Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Dinosaur Day at St. Marys

Today was our dinosaur theme day at St. Marys. All the activities went very well and Myself along with my peers seemed to have a lot of fun working with the students. We got to assess some skills with certain students in lab, and overall I think it turned out to be a great day!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Childhood Growth and Development

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Thinking Critically as a Rockstar!

There are numerous critical issues that US children face today, the three that were identified are childhood obesity, in-school and community violence, and early puberty. Some goals that should help the children past these issues are movement skill acquisition, physical activity and fitness enhancement, cognitive learning, and affective growth. There are numerous factors that explain relationships that lead to the development of the "whole" child, and these are things such as the biology of the individual, the conditions of their learning environment, and requirements of the movement task.
Individual appropriateness is the inclusion of learning experiences into the physical education program geared to learners phases and stages of motor development and the levels and stages of movement skill learning. While age-group appropriateness is the inclusion of learning experiences into the physical education experience based on chronological age or grade-level.
Fundamental movement skills include locomotion and manipulation, examples of locomotion are walking, running, and leaping and examples of manipulation are ball rolling, throwing and kicking.Other types of movements are axial such as bending or stretching, or static/dynamic such as rolling and starting.
Physical fitness is defined as health related fitness and performance related fitness.

New Day New Experience

Our third day of lab we got the oppertunity to completely seperate ourselves from the class and work with the students on your own agenda. we started off the day as a group in the gym and we got to observe and ascess the students on their locomotor skills. A group of my peers was assigned to the gym and they played an assortment of games with the students which we got to observe. There was a little boy and girl we had to specifically ascess and our lab shows the locomotor skills we assessed. After this we seperated into our groups, my group worked with the pre-k students. We started by interacting with the students for a while then moved into a song as a group. Some of the students already knew the song so they caught on pretty quick which made is easier to get them involved. Following we did a craft activity and also a little story time that all had to do with our theme of olympics. Finally we made our way back to the gym for a few more activities and that concluded that day. I feel like the more time I spend with the students the more comfortable I am getting and everything is just getting easier. Cant wait for next lab! I have some great games prepared.