Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Catching Time Coding
LAB C Speedball Lesson Plan 1
LAB C Speedball Lesson Plan 2
LAB C Speedball Transcript for Second Lesson Taught
LAB C Speedball Time Coding
LAB C Speedball Feedback Analysis 1
LAB C Speedball Feedback Analysis 2
LAB D Orienteering Lesson Plan
LAB D Orienteering Time Coding
LAB D Orienteering Feedback Analysis
Scavenger Hunt Heart Rate
My Lab C & D were too big to upload so you told me that I could just email them to you
Standard 3
Planning and Implementation (orienteering write up that was emailed to you because it was too big to upload)
Standard 4
Instructional Delivery and Management (Orienteering Lesson Plan)
Standard 5
Impact on Student Learning (434 Gaelic Football PowerPoint)

Looking Back on My First Speedball Lesson

It seems like it has been a long time since I first taught Speedball. In a way that is a good thing because I have grown a lot since then when it comes to teaching. During the first go around with Speedball my activity time was not good at all. There was a lot of waiting time, which is really bad. Waiting time like this turns into boredom for the students and this is when behavior problems arise. Because the waiting time was so high the activity time was low. Activity time needs to be above 50% and in my case it was not. Looking at what types of feedback I gave also shows that I need to improve in that area. I only gave feedback to about a third of the class. Most of the feedback given was general. Saying that I need to be more specific with the feedback in order to help students reach their potential.

Friday, December 5, 2008

My Practical Experience

Some time ago I put together a volleyball team for the last tournament of the semester. There was not much to it other than finding a couple of guys and gals to play. We showed up and I meet with officials and coordinators of the tournament to discuss rules and what was going to happen. My team got the number 2 seed after round robin play. During playoffs we won our first game and lost to the eventual winners of the tournament. It was a lot of fun playing from 8pm until 2am. But it was disappointing to have to leave at 2am when it was freezing outside and on a sour note. I also volunteered to be part of a research study ran by Dr. Foley. The first half of the study was set up to teach us "how" to assess students playing basketball. We watched some videos of students playing basketball at various skill levels and then verbally explained what we would give them out of 1-4 scale and why. The second half of the study we were assessing 10 students playing basketball. All at different levels of ability. We assessed the students and handed in our sheet. This study was to compare assessments made by me and several others.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Me Now Vs. Me Then

In the beginning of the semester we had to teach a simple lesson. The only difference with this is that it was in "shotgun" method. Meaning we had no time to prepare and our teaching was done on the fly. My lesson was based on "catching". Pretty simple. Not really. Being my first time teaching in this class and with such a simple task of "catching" I felt like I was trying to teach college students how to relearn how to read. I really had no idea where to start and felt uncomfortable in front of the entire class. The lesson only lasted a few minutes and all I could remember was that I had a fairly high activity time for my students. Everybody was engaged in the "catching" and nobody was standing around. I also did not say much. I was pretty much speechless. Now, looking back at my lesson there are a lot of things I would change. First and foremost, I would have acted like I had been there before. If you look, talk, act like you know what you are talking about people are going to listen to you....even if you have know idea what you are talking about. Secondly I would have broken catching down into it different stages. Learning is best done at levels of progressions. The hard part is finding what level each individual is at in order to keep them challenged and motivated to want more. My most recent teaching was done with orienteering. Although I am still learning I feel as though I have come a long way. I feel a hundred times more comfortable in front of the class and I don't have a problem speaking up when somebody misbehaves. I am not perfect now and I do not think my teaching will ever be perfect because I am always learning. I can only do the best I can with what I have.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Student's Final Grades

Here are the final grades after the 5 weeks of studying the purpose of physical education.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Finding My Way (LAB D)

The other day was my biggest lesson to teach this year so far. Not only was it bigger, but this lesson was completely all on me, there was no partner to fall back on. I took the route of orienteering because it is a non traditional sport that not a whole lot of people have even heard of. For the most part orienteering is little known here in the United States but when you get over the pond, in Europe, it is widely known. As far as my lesson, I spent a lot of time mapping out the 6 courses I designed in Park Center. That was the most difficult part the the lesson. The teaching was almost easy compared to how stressed out I was over making the courses. I felt like I had to much to say during my lesson and wanted to minimize what I wanted to say so the students could get maximum activity time it. I talked for the first few minutes explaining the basic cues for reading a compass and navigating the map. Then I let the students loose on the courses. Once they took off they seemed to enjoy trying to find the contact points on the map using the clues and compass. We ran into some difficulty because the Animal Scramble was not working as planned but the students, being as smart as they are, found a way around the problem and continued on the course. The only thing as of right now that I need to change about my teaching experience this time was that of giving feedback. I gave some feedback to the students but not enough. When I addressed a student I did not use their names. My feedback was also vague. I did not specifically give feedback about how they should be using the cues to work the compass and find the contact points. The one thing I was happy with was the Activity Time of the students. 62% of the time more than half the class was actively participating, which is great. I am feeling more confident every time I get in front of the students and I feel as though I am learning something new about myself each time. This is a great experience for me and I hope to get better.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

And The Hunt Is On....

