Sunday, September 19, 2010

"Queen of The UM" - Jack Murphy

After watching the clip of me teaching, I now understand why Jack called me "Queen of the um's". I practiced everything I wanted to say and do in my lesson, but even with preparation things don't always go as planned. In the last 30 seconds of my clip my mind went blank looking for words as I wanted to wrap up the lesson. I now know saying "umm" is something I need to work on in the future. As far as the rest of the lesson, I'm proud to see where I came from in just two short weeks. My introduction, hook, and demonstration went very well, but for next time I need to add in a signal of attention, and a safety statement. I was able to get my three main points of instruction in, and check for understanding with a few questions while having everyone perform the cues. Also for my next lesson I need to walk around to give specific feedback, but I was unable to do that this lesson due to an odd number of students. A very valuable lesson I learned from this is that preparation is key to having your lesson run smooth with no lag time.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Homework #1

What is meant by the idea that teaching is a goal-oriented activity?

Teaching is a goal-oriented activity means that in order to successfully educate students you must create goals or objectives for your lessons. These goals have to fall within the country, state, and local standards to create credentials for your program. Without any goals or credentials, your lessons have no direction, similar to moving a car without a driver.


Why is the process that teachers choose to use to teach content important?

The process you choose as a teacher to teach your content is important so that you can meet your goals and objectives. There are a variety of processes you can choose from but it is important to select the one that will help direct you to the specific goal you are trying to reach. For example trying to prepare your students to set in volleyball, as a teacher you would want to start in a closed environment and gradually move until your students are ready for an open environment similar to game play.

Why is the movement task- student response unit of analysis so important in physical education?

Movement task- student response is vital to a quality physical education program because it allows the teacher to assess how well they explained the task based off their students performance. It then allows the teacher to assess where to move next, whether it is moving to the next level or redesigning the task. This allows them the opportunity to give corrective feedback and encouragement.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Soaring Into EDU 255

It's the first week back at Cortland, and classes have started off with a bang. In EDU 255 Professor Yang threw out a variety of athletic ball and said "Here you go, you each have four minutes to teach the class today." As the look of fear grew on everyone's face the wheels in our head's began to turn as we came up with our idea's. I myself taught soccer passing, but overall as a class I think we did ok with only having PED 201 experience. We all have a lot of room to grow as teachers, and this is just a marker to reflect on how far we have come at the end of this semester.