Thursday, May 14, 2009

Throughout the semester I was asked to volunteer my time, and work on my teaching skill to help out the community. I was asked to do only ten hours but i accumulated a lot more than that. Every Sunday for an hour i would go to the pool with Melissa and we would work with the CAST program, this program is designed to teach children with disabilities how to swim. Melissa and I worked together with one girl who was bind, since i am allergic to the chlorine Melissa would get into the pool with her and it was easier for me to explain what to do while Melissa moved her arm in the motion i was explaining. Also this semester as being a member of APEM, we held numerous events that were for children. I participated in our Teen nights held at the YMCA in Cortland, it was a fun filled night for teens we played DDR, knockout, wii and many other games with the teens. All the teens enjoyed themselves and even us students had a lot of fun. I also was involved in a teacher workshop held at Cornell University, I was there to teach other teachers how you can involve technology into physical education. I was nervous to be teaching actual teachers but once i got talking about the games and how they work in the PE setting i felt confident because i know the topic well. It was nice to see other teachers so open to learning for a student.

Monday, May 11, 2009

How we have grown

ADHD Moving For A Reason

For my final project in class I was asked to look at children with ADHD and read about studies that have taken place with these children and how moving and multi-media games affect them. In the first article I read based on this topic talked about how children with ADHD move around and fidget when they are asked to concentrate or perform a mental task. The impulses in their brain are so strong that in order to retain or attempt to retain the information the brain send off impulses that cause the body to move. Children with ADHD have trouble retaining information especially when it comes to multi-step directions as well as remembering orders. If the student isn't being harmful or disruptive let them be. You can compare the students movements to that of an adult in a meeting that is being dragged on too long and they are moving to keep themselves from being bored or falling asleep, or to when an adult taps a pen or even their foot when trying to accomplish a task that is taking too long.

Everywhere we look now a days we see children playing video games. They are everywhere, we even see them in the classrooms today. A study was done with children who had ADHD to see if playing DDR would help with their ability to retain information and work on their short term memory. In the beginning of the study the children were given a Test and were given it again at the end of the study. During the study all background distraction were turned off and the back light was dimmed so that there were no outside distractions. The study found that the majority of students who came to the most sessions and worked with the DDR did better on the test. Their short term memory was increased since they had been working on watching the arrows and knowing where to put their feet on the board. Who would have through that a game would help increase short term memory. I know when participating in a lesson on DDR I was lost at times and had to look at my feet to see and then look quickly back at the screen to see what was next.

When it comes to children with ADHD I think that it is a good idea that everyone has a little bit of knowledge to deal with students who have ADHD so when in the classroom we are prepared to make adjustments for these students. Why should a student suffer because of something they cant control. Maybe now with the studies that have been done more things for will come out to help teachers and parents deal with and use to help children with ADHD learn to concentrate and help control the impulses that go on in their brain that cause the movements and not being able to focus.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Final part 1

We were given a website and may links that followed and were asked questions based on what we read and saw in the videos that were up. The web sit is from Canada, it is located in North America. The country the website is from is also Canada. If I were asked to locate Canada on the map I would be able to do so. After watching the video i think that the topic is interesting, and how they have found correlations between physical activity and learning. Going into physical education its nice to see that people are stating to realize that having an active lifestyle is beneficial to everyone not only for heath reasons but for young children and even adolescent children to help develop their minds. The PE teacher was not involved in the experiment due to the fact that all the physical activity took place in the classroom, with the teacher. The children did twenty minutes of cardio, before they started their lesson. The outcomes of the study was that 15 min or more break from the classroom will better the students grades, due to that fact that they were stimulating their bran's and keeping the impulses continuous throughout the day which aloud they to say focuses when it came time to learning. The outcomes are similar to the NYS standards as well as different from them. They are similar in the fact that they want every student to be active and learn a healthy lifestyle but they don't look at the students skill levels, and if they are competent in a specific skill and base that on what activities are performed. The teachers do not look as much in to the cognitive and affective goal and objectives as PE teachers do.



MY Lesson Plan and Activity Progression

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Dancing like the stars

When we started out the semester, i was extremely nervous to be in front of a class teaching them a new skill. As the semester progressed i started to feel more and more comfortable being up in front teaching everyone. The first time i taught, i thought it was a disaster, i forgot a majority of the things that i needed to say/remind the students what to do. Now after just finishing my last teaching lab for the semester i am much more confident in myself as well as my teaching ability. There are still many areas that i can improve on but with time everything will come together. For my last lab i was assigned to teach Dance. I chose a dance that i learn when i was taking a dance class last semester, its a fun little dance that keeps you on your toes. The majority of the students picked up the dance right away, but some didn't get it but i had to work with them a little more. This lesson ran really smoothly, everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and even though i was feeling under the weather no one could tell, which is a good thing. When looking at the video, at 10 min 50 seconds, you can see that from the other side of the gym i walked over to a group of students that i saw adding a step to the dance that i liked, and went over to them to tell them what a great job they were doing and to have the rest of the class watch them. If this were the beginning of the semester i would have never seen them from the opposite side of the gym, because i wouldn't have been looking for them i would have been focused on the students just on that side. But now i have learned that i have to watch the entire gym no matter where i am in the lesson.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

