Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
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
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Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
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
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
We had a NYS AHPERD Mini-Conference last friday, October 7th. This opportunity was very enjoyable as well as beneficial for me. At the opening of this conference I took part in a flash mob. It turned out to be pretty successful and we even got some of the crowd involved like we had wanted to. To see it Click Here! While at the conference I was also able to take part in a session called "life of an athlete". This session discussed the consequences of drugs and alcohol on an athlete. The major thing I took away from this was how alcohol disrupts the training of an athlete. If an athlete gets intoxicated two days out of the week then their training fails. For example, If a person is training heavily for a sporting event and then goes out on friday and saturday and becomes intoxicated, training up to 14 days prior to drinking will be lost. This really opened my eyes because it can be seen right here, in a college setting. Student athletes who spend all those hours training and go out on the weekends are ruining their hard work and are just hurting their teams in the end. In addition, I also attended a session where I learned how to merengue along side my peers as well as Physical Education teachers. This was defiantly an enjoyable experience. We learned a number of progressions starting with the counts, steps and turns. By the end, we were able to go through an entire routine. I had to go out of my comfort zone a little, but it was well worth it in the end.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
In my PE class I wouldn't use these "shamed" games. They are in the Hall of Shame for a reason. I feel that games like dodgeball, red rover, or tag don't teach kids the fundamentals. When it comes to actually playing these games, not everybody is active. For example, if we are playing dodgeball the weakest kids are going to be the ones who get out first. After they get out what do they do? They sit or stand on the sidelines until they can get back in. Its called physical education for a reason. These games do not keep the students actively engaged in class. I do however believe that these "shamed" are fun, I remember playing them in grade school. Looking back I realize how inactive kids were in PE class. These games are not meant for PE.