Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween @ St. Mary's

A Scary Halloween Lab 4 at St. Marys
        It was a great Halloween day at St. Mary's. I dressed up as a ninja and the kids liked it, they all wanted to play with me and have my attention. We started out observing the two students for catching and throwing and both did better than I expected. By the time we were done with that my group, the Pre-K, were outside in the playground, We played a great game of freeze tag and just running having a good time. I wasn't able to do my activity  because we were short on time. They had snack and afterward did Nicole's activity in coloring in a plate that was shaped like a pumpkin and they also colored. I was a little annoyed because we didn't have time to do my activity, this week's lab when by so quick we didn't have time to do our activities in the gym with the Pre-K but it was still a good time. We ended with a  great tag game, a very creative song, and a halloween cheer. I think I did a better this week, I projected my voice when I was outside and had everyone's attention when playing tag outside.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

SUPER day at St. Mary's. (LAB 3)

It was superhero theme today at St.Mary's.

  I felt like today was going to be a great day at St. Mary's. All in all, it was pretty amazing, I dressed up as a superhero and the kids responded to that in a positive way. Teaching in the gym wasn't as what I thought it would be today, I felt like me and my group didn't have a lot of control, they were running all over the place, but that is good because they have all the energy and this is what they needed to release it. But when we were trying to get their attention they didn't want much of it. I think we were successful in completing the task we had but it was hard. Other than the gym, going outside and in the cafeteria was fun, we played kickball outside and they really got into it, as for the cafeteria they ate their snack and then played a few games of seven up. When we played in the gym again we played games like football and baseball and I realized how I stink at jump roping and hula hooping. I think what I have learned from this day is to find other ways of getting the children's attention maybe a whistle and also practice to talk LOUD so the whole gym can hear me.

The HEATED Debate

The Great Debate was basically a three day debate against three groups fighting on what they believed was better to implement into the curriculum for their students. My group was called the fitness finatics and we believed in life time activities. While the other two groups were for and against implementing long stick use in physical education. 
Day One: Each group started with their opening statements, then afterwards each presenting via powerpoint, video, demonstration, or lecture arguing why ours would work out better.

Day Two: The second day was the rebuttal stage where we all would rebut each others presentation and argue what we thought the mistakes or errors they stated. Then afterwards, we questioned each others groups and this is where I believed the Great Debate turned into the HEATED Debate because it was basically a free for all, we were all questioning eachother and trying to back up what we as a group believed in and what was right, that process took a long period of time. That's how day two ended, the board couldn't decide on a short period of time and we had to move to a day three.

Day Three: This was a short day, where we all awaited The Boards decision. All in all, when they made their decision, they ended up choosing all three groups because all three groups had made great points and backed up their curriculum they were trying to pass.
This debate was a good practice tool for the real world because there will be times that us as P.E teachers are going to have to defend on what we believe in and what's better than practicing NOW!