Thursday, April 26, 2012
Then I read the students a book called "I Want To Be An Astronaut." The book was a very short story with a lot of pictures. Although the students did not respect me while I was reading the story. Every sentence I read they all in unison would say "Huh!?" I smiled twice and then told the students to pay attention and to be quiet but they continued to do it every page for the remainder of the story. After I went into the gymnasium and played with the students in builders and bulldozers. I had a student that wanted to play with me individually so we were having a pass. Then she wanted to pass to me off the wall and try and catch it. I was impressed with her ability although the ball slipped between her hands a few times. Then she wanted to carry her ice cream cone around the area. We both tried to pass the ball from cone to cone because we did not want to get sand on our ice cream. The day went by so quick and before I knew it it was the final activity of the day. One young student wanted to be my partner for the activity so we ran around and tried to grab their flag that was attached to the other teams belts. He was more successful than me! I had a blast at St. Mary's and would do the semester all over again. It has been such a beneficial learning experience and it was fun at the same time. Thanks again St. Mary's School!
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday was such a gorgeous day and what better way to spend the day than at St. Mary's. As soon as we got there we had to observe the different levels of skill amongst the kindergartner's and first graders. I was extremely impressed with the skill levels of the students. Any way today my group and I worked with the pre-kindergartner's. We went outside to their playground and interacted with the students. Three young girls wanted to play tag with me and they were very good. They refrained from telling me all the rules because apparently every fence, chair, and tree were "base".
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Monday, April 16, 2012
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Sunday, April 15, 2012
The Sommersaults killed it live at Pool Side this past Wednesday afternoon in Park Center. All of the groups went in order of the chapters. I thought that all the groups did a really good job performing in front of an audience and nobody seemed nervous at all. Some groups had choreography which was nice to see and some different props involved as well. As soon as we got up there the crowd was getting a little rowdy. I was a little bit nervous because we were last and I felt the pressure on. Once the music started to play my nerves just magically disappeared and I felt comfortable infront of the crowd. I think we did pretty awesome and I am proud of my group!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
When we first got to St. Mary's we were assessing the younger students on how to throw and catch. I was really impressed at how strong their abilities were. They were able to throw pretty much on target and many were hitting Oscar the Grouch directly in the head which was pretty entertaining. One student I noticed could sort of throw a curve ball. It discouraged me because I obviously cannot do that! Afterwords my group and I were told to work with the cafeteria group or the older students. We first went downstairs to play some board games. Two students were showing me how to build a face mask out of leggo's to protect my self in any emergency. They said that my face mask was decent for my first time building. Then we all moved upstairs where my group and I introduced our games. The students really were not interested and some of the boys were trying to see how much they could get away with and was pushing us as instructors. When it came time for my game I was a little intimidated because the boys were being rough and loud. I told them we were going to play earth ball and the object of the game was to throw small balls at one large yoga ball and see if they can get it across either teams side to score a point. But some of the students were kicking it and picking it up and throwing it at one another. After about five minutes I had to stop the game because they were out of control. So Dave, Ryan, and I decided to play basketball with the boys to try and control them more which we succeeded. They were trying to cheat a bit and pushing one another. It was not one of the better days at St. Mary's and I am actually glad it happened because now I know I have to be prepared for anything to happen because I will never know the mood of the students I will be getting. Next time I will be working with the pre kindergartener's so hopefully my game will work next time because after this past lab we got some advice from one of the past 201 students saying that the younger ones love to chase. In the event I have the older students again I will try to make my game more team oriented and more sport similar so I gain more interest and trust in the students to follow the rules. Click here for lab four!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The Sommersaults are at it again! Ever hear Wiz Khalifa's Young, Wild, and Free? We wrote our own remix that went along with Rudimentary Movement Abilities. Listen and let me know what you think!
Be sure to check out Dave and Ryan's blog as well!
Be sure to check out Dave and Ryan's blog as well!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Maintaining a physically active lifestyle is my new years resolution. My team and I help influence each other to keep going and not to give up on any work out. This support really motivates me to want to keep pushing my self and working hard. I think that I should be voted for because its not about how far you run or what you eat, its about the fact that I am trying to do something on top of my conditioning in season, I have the mental toughness to keep myself motivated, and the ability to keep my self going.
