Thursday, April 9, 2009

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.

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