You Decide What To Do

The first time I taught little rice bags, I thought It was going to be pretty difficult to get the class excited about playing the game of jacks, but after I got through the lesson I felt a lot better. When it came time to reteach the lesson but add on to it, it was difficult to figure out that would be interesting for the class to do. then I came up with the idea of adding a physical aspect to it, so I had the class try and do a jumping jack or a push up or I even let them make something up to do while trying to get another bag. This turned out to be a success and the time seemed to fly by. It was easier to let the students choose what they wanted to do rather then tell them what they had to do. You could see the everyone did what they knew they were good at and some even excelled and even surprised me with what they decided to do. Some one did a front roll, other tried to play the game together. The lesson went really well and I was even able to handle one of the students who told me that she didn't want to play the activity anymore at the end of class by telling her she could choose what we did next class since the unit was over.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Little Rice Bags

Today was the first time I could actually say that I was very comfortable with teaching. Even though i had to teach some Chinese words, for the most part i feel that the lesson went really well. after listening to my lesson, i could tell that i got nervous in some places but i was able to redeem myself and get back to my comfort level. Still with my teaching i still tend to say "guys" and now I also need to find another way to tell everyone when they are doing good because i kept saying "good job", if i keep saying that then the students will not think that i am really watching what they are doing and tend to goof off. After this lesson i am a lot more confident in my teaching ability, and what i can do in a classroom setting, even though i only taught for 7 min, it felt like the 7 min went by fast, and I truly feel that i could have kept going and it would have been nothing to have finished out the lesson, but there are new things i want to try when i get to reteach this lesson/ add on to the lesson with in the next week or so.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

6 v 6

For today's lesson, I was the last one to go, so I had to put all the previous skills all together. Even though class time had run out there were still some of my classmates willing to stay and help me out and act as my students for the day. There were enough of them to play a 6 v 6 game of ultimate frisbee. When I went back and listened to my teaching I noticed that I said "you guys" a lot during the lesson. That is one thing I really need to work on when I am teaching, it is a habit to say that but when I am in a classroom setting it would sound sexist to just keeps saying that. I also need to work on finishing sentences, I seemed to have a lot of incomplete sentences when I talk, if I were to complete them I would not have to repeat myself for clarity. These are just minor things that I can work on, and they will allow my performance as a teacher that much better.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Practice makes perfect

On the first day of class we had to teach a skill that we knew how to do using the equipment that we were supplied with. Now after we have been in class and have learned many techniques that will help us when teaching, we were asked to reteach what we taught on the first day. I think that the second time teaching was a lot easier because I knew what to do, and how to go about using my time. We were asked to review our videos and look at four different aspects, Management, Activity, Instruction and Waiting. With every lesson we do, these four aspects will be there. For using these aspects we had to come up with a percentage of each for the whole lesson. we can receive a total of 5 points for the whole lesson. When I looked at my lesson I received 3 out of the 5 points. I need to work on decreasing my management time and increasing my activity time, but other than that my lesson seemed to have kept the right percentages for the majority of the aspects.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lets Get Talking

The past couple of classes we have really started talking about feedback, and how it is good to give it when teaching students. Not only to give feedback to the class as a whole but individually as well. Most students become more motivated when you let them know that you see what they are doing and you encourage them to keep at it. You can give feedback in many different ways, it can be positive, negative and also neutral. All feedback is there to help the student. Each student is also different when it comes to giving feedback and responds to it differently. Looking back on when I did my teaching I noticed that I did give group feedback, but there was no individual feedback given at all. Hopefully with practice and learning what I have learned within the past couple days I will be able to give feedback at all level and I will also be able to recognize what type of feedback each student responds to.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Can any one hear me??

After re watching the video from my first time teaching. I noticed a lot of different things that I did not notice the first time watching it. As I had said before I used my hands a lot, I also did not introduce myself at all so my classmates had no idea who I was, in the class room setting that would no have been a good thing. I also looked down at the ground a lot, this showed that I was nervous being in front of my peers for the first time. With the camera being so far away it was hard to hear what I was saying, I needed to be a lot louder, I also turned my back to the "Students" when I was demonstrating dribbling. They could see what I was trying to have them do, but they could not hear me, or see the proper way to dribble. Another thing I noticed watching the video again is that I repeated myself numerous time about keeping your head up and looking where you were going. In the lesson I made that statement or one that was similar to it at least 5 time. With more practice I will now be aware of the things that I need to work on and try to improve on them each and every time I teach in class.

Sunday, January 25, 2009


First Time Teaching

When we were first given the task to teach a skill the first day of class, i knew exactly what i wanted to do. Dribbling a soccer ball, something that i have done all my life. For my first time teaching i think i did and OK job. I think that with the group that i had i felt that they knew what that were suppose to be doing since we are all in college. My directions and explanation could have been a little bit more in dept. i noticed that i also used my hands a lot, which is my father coming out in me, sine he is always talking with his hands. When a drill is going on i should be walking around giving feedback to the students, to make sure they have good form and are completing the task correctly.