Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Lesson learned through Step Aerobics - Lab D

To this point in my teaching profession i've experienced different types of enviornments and found many ways to keep my students moving and listening. Apart from that these past 2 semesters have been an absolute joy! To say i've improved in teaching is an understatement. From the 1st day, chills have been running down my spine when i got in front of a group of students. To watch myself improve and provide feedback to a lesson i taught shows my growth as a future educator. Rock on!

With that being said let's talk about lab D and Step Aerobics shall we? A few things i've learned from this lab. 1) Not all students will cooperate when  you expect them too, 2) Your lesson may or may not go as planned, and 3) some college students aren't as mature as they should be. . . . say whattttt? Okay lets be honest, with these lab experiences i believe the class should be respectful to those that are teaching UNLESS, UNLESS, I say again UNLESS told to do so by the teacher! Take into account that i understand when i get out teaching this won't be the case however for LEARNING PURPOSES this experience should be a respectful one. Why talk about this you ask? Well a few students in my class thought it would be nice to be disruptive because well. . . . they simply felt like it. Out of all the things to expect, imaturity out of college students? Yep, they had me fooled and if my body language during my lesson didn't show it then i can sit her and type away how i felt. Hopefully people grow up in the future but i digress from this lab write-up.

As far as what i did well and what i need to improve on. Apart from lab C when i taught The Cha Cha i felt like my intro wasn't as strong for lab D. I thought i was creative when i came up with the instant activity of "no pressure" to simulate high and low blood pressure. This game took me forever to come up with but it went well i thought apart from the fact that i didn't tell the students they can't whip the ball at each other! My lesson itself was in shambles i'll be honest. My music wasn't hooked up until halfway through my lesson but if i can give myself a little more credit i tried to give as much feedback as i could with the time i had. I felt that the students i talked to got a hint of that and they thanked me for helping them out which helped boost my moral a little bit! When it comes to future lessons there is one thing i shall take note of. INTRA-TASK VARIATION. I had none of it the past 2 lessons and well to be honest i'm disappointed in myself. But listen to me feel bad for myself. As far as Eric getting kicked out of class, yes that may have not been the best way to go about it although i was following my rules. However to be honest i showed 100% respect during his lesson so to only get 5% in my lesson was a slap in the face. As a future educator i'm going to focus on ALL aspects of different teaching styles and bring them togetehr into my own masterpiece. It starts here and it will end when i retire from this profession! I look forward to it, Rock On!

Lesson plan

Thursday, November 3, 2011

SteckTacularPE goes CHA CHA!!!!!

For the Lab C portion of my class, we had to pick an international game and turn it into our own creation. For me i chose the Cha Cha to spice up the life of our future educators. The road getting to this point has been one filled with joy and excitement. From an elementary school learning different motor skills and assessment, to incorporating technology into a lesson, this experience has brought me out of my shell and into a new world. 

Technology is an extraordinary was to show case who you are and you want to be as a future educator. Those who take advantage of it will reap the awards of sharing professional pictures and videos that YOU CREATE. You may think i'm bluffing but what the use of programs like picasa, prezi, and youtube you can show the world that hey you know what i am an educator and this is why! Let your actions speak louder than your words
 So the Cha Cha, how to incorporate a dance into your lesson. When people think PE they think "oh hey dodgeball, tag, soccer, volleyball, basketball, etc". Throw that idea out the door, and the lesson plans that go with it. You want to integrate PE the right way? Use sports that haven't been thought of yet. Use your own ideas to shape your students learning. You are the adult responsible, You control their learning, and You have the opprotunity to take PE to a whole new level. A level that your students will remember forever!

So any individual can use a youtube video, copy and paste it onto a prezi to use for their presentation. Let's think for a minute. That would be too easy now wouldn't it? To take a video you didn't post and use it for your own presentation. Copyright issues much? Forget all that. Take 20 minutes out of your time to make a video for your students! Show them you care by taking time out of your your schedule to ensure their education! Now why aren't all teachers doing that? Answer - They are LAZY!! So prezi, why use it? Sick of dragging a poster board full of clas rules and cues? Never fear! Upload it onto a picasa and you my friend have your own personal lesson plan! Don't like how it looks? Never fear, you can always edit it after you present it to fit it to your liking. Pretty snazzy eh?

