Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Winter Olympics Hit St. Mary's

Lab 2

The Olympics arrived at St.Mary's this week, and everybody was striving for the gold! We worked on the locomotor skills, running, galloping, and hoping throughout our activities, and it was a huge success. The students of St. Marys had a great time, while the myself and my classmates had the opportunity to observe their locomotor skills. Beyond the skills we also were able to witness how a simple game working on skills can put a smile on young students faces. I learned that if you get down to their eye level and are willing to work with them, they in return will work with you. Both Cortland students, and St. Marys's students were able to develop their skills while having a good time using the Winter Olympics as our theme for the day.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A New Angle For Dodgeball

Dodge ball is on the PE Hall of Shame list because its felt that Dodge ball singles out the weakest students, and it doesn't keep students physically active during class. As most of us remember from our own PE class, when you get out you had to stand on the sidelines and wait for someone to catch a ball, or until a new game starts. In class we need to keep students moving and active at all times with the limited time we have. Dodge ball is a good game that promotes teamwork and strategy, as well as motor development skills such as throwing, running, and jumping. Dodge ball should still be in PE classes, but with variation. Dr. Yang spoke of using a players who get out in an alley way to keep students on the outside involved, and keep the students still in the game constantly on their feet. Old school dodge ball, where students stand on the side is outdated, but with new modifications, it could still be appropriate in PE classes today.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cortland Meets St. Mary's Students

Day 1

While working with second and third grade students at St. Mary’s, I observed differences in motor behavior and social behavior. These differences were varied among gender. Motor behavior was very simple to see differences between the young boys and girls. The little boy seemed to have more control over his motor skills by using his arms to pump as he ran, while the girl had her arms flaring all over. As far as social in the game of tag, girls would only tag other girls, while boys would tag a boy, or girl depending on who was close to them. The little girls also tended to running with each other, holding hands or side by side, while boys ran alone. I also observed that the young girls had more control of their fine motor skills. Compared to the boys, who would pick up the animal cracker with their entire hand, the girls would pick it up slowly with their index finger and thumb. It was clear to see motor behavior, social behavior, and fine motor skill vary among gender.