Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Lab 6

This weeks lab was an Easter theme using many games to incorporate the Easter season. In our games we started out with a small game with jumping jacks, crap walks, and stretches into a tag game. This made it easy for the students to transition from being wound up to moving in an easy game to explain. Once the students got there all energetic we sent them in motion. The second game at the end that we had to organize was called battle ship. This was a team oriented game where the team had to stand on a mat and protect their pins, while throwing the balls to try and knock the other teams pins down. There was many strategies that we gave the kids to do such as holding a ball and playing defense and holding all the balls to bombard the other team all at once. The students had a lot of fun with this game and underneath one of the cones we hid Easter eggs with candy in them for them to enjoy after the game.

Lab 5

In this weeks lab we were focused on the skills of dribbling, passing. In my lab we had cones set up and the students would dribble a basketball in between the cones and then pass the ball at the end to the next person in line. We also used a soccer ball had the students again dribble through the cones and then set the ball down and kick it to the next person in line. The students had an easy time with moving the ball through and then kicking the ball, but with basketball dribbling they would use one hand look down at the ball and slap the ball. We got the students to look up and to cross-over as well. I had planned to instead of using cones people and have the students try and steal the ball from the person dribbling but that did not fit the age level that we had this particular week.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lab 4

This weeks lab was a very interesting lab and it was interesting because we had to take the kindergarten kids. I think the most difficult thing I have faced is trying to control the kindergarten group during an activity, which i had to do in this lab. They have trouble staying still and listening so you have to be loud and on point with directions. Another thing that our group had a very difficult time is once the students get there and are ready to play we aren’t very good at getting their attention and making them play the games that we want them to play. Usually we end up playing what they like, which is good but how will they ever learn new things instead of just shooting hoops.

When trying to teach an activity to the kindergarteners, our group needs to be prepared and know what we are doing well before doing the activity. In other words it is hard to just ‘wing’ an activity at the last minute because it is likely to fail. For the second part I would have to say that we do both. Do the games that we do say it wont take a while then we can shoot hoops and have a free time with activities.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Lab 3

Today's lab was throwing and catching. For this weeks trip to St. Marys i had pre-k students who were very energetic and did not want to listen. There were a few things that i screwed up when i was explaining our game. First off never have the balls or anything they can get their hands on right there in front of them. Another thing is to make sure that you explain the game with them calm and sitting down, keep the directions short and less explaining and more activity teach on the go is better for this level of kids. Overall the kids played well no problems had them throwing into a net with ping pong balls, then running the bases with activites to do on the way like bouncing running throwing and catching. The kids that we had to look at did a good job too with throwing and catching and had more yes than no. Teaching the kids which foot to step with and which arm was very difficult as well. After settling in the kids were on their way and had a good time.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Lab Two

Lab 2

1.) This weeks activities we focused on the leap, horizontal jump, and the slide. During the game and activity we watched the student do these activities and asked them to do the moves in a variety of ways. We did this to see how coordinated they are in every aspect of the leap, jump, slide, while incorporating it into a game so it wasn't focused on that rather having fun in a game so we get the best of both worlds. We worked with 12 students that were pre-K which was under 6 years old and they were actually very into the games and did not cause too much problems with understanding the games. There was not a difference in the ages, the students were male and female.

2.) While i was teaching the kids a couple of strategies i came up with while teaching the kids how to bowl and hit a target was that i got down really low to the ground and showed the correct movement of the bowl. Got one leg out in front of the other and followed through. What Dr. Yang did not particularly like was a put one student that was really struggling with this movement on my toes so he could feel the movement and then do it by himself. I see how this is not particularly right but at the same time i got what i was looking for which was success on his next throw.

3.) To keep the kids on task you really have to get down to their level and let them pick and choose what they want to do. If you keep them involved and happy then you can do pretty much anything. If the student wants to be the tagger then let them, if they want to take a break sit down talk to them for a second and then say alright lets go now don't want to miss all the fun. If they continue to be a problem i usually say alright 5 seconds or else you don't want to know whats going to happen and then start counting down and they will always get up laughing and join again.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Lab One

1.) The main differences between motor development and social between the sexes at the St. Mary's Church were definitely the amount they had developed already. The girls in the class were more likely to hold onto you and want to not run around and cause problems. The boys controlled the games that we played and always wanted to yell out what they wanted to choose, rock, paper, scissors in our game. The girls followed what the guys did never complained and loved to hang on you and run around. Some of the girls didn't want to play and faked getting hurt instead of doing that the boys went off and wanted to play basketball and be active do something else. I wasn't able to observe the differences in grade level because i was with one group ability wise the boys and girls were pretty much similar because all we were doing was tag, but after wards some of the boys really showed off their basketball skills by shooting at the free throw line.

2.) Some fine motor behavior activities while watching the kids was definitely in one of our games when i kid went a step forward, put two and two together and said after they put down and do one of the 3, we should do what beats them. When i heard this i could not believe that a kid this young would be smart enough to know that in order to win we could even cheat a little bit to get back in the game. The kids that were younger didn't really talk to much as the kids got older they interacted more and wanted to play and listen to what they had to say. This first week was an eye opener to what i need to do each week to keep them occupied and on task to play the whole time. so when i get ready for next week i am going to find a lot of games with variety so that the kids will all be interested.

Bengals Speaker

This week i was able to go and listen to a Cortland alum who is now an offensive line coach with the professional Cincinnati Bengals. The thing that was the most rewarding of the whole experience was that he discussed about how the become a better person and the attitude you have outweighs anything else. I was so glad that this wasn't just another speaker who was boring us with the drinking that goes on. Every year we have to go listen how that if your not twenty one you shouldn't be drinking etc., same thing different day. The thing is everyone knows people drink and doesn't matter what you do it will happen. With this talk he didn't speak anything of that and had a message to get out to people instead. . The main topics he discussed were coaching, his history, and how in life you have to have some luck. For example i learned to play sports because i wanted to be like my dad because he was a coach. Because my parents raising me playing sports i probably wouldn't be doing it now in college. I hope that in the future i get to listen to other speakers just like him to get something out of it instead of just going because i have to for baseball.