Howdy! This weeks Western lab at St. Mary's School went extremely well. The students of the school are starting to really become much better listeners, which is due to better teaching techniques by us Cortland teacher candidates. I learned that the students need to begin moving as soon as we get there. It is important not to waste time, because we only have their attention for so long. This was the last week of the semester that I will be teaching a tag game. Now that I am moving on from the K-1 class, I believe the students are more able to take part in organized games, other than simple tag games. The tag games got me used to teaching, and now I feel that I am ready to start teaching more complex games. Also, I feel that I will be really enthusiastic about teaching a more complicated game with some friendly competition thrown in, making sure that nobody is being singled out of course. The western lab reinforced a main idea that I keep coming across. The students run off the amount of energy and enthusiasm that we bring with us to teach. Next week, I'm going to be bringing 110% again to ensure that quality Physical Education is taking place!
Saturday, March 5, 2011
From presenting on chapter 2, I learned so much about the human body, development patterns, and the science behind growing. I also was given the opportunity to present in front of my class, which was a huge confidence builder for me. I am glad that I was able to teach the class a few important key points about the chapter, and gain presentation experience at the same time!
This week's lab was a lot of fun. I thought that the cartoon theme went over really well, and I am happy with the games that my group taught to the students. I learned a lot about the students during this lab. First of all, the students enjoy the games a lot more when we, as instructors, are enthusiastic about what we are teaching. The fact that we had on our ninja turtle gear displayed really added to the excitement in the gym. Also, I found that the louder and more clear that we are when teaching, the better the game will go. It is an excellent idea to practice our games during pre-lab because it really makes me feel more comfortable while teaching the students at the school. I felt determined and confident while teaching, which is a positive step. I am glad that I had the opportunity to work with the gym group again. One thing I noticed that needs improvement is the motor skills of the younger students. I noticed that they had difficulty maintaing the skills for a longer period of time.