Monday, November 8, 2010

Adding Some Flare To Lab C

Salsa Cubana - The intention of lab C for 255 was to create a way to learn about foreign cultures through the physical. We had the opportunity try pieces of lessons for foreign games such as Tchoukball from switzerland, and Beroinjin from Australia. My own group, consisting of Rob and I, came up with a lesson to teach about Cuba through Salsa dancing. After taking rhythms and dance, as well as a two hour session on Cuban Salsa at the SUNY Cortland Professional Development Mini Conference, I figured it would be a breeze. Well was I wrong! I much a greater understanding of how difficult it is to teach dance compared to more of a sport focused lesson. Teaching dance for the first time took me out of my comfort level for the first time in 255, and I found my self in shock as looked around at the faces of my classmates while I was teaching. I thought I was well prepared with my progressions, powerpoint, and lesson plan, but those are all useless unless you are fully ready, prepared, and know where you want to go in your lesson. I had what I wanted to teach right in front of me, yet being able to see it, has no comparison to being able to just go and make it work because you know it by heart.

In Lab C, if you watch the video below of me teaching, compared to videos of my prior lessons, just in the sound of my voice you can distinguish that I was uncomfortable, and nervous. In my other lessons, I knew exactly what I was looking for, how fast students should pick up on the skill, and how to modify it if things went wrong or took longer. Like I mentioned before, as I began to teach I constantly scanned the faces of my classmates, but all I got in return were blank stares, which didn't help my nerves. As you can see in my video I constantly repeat and demonstrate the same things over and over, because based off my visual scan I felt the class was not grasping my cues and movements. Based on watching my classmates in the 10 minute lesson on Salsa Rob started with, I should have adapted and moved much faster and slid straight into dancing with your partner instead of alone. This was a great lesson for me to learn though, because when I teach five to six classes a day and only get those classes every other day, I need to know how far I can push each class and how I can adapt to them specifically because as we all know, every class will not be the same.

My Salsa Cubana Lesson specifically had its up's and down's. To start off after presenting my lesson, as well as reviewing it online, I can see I need to work on activity, and instructional time. (Time Coding Form) My activity time could have been much greater, had I trusted myself instead of doubting what my classmates were ready for. I wasted activity time with constantly reteaching the same steps over and over again. As for feedback, it was very challenging to give because I had to fill the extra spot due to an uneven amount of students. I wanted Jeremy to get the same lesson as everyone else, and I felt as though he was being neglected at the point where I did leave him to dance alone while I walked around quickly. On the bright side of my lesson, my Prezi worked very nicely allowing students to interact instead of me just standing there talking and showing them where Cuba was, I could have gone more into it and brought up pictures of the capital, the coasts or just everyday people interacting in Cuba.

Looking back on Lab C, it has had a greater impact to look at then to physically do. It has helped me to see how much planning really needs to go into a lesson, let alone a entire curriculum. A lesson even 10 minutes long takes hours of practice to get right, so that you can comfortable enough to teach your lesson with confidence. Knowing how modify and adjust to the right speed for class takes, confidence not only in you, but also in your students. Lab C has given me a new outlook on a Physical Educator, our profession is no longer just rolling that ball out so students can have fun, but hours of demanding work, so that you can progress to that full game situation and your students can enjoy it that much more because they have the knowledge, and skills needed to have fun participating the right way, instead of just running around flaring body parts, hoping to kick that soccer ball.


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