Tuesday, October 27, 2009

5 Alive back at St. Mary's!

A week later after superhero day, kids were still talking about it! When we got there, we went with the kindergarten kids. First, we went downstairs to the cafeteria and had some snacks and played a few games. When we were done having some snacks, we went outside on the playground. The kids taught me a new game called Lava Tag. Nick, member of our group, was it and he had to stay on the playground while the kids and I had to stay away from the playground or else he would tag us and then we would be the lava. Kids had a ball playing this game. When we went back inside, we all learned a new dance, thriller. We all got into a big circle and all of us did the thriller dance! It was great seeing everybody having a good time!

Monday, October 26, 2009


The superhero's theme was great for the kids at St. Marys! They loved it! We played an awesome game in which it was called Batman tag. There were four batman and two jokers. The kids who were batman had a ball and if the other kids got tagged by the joker, then they could throw the ball at the kids who were tagged and then they could be untagged. All of them had a great time playing this game. After we played in the gym, we went outside on the playground and also had a good time. We were playing tag with the kids and they loved it!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The new game of Dodgeball?

Could there be a way to make dodgeball part of your lesson in physical education classes? If you stop and think about it dodgeball is one of the worst games to be played. A lot of students are just standing around, talking, hiding from the ball, and students could even get hurt in this game. But what happens if we modify it so that this game can be fun and enjoyable to all students? In dodgeball, you do not want to get with the ball. Therefore you are always moving around, dodging, running, diving, and jumping. These skills sound like the skills you need in all the sports you play! Make a safety statement so that there will be less accidents likely to occur. Tell the students to only throw the ball below the waist and not to go for the head or upper body. Mix up the game a little bit. Don't just have two sides of the court and have students throw the ball back and forth at each other. Get them into teams and have a game of capture the flag with dodgeballs. Get the students moving and get them more involved into the game.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Can you live in that moment?

This is one of the best speeches I have ever heard. It does not just talk about football, it talks about life. How to be perfect in life and how you succeed in life even when things are going wrong. We all make mistakes but being perfect to your family and friends is what really counts.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

201 St. Mary's

I had a great time at St. Mary's, working with the kids. I am lucky enough to be able to work kindergartner's through sixth graders. I am learning a lot about the kids and what they like and how they react to different things. The kids love it when we come to them with some games and they get right involved with it. They had a good time with the activity, endless bucket. They all had to perform different tasks that were in the bucket. Some of them had trouble with it but they tried to complete it. I am looking forward to working with the students from Cortland and the student's at St. Mary's.

Ultimate Frisbee

This time when I taught I felt more comfortable. I got the topic early so that I could research it a little bit so I knew what I could teach about it. I still feel like I need to talk louder to the class and get more involved.If the teacher gets involved in the activity then the students will follow. If the the teacher is not excited on what they are going to teach, then the students will not even pay attention. They will be off doing their own thing. What I thought I did well on is that I asked a question to the class and all of them raised their hands so I knew they were ready for the lesson. As soon as I asked that question and they raised their hands, I knew they were paying attention so I thought I did a good job at drawing them into the lesson.It is a great idea to give a good hook because that is what helps the students pay attention to what is going on. They will want to participate in the lesson (see feedback analysis). What I did not do so well this time around is that I did not go over too many cues with them before we started.Cues are a big part to the lesson. This is what helps the students remember on how to throw a Frisbee or dribbling a basketball. I should have said some cues so they would know better (see verbal transcript). Another thing that I thought I did well on is that I felt more enthusiastic with the lesson. That also helped draw the students in.