Monday, February 20, 2012
The ever so famous Simon Says has been considered to be under the PE Hall Of Shame Games. Personally if you adapt the game to be more physically active it can be just as effective as any tag or game with physical activity. No you may not need a B.S. in PE but having that backround will enable you to incorporate locomotor movements into the activity. I can remember playing this game in elementary/middle school but we did not incorporate these movements so everyone was stationary and would complain to play tag or kickball. If I were the instructor I would say Simon Says Squat and sing the national anthem the students will be having to use multiple parts of their brain to perform both activities. I could have the students lead the class by using only skip, run, hop, horizontal jump, gallop, leap, and fast walk. This activity can be very effective for the students. You could even have the students solve riddles because it really makes the students think and concentrate. If you want to make it even more challenging you can incorporate topics that are being discussed in the classroom such as name the Presidents or solve a multiplication problem. There are many modifications that you can do to this game to make it more challenging for the students but it will also be fun!
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PE Learning Standards
Hall of Shame Games
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012
As future teachers we can never learn too early on how to protect our students, our selves and our fellow faculty in any form of harassment. It sickened me hearing how the sex offenders spoke so nonchalantly about the matter. We were informed that one of the abusers said that he had to go through seven years of treatment under the impression that he will be cured from his desire or need to sexual abuse children. The man was asked after completing the course if he had the opportunity to be around children again would he be able to conduct himself in a professional manner and he said no. It is so true because no program can truly stop someone from committing an act that they truly desire. It really upsets me to know that there are so many children out there that have been abused and have not spoken about it. I want my future students to know that if something is bothering them that they can talk to their parents, me as their teacher, a social worker in the school, or to call the child abuse hotline. There are so many resources available that some people many not know exist. After going through this program really opens my eyes on how to protect my students and myself. I have to remain professional twenty-four seven and catch the warning signs as early as possible and acting upon my instincts if necessary.
There has been many different cases regarding sexual harassment in the media lately and one in particular is the case at Penn State. Former Penn State football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with over forty counts of sex crimes against young boys. There is no one else to blame except for Sandusky for these heart wrenching stories. Jo Paterno was to blame for a lot of this because he was informed about this once before. In the state of Pennsylvania he was not mandated by law to report these cases. Although if his child was apart of the many victimized, I believe he would feel that the person first notified should have contacted police or the child abuse hotline. Either way I feel that Jo Paterno was wrong in not following up on this because he is a role model to many aspiring football players and fans. Many people at Penn State should have been more involved in the programs to protect the children coming and I feel that this could have been stopped even if Jo Paterno did not do anything about it. But there is no one more to blame than Jerry Sandusky and he should be severely punished for hurting these boys in more ways than can be imagined. I cant even imagine finding out that information and keeping it to myself. It is just mind boggling!
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
I watched the video through screenr on Wikispaces and it really helped me a lot. I was pretty confused at first on how to publish my lab but the help of the step by step video made it so much easier. I really am enjoying blogging and completing my labs. I wish I had more to do because I keep finding myself on my blog editing it and changing its colors. I really like being able to do this for class. I never have done anything like this before.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
After reading chapter one I have received a better understanding of what "learning through the physical" means and how physical activity impacts affective growth. According to Developmental Physical Education for All Children by David L. Gallahue and Frances C. Donnelly the learning-through-movement aim of physical education is based on the fact that effective physical education can positively influence both the cognitive and affective development of children. Cognitive learning is demonstrated by skills through comprehending information, organizing ideas, and evaluating actions. Physical activity impacts affective growth through the movement experiences and patterns that children engage in. Affective learning is demonstrated by behaviors indicating attitudes of awareness, interest, attention, concern and ability to listen and respond to others. It is also a social-emotional development. When children understand that they can control themselves that is when their is an enhanced sense of self and affective growth.
This week was the first time we went to St. Mary's to interact with the students. I had so much fun playing with them and seeing what some of their interests are. It enabled me to take some mental notes on what I should incorporate when I have to plan activities for them. At first we jumped right in with the TA's to help with the parachute games which was a lot of fun. Then we broke up into different groups to see the school and try to connect with students. It was interesting to see how well they responded to me. I helped swing the jump rope in the gymnasium for a few students and I couldn't believe how well they were doing it at such a young age! I also was building some lego structures with some students in the pre-k room and played dinosaurs extinct with some other students in the cafeteria. It is imperative to be fully prepared in any situation because you will never know if you have enough space for the students to participate in physical activity. I cannot wait to go back next week and have something prepared instead of just observing!
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