Thursday, December 10, 2009

You Dance and "I" Dance

On Monday during our usual lab time I participated in a workshop showing a new product designed by Exergames called "I Dance". I was very impressed with this new game and the technology used to make it so interesting. The game is very similiar to Dance Dance Revolution. The game is ment to be used in the physical education setting in order to enhance the amount of people participating in physical activity. The use of these "video game" type exercise programs is that kids of all ages think that the amount of energy excerted on the games is less than actual working out. With the study professor Yang did it showed that using the games is equivalent to using a treadmill. I also believe that Exergames is going to be the future in exercise. The most interesting part of the game to me was the fact that you can get up to 24+ participants in the game at one time, all being able to participate. I realy enjoyed learning how to use the game and set it up. This new information i learned will definetly make me more valuable and marketable in the future when finding a job.

Portfolio Showcase 2009-2010

Today I went to the portfolio showcase in Park Center. This was very helpful for me because it gave me a chance to look at the best professional portfolios at SUNY Cortland. The portfolios in the showcase where rated top at Cortland by teachers and administrators. You can tell these students really put time and effort into their work. I went to the portfolio because these students have been through everything I am going to be going through, so their advice is crucial. The students with the portfolios gave me some advice. Their advice was to add as many pictures as you can. The more pictures you have in your portfolio the better it is to look at for the future employer, or professors. I am very happy that throughout our work at St. Mary's that we had plenty of pictures being taken. I see now the importance of all the photos and I am definetly going to incorporate more photos into my portfolio. Overall the showcase was very helpful to me and my portfolio will definetly be a better product after going.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Naughty or Nice at St. Mary's?

Our last lab at St.Marys was a great success. All the kids loved the funny Santa hats we wore and how we incorporated the Christmas theme into the games we played. I worked with the Pre-K once again. Professor Yang gave our group a new game where the kids can work on their reaction skills and reaction times. The student uses a hand held device that says an action you must behave. The student has to listen to the objective and react as quick as they can. If the device says "red" then you put the device over the red cone, if the device says "two" you put it over the "two" cone, and so on. The device times how fast the student reacts to each objective. The kids really enjoyed this game and didnt stop playing the whole time I was in the room with them. I enjoyed scattering the cones around so the kids had to move and get a nice fitness activity in while working on their reaction time. The two kids I worked with didnt want to stop playing but needed to take a break because they were getting all wound up. I also enjoyed this game because it is cool to incorporate new technology into fitness and the physical education settings. During my lab time at St. Mary's I have learned many new things I will definitely incorporate into my teaching strategies. St.Mary's has taught me also about my self. It showed me what my interests are and helped me realize why I really love physical education so much. All the labs at St.Mary were a great success and i realy appreciate the oppurtunity SUNY Cortland and St.Marys have given me to do field work.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A St. Mary's Thanksgiving

Instead of cleaning the Equipment room at St.Mary's our group helped out all around the building. We helped all the other groups and had a variety of different kids for the day. I started off in the cafeteria playing checkers. As I began the game with Justin, a young St. Mary's student, he began to cheat at the game. I was very much entertained with the way he was playing the checkers game, Bringing pieces back into the game, and jumping pieces sideways and backwards. I had to make sure Justin knew the rules of the game so next time he can play the proper way.
As I made my way upstairs into the gym, I really liked the game the kids where playing. The game consisted of the kids kicking a soccer ball around several cones, and shooting it at a net with a goalie. The kids really seemed to enjoy the game especially when the "college kids" where in net. This activity also helped show us the level of skill the children have for the kicking movement. I was very surprised with the skill level the children had with shooting and maintaing control of the ball around the cones.
Our group, "Prestige Worldwide" had to end the lab off with a song. The song we chose was the Cotton Eye Joe. We taught the kids the dance although some of them already knew the dance. The kids really loved the dance at the end and we braught the kids into the circle and on 4 we said Turkey! All together Lab 5 was a great success!!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Clowning around at St. Mary's

The Circus has arrived! As the "College Kids" roared into the St.Mary's gymnasium dressed as clowns the students went crazy. There was no elephants or bearded lady but there was SUNY Cortland Students. The theme of the day was "Circus". Most of the "College Kids" did their part and dressed as clowns. What a great addition it is to get dressed up and get the kids involved in the theme. The theme is almost as important as the game you play with the kids. The theme is what gets the students involved, and keeps them focused on the games. My favorite part of the day was when we used the big parachute. The kids really enjoyed when we, as a group started to move the big parachute up and down. They especially loved to run underneath the parachute to opposite sides of their color. I really thaught the kids enjoyed the theme we provided them with the atmosphere was fun and entertaining not only for the kids but for us too.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"Blaze" Heats up St.Mary Students

