Monday, November 17, 2008
I enjoyed working with the Pre K students versus the older age students because the older kids are harder to entertain and gain interest in the prepared activities. The Pre K students on the other hand want to participate in our activities even if they are silly or focus on the skill more. With the younger kids you can take any piece of equipment and use the imagination to make a fun game with the materials you have making it easier to motivate them and get them to participate.
Dr. Feelgood examines baby Suzie's reflexes to determine her developmental progress for an 8 month old. The purpose of this assignment was to take the information from chapter 7 on infant reflexes and present the information to the class in an informative and entertaining way. This is the result....
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
When I was kid I know my imagination ran wild. I used to pretend to be my favorite animal and go on all kinds of adventures. Well what happened to my imagination now and how can I relate it to my kids in the class room to make my lessons more fun? Steven, an APEM officer, presented ideas based around just this concept. We took an entire adventure throught the water, woods, and wildlife without a single prop and completed a heart pounding warm up at the same time. It reminded me not just to find fun games but to use the imagination to make it interesting.
Another officer, James, came up with a fun game called Fitness Flip Cup. Instead of having the same warm up each class (5min run, 20 sit ups and push ups, stretching) he used cues on the top and bottom of plastic cups. Your team either has to try and get all the cups facing up or down by completing the activity on the card and flipping it to your side. Competition, basic skill completion and constant movement by everyone makes this warm up a good refrence to build upon.
Personally I enjoy rhythm and dance so a simple warm up presented by the president of the PE Majors Club, Nicole was great. She had everyone copy her dance movement but they couldn't start until she moved on to the next dance. Every 8 bars of music she would switch to a new dance and we would copy the previous. It increased heart rate, was easily adaptable and everyone was involved and looking silly at the same time.
GO APEM! Great Job Presenting!!
Pre-K students. When we arrived, I encountered a pair of bright blue eyes that peered around the outside of the tunnel and in a flash disappeared again. I went into stealth mode and began to approach the tunnel. Again his eyes peered and disappeared but this time a giggle followed. I was very sneaky and peered through the opposite end of the tunnel and saw him looking for me again. Boo! He looked at me and a roar of laughter followed. I told him my name and asked if he wanted to play a game. A few minutes of Hide n' Go Seek became exhausting so we both agreed to play another game. Our attention was grasped by a boy standing on the very top of these climbing blocks. He was jumping from a height that was more than 5 foot high and pretended to be Spider Man as he jumped, shot out his web and landed on the ground. I asked my blue eyed friend if he wanted to jump with them and his body language became obvious that he wasn't interested by crossing his arms and crouching to hold his knees and curl into a ball. He said that he couldn't jump as well as the other boys and that it was too high off the ground for him. I told him that I could hold his hands and that he could jump from a lower block on the playground which seemed to spark his interest. I held his hands and counted to three and helped him achieve a smooth landing. We did this a few times until he said that he wanted to "blast off" of a higher block. "Blast off" reminded me of a song called Zoom Zoom and I told him we should pretend to blast off to the moon and use a countdown to practice numbers. We sang, "Zoom, Zoom, Zoom, we're off to the moon! 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Blast OFF! After a few times singing we were able to jump from the highest block and with only holding one of my hands. This progression really seemed to show improvement not only with him, but when other children on the playground began to ask if they could 'Zoom' with us. This was really a boost of confidence for him and he began to lead the song for his friends. The children were actively climbing the blocks and jumping from off of them, singing the song, counting backwards, and doing a little dance to crouch down before blast off, it was so much fun!! Even some of my lab partners joined in and we took turns with some other students.