Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Lab 5 ball handling

1.) Use the internet to search for information about turtles and how they live.
Some turtles live only in the water and are called sea turtles.  While others mainly live on land but still go in the water. Turtles are found all around the world and are one of the oldest reptiles. Although some species of turtles are highly endangered today.

2.) Identify the fitness components being addressed in squad fitness. Where are these components located on the New York State Conceptual Framework for K-12 Physical Education
The fitness component being addressed are cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and coordination. These components are for a 3rd grade and up.  For younger students you may have to modify some of the tasks to fit the students skill level.

3.) Prescribe a series of ball handling skills for a second grade boy or girl that is afraid of catching a ball. What kinds of objects might you prescribe for throwing and catching?
Have the student throw a ball off the wall and catch it with themselves.  This lets the student get comfortable with catching the ball, without someone else throwing to them. Have the student throw with a partner from close and as they get comfortable back away and even change the type of pass.  Have the student use a softer ball when beginning to get the feel for it and to be safe.  A light bouncy ball or foam ball would be a good object and possibly a smaller object to help work on hand eye coordination.

4.) What are some of the guidelines you would follow in pairing students for throwing and catching?
 When pairing students for throwing and catching have them matched up with someone of similar skill level.  This is important because if one partner is not comfortable with a skill, the other partner may try and push the student past their comfort zone. Also for safety reasons if you notice someone struggling with catching you have to be careful as a teacher that the student does not get hurt.  The best way to avoid injury is to use safe equipment in all activities.

5.) How would you help a special needs student learn to catch that displays delayed motor control and lack of fine motor control dexterity?
 As a teacher I would work individually with the student, starting with very basic tasks.  Using large and slow moving equipment, for example a scarf. This helps the student work on hand eye coordination and they are successful. Once comfortable move to a more solid object and focus on having the student watch the object all the way into their hands.

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