Thursday, November 25, 2010


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So you think you can dance? Students tested there skills with new technology, using the iDANCE. This great new interactive game allows students to follow foot pattern movements on wireless floor mats, very similar to that of DDR but with a lot of great new features. One of these features being a ticking mechanism to the steps, one should take during the game. This allows students to better judge when to step, thus helping their reaction time; which was actually the focus of my lesson.
Overall all I was very pleased with my lesson. And I personally got a lot of great feedback from TA's and professor Yang. I feel like I hit all the marks on the C9 form as well as accomplished many NYS and NASPE standards. I definitely hit NYS standard 1a and 2 because I had them participate in physically active tasks, as well as work together in pairs and groups as teams, making decisions to aim towards a goal. This would also include NASPE standards 1,2,5, and 6. So I am pretty pleased with that aspect of it. Something I noticed that I definitely need to improve on is my time managment. Looking at my time coding form I once again need to instruct less, and keep them active more. This is something I will continue to work on. Becides that some things that I believe that I improved on are how well I projected my voice and feedback. I gave quite a lot of specific personal feedback, so many of the people in the class which has been something I have been aiming on improving in. I have also always had trouble getting my voice loud enough in the gym, and I seemed to have succeeded in that as well! Now my next task is to have my voice carry that well in the Lusk field house.
One of my main things was teaching by invitation. In just about every activity they had the option of at what level they believed they should participate. Sometimes they made this decision as a team, which contributed very well to the affective domaine.
The students were able to improve in their reaction times, as they worked on activities including clapping while stepping, crab walks, and jumping on a singular arrow. I believed it was an enjoyable lesson and I had a great time teaching it. The students themsleves were given the opportunity to experience a new form of exercise, which has great potential to inspire a healthy lifestyle. Students also score well on both the cognitive and affective components. So overall I feel the class got a great deal of knowledge out of this lesson. Feel free to look at any of the links below and to make comments on this post. I am always looking to improve my teaching ability.

Lesson Plan

Progressions 1

Monday, November 22, 2010

NYS APHERD Conference 2010

This past weekend I attended my first ever NYS APHERD conference. And let me tell you, it will be my first attendance of many. Not only did I have a blast, but I learned so much incredible information as well. I attended  session after session, always excited for what was to come next.
I started off my weekend by waking up at 5am on Thursday morning to hop in the car and start the trip to Turning Stone. Don't worry, a cup of coffee and a nap in the car didn't make it as terrible as it sounds. Sessions started at 8am and throughout the day I had much to do. Although on Thursday there was one that stuck out in my mind as my favorite. The Hip Hop session was fantastic. I got a great workout, I mean I was sweating bullets! Not only that the course was really engaging, and we learned a whole sequence of moves. The teacher was so energetic and fun to learn from, so it came as no surprise when she won for teacher of the year for the dance section. Although this picture of hip hop dancers is not actually us at the conference, I have no doubt that the teacher would have been able to have us do these moves in a matter of a few more hours. As for Friday, that was definitely my favorite day of them all. Once again had an early morning with my first session starting at 630am. Most sessions started at 8am but this one looked so intriguing I couldn't help myself, and man was it worth it. Drumm'n, ton'n, and stretch'n was a class where you use exercise balls as drums, placed on barrels and move with them and around them creating beats and rhythms overall giving you quite a workout. My next session of the day that did actually start at 8am was follow the leader. Here college students were able to sit down with professional educators and ask them questions varying from interviews to attire. Having never been on an interview myself I found this workshop so unbelievably helpful. This class in my book is ranked as top 3 of the weekend. Of course I also attended the "spice up your warm up" presented by our own SUNY Cortland students. And Cortland was proudly represented. They had great ideas and a great personality, by engaging everyone, so kudos to them! "Fun filled Activities for grades prek-5" was another great session. They had a lot of great games, even holiday oriented ones which were so cute! I found these games really helpful, especially because I want to teach elementary physical education. And last for that day I attended a kickboxing session, and once again ending my day with my shirt filled with sweat. Besides all the sessions there was lots to do and enjoy at the conference . For one the keynote speaker was very good! I enjoyed listening to him very much. The dinner was something that I wish I had attended, and although I missed out on that this year, I did not miss out on the social held afterwards. Dance and smiles filled up the floor as physical educators of all ages had a great time. So if you could not tell from everything posted above, I had a blast at this conference! After this weekend I have never been so sure in my decision to become a physical and health educator.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall 2010 - Lab C International

Hey there phys ed mates! Today was a good day to learn through the physical in EDU 255. Bringing in aspects of different cultures allowed many students to experience different traditions through a fun and active environment.

As far as my teaching went I believe I did pretty well. I along with Holly Jung took on the topic of Buroinjin, an Australian game that was played between the tribes back in the day. Looking at my C9 form I did a farely well job of covering all the essential elements of instruction including instant activity, safety, hook, practice, etc. On the presentation end of it I had strength in how well I was prepared and getting the students active. I was enthusiastic and professional as well. Of coarse their were many parts of this lesson that I should work on improving. Intratask variation for one was one aspect of the lesson I did not include and will make sure I incorperate into lab D. Also my feedback has to definitely be given out a lot more. I gave out feedback that was congruent and specific to the cues, but I did not give it out enough or include names as much as I should have. You can check out my feedback analysis for more detail. One of my biggeset concerns, something that I really need to focus on in the future is my time managment. By looking at my time coding form one can see that my ratios of activity and instruction are way off. Those 2 statistics should be flipflopped and that is something I will be working on for sure. On the bright side I had no waiting time, but I definitely have to cut back on instruction and increase activity. All in all though I feel pretty confident in how I did, and I am aware of the areas I must improve in. Feel free to comment and take a look at the following links.
Voice Transcript