Friday, April 27, 2012

Last Day at St. Mary's

We finished up our last day at St. Mary's this week and it is very bittersweet for me. I am looking forward to the summer but going to St. Mary's and interacting with the students there every week was a great experience. The students were very open to us and most of them were willing to do anything we asked them to do. In our class we did parachute games and this is always a favorite for the students especially the younger ones. The picture I added here is the entire class participating in a certain  game with the parachute. I really am thankful for the opportunity that I had in this class to go over to St. Mary's every week and interact with these students and it really made me understand why I want to be a physical educator in the future. It wasn't all easy but I learned from any mistakes I may have had and I am a better teacher because of it and I will use it going forward. I just want to thank Professor Yang, everyone in the class, our TA's, and St. Mary's for a great semester.

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's Coming to an End

Today I was in the special projects group so we had to do a project around the school instead of having a group and being with the students the whole time. As a result my group didn't really get to interact with the students a lot but I still learned from the small interactions I did have. I had the ending game for all the students to play and they got really quite when I called them over which was very surprising to me but it was very nice that these students are so intent on listening to me. We only have next Monday left at St. Mary's and I am actually kind of sad that it is coming to an end already because I love going there and working with these kids. I learn more and more about how these students interact and how to become a better teacher myself every time I am at St. Mary's. The picture I added here is a picture of myself instructing the students on what we are going to be doing. I like this picture because it shows how intently everyone is listening to me. St. Mary's has been great to me so far and has been a great learning experience. I can't wait to go back next week and see whats in store for us!

Check out my write up for Lab 5!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hyper dashing through school

There are plenty of physical education teachers what just simply roll the ball out but how do the students expect  to increase their skills this way? What if there is a way to combine what the students are trying to learn in the classroom with what they do in phys ed class? Well honestly there is a way to change mostly every game up in order to help them in both areas. Take the game hyper dash which is an interactive game that is enjoyable for the students. What the game consists of is holding the hyper dash in one hand and have 5 differently colored plate shaped objects on the floor. The gaming system has different game modes which include it calling out colors and numbers. This is a great an interactive way for the students to learn their colors and numbers. You can also alter the game so they have to add or subtract numbers together and therefore they are doing math and they don't even realize it. You have to spread the plate things around a little bit in order to extend the game and really make the students work for it.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Music Video-Workout Remix

Check Out Nate, Dave, and mine music video to the song workout. With our own twist on it

Friday, March 30, 2012

Throwing With St. Mary's

Lab 4 at St. Mary's had my group participating as the gym group. I was actually way less nervous going into this lab then any other one. This is mainly because I now know what I am doing and I feel much more confident in the games that I had picked out for the students to play. Nate played the games Oscar's garbage can that had the students throwing the balls into the makeshift trash can. I was Oscar and was in the "trash can" retrieving balls for the students. The students loved the game and we had to pull them away from the game they loved it so much. This just shows how much they loved this game and how much better our class as a whole has got at picking out the games and explaining them to the students.

Check out my Lab 4 write up

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Boston Madness

Boston has been quite the trip so far and its only Wednesday! Tuesday morning a group of us started the convention off with the exergames. This was where a group of us split up and showed actual P.E. teachers what technology they can use in their classes for their students. The list of various games included, just dance, a different version of dance dance revolution (called idance) in which each student gets a mat, and an interactive kickboxing game. These are just three of the many different stations that we had set up but by far the most interesting was the interactive kickboxing. I have personally never seen anything like it and what it essential had was a screen with different motions and the player would have to kick or punch a certian part of the mat in the direction that it said to. I attached a picture of the kickboxing game in action so everyone can have a better understanding in to what it looked like. The exhibit was a great success and the turn out was great    and everyone worked hard to make it the best yet! That same Tuesday night, there was a huge fire in the nearby hotel and it cut out the power of most of the area in which we are staying in. This caused the Wednesday of the convention to be canceled entirely. What a first two days at Boston can't wait to see what the remainder of the week has in store for us.