Saturday, September 18, 2010

Lab A2 Fall 2010

Doing Lab A a second time was a great experience! I loved how I was able to improve from my first try, and through the video be able to see where I improved. I definitely felt a lot more confident in my teaching. The lesson had been planned out well in advanced, and I was aware of what to include. How I should comment about safety and expectations, as well as to have a signal of attention and hook. Also how demonstration is one of the most important aspects. Deamonstrate, Explain, Again, Demonstrate. I wish I had more time to focus on that, but instead I compressed my explanation and demonstration together. Looking at the C9 form I feel that i hit just about every mark. Feedback is a big part of the lesson, and it really helped that I knew everyones names. It made the feedback a lot more personal and constructive and that is exactly how it should be. Checking for understanding was also something I made sure to do. If one does not check for understanding with the class, you may be moving to fast and the entire skill may just go right over their heads. And ofcoarse closure; by summing up and reviewing the lesson your cues are fresh in their mind and they may feel motivated to go home and practice in preperation for next class. The only point I didn't get to was the intratask variation, which is something I will keep in mind for next time, especially when we have more time for our lessons. Something I feel I should work on is my voice. I need to use my "ain't no flys on me" voice in my lessons. Other then that I feel like I did farely well in this lab. I thought the other students did great jobs, and I cant wait to learn more and improve. If anyone has any comments or suggestions please feel free to post them. My goal is to be the best PE teacher I can be!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Understanding Chapter 1: the orientation to teaching physical education

When learning how to become a great and successful teacher there are many components one most understand to become proficient.
When one says that teaching is a goal-oriented activity, that means that the lesson is pointless, unless there is a clear cut goal in which the student aims for. Another good question is, why is the process that teachers choose to use to teach content important? This process is very important because, it is how the teacher teaches, that affects the students. The teacher has to be able to set goals that are challenging, attainable, realistic, and specific. Without teaching with these components the student may lose interest or give up if the activity is too easy or hard. And without a specific goal, the individual has nothing solid to work towards and no motivation to do so. For instance, it would be inappropriate to have a 4th grade class aim to make 8 out of 10 free throws in basketball. The requirement would be basically unattainable and the children would get frustrated and lose interest in the task. Also it is important to make sure that within the process that you teach, you try to integrate cognitive, affective, and psycho motor domains of learning. For example, if teaching a soccer lesson, you have students observe each other kicking and as a group decide how to get the most power in the kick. This encompasses all three aspects. Through maximizing practice time, and creating appropriate activities the students will have the chance to improve.  This is why the process in which one teaches has a very important affect on the student, for both short and long term goals.
The movement task- student response unit is also very important in physical education. These motor activities are related to the content of the lesson and allow the students to respond accordingly, in which the teacher can provide helpful feedback towards the improvement of the skill. These movements tasks can be made progressive so the student is able to improve step by step towards their goal.
 Teaching physical education can be very complex, but even more rewarding. This profession creates very exciting experiences, for both the teacher and students.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

First Day Fun

Today and yesterday being the first days of class, were very exciting for me. On the very first day we had to go up and teach a lesson about anything for 4 minutes. I chose to teach hula hoop. I was a little nervous at first but definitely more excited then anything. And i think I did a pretty good job at it too. Today we kept active by learning some strategies and skills that go along with ultimate Frisbee. These past two classes have been a blast and I can't wait to learn more about teaching physical education. Go Cortland PE!!