Sunday, April 18, 2010
Way back when, upon hearing my group and I would have to make a music video to a song and relate it to class, I was very reluctant. I soon realized it was the most fun I've had in a while, in class or not. I was able to break inhibitions, let loose and have fun with it. I was able to get dressed up, look ridiculous, and loved every second of it. Every now and then Sir Mix A Lot's 'Baby Got Back' will come on in my shuffle and I cannot help but to sing my part. I hope my group and I can get to perform on the 1st of May so we can knock it out the park and show everyone what we have.
Looking back at the previous labs, the activities and game I chosen to use seemed very appropriate. The games never got out of hand, the students were always on task, very rarely was anyone ever standing around waiting. I made sure my games were always able to get the students moving, it is the basis I like to set. There is always limitations to every game. Whether it is the environment, the learner to what not, it is hard to assess motor skills at some times. I've noticed that the student does not attempt the skill or will not get a chance too. The learner may become distracted and off-task or the game was not well thought out enough towards the motor skill. In the past lab I watched and assessed a student practice her basketball dribbling and soccer shot. Student M performed the task beautifully, the games was set so well to assess the motor skill, and at the age of 5, she was so ahead of the curve I felt. She was able to contact the ball with one hand, not slapping it, at hip height with control of the ball as well. Also, her soccer kick was very nice for a girl her age. Rapid continuos approach to the ball and her trunk inclined. On the other hand, she lacked a forward swing of the arm and a follow-through. Overall, her motor skills were very impressive and the game was well balanced towards it.
This past lab, we were fortunate enough to have Woody, Buzz Lightyear and his gang stop by St. Mary's for some fun. Not only that, but we were lucky enough to spend the beautiful day outside! It was a whole new realm for me as a teacher and I learned a lot. Teaching within doors is a completely separate task from outdoors. The environment changes drastically, and as a teacher you need to adjust. I think it was a job well done overall by myself and my peers. Hopefully we can be outside on more time before the end of the semester to hone our skills more but we shall see.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Looking back on my experience with St. Mary's I am very grateful to have been given this opportunity. The biggest challenges I faced was not being able to communicate and interact with the children as much as I would have liked to. I found it difficult to grasp the students attention, hold it, and communicate what it was I was attempting to, whether it be a game or what have you. The environment never became an issue because fortunately the gym was always available, only problem I've faced is breaking my inhibitions, letting my guard down and communicating. In order to improve, I will just have to work harder and lose the fear I have, raise my voice to better get my point across. I look forward to improving myself in the future at St. Mary's and elsewhere.
This past monday the Easter Bunny arrived early to St. Mary's in Cortland. The children of St. Mary's celebrated Easter by participating in fun activities and having a great time. Students were simultaneous working on their motor skills, like throwing and catching, while having a great time. I loved to see the kids running around having a ball and knowing that I was able to help put that smile there. This past lab I really feel I was able to communicate to the kids better than ever before. I really let my guard down and began to 'teach' so to speak. I look forward to our future labs and hope to perform even better.