Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lab on Monday 5/2

Lab six was the last lab that we had at St. Mary's. Throughout the semester I have learned a lot of different techniques for teaching children and maintaining their attention. Making sure that you provide examples of how to do different motor skills is important. Also giving children examples to follow, like saying that a student is doing a great job sitting there quietly will make other children want to follow that student. This is a great way to maintain attention in the class and help to set examples. This was a great experience and I wish that we would have spent more time at the school. Getting to know the children and provide games that they enjoyed was a great experience.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Monday Lab 4/25

During this lab we had the gym group which meant that we were the group that ran the games to assess the students. The two things being assessed were the stationary bounce and the kick. The game that I had was for the kick. I ran a game called kickball soccer, which would have been a good game for a little bit older students. I modified it to try and target it for the students but it still did not work as I had planned it to. The kick was able to be assessed though so it did work for the purpose but it was still hard for the students to understand what they had to do.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

St. Mary's 5K/1K Run

Attending the run at St. Mary's was an excellent experience for me. Being able to see how many people attend the run and were involved with it was surprising. Doing a community event like this run is an excellent way to spread to word about the importance of fitness and teaching fitness for life. Since I am a Physical Education major, I would really love to do something like this in my future when I am a teacher. Just being a teacher during the week is not enough, you have to do outside of school work that helps spread the message of Physical Education. Working outside of school hours can make people of the community pay attention to you and realize that you are working towards a great cause. Mrs. Obama's program "Let's Move in Schools" is just one of the many programs that are being supported that help show the importance of a Physical Education program. The idea that some Physical Education programs are not at the par that they should be is disappointing because we are trying to show students why it is so important to participate in life long fitness. However, if the program does not support and show the students how to do this the correct way then how can we expect them to actually want to continue fitness outside of school. Physical Education is such an important part of our children's life and we have to make sure that we are supporting and showing them every way possible to get and stay involved.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Monday Lab 4/4

This weeks lab theme was the PBS show Dinosaur Train. The motor skills that we were observing this week were the overhand throw and the catch. The games that were provided for the students to play were hard to see and evaluate these skills properly. Boundaries should have been set up that the students had to throw behind so that they would be able to execute the skill more accurately. As for the catch, it was hard to see the students properly do this because the throws were not very accurate so it made it hard for the other student to catch. So because the game was not very accurate in showing the students skill it was hard to say who was able to complete the skill better and what they could have improved on.

Our group was in the cafeteria this week, I figured that there would be more students to play games with once we got in the gym but we were limited with numbers. Many of our games that we ran were targeted towards a larger group of students so it was hard to execute them properly. I brought in a visual aid to help the students know what kind of dinosaur that they would have to act like but I feel like it was targeted towards younger students instead of the age group that we were dealing with. I still need to find and put music onto my iPod to aid in the games that we are running.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lab on Monday 3-21

This week our lab theme was cowboys and cowgirls, we were in pre-k and we split it up so we had the students in the classroom and the another group took the students in the gym and we helped out with their games. This week I was surprised at how well the students were listening and taking in all the directions for the games because they were so young, they did an excellent job. I felt like all the students were all really involved with our games this week too. Our TA's said that we really needed to cut down on tag games. For the next time I am going to look for games like nothing we have done before so that the students are getting a variety of games and things to do instead of the same games with different names.