Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm not the one wearing HOCKEY PADSSSS!

What an amazing day at St.Marys! I cannot tell you how excited i was for this lab. For starters I was looking so forward to dressing up. I had an old batman t-shirt and a black sheet that I cut and made into a cape. The kids were SO into it! All of the kids were shouting at me and wanted to talk to me, it made me very calm and relaxed and i felt that i didn't even have to say anything twice because they were so excited at what i had to bring to the table. I was required to bring a book and read to them, I wasn't sure i was going to be able to read it to them because they were outside and were playing, but to my surprise they asked me to read it to them. The book i had was a little complicated so i tried my best to keep their interest by cutting some pages short and emphasized more on the pictures and explained as best i could of what was going on. As Physical Educators, we are taught to teach through the physical so after the book i made a cross over to playing a game and having them use there memory of the book to play the game. It kept them very occupied throughout the remainder of the time we were outside and they loved every minute of it. I can't wait for our next lab to have more fun!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

More of a challenge then walking on a plank blindfolded!

This was our first lab that we had to do, BY OURSELF! I would say nervously excited would be an understatement. The theme was Pirate week so the activities we had to construct were based on that. My group was in the gym and we had to perform first. It was quite a challenge because they had just got out of school and not many of them has had the chance to really let loose so you have to grasp their attention fast or else you can say goodbye to all of your plans. Along with saying that, you have to want to be there and pretty much act as enthusiastic as the kids are. Let's face it, if you're boring nine times out of ten so are they. So i tried my best at getting down to there level and asking them questions of interest about the theme. Once i got their attention i knew i had to make my pitch fast and get things going. Our goal of the lab was to see how the kids move doing different motor skills such as hoping, galloping and running. One of the things that was running through my mind was of how to make things like this last for a whole class and not to bore the kids for even a second. Once that was over i debriefed with the kids and ended my lab with a joke to end on a good note.