Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Lab 3 Locomotion !

1.) Select one of the locomotor skills and create your own set of teaching cues.
Jump: swing your arms, blast off, two feet, bend knees

2.) Identify the specific pathways used in each of the low organized games presented in the lesson focus.
Fire chief: This game used a straight pathway
Forest rangers: This game used a circular pathway
Spelling master: This game used a zig zag pathway

3.) Select a topic for class talk and outline the questions and key points that would help you guide a class talk.
Topic: Sportsmanship
What does sportsmanship mean? Why is it important? Do you use it outside the classroom? Can anyone give me a personal experience with sportsmanship? Does anyone have any questions?

Give students two situations and have them figure out which situation is right and wrong.

4.) Make a checklist of performance points to look for in one of the locomotor movements.

Skill: Hop

                                                                         Yes                               No                   Needs practice
               Take off on one foot
               Land on one foot
               Swing arms
               Move knee like pendulum

Monday, January 30, 2012

lab 2 buzzz

1.) Explain why exercise such as sit-ups and push-ups have to be modified for kindergarten and first grade students in the DVL 1.
Young students are not as developed with motor skills or body control.  As teachers we need to encourage young students to want to be physically fit. Most elementary students see push-ups and sit-ups as a form of punishment which is a bad thing.  You want to encourage fitness and make it fun.  If you modify these boring exercises into something the kids can relate to, the students will enjoy them and can have fun with it.

2.) Why is rhythmic activity important for young children?
Rhythmic activity is very important for young students because it is an important component to all forms of movement. It allows student to work on their internal beat and practice for future activities.  It is also good for incorporating other subject areas like music into the physical education classroom.

3.) Define laterality and explain why tracing giant letters helps reinforce cognitive learning.
Laterality is the preference most people show to one side of their body over the other.  This is common amongst both young students and even adults.  People become comfortable using a dominant hand to do most daily activities and it becomes a habit.  Tracing the giant letters helps the students work on the alphabet and how each letter is formed.  Cognitively the student has to visualize the letter in their head and recreate it using their fingers as a pencil.

4.) Why are educators concerned about young children not being able to keep an internal beat?
An internal beat is an important part of early physical education. As an elementary teacher your job is to work on this with the students and prepare them for more advanced activities in the future.  If a young student is not able to keep an internal beat it can be a problem as they move forward in school.  It is much harder to pick something up at an older age like an internal beat.  That is why as teachers we have to focus on it at a young age and have them prepared for the next level.

5.)  Define homo-lateral and cross lateral movements.
Homo-lateral movements are same side movements. For example when a baby is creeping or army crawling that is a homo-lateral movement. Cross lateral movements are when the arms and legs cross over from one side of the body to the other.  This is s very important concept for young students to grasp.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Lab 1 Classroom Management

1.) Why do class management and effective teaching go hand in hand throughout every day of teaching?
Class management is very important to an effective teacher.  Class management allows the class to flow and gives students the maximum opportunity for being active.  Class management is very important during the first week, to establish class rules that will be used throughout the entire year.  An effective teacher uses efficient management skills and is in control of the class.

2.) Why should your list of class rules be short and positive?
Class rules should be short so you don't lose the attention of your students.  At the elementary level this can be a major hurdle in all the activities you plan.  The rules should be positive to encourage the students to follow them.

3.) List three reasons why students enjoy the squad structure as well as three reasons why teachers benefit from employing the squad square structure for management.
Students enjoy the squad structure because it keeps them from getting singled out and puts them on a team. Students also enjoy the structure of knowing which group they are in each day.  Student like work with other teammates to conquer tasks. The squad structure helps teachers to quickly get the students into groups, keep the class organized, and e able to see all the students faces.

4.) What common elements do all of the activities in this management lab share?
All of the activities in lab 1 deal with introductory tasks.  The main focuses are teamwork, communication, and boundaries.  These activities are used to get the students more comfortable with the class and the teacher.

5.) How is the effective domain addressed in this lesson? How is the psychomotor domain addressed in this lesson? How is the cognitive domain addressed in this lesson?

The effective domain is addresses through the "Buddies game" and "The magic door".  Both of these activities worked on teamwork with classmates and communication skills. The psychomotor domain was covered in almost all these activities because movement skills with incorporated into most games.  For example hoping on 1 foot or skipping. The cognitive domain was addressed at the beginning of class through questions. Also the " Magic string" activity helped with the alphabet because the students had to spell there names out.

6.)     http://www.theteacherscorner.net/classroom-management/lineup.php

Secret student:  At the beginning of the class, secretly pick one child in the class to be your "Secret Student" for the day. If this child moves appropriately in line, the whole line "wins". The students don't know who the student is so they try their best.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First day 355!

Hi, my name is Kyle Kelly. I was born in California but i have lived most my life in Rochester NY. I enjoy playing baseball, basketball, and golf in my free time. I have a lot of experience with elementary children. I have two younger sisters one is 8 and one is 17 so I get to experience it everyday at my house. I also have been a camp counselor for the past three summers, the camp ranges from ages 5-13.  In this class I expect to have a lot of fun and gain some good experience as a teacher candidate.