Sunday, May 15, 2011

Thank You Saint Mary's

Monday, May 09th of 2011, was my final day at Saint Mary's.  So I would first like to thank everyone at Saint Mary's Elementary School, for giving me the experience that I need to become a better, and improved Physical Educator.  And I would also like to thank Dr. Yang for making all of this possible.  I cannot begin to explain how much I learned over this past semester.  It was a wonderful pleasure getting the opportunity to make myself more prepared for when I enter the teaching world.  As much fun as I had, the kids really enjoyed the time when my class was there.  Our final lab was a little different than the previous five.  At the end of the lab, we did an awesome, energetic dance/song that really capped off our experience at Saint Mary's.  This was a wonderful experience being at Saint Mary's, which made me be a more confident Physical Educator.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Worst Experience in Movement

This is a presentation I did for my Motor Development class, explaining my personal worst experience in movement.  When i was a senior in high school, i was the starting quarterback the football team at Schenectady High School.  We made history that year, giving Schenectady High School it's first Division Title ever.  We made it to the Section II Championship game, where we unfortunately lost.  To make matters worse, my final pass of high school career was intercepted.  This day is a day that I will never forget.  No one is perfect, and we all experience failure from time to time.  I will do my best to one day teach my students to obtain a passion for something that they love, no matter what it is.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Easter Time At St. Mary's: Lab 5

Lab 5 at Saint Mary's went very well.  All of us chose wonderful games that not only went along with our Easter Theme, but a lot of competition with the older kids definitely took place.  My group was the Special Projects group at this lab.  There wasnt much for us to do around the school, so we were pretty much the floater group.  But being the floater group, i learned actually learned quite a bit.  Dr. Yang came over to where we were and asked us questions about one of the games that was going on.  The cafeteria group was playing a soccer game where they had to kick the soccer ball at targets that were worth a certain amount of points taped to the wall.  Dr. Yang came over and began asking us questions about this game, and what we thought of it.  Off the top of my head, i said it was a very well-done game.  But he asked us to look more into depth with the game, and how we could make the game better.  A big way to make this game better was to have the targets posted on an actual goal.  This way, there could be more success, awarding one point for just getting the ball in the goal.  As much thought as we put into our games, a big part in planning these games comes after the game is actually played with the kids.  It may seem like a perfect game on paper, but the real assesment of the games comes after the games are actually completed.  Over all, we had a very good lab at Saint Mary's.  Ian designed a wonderful obstacle course, Mike put together a perfect song, and Jess finished the day with a great chant to conclude our Lab 5 Easter Theme at Saint Mary's.