Today's lesson, November 7, was one of the most exciting classes I have had in a long time. Our two teacher assistants put together a massive scavenger hunt. The class was split into teams of 4-5 students. Each team created a flag that would represent their team and be included in all of their pictures of the clues. I always get pumped about competing against other teams. The best part of the hunt was the clues. It was not a list of points we had to go to. We had to figure out the clue before we could go to that specific checkpoint. Once at the check point we took a picture with our phones doing our team pose with our flag. We then sent it back to home base and waited to see if we got the location right. My favorite leg of the hunt was going to the racket ball courts. The team member taking the picture went to the observation deck while the rest of us went into the courts to get our picture taken. I would with out a doubt use this type of lesson when it comes to teaching. What's great about this lesson is that the students concetrate more on figuring out the clues then the actual physical activity that is taking place. You don't realize how winded you are when you get to the finish line. All you care about is figuring out the clue and getting their as fast as possible. The only con to this lesson is where all the checkpoints are. Having college students cross roads and run a half mile away from the school is not a big deal. With middle school and high school students this might not be appropriate. Plus running through the halls of a high school can lead to a huge distraction problem. We actually did things like this at my high school outside. We were able to stray quite far from the school. Our school is located in the middle of nowhere surrounded by farms and woods and the teachers roamed around supervising the students. I loved the idea of interdisciplinary teaching. They incorporated a little bit of history into the lesson with the explorers and their countries. They also incorporated team work and thinking, listening and reading skills. This lesson kept me more active than anything that I have done previously in this class. Like I said early, I was just worrried about finding the clue, collection the picture, and returning home to finish first. As you can see by my graph I was running the entire time and only stopped to take the picture before moving on. If you can't see the chart very well click here.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Can You Hear Me Now? (LAB C prt 2)

I just finished transcribing my audio for my second Speedball lesson. I do not like listening to myself talk. Sometimes you don't realize the things that come out of your mouth. Although I did improve on one important thing. I only said "umm" two or three times over a seven minute lesson. Which I feel is good. That's the one thing I remember from taking public speaking. If you can't think of what you are suppose to say pause and don't say anything until you gather yourself. Do not say "umm." In the beginning I checked for understand to see if the class still knew how to get the ball off the ground with the flick up and had a student demonstrate. After that I talked a little too much than I probably should have but we were going to play a game and I knew there was not going to be a lot of talking other than feedback. During the small sided game I had a good string of feedback given to the students. I made sure that I used their names when talking to them, which is also a good thing. Then the class was interrupted by not one injury but two. Did I forget to mention that I never went over any safety concerns? Yup. That was the one thing missing from the lesson and I paid for it. The students were okay in the end. Next time I will be sure to remember the safety.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Uhh, What About The Safety? (LAB C prt 1)

I probably committed the biggest sin as a future Physical Educator during my Speedball lesson. I forgot to mention the most important aspect of teaching, safety. I started my lesson after another lesson and a lot of volleyballs were left out on the court scattered everywhere. Instead of having the students pick them up I went straight into my lesson. That ended up being a big "no no." Besides that, I did not go over any safety statements before I sent the students off to the activities I had scheduled. Two students then got "hurt," but not too seriously. One student was hit in the face with the volleyball and the other was supposedly kicked in the face. When this happened I immediately stopped the class and attended the first student. I instructed two students to go get the school nurse as I watched over the injured student. While this was happening, other students were rough housing and a girl was "kicked" in the face. So I attended her to make sure she was okay, which thankfully she was. Both students, shaken up, sat out the rest of the lesson along the side lines. As far as the actual lesson goes, its deffeniatley hard to have multilple games going at once and pay attention to everyone and everything. As the lesson progressed I kept remembering not to turn my back to any part of the class. That was the hardest part. I kept finding myself directly facing one of the games with my back to the other. That is not a good way oversee the class. As for the sport of Speedball, I do not think that the students understood the concept of the game. There are only a hand full of students in the class that have played soccer in the past. Because nobody has really played soccer before the played Speedball in the air as in basketball and handball. Nobody wanted to play the ball on the ground as in soccer. So, next time I teach a Speedball unit I will spend a lot more time on playing the ball on the ground.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Cortland Physical Education Mini Conference

The key note speaker, Dr. John R. Passarini really helped open my eyes and see why I am here at SUNY Cortland as a Physical Education major. He was somebody that has taught at all levels, ages and abilities. But what really made me think was when he said "people are not disabled, they are differently abled." I've always known that you can't look at somebody and consider them handicapped or physically underdeveloped. Seeing somebody as just different abled puts them on the same playing field as the rest of their peers. Dr. Passarini really made it clear to me that although they are differenlty abled they can participate in the same activities as the rest of the students. Adaptations should be made but the activity still needs to challenge the student. Seeing the video of Katie Lynch proved everything that Dr. Passarini was saying. She had different abilities but continued to challenge herself on a daily basis. Katie is a person that you can look at and realize that you should stop complaining about doing tasks that you find hard or too difficult. She had several set backs but was determined to reach each and every goal whether is was graduating high school and college or walking the beginning of a marathon. Like Dr. Passarini said, "Katie was a candle lighter."

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

My First Experience

My first experience was put on me and my partner without any warning. We were given several minutes to wing something together that was considered a basic skill. We both agreed on the most basic skill that all people of all shapes and sizes can take part in, "catching". Although catching seems so easy that you can just do it with little instruction, we ran into several ideas to break "catching" down into its most basic phases or progressions. When the lesson began the projection of my voice was below average at best. The beginning of the lesson was much too slow and the students did not get a chance to buy into the excitement. They thought "this is gonna be boring." To demonstrate proper form of catching we should have had all the students sit down for 20 seconds while they watched and then went and got their ball to play "catch" with. The actual drill of learning how to "catch" and its progressions should not have had everybody lined up military style playing "catch." We should of instructed the students to find their own space in the gymnasium because we had the whole gymnasium to work with. We cramped everybody into a small area that restricted their movements. Also with increasing the area and letting them spread out takes away from the concentration on them as an individual. The only person able to concentrate on them would be the teachers and their partner. if we had more equipment we could have started the lesson with throwing a scarf up to yourself and the most basic progression and then moving on from there.