Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Lab 16: Lesson Planning Through The Four Stages Of Game Play

Explain how you would use the four stages of game play by Rink as a rubric with students in your own physical education classes.

I would use the rubric as a framework to come up with developmentally appropriate activities for my students. It would help me determine which activities I should use for each stage and then eventually progress up to the higher stages. I think it is a great organizational tool as well as something to refer to when coming up with unit plans for different games/sports.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Lab 11: Parachute Fitness and Yoga For Personal Health/Wellness

1. Find information on the history of the parachute and how a parachute works.

The first account of a parachute concept is found in Da Vinci's notebook. It was originally confined to carnivals and daredevils. Acrobats would perform routines using parachutes.The first jump from an airplane using a parachute was in 1911.

2. Create a parachute routine composed of various parachute activities learned in class.

Shark attack, Different movements holding parachute (Running, skipping, galloping), popcorn, soup.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Lab 15: Improving Teaching Skills: Presenting An Introductory Activity

1. Reflect upon your lab teaching experience. Describe your teaching strengths and weaknesses for teaching in this lab.

Overall, I think I did a fairly good job in my volleying lesson. I feel that my biggest strength was my hook and props, by bringing in sunglasses and telling students for class we were pretending we were on vacation at the beach I think elementary aged students would really enjoy that. As far as weaknesses go I think I scrambled a little bit trying to fit all my activities into an 8 minute lesson plan. Next time I think I would just pick 2 or 3 activities and just let the students get the most out of those activities instead of rushing.

2. Identify one of your most effective teachers. What teaching behaviors did you admire most in the way he/she taught?

My 10th grade physics teacher was one of my most effective. I admired that he truely cared and had passion for teaching. He didn't choose the education field for the money, he chose it because he loved learning and saw the value in getting a quality education.

3. What goals will you set for yourself as you prepare to teach in the Education 300 Field Experience?

In my field experience I want to have fun with my activities and get really into them. By showing enthusiasm and having fun I think it will trickle down to the students attitudes towards physical education as well. Not only do I want my classes to be fun but I want them to hold some educational weight as well.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Lab 9/10: Exercising Imagination And Building Inanimate Objects

1. Identify a fitness theme and design appropriate fitness stations to enhance various health and skill related components of fitness.

Fitness Theme: Cardiovascular and Muscular Endurance
Station 1: Jumping Rope
Station 2: Sit-Ups
Station 3: Ski Jumps Over Line
Station 4: Step-Ups

2. Identify people that are famous for use of imagination and creativity such as Einstein, Picasso and Bach.

Walt Disney, Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones

3. Design a rubric for assessing the acting-out of inanimate objects by students in small groups as described in the activity close of this lab.

Criteria to Meet: Each group member acts a part out, creative, Sound Effects, and Cooperation.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Lab 8: Communication And Cooperation Using Hula Hoops

1. Explain three important benefits of hoop play.

Young Children enjoy using hula hoops, there are numerous variations of activities you can do using hoops, and they make for an easy pick up at the end of class.

2. Give an example of how hoops can be used to reinforce a cognitive concept linked with classroom learning.

The teacher can give certain directions when using hula hoops that the students must listen to and follow throughout class.

3. Describe how hoops can be utilized to promote growth in the affective domains.

There are numerous activities using a hoop that require cooperation with other students such as the partner hoop toss, twister, and walk the dog.

4. Utilize the internet to gather information about ponds and related ecology to use in your field experience teaching or future teaching.

Ponds are an ecosystem with which animals and plants coexist. I could use this to teach how students should work on being a helpful neighbor and cooperate with one another to have a more enjoyable and nicer community. I could focus this lesson around hula hoops as well pretending that the hoops are lily pads in a pond and that the students must hop like a frog on the lily pads to get from one side of the pond to the other.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

355 Field Experience: Week 1 (2nd/3rd Grade)

The elementary school I am doing my field experience at is very small, so the 2nd and 3rd grades are combined. The structure of this class was a lot different than the 4th grade class. The students come in at the beginning of class and immediately go to their stations (4 throughout the gym), each station they go to has a different focus whether its balance, hand-eye coordination, or cardiovascular endurance. After a few minutes the students rotated stations until they had done all four. After they were done with the stations they cleared off the gym floor and began doing a whole-class activity. This class' game was "Carpet Tag" where whoever was "IT" had to slide around the gym with carpet squares under their feet and chase other students. If you were tagged you had to put the carpet squares on your feet also. The carpet squares leveled the playing field a little bit because the slower students were able to run a little faster than the students with carpet on their feet.

