Monday, May 9, 2011

Last Day at St. Mary's

It was our last week at St. Mary's and it came to an end with parachute games. Through this experience I have become a lot closer to all of the students at St. Mary's, and it has helped me grow as a future teacher. A lot of the younger students were excited to play with the parachute. I feel that their favorite games were the ones where they got to hide under the parachute or run under it. Throughout our last day we learned part of a dance called "Move You're Body" by Beyonce. Many of the childeren were to tired at the end to dance and decided that they wanted to sit, what we found out the next day in class is that we would be performing this at pool side. It was really exciting to be a part of something that was so fun. We came together as physical education majors and made a great video. Its sad to see our time at St. Marys end it was a quick semester but I want to give thanks to everyone at St. Mary's!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Happy Easter!

It was Easter this week at St. Mary's! The kids all seemed to be on sugar-highs after coming back from a week off and being full of all the candy that the easter bunny had brought to them in their easter baskets. We got them started with some skill assessments, having them show us their dribbleing and kicking skills. We had to modify some of games so that we could actually see them in a circle where they werent moving around. We then got to travel outside to the playground and play with them, its a different experience outside. They seem to keep to each other in the gym, but when they go outside they like to chase you around, play tag, and hid in the playground. It is a place for them to let lose when they go outside.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

St. Mary's Run for the Stars 5k run/walk!

The volunteer crew making it over the finish line :)
 This Saturday we got up bright and early to help out with St. Mary's 5k/1k run and walk. It was a lot of fun to see some of the kids that we teach in lab there with their families, tryin to raise money for the school. As volunteers we got to stand on the corners for the little kid run to make sure that they didn't go out into the street. We then moved over and set out some healthy foods for those participating in the event, and of course we had to make sure the runners were hydrated when they finished the race so we handed out water bottles. It reminded me of being home with all the families and teachers coming together as a community to raise money for the school. Everyone got to be a part of something fun, while exercising or cheering on those that they knew in the race.
some of the food!


Friday, April 8, 2011

Dinosaur Train!

This week at St. Mary's our theme was Dinosaur Train. Based on a PBS show on dinosaurs (of course), where buddy a t-rex ends up in Mrs. Pteranodon nest as a baby egg. When he hatches they find that he is not theirs but they adapt him into the family. When we first go to St. Mary's we obserrved kids on their throwing and catching skills. We split up and my group was located with the older students, where we played my game, capture the dinosaur eggs.  I used plastic easter eggs as the dinosaur eggs, which made the game colorful, but it could have been dangerous if the students had stepped and slipped on them. Next time I will us the resources in the gym and just us the balls in the gym. I think that I need to find better games for the students that get them moving and having fun. I saw that the students weren't having as much, maybe because they were tired but good games should still get them excited and active.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Giddy Up Partner!

It was western day at St. Mary's.I didnt not only have fun doing crafts and playing games with the pre-k, but the Cortland students also added a little treat of dancing! We got to make horses, by tracing our foot to make the head, adding a some googlie eyes, and string for the hair. We then headed over to the gym and played some cowboy and cowgirl games. My favorite part was dressing the part wearing a flannel shirt and a nice bandana. It really got everyone into the western theme and gave the kids an idea of what we were trying to accomplish with our cowboy and cowgirl looks. The little kids seemed to get into all of the games because we were dressed up and into ourselves. The kindergarten crew got to play some fun games while practicing their leap,jump, and slide. It all came together though when we did Cotton Eyed Joe at the end. Everyone got loose and did the dance and we added the nice touch of YEEHAW! at the end. All in all it was a great success at St. Mary's.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

He Lives in a Pineapple under the Sea!

Well Day 3 at St. Marys seemed to be a success. My group had the pre-k and for our craft since it was cartoons week we made SPONGBOB SQUAREPANTS! We took little sponges and  put google eyes and arms with pipe cleaners on him. Then we gave him a tongue depressor on the back so that they could have him as a little puppet. I think the kids a lot of fun. I got to read them a book called "I love you this much" the kids were really interested in how much the little hare and big hare loved each other. I found it hard to get the kids going and interested in my game during their time in the gym, but when we started playin tag they seemed to really enjoy it. We got to observe some of the kindergarten kids to see how could they were at hopping, galloping, and running. I thought the cartoon theme went over really well and I had a lot of fun. Each time we go it gets a little easier and gives you good feed back on how you can make yourself better or make your games better.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

LAB #1

On Monday we went to St. Mary's, it was our firt time being able to use our own activities to teach and play with the students. For the first time my group was assigned the special projects group. Therefore we had to clean out some of the phys. ed closets and organize some of the equipment into the bins. We only did that for a short time, then we got to play with some of the older kids. It was a lot of fun escpecially at the end when we got to sing along to shake your sillys out. I can't wait to go back and be able to teach the kids a new game.

Monday, January 31, 2011

chpt 1 summary

        It is important for students to learn the fundamental skills needed to become a physically educated person. Therefore physical education teachers must develop these skills in class, through the three domains of learning, motor, cognitive, and affective. Developing these three domains will make each student a well rounded individual with motor behavior, thinking, and social skills. As we teach these skills and develop skills it is important to have assessments to make sure that the students are learning and developing the skills that we are trying to teach. It is important that the skills that we are teaching can be carried over into the future. With the increase in obesity, in-school violence, and early puberty it is important to give students skills that can be used outside of school and that could turn these three problems around. Physical activity has the health benefits needed to live a healthy lifestyle through fitness. It can also be used to keep children out of trouble, with after school activities, instead of being on the street. Along with that it can give a child a sense of identity for those that may develop faster or more than others their age. In school being the tall goofy kid may not be so much fun, but on the basketball court it can be a confidence booster. Therefore it is important to develop skills, standards, and benchmarks, so that you can assess the level each of your students is at. Then you can help them achieve a goal realistic for them and something that they enjoy doing so that they can become a physically active and educated person throughout their whole life.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

my first post :)

Hello Everyone,
         My name is Hannah Johnson and I have created this blog for my Motor Development class. When i first heard about creating a blog I was somewhat nervous, but at the same time I was excited. This blog will help us physical education majors at SUNY Cortland stay connected to each other.
         Today was our first day of lab at St. Mary's. At first I was nervous but then found it to be a lot of fun playing games and running around in the gym with the little kids. I think this will be a really great experience and will teach me a lot of hands on things. I will be well prepared when I enter student teaching and will hopefully feel comfortable after this.
          Over winter break I was a substitute teacher at my high school. A couple days I actually got to fill in for physical education teachers. The first day I did both elementary and high school phys. ed. I found that the elementary was my favorite part. Even though they are at times hard to keep focused they seemed the most willing to learn, and were the ones that actually wanted to participate which I found rare among the high school students, which needs to change. The next day I took over middle school, at times it was hard to keep them active because they are going though stages where they don't want to participate as much. Overall I thought it was a great experience and I will help me in the future.
            During break I helped out my high school varsity basketball team. I went to practice and did drills with them, and helped the coach when asked too. I went to games and kept states and found that you see a lot of things when your sitting on the bench that can help your athletes get better if you just tell them what they are doing wrong and how they can improve.