Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dodge, Duck, Dip and Dodge

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

Invisa Girl Comes to St. Mary's

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.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Sunday, October 11, 2009

First week

This past week was our first trip back to St. Marys school. Overall i think it went really well the kids seemed to be having a fun time. My group got to work with the pre- k children, they are a blast to play with because they are full of energy and for the most part are will to try anything that your throw at them. When we took them into the gym to play our game I thought it went well, it took us a while to get them to listen to the directions, but once they got a hold of the idea of the game they seem to enjoy it a lot. The one thing I learned while working with those kids is that things need to be pretty simplified. All and all I think it was a pretty successful first day and im looking forward to our next trip.