Thursday, April 9, 2009

Lab Number Five

For the last day we were in the cafeteria. We did an easter theme and had the kids color eggs then played pin the egg on the poster. Then we had egg races with spoons and the kids like that too. We had them do different variations such as use only left hands, use both hands with an egg in both on the spoon, and we had them do it backwards.

In the past four labs we presented various activities for the students at St. Mary’s. These were mostly motor skills and for each activity we made sure that it was safe and no one would get hurt. We also tried to make the games as fun as possible so that as many students as possible were participating. Our super hero day was very good because for our group everyone brought props and had a storyline, and from then on out we did the same thing to make sure everyone participated. In being in the gym we tried to use as much space as possible and help students with their skills. They were mostly easy, some included fundamentals such as throwing, kicking, reading even to help the students develop.

Some limitations that were included were only to see the certain motor skills of the children being evaluated. For example, we had to slow down the routine for that one student and allow them to go maybe more times than the other students. Some of the other students would be waiting in line wanting to go, but because we needed to evaluate them, other students were left waiting sometimes. What we eventually started doing was pulling the kids we were evaluation to the side and allowing them to do the skills and not interrupt the other kids.

Lab Number Fourrr

We had to show the skill throwing and catching. We got some props and of favorite foods and we had the children throw through hoops and if they made it into the hoop they got to pick up a type of food then throw the ball to the other people in their line to show the catch.

Our labs at St. Mary’s School Cortland are the first set of teaching experiences on the path to becoming Physical Education teachers. Although we knew there would be some challenges to face, it also was a great learning experience. On difficulty we faced was the lack of the children’s focus. There were times when the kids would be talking amongst themselves or being really excited and not doing what was asked for them to do. You had to divert your time to make them do what needed to be done but then the other kids would get restless and start acting out. We had to have really good games in order to keep their attention, because if they were not good they would not be able to play, and they wanted to play so it made them cooperate. Another problem was being in the Gymnasium. It is so loud in there that is was hard to speak and have the kids listen. Using a whistle or a loud device helps when getting attention.

Some ways to resolve these conflicts were to use a whistle or loud device to get the children’s attention. Then also using props and costumes will automatically make the children behave in order to play the game. Also using a story to wrap around the game is good. An example would be when Jack used the story of how the super heroes were taking a day off and needed us to help prepare the students to become super heroes. The kids loved that we brought in capes and wore batman and superman logos. We also allowed a station where they could wear a cape and it made the students love it.