Monday, December 12, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
My first choice of an age to teach was never for this young of students, but after my first encounter with them, my mind mind change. I absolutely loved being with them because they were just full of joy and energy. If you are having a bad day, I strongly suggest spending some time with them because your attitude with do a full 360 and your bad day with turn great. Another amazing day at St. Mary's.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
For Lab D I took the activity of Sport Stacking. I've had some background with this game in the past because when it first came out, my friends and I baught our own sets and practiced all the time.
Monday, November 7, 2011
One thing that I absolutely need to work on is recognizing where I am within the gymnasium. I tend to have my back to students when I am instructing others. Proffessor Yang caught me sleeping and told two of the students to go hide behind the bleechers. These two students were actually acting up at the begining of the lesson when they were kicking the ball over the net when I had instructed everyone to just pass the ball back and forth. I should have known that they were going to be trouble but i let it slip by. They hid until I had concluded my lesson and then it was brought to my knowledge. I will work on this.
The Hiding Students
I personally could not see the enjoyment on all the kids faces because my head was covered and had things being throw at it, but I could hear the laughter and approval from the children. Everyone once and a while I crouched down low so that a smaller child could dunk it in and I was told that they all had great smiles on when they did this. All I know is that I got hit with alot of candy but if it made the kids happy, I was more than glad to take the pain.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Most of them are old enough to understand sports teams and even know specific players. I was wearing a Ladanian Tomlinson jersey, a runningback for the New York Jets, and when we were having a catch with the football as the kids were sitting down, they were yellin out "Tomlinson, throw it here!" The kids were even being negative to some other Cortland students who were wearing jerseys of players they did not like. For example, Eric was wearing a Mark Sanchez jersey, the new quarterback for the New York Jets, and the kids said things like, "You have a terrible arm!" Beside the fun from the jerseys, we played some really fun games too.
On this day I was presenting a game to a very young group of kids, the 1st and 2nd graders. I had a solid lessson plan and a pretty fun and adventurous game. The name of the game was called "animals and machines." the concept of the game was to establish a partner where on of them was an "animal" and the other a "machine." After figuring out who was each aspect of the game, they then had to pick an animal and a machine to be. So if the animal decided to be a cow then the sound that child had to make was "Mooo." on the machine side, if the child chose to be a clock, the sound they had to make was "tick-tock."Tthe point of the game was to the animals seperate from their partner and make the sound of the animal that they had chosen. the machines would then be blind-folded and have to try and locate their partner by only listening to the sound of the animal that their partner had chosen.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Teaching today did not feel weird at all. I felt like I have been doing it for twenty years because it was just so natural and fluent. In Lab A2 I was still studdering my words and pausing to think about what I wanted to say but for Lab B everything I said came out smooth. I think I was finally comfortable being in front of my peers and instructing them on performing a task. Even though the cross-over was a pretty difficult skill, the majority of the class conquered it. That made me feel even better because I feel that I was a factor in them learning the skill. All-in-all I'de say Lab B was a success.
I'm the Jump-Rope specialist!
"Snorkle Monster on 3... 1-2-3 SNORKLE MONSTER!"
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Dodge ball is looked at like the "devil" of physical education activities. I personaly do not believe that because there are plenty of positives from the activity. Teamwork, sportsmanship, hand-eye skill, and agility are all fundamental aspects of dodge ball. Yes there are some controversial parts of the game, but as physical educators it is our responsibility to adapt and eliminate those threats.
Going to St. Mary's Elementary School for the first time was an absolute blast. I walked into the building not knowing what to expect and what I got was great. The kids just had so much energy to give. Even if I was tired and didn't want to be there, those kids would have changed my attitude within minutes with all of their spunk and liveliness. The groups were split up and I was pared with the 1st and 2nd grade students. We stayed in the gymnasium and played different games with them. I ended up walking around the entire gym standing on two buckets attached to strings. I honestly do not know how they didn't collapse under my feet. Then we all went outside and the amount of tag that we played with the students was more than I have played in the past 10 years combined. I was sweating and out of breathe but every moment was worth it to keep a smile on all those students face. Having them see all of us college students running around and laughing gave them even more of a reason to be young and fun. I can not wait to go back for another adventure.
For Lab A1 I was nervous because I did not have anything prepared and was a bit surprised that we were actually teaching on the first day. We were given equipment to teach whatever we thought was appropriate so I decided to teach the proper technique to throw, roll, and punt the soccer ball back into play as the goal keeper. I chose this because I had previously taught a session about these techniques at my prior university and had retained the knowledge of the lesson plan. The only downfall I had with making that choice was that the first time I taught these skills, I was given up to 45 minutes to teach. This time around I was only allowed 4 minutes total. Then on top of that, i came in a minute late so I did not hear the initial instructions of what we were to be doing that day, so I did not even hear that we were only allowed to have 4 minutes to teach our seminar. Critiquing my performance I would say that I definitely need to work on my pauses and saying "um." Also, working on communicating with the students while they are performing the task would be beneficial.