Monday, February 9, 2009

The talent of an NFL player is even beyond what we think!

When you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything!!
Josh Blue of the 'Last Comic Standing'

Josh proves to everyone that no matter the dissability, it doesn't need to define who you are. He has seen tremendous success and embraces the challenges he faces.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Infant Perception

A fun song to learn infant perception

End of an Era!

Our last visit at St. Mary's concluded with a holiday themed extraviganza. It was a lot of fun, and the kids really got into it. The more props and themed activities we plan, the more they get into it. This is especially true with things that they really enjoy, like Christmas! The younger kids especially enjoyed it when we dressed up to play the part. Pretty much what it all really came down to at St. Mary's was when you love what you do, the kids know it. When the teacher really gets into what they are teaching, and expresses how much they love being with the students, and teaching P.E. the kids absolutly respond! When you're passionet about something, it is easy to give it your all.

Second to last visit

Over all i thought that the activities that we did with the students were very age appropriate throughout the course of our labs at St. Marys. The students responded to us very well, and were really reseptive to us teaching them. Some things that i would have done differently was what we did at the end of the semester; which was focus on two students that we were assessing. The teachers would stay with those students and focus on them most, to make sure that they were doing the objectives we were assessing correctly. In an actual classroom setting this would increase one on one time with the students and focus more on the individual and learning at a rate that best suits them. Focusing on this would allow us as teachers to best adapt to our students and allow them the highest chance for success in Physical Education

Friday, October 31, 2008

Throwing and Catching at St. Mary's

Teaching at refining skills is the name of the game. This week at St. Mary's we focused specifically on throwing and catching. These are rather difficult tasks for young children. Some children are able to develop compitency in these motor tasks faster than others, but for the most part we were teaching the initial stages of the throw and catch.

In teaching, it's important to understand that it's not all smooth sailing. However, challenges aren't a bad thing:
The most difficult experience has been easily in giving directions. If they aren’t short and sweet, the kids just don’t pay attention. Their attentions spans are so short that if the directions are at all complicated they aren’t interested in listening to the rest of what you have to say. And once you have lost them, it is REALLY hard to bring them back. It’s hard being in the gym when so many other ages are in their as well. If the kids think that they won’t like the game they don’t pay any attention to you, and they are watching what someone else is doing or another game that is being played.

Some ideas and suggestions to resolve these difficulties or challenges may be:
Directions need to be really short; the simpler they are the better. Also its necessary to use age appropriate directions that they are able to understand. A good example was someone gave the direction “Line up on the three point line.” This is completely over their heads. Use things to get their attention that include them, such as counting down from ten and having them join, or saying “Clap once if you can hear me, clap twice if you can hear me..” and so on. Lastly, if you do manage to lose their attention it is OK to be stern. You almost have to be to regain their attention.

Learning to leap, jump and slide in style at St. Mary's

A new week, new observations and thoughts. This week also saw different motor tasks to assess and evaluate. The locomotor skills that we observed this week at St. Mary's were the leap, the horizontal jump, and the slide.

Here are some observations of the students as they participate in the activities:
The young boy that we observed wasn’t really interested in doing the leaping, jumping and sliding as much as he was doing it as fast as he could. The young girl that we worked with allowed the teachers to help her and listened much better to the instruction as well.

The best way to get your points across are to develop good teaching strategies. Here are some that i used this week and how successful they were:
I found that the younger kids really want you to get right down there with them. They respond to you much better if you do the things that they are doing with them, instead of standing aside watching. The older kids kind of looked at me and had the look on their face like “what are you doing…get away from me,” if you tried to do the same with them. The old kids really didn’t want to be bothered with us college kids as much.

The single most important thing in working with kids is KEEPING THEIR ATTENTION! Here are some sure fire ways (i hope!) to keep their attention long enough to get your points across:
Being into what you’re teaching. The kids (no matter what age) know when you don’t care. The more energy you show and the happier you are and the more you get into it, the more of them will participate and the better they will do the game.