more affirming? Or sobering? Sobering to learn that the idea has been around so long and that so few people have put it into practice.

The Slanted High Bar concept was inspired by a physical educator named Muska Mosston, who useds a similar concept he called "The Slanty Rope." A good resource is Teaching Physical Activity - Choice, Challenge, and Change by Jim Stiehl, Don Morris, Christina Sinclair. Steve Stork writes: "Mosston and Ashworth (1986) suggest in their 'slanty rope' theory that, given options, children will choose that which is maximally challenging but at which they can also be successful. In gymnastics classes this can mean offering students a choice of rolling in different body shapes (tuck, pike, straddle), or from different heights (squat, handstand, dive) As long as the teacher acknowledges each child's choices and execution."

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