Friday, October 21, 2011

Mary's Marvels Back Again!

It has been awhile since we've gone to St. Mary's. The theme for the day was Sports teams! I was happy to see that almost all of our class was wearing a jersey or some sort of team logo on. I feel like this really had effect on the kids by them right from the start interacting with all of us; calling out the players or teams on our shirts. It also benefited us during the lesson when we taught. I knew that we were going to have a blast!

Today Mary's Marvels were going to have the pleasure of working with the older group. This was definitely a good time to have the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades. They love to be competitive at this age and most of there motor skills should be really proficient. This week, I taught a game that many kids really love called speedball. This is a game that involves a combination of sports such as basketball, soccer, and handball. I thought that I did a good job of explaining the rules in a way that they can understand easily. Most of the kids were listening and paying attention to my instructions but there was a few that weren't. One kid said "I just wanna play already". I responded with If you listen then we can play faster! That worked out. During the game, I saw pretty much everyone really getting into it and having a blast. It really started to get more competitive when the score as the game went along. One thing that I saw that I couldn't believe was the goalie punted the ball and it landed right in the other teams basket! I was in shock. We all then congratulated him on his amazing job and he really was proud of himself.

Overall I think that all the kids really enjoyed speedball and Im looking forward to next week at St Mary's!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Cortland Mini Conference!

Today was my first time attending the SUNY Cortland P.E Mini-Conference! Everything was very new to me and I didn't know what to expect. As soon as we arrived, are instant activity to start up the day was to have a flash mob workout to Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO! I thought it went really well and it was a lot of fun. Are goal was to try to get as many people into it as we can and for the most part it worked out. The dance routine that we performed I thought was simple enough for everyone to feel comfortable trying. 

After that, I volunteered to help out at the registration table and any assistance they might need. I met many new people and saw some familiar faces too. As soon as I was done with helping out, I went to go check out Professor Yang's Exergamer Lab which was awesome! I love how he incorporated staying active while playing video games. Now we know that kids love video games so it works out perfectly. The coolest thing I saw was he had an xbox 360 hooked up to a step master. Now the difference is that you must keep stepping or the controller would shut off. I thought this idea was so cleaver! It got me going and I know that it would get kids interested as well. Overall what a great day and I'm looking forward to the next one!

Jump Rope to Lab B

Today was lab B which was teaching a part of the jump roping unit. I thought I really came prepared for my lesson. Today I taught how to jump left to right while jump roping. I wasn't nervous because i'm very comfortable with jump roping and teaching it. 
As I watch the video, I've notice many things have changed that will help me and some things that I still need to work on. One thing I saw was that I was clear in my directions and in my demonstration. Also, I thought the way I used progression really helped the students learn at there own pace. The one thing I really need to work on is being more aware of were the students actually are. 

After the lesson, I found out that Professor Yang asked about 5 or 6 students to go get a drink of water without telling me. I finally realized that a quarter of the class was gone. Him doing this really woke me up. I know now that it could happen and I need to adjust my body so that I have a clear view of every single student. Overall lab B went really well!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

St Mary's.. Day 2

My second day at St. Mary's went really well! For the time there I got to lead the children in an activity of my own. I was a little nervous for the first time with them but I felt as I went along with my game I was more comfortable. For my activity, I incorporated motor skills such as running and galloping. I thought the children really had a lot of fun during my game because I saw so many smiling faces and laughter. I also noticed that some kids were really good at galloping and a few that still needed some guidance. Im glad that I had help from my group. Overall, many of the kids were able to perform these skills correctly and that really put a smile on my face.

My biggest challenge of that day was getting the kids attention when I was explaining the game. I thought my hook helped save me. Before the lesson, I had written down so many different things to address to them  but I ended up not even saying half of it. If I hadn't of done this, I new the children would loose interest. What I realized from this was that a good lesson should be short and sweet and get to the point. I know for next lab that I will definitely use this technique. Looking Forward to Lab 3 at St Mary's!