Thursday, December 3, 2009
Today was our last day at St. Mary's. Only a few short weeks prior I had walked into St. Mary's for are first day and teaching experience. Over that time I have learned a lot about how to work with younger kids, and how to keep them more active over a class period. I really enjoyed my time their it was a great learning experience and just fun in general. Once again I feel like I learned a lot over the course of the semester, things that we benefit me greatly when i become a teacher. Before this I was more used to working with older kids, and that is a whole different ball game then compared to working with Pre k and younger kids. When working with them everything had to be very basic and concise because if you took a long time on giving directions they wouldn't be paying attention. This took a lot of practice but I think with the skills that we were taught we are able to hand those type of situations much better than the first trip we made to St. Mary's. This experience has really helped me realize that this is something that I really want to do in the future. I really enjoyed working with the kids.
This past week at St. Mary's our main focus was on the skill of dribbling. The types of dribbling that we mostly covered had to do with basketball or soccer. The gym rats got the chance to work with the Pre K children again. This time around i noticed a big difference in how the day went. I felt like we were better prepared to work with them. The last time we got a chance to work with them it didn't go as well as we had hoped and i think it was due to the fact that we made things a little to complicated for them, and they just simply didn't get it. This time around we used some of the techniques that we had learned in our practice labs. We used are voices much more as well as keeping things pretty simplified, and we guided them through the activities if needed. We set up hoops all over one corner of the gym, and had each child get a ball and when we told them a certain color they would have to go over to one of the colors that was yelled out and bounce the ball with two hands 10 times. When we did this I noticed that some of the kids were understanding the proper way to dribble than others. So what we would do was demonstrate the proper technique to them and then let them try, some of them improved after that which is what we want. Toward the end of the game we told the children that they could now go out to any color that they wanted to and bounce the ball 10 times, but this time one of us would yell of Freeze, when this happened the kids were supposed to put their ball down and perform a certain task such as hopping, jumping, skipping. I think this in the end was a pretty successful game the kids seemed to enjoy themselves much more this time around. I think this happened because we kept it structured, but also added different variations that kept them interested in the game.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The following day morning I got the chance to go back to St. Mary's during the morning to get a look at how their everyday routine goes. When I got their I introduced myself to the teachers and the class i would be working with that morning. Almost immediately after entering the classroom one of the boy's Duncan who I had worked with before had come up to me and was ready to show me the ropes of the classroom. We then began to play with some of the other kids in the class. We then broke out the building blocks all the kids then began to use their imaginations to make whatever they wanted. That morning the structure of the classroom was pretty relaxed, but at some points throughout the morning some of the kids got a little loud and had to go back to their seats and read or do something quite. But for the most part the kids where very well behaved. My morning concluded with me reading a story to one of the boys who was asked to sit down at his desk for a while. I started to read for him and he seemed to be really enjoy this, soon a couple other kids came over to hear the story as well. This was the first time I have had the chance to do something that was more in the classroom setting and I really enjoyed it, cant wait to do it again.
This past week at St. Marys had a Circus theme. Amy, Tyler, Jeff and myself had all come dressed up, the children really seemed to like this. I felt that by showing up like that the kids became more focused and willing to try the activity that we had set up for them. After we got all the kids together we began to teach them how to play the game Fit,Fuel, fun. What this game did was cover how to throw and properly catch. We started the activity with a warm-up game where each kid partnered up with another one of their classmates. Once this was done all the kids were asked to do was to throw the ball over hand or under hand to their partner who was standing across from them. This was a nice set up game to the actual activity because they got the chance to perform the same tasks as the would in the game. After we let the kids perform the tasks for a while we finally brought it all together and put it into the game. Overall I think the day went fairly well, the one thing that happened that could have been improved is the way we present the material to the kids. Sometimes it feels like we try and break everything down to a tee and the kids begin to lose focus. I think that as we get more experience that kind of this will be improved upon.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
For this week at St. Mary's my group was given the task to take inventory and organize all the materials that saint Mary's had. For me this was a great learning experience, after completing one of the rooms that needed to be organized i felt that what i had done was very beneficial for my future as a PE teacher. Taking inventory is definitely something that i am going to have to do as a teacher. By becoming this organized it just makes things that much easier and less stressful because you now know that everything has a place and whenever you need something it wont take long to grab it and get back to your activity. Overall it was a good experience, like i said it will definitely be something that i will have to do in the future and now i will be better prepared.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
After reading the article and seeing dodgeball as one of the major games that were in the PE hall of shame I definitely see why it would be considered for such an award. In dodgeball their is a greater chance for the children who aren't as physically strong getting picked on and knocked out of the game. This type of problem could be solved by implementing different variations such as when a child get hit with the ball they have to go to the other teams jail where they can only get out if one of their teammates throws them a ball and they make a clean catch. Dodgeball has been criticized as being a dangerous game where the risk of injury is higher than some of the other games that might be played in gym class. I don't really think their is any more risk for injury than playing sports such as football, lacrosse, soccer. I do agree that their could be some changes to prevent injury. Like using soft foam balls as apposed to using rubber gym balls, you could make a rule that you can't hit someone above the waist. I think dodgeball can still be a useful game for PE classes if some of these changes are implemented.
Monday, October 26, 2009
For this past week the theme for lab was superheros. Our group got to play the game zany zoo, which is where we made up different tasks that incorporated superheros and different movement task such as running, hopping, and skipping. The task cards were then placed into a hula hoop in the middle of the gym. The group of children were slip up into four different lines, the first one in line would go up to the hula hoop and choose a card and then they would have to perform the task back to their line. Overall the children seemed to enjoy the game. The group as a whole did a great job keeping the children interested because their were a couple of kids who really didn't like the activity at first, but once they saw everyone else having fun they wanted to join right in.