Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
The skits were very beneficial to us for several reasons. It was a fun and constructive way to study the information we have been learning. Also, it was a good way to teach, as well as learn, in a non-traditional and fun manner from our peers. Perhaps the most important aspect of the skit productions was that it allowed us to get comfortable in getting up in front of many people and do something that not everyone is necessarily comfortable doing. If we are able to perform a skit for an audience, it makes being up in front of a class and teaching feel like a lot less stressful. The skits were one of Professor Yang's many effective strategies that are not only molding me into becoming a great Physical Educator, but are also tools that I can one day use when I am in his shoes.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Last week was an interesting day for me at St. Mary’s. I got to go around and help out with all the groups. This was different from my normal routine, because I was able to work with all the kids, Pre-K – 6th grade, in the same day. All the games that the kids were playing had a Thanksgiving theme. The kids really seemed to be getting festive. I guess they just couldn’t wait for their Thursday feast! At the end of the day, I led the class by breaking it down. I used the song “Cotton Eyed Joe.” This is a very catchy song for young kids, probably because there is a dance that goes along with it. I always remember going to hockey games or baseball games when I was in elementary school and hearing the “Cotton Eyed Joe” and all the kids would do the dance. The kids at St. Mary’s really enjoyed it, just like did when I was that age.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The motor movements we focused on were catching and throwing. I worked extensively with 3 kids. The first 2 boys I was playing catch with were very young, about 6 years old. Their throwing skills were more refined than their catching skills. They had a good foundation as far as their throwing mechanics, but it was not very fluid. That will come with practice. This was not the case with their catching skills. At first, it seemed as if they didn’t know how to maximize their hand-eye coordination properly. They were stabbing at the ball instead of trying to get under it and accept it. I showed them basic strategies on how to properly catch a ball. I used cues of extending their arms out properly, making a diamond, and "looking through the window." They immediately got the hang of it. After playing catch for 15 minutes and occasionally critiquing them, they were catching consistently. The third boy's name was Sheridan. He is a 6th grader. He and I have been having a football catch during free-play time for the past few visits. He is able to catch and throw effectively. What I worked on with him was throwing the ball with a tight spiral and accuracy. I showed him how to properly grip the ball around the laces. I also showed him how to properly use his non-throwing arm. This helped his body balance, which caused him to throw the ball more accurately. He told me that he noticed a difference. I had a great feeling at the end of the day as I taught 2 young boys how to catch and helped another boy throw a football effectively. The most rewarding feeling I got came when Sheridan told me that he wants to play on a football team next year. I have been slowly encouraging this idea for the past few weeks during several pep talks that we have had. He finally said he is going to play next year. I feel like I had a positive influence on his view towards the sport of football.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Usually people who work a 9 to 5 tend to have a case of the "mondays." Well the kids at St. Mary's were as enthusiastic as i have seen them. Since I have been at St. Mary's, I have observed not only the kids, but effective teachings strategies as well. I have been utilizing such strategies lately, and I feel that is why the kids seem more and more enthusiastic. When I am interacting with the kids, enthusiasm is a must in order for me to keep the kids on their toes at all times. A few of the motor movement patterns we focused on was leaping, sliding and the horizontal jump. My group and I used animals as a means for the kids to relate to some of the games we were playing. We had them leaping like frogs, sliding like snakes, and jumping like kangaroos. The kids really loved how I was not only getting my point across to them, but I was being funny while doing it.
Since Halloween was this weekend, we decided to go with that as a theme for the day. The little kids were all telling me what they were dressing up as. I heard some really cool ones like Optimus Prime form transformers and Buzz-Lightyear from Toy Story. It was cool to reminisce about some of the costumes I wore when I was that age. Whenever I am around the kids, I think about fun things I did when i was in elementary school and it brings back great memories. I am always looking forward to spend time with the kids because of this I guess that I am not the only one keeping others enthusiastic, as the kids are doing the same to me!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Unfortunately dodgeball grown a reputation of being a bad game to be played in physical education classes. Parents and administrators have made points that dodgeball has been known to single kids out, as it creates an environment where the so called "un-athletic" kids of the class become primary targets, which also can lead to social problems. The same critics will also tell you that once someone is hit, they are out of the game, completely diminishing their activity time. However, just about any knock made on dodgeball can be argued against as there are many variations that a good physical education teacher can use to eliminate any negative aspects. Instead of a player exiting the game once they are hit, we want them to still be participating. If a player is hit they can go to a designated end-zone behind the other teams side of the court. If balls roll back to them, they can try to hit the players on the other team. This allows players to always be participating even if they get hit. This also makes it harder for those who haven't been hit because they have to worry about getting hit from both sides. This idea of keeping all students participating can be applied in many different ways. As far as kids being hurt, they can be hurt in any game played in a physical education class. It's not right to assume that kids will get hurt playing dodgeball just because there are balls being thrown at them. In addition the balls being used are soft. If you really wanted to avoid any problems of being hit in the head, there can and should be a rule added that prohibits a player from throwing at someone above the chest. Dodgeball is a great game because it involves a wide range of motor movements that are found in all types of sports. You required to throw, catch, run, be able to dodge and use overall agility. Dodgeball is a fun and enthusiastic way for kids to practice these skills. By playing this game maturely and responsibly, it can undoubtedly be a great game to teach children.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
St. Mary’s was full of super heroes and the kids were really diggin' it. We incorporated the theme of super heroes for the kids to enjoy, which they certainly did. They loved our costumes, but of course we had a few haters! One of the girls told me that my cape looked like a diaper, and she called me "super-diaper" the rest of the day. By using the super hero theme, we created a positive atmosphere for the kids to enjoy as we played. My group, Prestige World-Wide was with the Pre-K kids for the day. They really got a kick out of our costumes and were even incorporating the super hero theme on their own as we played on the playground. They were calling us by who we were dressed up as, rather than our names. It was cool so see how wild little kids' imaginations can be. Duncan, one of the boys I was playing with on the playground, wanted to be a superhero too. He was completely dressed in red from head to toe, with red gloves on. I started calling him the "fireman" and he was loving it. Duncan stood up on little plastic bench out on the playground and screamed "I'm the fireman!" He told me that his gloves were "lava" gloves. We continued to play tag and whenever he grabbed me, I pretended that my arm or leg was burning. It was great to see he loved it being how he was pointing and laughing at me as I was burning alive on the ground! As we were walking in from the playground, Tim and I heard one of the girls say “Wow, I never thought Superman was real.” I guess Vinny did a great job being Superman. I tried to remember when I was young and thought like that. I miss those days!
All while being caught up in the world of super heroes, Prestige World-Wide got the kids to be productive physically. We played tag games so we were able to observe some of the children’s gross motor movements such as running, galloping and hopping. One tag game that we played was "Heroes and Villains." This was your traditional "Sharks and Minos" but we changed the name of the game to relate to the theme of the day. We had the heroes run like the “Flash” across to the other side without getting caught by the designated villains. After a few times of running, we had them gallop, and eventually had them hopping. Upon observation, it was noticeable that their mechanics for these movement patterns certainly need to improve, but they are very young. This was expected. A lot of the kids were hopping incorrectly so we were helping them. Incorporating something that the kids can relate to, like super-heroes, can go a long way. It only enhances their interest. They were extremely enthusiastic as there was not one kid who wasn't using their imagination and having a blast doing it!
I WISH I WAS YOUNG AGAIN!