Sunday, October 17, 2010

P.P.R. - Preparation, Practice, and Repetition

Lab B2 didn't go as well as I hoped it would. I felt the pressure as I got ready to teach my lesson with only one day preparation, little practice, and barely any repetition. I went back step from Lab B1, and started saying "um" a lot and other fillers.
After looking at time coding, I spent a little bit more time with instruction and management, and way to much time with waiting. This issue was due to me creating a drill, instead of an activity.  Although I felt my drill is a good thing to work on, I should have found a better way to alter it so more people were moving, instead of waiting around for the Frisbee to get to them. This made it very hard to see everyone work on the task, using the cues stated. As far as feedback, my drill didn't allow for me to see everyone moving for the full 4 minutes, so my chances of giving feedback were limited to the 4 to 5 throws each person had. Although it gave me the opportunity to give specific and congruent feedback, with more opportunities to see more throws, I could have given more people feedback, as well as more specific feedback.

As far as improvements, I tried to have more energy and be excited about my lesson. Being outside made it difficult to talk over the class next to us, but I think I talked loud enough for everyone to hear me. I also positioned myself in the middle of class so I could move quickly to specific people to help My hook for the lesson was quick to the point and applied the same principle that was the base of the lesson.  My objective of the lesson in the cognitive domain included NASPE standard 2 which states a physically educated person will demonstrate understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics. I accomplished this by students being able to recite the three cognitive cues used when your locked out moving foward in an Ultimate Frisbee game. In my next lesson, I hope to improve on feedback as well as activity time. I feel the reason behind my set back was due to my lack of preparation, practice, and repetition of what I wanted to accomplish.

Take a look at my forms for Lab B2

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

SUNY Cortland Mini Conference

On Friday October 8th, I attended the SUNY Cortland Mini Conference. This was my second time at the mini conference but my first time being involved. This year I stepped up to the plate and became a Presider, and I was fortunate enough to get a great session. I was given the opportunity to introduce Professor Stephen Yang, and his exergame technology session. Although I arrived at 7 am to help Professor Yang set up, I wasn't able to get try out the different stations until later, when I found myself staying for the second session because I was having such a good time. The session included Idance, a stationary bike, connected to PS3 for the game "Cars", Just Dance through the Wii Console, and Basketball through Xbox connected by a step machine. Through my own experience I find the exergames to be great way to have fun and perform some at high levels of fitness. After 1 lap on the game stationary bike, my heart rate was at 140 bpm, and my legs were dead tired as if I had just run a 400 meter race.

After the Professor Yang's session, I moved on to attend a two hour Salsa dance session. This session was taught by a local guy from the Syracuse area, who had a vast knowledge of Colombian salsa from his travels. He started very simple, and had us moving for the entire time, slowly progressing from dance  to dance by just adding simple movements. This session was a great way to work on the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains which are the basics for physical education. Lucky enough, one of my classmates taped the entire session, and I'm excited to say I'll be teaching Colombian salsa in a few weeks.

Overall, the conference was outstanding! Keynote speaker, Chris Xavier really made an impact on my view of life. She spoke about her rough life, and how she see's herself not as a victim but a survivor. For example, Dr. Xavier was trapped in the tsunami back in 2004, where hundreds of people drown around her, after watching the massive wave come up the shore. She's also had family problems, and health problems as she goes onto surgery # 18. I wish more people could have heard her powerful speech, because we all look at things as a victim of the situation, but as long as we make it through, we are survivors, and a stronger person, ready to move on.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

L'Eggo My Eggo!

Well its only been two short weeks from lab A, and I can see a difference in my teaching. For one, I didnt say "hmmm" to much due to my preparation. I tried to recite everything I practiced during the week, but in the heat of the moment my presentation came out slightly different. Even though I changed it up a little, my goals were still obtained because I knew where i was going with my lesson in four minutes. If you watched my video carefully, you can see I also had two students slip off into the closet. Professor Yang threw me the curve ball, but even though my back was never turned to the class, I didn't pick up on them slipping away. I thought it was fishy when my TA was throwing the Frisbee, but again that was another curve ball so that I would give her corrective feedback. Overall I'm happy with how my lesson went, I demonstrated, broke down the cues, and demonstrated again. In my next lesson I need to add in a signal of attention. I'm excited for lab C, after seeing how well this lab went.

Here's a how my time broke down during the lesson