Thursday, May 13, 2010

10 hours

I recieved my ten hours through a couple programs. One program I went and observed at was the YMCA in Cortland. I went on a Friday night and the ages ranged from infants to teens. I was amazed with the facilities there, mostly the rock wall and the DDR system. I liked that the parents were there participating with their children, most places you go like that they drop their kids off and come back when it's time to pick them up. It's good family bonding time. Now everyone's always so busy they forget to spend time with the most important people in their lives. There could've been more organized activities for the kids to do because they were just running around looking for things to do.
Another part of my 10 hours was going to teach students about a program called leave no trace. The students loved the activites that we taught because it was all about the environment and camping. We taught them to be responsible in the environment and how to leave no trace while camping or just being outside. Hopefully the students got a good idea of how to dispose of garabage and act in the environment.
I also went to Lime Hollow with a group of students. At Lime Hollow we taught the students games that incorporated the way animals live and the objects found in nature. We wanted to educate the students but also play games so it was exciting. My group had to involve activities that were based on senses and guiding from other students because we had a visually impaired student in our class. To include that student in our activities we wanted to be fair so we would have half of the other students blind folded. The visually impaired student was a major learning experience for me. When she asked me what a certain flower looked like I had to sit there ant think about how to explain what it looked like because I couldn't say it's yellow and green. It was very interesting to have to explain in a different form rather than just saying the color and shape, I held it in her hand and told her to follow my hand and as I went through the flower I explained where you can find them and what they are good for. She was an amazing and very smart girl and I was so happy to have had the privilage to teach her. She even quizzed me through the whole day and I didn't even know it!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Lab D- Disc Golf


In lab D I feel like I did pretty good. I definitely feel like this was my best lesson so far, even though I forgot my instant activity! Other than missing my instant activity I think I did really well on the C9 form. This was my first time filling out a C9 form so somethings were a little unclear but after filling it out I feel like I did a pretty good job. I know things will go wrong and sometimes you'll forget somethings you had planned so I wasn't really nervous about forgetting it. I felt the most prepared I have felt so far for this lesson. I'm not sure if I felt more prepared because I felt comfortable in front of the class now or if it was because I turned my lesson plan in early and got to know it in and out so I was ready to give my lesson. I wasn't worried about how things were going so I could concentrate more on giving students feedback which is sometimes hard when you are trying to keep up yourself with the lesson. During this lesson I felt like I wasn't getting flustered because I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to teach it, filling out my activity progression sheet helped things go smoothly. When I fill out my Time Coding form it gives myself feedback on how I should manage my time better, whether I am doing too much instruction and not enough activity time or whatever it is. I was nervous to have to teach for twenty five minutes but it wasn't bad at all. I taught my lesson outside so it was nice to have to freedom to let loose with your Frisbee rather than being restricted in the tight gym space. Being outside gave the students a more realistic feel for how Disc Golf is really played. Now that I am done with lab D I can kind of breathe easy for one second. The content development gave me a hard time and I worked on it for a while but I tried my best

Saturday, March 27, 2010

lab c- juggling

Today's lesson went pretty well I thought. Juggling isn't something that you can have a lot of activities come out of it. I wish I had more scarves to start the class out with so I could've moved the more advanced jugglers to the yarn balls. My lesson was based off the most basic juggling skills so I felt that some of the class was losing interest but I didn't want to cover some of the stuff I know the other people that were teaching juggling were going to do. I felt that teaching the day after spring break was also a challenge. I was away all break and it was hard to get back into the teaching mode, I know I'm going to have to do that when I become a teacher. Having 12 minutes to teach was much easier to do then the four minutes we had in the beginning of the semester. I am feeling more comfortable being in front of the class and in front of the video camera. There is still more I need to work on but each time I teach is another day of practice, and practice makes perfect.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Feed back and time coding for jump rope

Feedback analysis

Time Coding

I paste the links but they aren't showing up. I get this message saying that there is a scripted web page. It lets me post the links but they aren't showing up so I'm going to have to ask in class about it.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Jump Rope Unit
Box Net


When I do the transcript I realize I say things very weird and unclear sometimes. I know that I haven't been teaching in front of a camera long and I know I get nervous everytime so that is part of the reason I think. Before I get on camera all day I am thinking about how I want to go about my lesson, but it seems that as soon as I get in front of the class I lose everything I wanted to say or it all comes out differently than I planned! Hopefully I can change that the more I teach. I swear I know exactly what I want to do and how I want to say everything but then I open my mouth and everything is much different. Also through the transcript I realize that I say "guys" way too much. This time teaching I didn't give hardly any feedback. I think it was because I was really distracted with Gio speaking Italian to me, I felt very overwhelmed by that. I was happy that Dr. Yang through a curveball at me beacuse I haven't had to deal with a bad kid or anything in class yet so I wanted to see how I would react to something like that. I talked to Dr. Yang after class and asked him how to deal with a student that doesn't speak Italian I now feel better about having to deal with it. I do think I did a pretty good job with the student but I kind of ignored the rest of the class.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Feedback analysis side jump lesson

My feedback analysis was a little confusing to do. I was unsure of how to exactly fill out the form. I could've gave more of my students feedback. It was difficult to know who I was giving feedback to because I wasn't getting video taped. I told someone good job but I didn't know who it was because I didn't say a name and it was just over the microphone. I'm sure I'll get better at analysing feedback the more I do it.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Transcript #2 side jump

In my lesson for the side jump I forgot a few things. It was hard to be put on the spot with a new skill to teach a class with such a short notice. I appreciate lesson plans more now because having the lesson planned out is much easier to incorporate everything that you want to in the lesson. By getting a new skill to teach right before you have to teach it is pretty difficult especially when you don't have very much knowledge or you can't perform the skill very well. Listening to myself talk and teach a lesson makes you realize how you speak in an everyday situation. I need to stop using "ya" and "gunna" it just doesn't sound right when I hear it, but it does when it comes out of my mouth. Well I have a lot to work on and by watching and listening to myslef I feel like it makes me grow.