Wednesday, November 30, 2011
For Lab D, I chose Just Dance as my topic for my lesson. This was going to be my last lesson for 255 so I had to finish strong. My first thought was how can I really make my class all get involved at the same time. Also my group decided that we were going to teach at the same time in different rooms. So now instead of this lab being a 20 min lesson, I had to plan my lesson for 50 min. This got me a little nervous because I haven't really experienced teaching for that long. I knew that I had to be creative and come up with something that will keep my lesson productive and fun for the whole time.
After that, I had planned an instant activity to dance to the Cha Cha Slide. I thought that this would be a good song to start getting your body moving. Then I demonstrated the new dance moves that we will be learning for the song Funky Town. When I was flipping through the song selection on Just Dance, I knew that my class would enjoy learning this song because it was very funny. They ended up really getting a kick out of the song. The next song I chose was the Cotton Eye Joe. I felt that everyone got all the moves down pretty well and the cues for each of them helped a lot. Toward the end of my lesson I had them actually get to use the controllers and play the game to see how well they can perform the dance moves. Everyone really did a great job!
Overall, I felt that my lesson for Lab D went really well and I could see that my peers definitely had a good time with it.
Just Dance Packet
Developing the Content
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Today at St. Mary's was a holiday I'm sure every kid loves; Halloween! So I decided that I was going to wear my costume to show all the kids that I'm excited to be here and for halloween. As soon as I walked in, I've got so many kids attention and I heard them say " Hey, are you papa smurf!" and one girl said "Oh My God your a smurf!" I then knew it was a great idea for me to wear my costume and really got the kids wanting to be involved in our games. They all came with so much energy which made the games more fun.
Today my group and I had special projects. This is when we help clean up and end the day with a group game, song and a cheer. So Cory and I thought of a game that was related to Halloween and the skill throwing. We were assessing the kids on their overhand throw and catching so it worked out perfectly. I thought all the children were having a Blast! This really put a smile on my face.
Overall, I feel that Halloween at St Mary's went Great! All the kids had so much energy and really made me get involved in everything we were doing. I can't wait for Thanksgiving at St Mary's!
My lesson for Lab C was on a sport called Korfball. Korfball is a sport that originated in the Netherlands. It is a sport very similar to basketball in many ways. It is one of the only Official mixed gender sport in the world! I thought that this sport was a great idea to teach.
For Lab C, we were given 10 minutes this time to plan for. So I decided to focus on defensive stance and positioning in Korfball. One of the things I thought I did good on was my presentation to the class about Korfball and showing how defense is crucial. I feel that my demonstration of the defensive stance was done well. However, I really thought that I could have done a lot better then I did today. I was nervous and too tense while I was teaching. Also, while I watched the video I noticed that my instant activity was about 4 min long for a ten minute lesson. I realized that I need to manage my time better.