Friday, October 28, 2011

THIRD TIME IS ALWAYS A CHARM

            Another wonderful week at St. Mary’s if I say so myself. Leaping, Horizontal Jumps & Sliding was our assessment topics. The children had a blast as well as the staff, they learned better techniques for these movements, while the students got to teach, assess, and give constructive feedback. My group made posters the illustrated and showed proper movement for hopping, leaping, galloping, walking, running’s and sliding. Next week’s theme is Halloween, so who knows what we will have in store for the children.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

PHYSICAL PHANATICS PRESENTS PE POP

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IT'S AMAZING WHAT A PHYSICAL PHANATIC COULD DO WITH WITH CREATIVITY AND TEAMWORK

LAB 2 HAS SOMETHING NEW

The LAB 2 week was great. The theme was western, so most of the staff wore western clothes, and handed out sheriff badge stickers to better represent the theme. This week’s assessment was on running, galloping and hopping. I must say that the gym game group chose great games for assessment because it was easy for the assessment to be done, and all the kids were having fun. The games that involve quick starting-stopping are very popular with the kids, but it also helps the kids improve their reflexes and balance through muscle control. I must say that I was very comfortable with the younger kids this week. By attending these labs, I am building, confidence, understanding, as well as a deeper appreciation for the field of my future profession. I know that I will not only be a teacher, for I will also be a mentor, role-model, and possibly a motivator for children to excel in not only physical education, but in life.

Monday, October 24, 2011

DODGE OR NOT TO DODGE, A BAD QUESTION WITH A GOOD ANSWER

Well being one of the kids that excelled with motor development at an early age, I must say that dodge ball was my favorite game in grade school, but I as a future PE Educator, I agree with the hall of shame because elimination games aren’t beneficial to the children that need a challenge to improved motor development and the ones that need physical activity and help developing motor skills.
I must say that games like dodge ball, kickball, duck-duck-goose and etc. can be fun, but these games lack a few goals we should have for our students such as teaching proper movement, building the confidence of students for long-term involvement in physical activity/wellness, helping students gain bone density, and many other aspects that the physical education curriculum has lost. Therefore I end this post by saying NO DODGE BALL.
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LAB 0NE AND THE FIRST DAY OF FUN

My first lab was interesting, scary, exciting and a few other words but most importantly, it was FUN. When I first got there, I was actually the shy one, and I had to come out of my shell. I don't have little brothers or sisters, so interacting with three, four and five year olds was somewhat scary because I had not done it in a while. During this visit, I did a lot more observing than interacting, but by the end of the lab, I was interacting with children with ease, so I gained a much needed confidence for the next lab at St. Mary’s. To learn more about my first experince at the wonderful St. Mary's PRESS ME LAB 1

MOTOR DEVLOPMENT & ASSESSMENT SUMMARY 1-3


Fundamental movement skills have three categories stability, locomotor, and manipulation. Stability movement skill being the foundation is the most important skill because all locomotor and manipulative skills require some form of stability. Fundamental locomotor skills such as running, hopping and leaping are where the body travels horizontally or vertically from one point to another. Manipulative skills include gross and fine motor skills. Gross motor manipulation involves giving and/or receiving force from an object, and fine motor manipulation involves activities that emphasize motor control, precision, and accuracy like following a dotted line and shoe tying.
Assessment by teachers is important because it is connected with children being able to perform higher levels of physical activities proper when they are older. Assessing and guidance to improve the bad habit, skill or control could be the difference in a child that can run from the time of adolescence to senior citizenship and the runner from adolescence to mid-forties due to hip/knee problems from never being taught the proper way to walk/run. The development of these skills at an early age is crucial in a child’s upbringing because it’s the structure for how they will perform everyday task when they get older, and how well these skills are developed can also have a positive or negative impact in their long-term quality of wellness. If a child is taught these fundamental skills properly than they have a better foundation for all physical activity. Places like the YMCA and Boys & Girls Club were both organizations that I attended when I was younger til my early teen years, so i know from experience that these places have recreation programs where motor development can be assessed and worked on. To learn more about the importance of motor development in Physical Education Click here:  AAHPERDNASPE.