355 Field Experience: Week 1 (4th Grade)

My first day at Hartnett Elementary was primarily an observation day. The host teacher let my partner and I tour the equipment closet for possible ideas in future lesson plans. They had a lot of equipment which I look forward to using later this semester. The 4th grade class came in and immediately got going on their badminton tournament they had been playing for a few weeks now. The gym was set up with 4 nets which allowed for all 16 students to be playing at the same time. Throughout the unit the students had learned multiple shots, court dimensions, and rules which reflected in their gameplay. I helped officiate scores and boundaries for some of the games.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Lab 7: Jumping Rope For A Healthy Heart

1. Can a child in a wheelchair enter the front door and the back door? What modifications would you make?

Yes, I would just slow down the rotation of the rope for the student.

2. How would you apply goal setting to this lesson?

I would encourage the students to set goals for how many consecutive jumps they can achieve or I would tell them to set goals for getting to higher progressions of jumping rope.

3. Design a long rope jumping routine for a pair of students jumping at the same time.

Jump the snake, Jump the Brook, Front Door/ Back Door.

4. Create a checklist of critical elements to look for and use in teaching basic, two foot rope jumping.

Arms Swing Forward, Bend Knees, Spring Up and Out, Land on Two feet.

5. Describe how you would go about organizing a rope jumping club for your elementary school.

I would encourage students to reap the benefits involved with both health and fun. I would also send out a letter to parents telling them the healthy benefits of jumping rope and encourage them to come in and watch their children. At the end of the club I would hold a fundraiser where the students would get a sponsor and money donated for the amount of times they can jump rope.

6. What is Stimulus Variation? And give an example from lab.

Stimulus Variation is changes made in an activity that could cause a certain arousal for students. An example from lab could be when we were jumping the brook by making the brook bigger or smaller depending on student ability.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lab 5: A Spectrum of Ball Handling Skills

1. Use the internet to search for information about turtles and how they live.

Turtles are one of the oldest animals on the Earth.They are in the reptile family and lay eggs. Turtles spend most of their time underwater, but surface for air regularly. They can live in both a water and land climate.Researchers have recently discovered that a turtle's organs do not break down over time which allows for longevity.

2. Identify the fitness components being addressed in squad square fitness. Where are these components located on the New York State Conceptual Framework for K-12 Physical Education?

The fitness components being addressed are muscular strength and endurance and cardiovascular endurance.

3. Prescribe a series of ball handling skills for a second grade boy or girl that is afraid of catching a ball. What kinds of objects might you prescribe throwing and catching.

Dribble in place, Dribble while moving, Toss to self, bounce to a partner, Bounce ball and move under it to catch.

I would use beach balls, rhino balls, bean bags, and kick balls.

4. What are some of the guidelines you would follow in pairing students for throwing and catching.

I would start with basic skills first such as the underhand throw from a short distance and gradually move the students further apart and allow them to throw overhand. This way there is more control over the activity and students will be less likely to act out of control.

5. How would you help a special needs student learn to catch that displays delayed motor control and lack of fine motor control dexterity.

Just like any other student I would start out with basic skill movements/activities to try and teach basic performance cues. I would probably have the student use different objects than a normal lesson. I think using scarves and beach balls would be good to use because they are light and move slower through the air making it easier for the student to control.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Lab 4:Improving Manipulation with Bean Bag Challenges

1. Explain how a unit based on lessons of this nature would serve as a foundation for acquiring specialized throwing and catching skills.

It would serve as a foundation because all the activities we did during this lab worked on hand eye coordination, catching skills, and throwing skills using basic objects such as the bean bag. Having these basic skills really helps in acquiring more advanced throwing and catching skills.

2. Identify a theme that could be applied to health hopping appropriate for young children.

A theme that could be applied is talking about the heart and how it pumps blood to the body in a certain rhythm. So when you are giving instructions on how to hop you could tell the students to keep the rhythm of a heart pumping blood. You could tell them to hop faster for more blood to be pumped or to hop slower for less blood to be pumped.

3. Design a checklist of critical elements to look for when observing a child performing a locomotor movement.

Balance, Rhythm, Smooth Motions, Arm/Leg movement

4. Come up with two other activities using beanbags.

Gold Rush- Students have to work as a team lined up between two hula hoops. The hoops represent "gold mines". Inside one hoop is a bunch of bean bags (gold nuggets). The students must transport the beanbags from the one hoop to the other hoop by passing over their heads and through their legs alternating each student in the line. If they drop a beanbag they have to send it back to the front person and start over. First team to transport all beanbags wins.

Spider Web- Have students make a circle in the gym. Give one child a bean bag and they have to throw it to another person. That person throws it to another person and so on until everyone in the circle has gotten a chance to throw and catch a bean bag. Each time they get the beanbag they have to throw it to the same person they threw it to last time. Progressively add more beanbags into the circle to be thrown.