Thursday, December 8, 2011

Christmas time is here again!

Today at St.Mary's our theme was christmas. I was in the special projects group so we decorated the doors to the gymnasium with our thank you collages. It was great way to show the school how much we appreciate them letting us be apart of their after school program. This was a very rewarding experiences for me. I feel so much more comfortable teaching to groups of people weather it be students or my peers. The thing I seemed to struggle with the most is making myself heard. I've been working on enunciating in a gymnasium setting and will continue to do so until I am happy with the outcome. I'm going to miss going to St.Marys every other week but it has furthered me on my path of becoming a physical educator. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Turkey Pokey

Last monday was lab 5 at St.Marys. I was in the special projects group this week. Our task was to interview our classmates in order to put together a newsletter. We asked several different people several different questions such as "What do you like most about St.Marys?" and "Why do you want to be a Physical Education teacher?" I then consolidated the responses and developed a newsletter that will be left at the school to show how beneficial this program is. By the time I had finished it was time for the closing activities. I was in charge of the ending song. I had downloaded a thanksgiving themed song called "What does a turkey do?" Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties and were unable to play my song. I had to improvise in a matter of seconds. So at that moment I decided to go with something I already knew. The Hokey Pokey except I changed it to the Turkey Pokey. Instead of hand, foot, head, and backside it was wing, claw, beak, and feathers. It ending up being a success and everyone got involved and looked like they were having fun.

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Prenatal Paradise-Athletic Alliance

My group took chapter 6 from our text, made lyrics that matched up to the beat of "Gangsters Paradise" by Coolio and turned it into a music video for PED 201 at SUNY Cortland.
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

This is Halloween!

Lab 4 at St. Marys ended up being on Halloween which was really exciting because a majority of our class dressed up for the occasion. In addition to dressing up we were able to prepare games that related to the halloween theme. This week I worked with pre-k. I really enjoyed this. I prepared by going out and buying the book "5 Little Pumpkins". To my surprise, as I started to read this book to the students, four of them started reading it for me without the book in their hand. These kids had actually memorized the book! They kept saying it over and over until we headed to the gym to do the next activities. One of our activities we used string and had the kids create a big spider web as a team. They did this by holding one end and then throwing the other to someone across the circle. I think they really liked this because they all seemed to stay focused on the activity. It was great! 

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Lets leap, side step and jump horizontally!

Lab 3 at St.Marys was an enjoyable one. I have been steadily improving and I can see the improvement in my peers as well. Our theme for this lab was sports and my group this week was the gym group. We were the ones who got to present our games first while the rest of our peers overlooked the motor skills for that day. My game involved being a race car driver. I think the students really enjoyed this game and I actually got everyone to pay attention while going over the instructions. Toward the end of the day I played a game called "ninja" with a few girls. I had seen this game in class but it never looked like a game anyone would actually play. Boy was I wrong! These girls dominated this game and I would lose every time. Although I failed it was definitely a fun game. It got our group laughing and we ended up having a good time with it. I will keep this game in mind. I think is could be a good ice breaker in my class someday.