Ted's teaching tips;The Big Picture;Parting Shots

5th June 1998 at 01:00
This graphic photograph of agony and ecstasy can spark off many activities. Victory and defeat can be as emotional for children in school sports as for adults on the world stage.

The World Cup

Every four years nations from around the globe (this year there are 32 of them) send their best footballers to the World Cup. There is extensive media coverage and children's interest is high. Put the 32 names in a bag and let pupils draw out their own personal team. They can investigate different geographical groups of countries - the Americas, Europe (which has the majority of the teams, so split into "North and South", or "East and West"), Australasia, Africa. Mark each team with a flag or sticker on a world map. Let the children tell each other about famous countries, like Brazil or France, or less well-known finalists, such as Romania or Tunisia. Where are they on the map? How do the people earn a living? Crops? Manufacturing? Tourism? What does their flag look like? What about their culture, beliefs?

Winning and losing

How should people cope with winning and losing in sport, and in life? Should winners be gracious, losers dignified? If so, how? Is it possible - and desirable - for people to be enemies on the pitch and friends off it? How do you feel when you win, or lose; what do you do?

Writing

Write a short story, either as winner or loser, starting: "When the captain asked me to take the penalty kick, my heart started pounding..."

Ted Wragg is professor of education at Exeter University.

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