Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Olympic Theme Lab

In today's lab i worked with the pre-k again and we made Olympic medals. I got most of the class to come join me and make the medals, some of the children were really excited and others were a little shy because i was new to them. The ones that were really into it remembered me from the last lab and came right over to me and wanted to do what i was doing. We crafted these medals because we had an Olympic theme for this lab. Once we did our craft they had snack and after snack my group member read the book The Wuzzolympics. They all seemed to enjoy the book. After that we played a game in the room with them. the game consisted of moving like an Olympian. For example, a group member would say "snowboard like a snowboarder" and they would pretend they were snowboarding. This game got them warmed up for the activities we did in the gym. In the gym we played tag games but instead of always running they had to hop, gallop, and run. Just about all of them could run pretty well and did it like it with all elements correct. Having them hop was good to see because they understood that hopping was on one foot but most of them didn't have the other elements down. Galloping some good do it well and others not so well. you have to get right down to all of the students level and show them otherwise they don't give you their full attention and wont understand the activities. Over all i believe the lab went really well and i believe that the children enjoyed all of the activities that we did with them.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Hall of Shame

In my opinion, a physical education curriculum should be based on what will provide the most beneficial factors to the students. Without a question there must be a important level of physical fitness and motivation involved, the activites should provide positive reinforcement to the student, and there also needs to be a level of enjoyment and satisfaction. Activities like dodgeball and kickball can without a doubt be fun for students and an enjoyable time in gym class. The physical education program needs to provide fitness for students as well as discipline. Dodgeball and kickball do not meet the standards for fitness and do not improve students physical abilities. Students need to be presented with activities with a more focused task and a more challenging set of rules. Students need to be challenged and their bodies need to be motivated and pushed to their full physical potential.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Mon Feb 8th lab

hello everyone,
Today in lab i observed the pre-k students. i started out by playing with two children who were playing with farm animals, they loved their farm animals. They knew every noise that all the farm animals make. It was interesting to me because they would just make the goat and bull/cow fight the whole time, and the goat would always win. We then moved on to building a garage out of Lego's. They loved building it and did a great job. I then switched classrooms and played with three other children, and they were playing with plastic figures and all they wanted to do was to put people in jail haha. i found it very interesting because they would come up with various crimes that they committed. it was then snack time and they all went to the bathroom to wash their hands and they stand neatly against the wall when they are done. some children dunked their pretzels in their milk and got in trouble, others ate them so fast didn't even realize they had snack. it was then time to read a book i didn't read but i observed and all the children love this time, they get really excited and into the book. last we went into the gym and played tag games. they also love their tags games, they would play them all day if they were aloud to. for them to understand the concept of the game we had to use things that they knew. for example fire trucks and police cars we used for one and they loved it. this is the best way to keep their attention is to always use things they like and know.