Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Lab D

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.
 I started off the class by having them re-cap on what they learned from the previuos session. I demonstrated and used some visual aides to help the students visualize and have a better understanding of what it was that they were "creating." After re-capping, we jumped right into the 6-6 stack and how to break it down. A few of the students were struggling so I walked around giving some tips and adjusting some techniques but the majority of them took charge and did it beautifully. The 1-10-1 stack came next. I did a quick demonstration of how to execute it and brake it down properly.
             The students really wanted to get to use the time mats so after I demonstrated the last part of the cycle, I let them have some fun on their own.  Nobody came close to beating the world record of 5.93 seconds, but they enjoyed trying. A big curve-ball that was thown my way was having one of the students suddenly become blind. I had to think quick to get this one under control so i came up with a good idea. They were working in partners so since one of them was blind, I declared the other one to have magically lost his hands. So now they had to work together as one to still complete the task at hand. The student with no hands had to conduct the student with no eyes where to move his hands to stack the cups in order.
This was pretty remarkable because they completed the task in a very good time. I enjoyed it so much that I had the entire class come over to watch so that they could all realize that it is not easy having a handicap to accomplish things, but it is not impossible.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Lab C

For Lab C I was paired with my fellow classmate, Sarah to combine teach a segment. The segment consisted of a foreign sport. Our sport was designated to the East-Asian game of Sepak Takraw. Sepak Takraw in simply traslated into, "kick the ball," and thats exactly what the players do. We were required to incorporate some usage of technology during our lesson to give the students a visual aid on what they were learning. I decided to make a power-point presentation with genereal information, rules and even a full video of the game being played. The students were really facinated by the video because the players were of the Thailand national team and could perform some impressive moves to spike and block the ball.

Before I even got into the lesson I had the class do an instant activity. I put on a song and had them all line up together and perform as a "kick-line."They were all smiling and having fun with it. I picked this instant activity because it was entertaining but more importantly, it was to stretch out their legs for a bit seeing as Sepak Takraw is alot of leg movements. I feel I performed pretty well for this Lab because I was confident and I once again felt comfortable. I used my signal for attention which was my whistle and moved around the gym alot giving feedback to groups and individual students.

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


Reflection on St. Mary's Day 4

This day landed on Halowen and was very festive. Almost all the college students dressed up in costumes. I planned on taking part in the tradition until my costume got ripped the day before. I had the outfit of "Mr. Incredible" from the Pixar movie, The Incredible's. I was dissapointed that I could not wear it because I knew that the kids would have loved it. But anyway, the day was very fun because everyone was in a great mood for what the night was about to bring. Candy and tick or treating is what was constantly on the kids minds. I presented a game at the end of the day when we had to whole program participating and it was called, "Trick or Treat." I know, very creative. The game consisted of myself and four other college students walking around with these big cylanders on our shoulders. We were considered the "candy bags" and the kids had to throw all different balls and toys, which were "candy" up in in the top so that they could eat it all later.

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.