Saturday, December 10, 2011


Finished my Online Professional Portfolio for now.
Sara's Portfolio Link

More on it in the future.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Lab D: Falling for PE

Lab D Relevant Forms:

My Lesson: Lab D Video

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Reflecting on Lab D:
        Now that the final Lab for 255 is over I have begun to see my transition from nervous, beginner teaching candidate to more confident, self-assured, teaching candidate.  These 4 labs have really made me realize the amount of work that needs to be done to have a successful lesson.  I think that I feared the most going into Lab D was that I wasn't going to be able to demonstrate the Front Fall that effectively, but I surprised myself and I think I did a good job with my demonstration.  I think this lab went fairly well, especially compared to Lab C.  This time I really made sure the lesson had less talking and more activity in it.  You can compared my time coding from Labs B and Lab C. I really wanted to make sure I got as much activity in as possible because I didn't want to create a boring lesson.  I also think I did better in this lab than previous ones because I was hitting on the points for the C-9 Form.  I made sure I didn't forget silly things like my signal for attention or my visual aids.  The thing I regret is not touching on my wellness factor enough.  I had "Sweeteners" and I didn't know too much about the topic, and I didn't want to say something that was wrong so I tried to focus more on the Front Fall.  Doing these labs this semester has really helped me be more confident in what I'm teaching, even if I hadn't been exposed to the topic before this semester.  I'm beginning to understand the importance of intratask variation and congruent feedback, and I hope that what I learned in 255 will help me succeed in 355 and 356, and then onward to the future.

My Development as a Physical Educator Through 255

Sunday, November 20, 2011

St. Mary's Christmas Bazaar

This Saturday, I volunteered to help run games at the St. Mary's Christmas Bazaar in Cortland, NY. Two other classmates and I arrived a little before 10 am to get our assignments for the day.  I was assigned to work the "Tic Tac Snowflake." I was surprised at the amount of kids and parents that actually showed up. I thought it was going to be a slow day but I was pleasantly surprised by the steady flow of kids coming around to the different games. It was a pretty cool idea, the kids got a small bag of blue tickets that they could exchange to play the carnival games.  Depending how they did at the game they got a certain amount of green tickets to exchange for prizes.  This is definitely an idea I would bring up at my future school.  You get to see tons of students outside of school and meet their parents.  This a big community event, and I could tell that Cortland has a pretty tight knit community because a lot of people knew each other, so that was great to see. I come from a very small town so it felt like I was right back at home because that's how our community events are like. It was fun to help out and get to know the community that my college life is plopped into the middle of. It was a rewarding experience.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Lab D Assignments

Vikki's Flutter Kick Lesson:

Cues: Keep Legs Straight, Points Toes, Alternate
The Flutter Kick is used in multiple strokes, including the front crawl
I would use the flutter kick to keep me afloat and moving.

George's Step Aerobics Lesson:
George taught us about cholesterol, and its dangers if it gets too high.  Here are some ways to prevent high cholesterol to keep your body safe:
  • Eating a diet low in saturated fattrans fat, and cholesterol.
  • Getting plenty of exercise.
  • Managing your weight.
  • Not smoking.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Lab C Reflection

Here are the forms for my Reflection Analysis:
Time Coding
Lab C Packet with Task Progression
Lesson Plan
Developing the Content
Feedback Analysis

My Reflection:
   Teaching the Cha Cha Cha made me realize quite a few things about myself as a teacher and the things that I need to improve upon to become a better educator. The first thing I learned was about time management, and its importance to the classroom. In my next lesson I really want activity to be more than 50% of my lesson. I definitely have improved the other categories of time management from my last lessons, here's my past time coding forms for Lab A2 and Lab B.
   This time I did a little too much talking because I want to explain the steps to the dance as clear as possible. Another thing I noticed after doing all my forms was that I didn't use nearly enough feedback. If I want to become a better teaching I am going to have to use more congruent skill feedback. I am confident that my Lab D will be much better planned and more thoughtful because I feel that I am getting the experience and skills I need to become a more useful teacher.

 My progress can be traced in a short slideshow movie. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Lab B

For my third time teaching I think I did pretty well.  Of course there are things that I still need to improve upon. For example, I need to have a signal for attention that is clearer.  It is important that in the future my students will know when to listen and react to my instructions in an effective manner. I also need to move around the class more to get a better view of what everyone is doing.  This will help me give more feedback to my students.  Also I think I confused my cues in the beginning of the lesson, so I need to keep everything straight next time. The things I think I do well are that I stay enthusiastic, I got everyone involved, I pinpointed, and I think I had a audible voice.

Here is my time coding worksheet and my transcript for Lab B