Monday, December 12, 2011

Everything good must come to an end....Lab 6 at St. Mary's

The last lab at St. Mary's was a Christmas theme and it was fun, as always. I have had a great experience at St. Mary's and I have realized that being a physical education teacher is exactly what I want to do as an occupation. I would say though, that I enjoyed working with the younger kids (PRE K and Kindergarten) the best. My group stayed in the gym and and did some games, my game was the snow ball relay race. I think my game went very well. I did not have the buckets that I thought I was going to have so I had to use hula hoops in place of buckets. After the gym, we went to the cafeteria and interacted with the kids playing some board games and talking about Christmas/ the Holidays. Children always love to talk about their family and presents. We went outside and played at the playground after that and we played tag games, as always. I have to say some of these kids are faster than me, that is for sure. In ending, the closing game and song was awesome. Great way to end my experience at St. Mary's elementary school! Here is my Lab 6
Great job decorating the door!
Best TA Ever!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Gobble....gobble....Thanksgiving is here!

Lab 5 was a Thanksgiving Theme at St. Mary's. The opening games I thought were great, they incorporated the loco-motor skills very well. The two skills to observe this week were the stationary bounce and the kick. The children were pretty good at these skills. Better at the kicking though, they had a lot more control with a ball on the ground then with a ball bouncing it up and down. I find that it is easier for me to give the children directions for my game, I try to make sure they understand but the directions are short and sweet. Visualization is key I have found with the children, if you can describe the game to them where they can visualize what is going to go on they stay interested. Teaching is always a mystery, especially at St. Mary's. You never know who will participate or how they will react to your game. I like this mystery because it keeps me engaged and always on my toes! I always have a great time at St. Mary's...time flies when you are having fun!


Friday, November 4, 2011

Hectic Halloween At St. Mary's Lab 4

Lab 4 at St. Mary's was so much fun! It was actually Halloween and the kids were crazy, but I enjoyed lab. It made me really get into the Halloween spirit. Everyone was hype about Halloween, but the costumes that some people wore was awesome. My game went pretty well I thought, the kids seemed to enjoy it. They liked that they were either bats or spiders. Some of the kids are very well listeners and when I asked a question to clarify the understanding of the game the same kids were raising their hands, so I actually would call on one of the children that were not raising their hand to see if everyone truly understood the instructions I was giving. I think this technique kept everyone listening to my instructions for the game because they might be called on to clarify what our goal was or the rules. The skills for this lab were the overhand throw and catching, from what I saw through out the day the older kids really understand the fundamentals behind the overhand throw and could catch objects pretty well, but the younger kids had a few problems here and there. It was a beautiful day so we went outside on the play ground and some of these kids, especially this one girl have such good upper body strength to make it all the way across and back on the monkey bars. I was super impressed! The whole day was a great day, I had music on my i-pod that was classic Halloween sounds so by the end of the day I was pretty halloweended out!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Something to think about.....What is Character?

Good character is what many people say they want in an employee, student, coach, athlete, ect. Example, We hear the question all the time what does it take to be a good athlete? A lot of coaches say well he/she must have a good character.... But what is good character...what is the definition? In my PED 284 self-defense class with Dr. Malmberg we had a great discussion about this. The definition of character is "the sum of the virtues". No matter what culture or society a person may come from there are behaviors that are set that mostly everybody would agree on, we center right and wrong around character. What is a virtue? Well, here they are: Honesty, Self-Discipline, Prevalence, Responsibility, Respect, Loyalty, Faith, Friendship, Work, Compassion, and Courage. In my opinion it should be everybody's goal to be the best person they can be, be virtuous in as many ways as possible! You are what you do...actions speak louder then words!
"Only a virtuous nation can sustain a democracy"- Benjamin Franklin
 "One becomes virtuous by performing virtuous acts"- Aristotle
"The Book of Virtues" By William J. Bennett

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Lab 3 St. Mary's

Lab 3 at St. Mary's was a sports theme and it was so much fun. It was cool to see the automatic connection between some of the kids and students because they were wearing their favorite sports team jersey.I think the opening games that we observed went very well. The games incorporated the leap, horizontal jump, and slide. For the most part the kids were very good at these skills. I was part of the special projects group and we made posters, I need to improve on how I draw feet, I learned that. After when the kids came into the gym at the end of the day I witnessed some very good hoola hooping! In ending I lead the Hokey Pokey dance and song to end the day, it was a familiar tune that the kids enjoyed!