Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Field Experience day 11 - April 5th, 2012

1.) reflection on lesson :

Today in class the students played mat ball.  Which is a variation of kickball where there are four mats placed in the corners of the gym.  Also any amount of kids can be on a base at a time and they can choose to run when they want.  The students really enjoyed this game and I had a lot of fun helping my master teacher with the game.  I helped my master teacher to organize the game and helped keep the teams in order.  The toughest part was keeping the kids in line and up against the wall so they didn't interfere with the game. It was a very fun class and the kids were very having fun and remaining active.  At the end of class we talked with our master teacher about next class because we will be teaching a lesson with the skill theme of balance in the gymnastics unit.

Matball link

Field Experience day 12 - April 5th, 2012

4.) Management strategies:

Class today we played Mat ball.  The students really like this game and at times even got a little over excited.  I observed my master teacher and how he was able to quickly control the class to save time for them to play.  He was very confident and firm with them but not in a mean way.  The students respect him and this helps the class to run smoothly.  I also noticed when something would go wrong he would stop the class and address it so it would not continue to happen.  I talked on the side with my master teacher about the best ways to keep the control of the class but not go overboard with discipline.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Field Experience day 9 - March 30th, 2012

5.) Curriculum and NYS standards:

St Mary's has a curriculum they follow and from what my master teacher showed me it is detailed and organized well.  They have a rough estimation of when they will be doing each unit and all the physical education classes do they same unit.  So it makes equipment set up and clean up easier because the unit is the same for each class.  This keeps all the classes on the same schedule which is much easier for the teachers.  I have not observed my master teacher directly relating anything to the NYS standards but he uses them as a guideline for how he should teach his class.  I think it could be helpful to post the standards up in the gym somewhere just so the students can learn what the standards are and why they are important.

Field Experience day 8 - March 20th, 2012

7.)  Assessment of Student Learning:

Throughout my time spent at St Mary's I have seen no evidence of assessment.  My master teacher does track progress on certain activities and takes notes but there is no formal assessment.  I think my master teacher does a very good job with the kids and from my observations almost all of the student in the class have at least been at the control level in the skills performed in class.  Although I still believe assessment is a vital part of physical education and is often skipped over by many teachers.  When we have to are pre and post tests I want the students to be comfortable with it and not have them react poorly to being assessed.  I will try to make sure the students understand what is going on so they are not confused with the idea of being assessed on a certain skill theme.

Field Experience day 10 - March 30th, 2012

Classroom Observation: 5th grade - Last class of the day

1. The classroom I observed at St Mary's was set up like a traditional classroom.  Each student had their own desk facing the front of the classroom and the desks were lined up in rows.  The room was very colorful and had the students work posted all around the classroom showing the students accomplishments.  There was also some important quotes and words spread throughout the room.

2. Both the gym and the classroom had very similar decoration ideas.  The less bare wall showing the better for the students.  The main difference being that the gym was focused more around students skills and sports, while the classroom was more learning based with the words posted around the room.

3. I thought the classroom atmosphere was very positive but at times could almost be a distraction to the students.  The students had a lot of energy but a lot of that can be contributed to the fact this was their last period of the day and the students were ready to go home.

4. The last period of the day for the students is a study hall everyday.  The teacher gives the students the option of working on homework or reading.  The only rule is they can not be to loud or distracting to the other students.  This is made more difficult because the students are in the last period of the day and have a lot of energy.

5. It was hard to gauge literacy levels during a study hall.  I did have a chance to chat with the teacher quickly and she said that her students were very smart and always give effort.  A lot of the students choose to read on their own, which shows me their willingness to learn and improve their language.

6. She started the class by asking how physical education class went and then asked if the students wanted to go over any of the material from earlier in the day. She was very positive with the students but still enforced discipline when necessary.

7. All the students had a very proactive social behavior, especially for 5th grade students.  I have observed them in the physical education setting and already knew that there wasn't any students who were shy or anti social in the class. I expected it to be segregated with boys and girls but to my surprise they were mixed together almost evenly and didn't seem to be bothered at all.

8. After observing the students in the classroom setting I was able to see what groups of friends their were and how they acted in a normal classroom.  It also helped point out a few students who were bad influences on each other.  This would be helpful in a physical education setting because I would know to separate certain people to keep the class flowing and staying on task.

9. This observation just reiterated what I already knew.  That 5th grade students just want to have fun.  I would craft my lessons to keep things exciting and keep the students moving.  I noticed the longer the students were sitting still listening to directions the more off task they got.  Time management is they key to a good lesson at the elementary level.

Field Experience day 7 - March 20th, 2012

1.) Reflection on lesson:

Today in class the students started with their run club.  This is a program they do every couple weeks and compile up laps to earn prizes and rewards. They run for 20 minutes and see how many laps they can run.  Me and Mike helped setting up the track for the run club and monitored the class while they ran their laps.  After they finished with run club they were given the rest of the class as free time.  Are master teacher had already set up their gymnastic equipment to let the students play around on it and start to get use to it because the students are starting a gymnastics unit next class.  Me and Mike went around interacting with the kids during the free time, while are master teacher monitored the whole class.  I try not to just give attention to a certain student and keep moving around.  I played basketball with some of the boys and played "house" with the girls.