As the kids seen us coming they were excited as usual, but today was something different. We had a special guest coming to bring a spark to St. Mary’s. "Blaze" the Suny Cortland mascot came running into the gym and the kids went ecstatic. The excitement that "Blaze" brought to the school was something I have never seen. All the kids were immediately attracted to the big red dragon storming around the school. In one instance I had seen a little boy, Luke, sad and somewhat depressed. As "Blaze" came along a big smile came on his face and he was much easier to work with when teaching him activities and games to play.
"Zany Zoo" was the game we choose to play with the older kids. The game involves 4 different teams evenly paired. Two hula-hoops are placed in the middle with a variety of movements on pieces of paper. The kids then run to the hoops and pick up a piece of paper, having to act out the movement back to their spot on line. Which ever team finishes first with each member acting out a movement that team wins. I couldn’t believe how interested they were in participating in the game. They loved how they had a variety of movements to pick from when choosing the next task on the pieces of paper.
Being here for a couple of weeks now I figured out how to grab the attention of the kids and make my teaching more effective. The best way to attain the attention of the kids is relate whatever you are teaching to what the students like. By using themes like "Superheroes" and "Halloween" we grabbed the attention of the kids much easier than playing a game with a boring old name. A great example of this is when "Blaze" came running in it grabbed the attention of the kids and made it much easier to teach them. This week was really fun and "Blaze" was a great addition...

Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Red Rover, Red Rover, This Game is Over!!"

Reading about the game “Red Rover” I was stunned when I heard what it consists of. The fact that kids run at other kids at full speed can never lead to something good, and the fact it was played in a school setting startled me. Even being a Football and Lacrosse player my whole life and constantly being in rough hard hitting games I think this is uncalled for in a Physical Education setting. Not only do I think this game is dangerous I also agree with the reasons it is in the “Hall of Shame”. During the game there is two teams evenly matched. One side link's arms and the opposing team waits. The team whos arms are linked would pick a student from the other team to come on over. That student had to run as fast as they could to break a link between any two opposing team members. Most of the time during the game you are standing there holding hands for 15 minutes. This game teaches nothing about Physical activity.
One thing I don’t agree with is the fact of how they say some of these “Shame Games” single people out and lower kids self esteem. I think it is good to teach kids about competition. Not only is competition a critical part in Physical Activity, and sports it is a critical aspect in life. When these kids enter the real world they will realize not everyone is going be a winner, and sometimes it takes losing to realize that. It’s a harsh but true reality of how the world is, and the sooner they learn this the better they can adapt.

Superheroes Take Over St. Marys

The superhero theme was a great success! The kids really enjoyed the theme and loved the fact that we were dressed as superheroes. One of the kids told my fellow group mate, Tim, that they never knew Superheroes were real until now. This just shows how much these costumes grabbed the attention of the kids. Instead of going in as we usually do in our plain khakis and collared shirt we all wore superhero costumes. We also adapted the games we played with the kids into superhero themes. The typical game of “sharks and minnows” was manipulated to “Heroes and Villains.” We changed the “Shark” aspect to the “Super hero” and made the “Minnows” into “Villains.” The attention we got was completely due to the fact of how we adapted the games to their interest.
We also used another type of strategy to gain the attention of the kids. We used competition. Even when working with the young Pre-K kids the competitiveness is very high. Our group created a relay race that included the motor skills of skipping, hoping, and running. As a kid myself I participated in a similar relay race. I remember the competitiveness was an aspect that made me more interested in the game.
Something really special is getting to know the kids. My little buddy Paul would do anything I told him. He follows directions very well, although his motor skills aren’t as great as the others. He also sometimes loses track of what he’s doing and jumps from one thing to another.
Overall the kids had a great time with the theme. The next theme is a Halloween theme and I really hope they enjoy what we have planned for them!!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Quick Fact....

According to Dr. Avery D.Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS, children as young as 6 years old who participate in a well-designed resistance program can acquire strength gains due to increases in neuronal activation, intrinsic muscular adaptions, and improvements in motor coordination. As a result children should participate in appropriate weight bearing and muscle-loading activities on a regular basis.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Knowing your Students...(Reflection)

As we have been getting to know the students better, we have been adapting the games being played to the ability of the students. For the younger age group, like Kindergarten and third grade students we play more simple games. The reason we play these uncomplicated games is due strictly to their ability. At a young age their motor behaviors aren’t as coordinated yet. For the older students we can play more complex games because their ability to cooperate and learn the games is much higher.
I also noticed some differences between the fine motor skills of boys and girls. For the boys the fine motor skills were much more messy, and uncoordinated. As I watched, Colin the way he was drawing, and holding the marker was somewhat wrong. He used his full palm to draw a picture.

Friday, October 9, 2009

PED 201 Monday Lab Team

First Time at St.Mary's

My first time at St.Mary's school was a lot of fun!! Teaching the kids new games, and playing games with them was awesome! Its cool to have kids look up to you like the St.Marys students. As the year goes on I hope to learn even more about the kids and help them have even more fun during their physical activities.