Monday, December 12, 2011

Reflection on the Semester

Overall, this semester has been a great learning experience for me and I've grown a lot as a possible teacher candidate. At the beginning of the semester, I was very "raw" in my teaching ability, meaning that I had very basic skills. Throughout the semester I learned of different teaching techniques and strategies to have successful lesson plans such as progressions, play-teach-play, and how to write a lesson plan. Also this class has taught me the importance of using technology in the classroom. I never really thought of using technology as a way to teach physical education but my experience with Lab D and using Dance Dance Revolution really opened my eyes to the possibilities when using technology. Feedback is something that I really worked hard on throughout the semester, I find it very important for student success if they are given a lot of feedback throughout the lesson. Now looking back, I think that I have improved in many different aspects of teaching and this is just the start, to be successful as an educator you have to constantly be a student and keep learning how you can improve and be willing to put in the time and effort to make these improvements.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lab D: Dance Dance Revolution

I had a lot of fun doing this lab. At first it was a challenge trying to come up with ideas for activities because I always thought of Dance Dance Revolution as just a game but then once I got going with it I realized how awesome of an educational tool this is for a physical education classroom. Not only is it a great cardiovascular workout but it also requires balance and reaction time which is what I focused my lesson plan around. I thought it was easier teaching for a longer period of time because I wasn't constantly checking the time and rushing my activities. It really allowed for the students to get a lot of time on the mats to be moving around and that's what Phys Ed is all about. I really thought this was my best teaching experience throughout this semester. I thought that I did a good job with progressions by doing partners/crab walk position/easy/hard songs. Next time I think I could do a better job with teaching by invitation and I think I could've done a better job with incorporating the educational lesson (nutritional fiber). For this lab I went with the practice teaching style which allowed for more activity time for the students and less instruction from me, this is a great method to use because students just want to play. At the same time at the end of each activity I would ask a question or two about the importance of what we focused on or what the cues we were paying attention to while doing the activity.