The Cha Cha. When i sat down a few days before this lesson i thought to myself how awesome is this experience going to be! What i got was a handful of mistakes that changed my outlook on the lab itself. Many mistakes to choose from, which one should i explain first? Well how about the fact that i didn't plug in m lap top to my speakers? Or how about not getting my music playing when i planned to do that? Or how about not giving feedback to my students? Or how about my peers telling me my introduction was the best part of my lesson because of my prezi and how i presented it? Well that's exactly how i felt when i was teaching. I was so passionate about the intro that when i got to my lesson i didn't quite figure out everything. Just goes to show how much effort i put in each. My hook and intro were on point to the task that was given. The demonstrations i felt were good as well and i pinpointed some students which made me lesson more efficient.   

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What to do and not to do when Jumping Rope

     My performance this lab was similar to that of the other times I had taught in my career here in SUNY Cortland. I felt like I did a few things well and others not so much. Every good teacher has some kind of hook. My hook related jumping on a trampoline with jumping rope. When I mentioned jumping on a trampoline I saw some heads nod and I saw other people with a confused look on their face. I guess you can’t win them all huh?

     Having good cues means you put thought into what you want your students to recall. My cues were one, two, three, tuck. Simple enough I thought. If you have easy cues that students can follow they’ll recite your activity easily even if they can’t execute the skill.

     Above all else having the ability to pinpoint would be the most important was to keep your students motivated. Having those not as coordinated enough demonstrate in front of the class shows that not only you want your students to learn but it gives them a chance to be in the spotlight. Giving encouraging words is important when your students are helping you demonstrate. Keeping everyone involved is the key and I felt I did that. Apart from that i didn't do a good job at all circulating to each of my students. I felt a slight distance as my lesson went on and besides that i didn't have any visual aids. Way to be prepared Mr. Steck.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Another day of Affirmation! Where do you stand amongst it all?

To my fellow rockstars,

Today's inspiration comes from learning. That is learning from life. Take another moment and reflect what this story means to you personally and professionally. We all have different opinions about how portray life and portray our profession. Let's share it with one another not just through the blog but through ourselves

A life of learning

Monday, September 26, 2011

Your 1st Affirmation and quite frankly not your last

     First off i want to send a shout out to Shirley Cahill for giving me this idea. She was the one that brought me into the concept of the DailyOM. This website is desinged to nature the mind and spirit by supplying us with stories that touch our hearts and open our mind to ideas that we should carry throughout of lives. For you future educators out there take a moment each day and reflect on these stories. How do they relate to your everyday lives? How do they relate to your profession? What bits and pieces of these stories remind you of your day in general? Most importantly how can you use this as a future educator to motivate your students? Take a moment and read through the story provided in the link below, you never know what may change your life! Rock on rockstars!

Sending Love Ahead to Your Day

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Motor Skills of the 2nd chapter. The training wheels for this lifestyle we call Physical Education

3) Learning new skills require the mastery of easier skills. These prerequisites are the foundation of the fundamental motor skills. Students need to know the task at hand so they can adapt their bodies to different situations to accomplish these tasks. If the task isn't clear the students wont be able to learn new abilities and advance to more advanced skills. It's important as an instructor to provide proper feedback to the students as they perform different skills. Pinpointing is a great way to allow students to demonstrate their skills and it will allow them to stay motivated to progress in motor movment. Without practice the students won't improve. In simplistic terms pratice makes perfect.

4) Different skills can be classified in 2 categories:  open and closed. Closed skills are under spatial control meaning that they occur in a stable and predictable enviornment. Discrete skills have a specific ending and they are more effective in a closed enviornment. Discrete skills can be performed in a series. These are called serial skills. Open skills like those performed in a game like setting are done in a variable and unpredictable enviornment. Skills performed here are more continous meaning they are linked together with other parts or skills.