Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Best and Worst Moment in Movement!

To view my best and worst moments in movement click HERE!

Final Lab...Lab 6!!!!!

The last and final day of Lab at St. Mary's was a huge success and tons of fun!...We got to play a bunch of different games with the kids and incorporate all the new skills we have learned thus far. It was definitely a bittersweet last day. My experience at St. Mary's was amazing and I learned so much!...Having George who was  a great TA and having such a nice group definitely helped to make my time there that much better! I will never forget everything I learned and can't wait to come back and visit! To read more about my overall experience at St. Mary's, look here at LAB 6!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving! (Lab 5)

This week at St.Mary's was once again a lot of fun! Overall I think that the games went well and most importantly the kids had fun....I think that us college students being enthusiastic with the theme and dressing up helps out a lot with keeping the kids on task. To read more check out my write up for Lab 5!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Crazy Kickers perform infant reflexes LIVE!

Last week and weeks before that my group and I have been working on a video relating to infant reflexes and also about CNS disorders. We decided to perform the reflexes and explain them using the Fresh Prince of Bel Air theme song!...We worked very hard getting lyrics together and acting them out as well! It was a lot of fun and our video turned out great!...You can view the final product right below!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Halloween Lab! (Lab 4)

The Halloween themed lab at St. Mary's was a lot of fun!...Although it was not actually Halloween anymore, I believe that the children still enjoyed doing games that involved different aspects such as spiders, pumpkins, candy etc. With us college students being dressed up, I feel as though they gained energy from that and overall this lab was a success! Working on overhand throwing (the T trick) and catching with the students in our opening game went well and they had a lot of fun! My thoughts on my overall experiences and challenges I have faced so far at St. Mary's can be viewed here in LAB 4!
This picture is of me explaining the opening game and teaching the students how to properly overhand throw by using the technique of the T!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

A Run For THEIR Life!

Today, I ran in the Carol M. Baldwin (breast cancer survivor) 5k race, A Run For THEIR Life in Syracuse. I ran this event with my Mom in honor of my two Grandmothers who are both breast cancer survivors. This was an absolutely amazing experience and I believe that everyone should be aware of events like this so these events can keep growing and increasing in order to find a cure for such cancers like this! It was an absolutely amazing event with a great turnout and I was glad to be a part of such a special day. You can read all about this years event right HERE!...Pictured below is my Mom and I crossing the finish line, as well as My one Grandmother (survivor) ,my Mom and I before the race started.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Lab 3 (part 2) SuperHero!

During lab 3 I had more fun at St. Mary's than I have had yet! I worked with the pre-k students and they were an absolute blast. They loved the arts and crafts and stayed on task very well. They were absolutely adorable and so much fun to work with. The theme of SuperHeroes was a big hit! You can view all of the things I learned and enjoyed right here in Lab 3!

The Crazy Kickers performing Bye Bye Bye by NSYNC!

Here is a little prieview of our first video of performing NSYNC Bye Bye Bye before the next one we create! Performing this video last week in lab was a blast and turned out great!...My lab group, The Crazy Kickers only had about an hour to practice and I think we pulled together and created a pretty good music video!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Lab 2

During lab 2, I had so much fun working and playing games with the students! I learned a bunch of new teaching strategies and got to work on a lot of them as well. I loved doing different dance moves and seeing how talented all these young students are! I was extremely impressed with all of their movement and locomotor skills. Some of these kids are more talented than a lot of people my age! To view what I observed and learned in the lab 2 click here!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Different Variations of Dodgeball/Relay Races can happen!

Acitve and Fun Game! Picture URL
I have read through the PE hall of shame and understand the side of the argument that believes games such as dodgeball,relay races and others should be completely eliminated from physical education classes. Although they might have a good case and point, I however, disagree with them and believe that we Physical Educators can make different, more beneficial versions of these games. For example, in games such as dodgeball you can make rules like if someone gets hit in the head, the person who threw the ball is automatically out. This will eliminate people being hit in the head and losing self-esteem. That rule along with making different line changes so that people will not being throwing so close when trying to get others out can help the safety of games such as dodgeball. These different safety changes should not only be made in dodgeball though because there are safety issues in ALL sports, as well as self-esteem problems. Every child will not feel like they enjoy every game and there will always be someone who probably will not want to participate. Another way that you can make students involved is having relay races that involves everyone and no one is sitting out. This can be done by having a continuous relay race or different variations like that. Again I agree that dodgeball can cause children to lose self-esteem and that is not right, but I believe we can find ways that this can be reduced as well as keeping everyone involved by simply changing the rules and regulations. Overall I believe that this topic of eliminating such games can be reviewed more and looked into without totally eliminating classic games that a lot of young kids enjoy to play and have fun while also gaining benefits while participating.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

NASPE is important! (chapters 1-3)

NASPE and AAHPERDAfter reading through the first three chapters , I have grasped a better understanding of how important The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) is. The National Standards for Physical Education help to develop and improve the quality of hor children can be assessed with the basics of fundamentals and skills. Before NASPE, a lot of this did not occur. I can say for myself that we never had any of these regulations in my school or maybe they just weren’t important to those educators. After reading though the NASPE website http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/, I gained an even larger grasp on how important they are. Through these regulations children and professionals can become better educators and overall healthier human beings. As many people know it is extremely important for children to stay active and learn the basic fundamental skills and then even more important for them to be assessed by their professional physical educators (US!). if we the professionals are role models to our students and define what the term physical educator means, our students will then begin to gain the knowledge of how important it is to stay physically active and healthy.

Reaction to Creating a Blog

When Professor Yang first asked us to make a blog, I honestly had no idea how to do it or what it was used for. I still am a little unsure of all of the ins and outs, but it seems like once I get the hang of it all it will be fun and helpful! Over the summer break I did a lot of exercising to try and get myself back into shape after having back surgery a year ago. I believe by keeping myself active and healthy it will be a good role model to my students and help me teach them by example as well. The first class I attended was actually the second one and we went over all the rules about St.Mary's that were about sexual harassment.