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Ever had the feeling like you knew what you want to do your whole life? Well thats me physical education teacher is what I've wanted to do my whole life. I love sports and children and I would love more than anything to physically educate children today. I have a real passion for physical education! Read more about my blog and you will find that out! :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Final Lab at St.Mary's!!

In our final lab at St.Mary's we taught pre-k. We first went outside with pre-k and played on the playground with them, and had some great moments out there. Then we went inside and played games we lost a lot of pre-k students at that time but we still continued to play games with the few that were left. At one point we were playing a tag game with the few students we had and it was a fun tag game but the number of students just wasn't working out very well, so I came up with a new game that was quick and easy right on the spot and the students ended up all joining in and playing. At that moment I knew just from working with those kids for that short semester that I had really grown from my experiences. If that was the first day or even the second I would have choked and not known what to do with the students, but this time I really stepped up and I was really proud of myself for that. I enjoyed every minute working with the students at St. Mary's they were wonderful to work with. It was a life changing experience. It made me really realize why I want to become a physical education teacher and that is really important. With the help of my Professor, Professor Yang and all my TA's in the class to really show me the ropes and help me get through the class. I am so thankful for the opportunity.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

NYS AHPERD Conference What A BLAST!

The NYS AHPERD Conference was probably one of the best educational experience of my life. I enjoyed every session that I went to, every new person I met, and every new thing I learned. It truly got me so excited and pumped to become a physical education teacher. All of the sessions I went to I will never forget, but there is one or two session that really sticks out in my mind. The first one was a session about dance done by physical education students from the University of Syracuse. In that session they really focus on making your classroom and safe place for your students. Making it safe by making sure every student knows that your classroom is a judgement free zone, be yourself, and dance like no one is looking. So they had us doing a bunch of silly dancing I had so much fun, I could not stop laughing I definitely have not laughed that hard in a long time. The session that stuck out the most to me though was one done by John Smith from Flaghouse. John Smith was a former teacher of the year and now retired and a rep. for Flaghouse. In his session he taught us all these different ways you could use noodles in a physical education class that is fun for your students. He started off with pieces of noodles that were cut into quarter piece and having us pop them in the air and catch them and do different stuff with partners. Then he had noodles that were cut up into circles with those we did a stacking competition with groups using peoples bodies, stacking them on their hands, arms, and head. Then he took out while noodles and showed us a game with them noodle hockey where you use the noodle to play hockey by holding each end of the noodle and it a foam ball. I enjoyed that. The final thing we did in that session was so fun and also very funny. He handed us all half noodles and he did dances with the noodles it was SO fun something kids would love to do. Check out all the videos and picture I posted below.

Thanksgiving at St.Mary's

At our lab number five at St. Mary's the theme was thanksgiving. This week I was part of the gym group with we had to teach the K-1 group and they were a blast. After a couple of games they got a little tired. For my game I did a basketball dribbling activity similar to music chairs but it was musical dribbling with no elimination. So when the music is on the students were dribbling around in a circle when I stopped the music they must find a polyspot as fast as they can and stand on it. I told them that they were turkeys and that the polyspots were their nest so once they got to there once I made them either to a turkey call or flap their wings, then started the music again. The students started getting tired of it so I had them switch it up and dribble low, switch hands, go the opposite way to keep things interesting. Also I added myself in the game for some of the more advance students and had them try to beat me to add that element of competition for those who could handle it. Then after the gym we went downstairs with them for snack time and and games. When I went down there I had a very interesting and memorable experience. After the students ate there snacks we started playing games, I started with legos I notice that one of the little boys I was talking with before where the legos were moved to a different table and was sitting by his self. I went over to him and asked if he wanted to play checkers with me, he said no. Then I asked what was wrong. He said "I'm just having a bad day" so I asked why he proceed to tell me about how every time he ask someone a question they yell at him and no one wanted to play with him. So I starting telling him how everyone has bad days it will be better tomorrow and said "I know how to feel because I asked you to play and you said no." I think then he realized that he should be so down about everything and decided to play checkers with me. While we were setting up another kid came over and asked if he could play with him and his face said it all, you could tell he was so happy about that and it made him feel a lot better, he had that glow on his face. I was very happy to be a part of that.


For a class project our group made a video all about chapter 8 in our book the rudimentary movement abilities chapter. So what are group decided to do was make a music video to the song "The Creep" by Lonely Island. We started by making our own lyrics and incorporating information for the chapter we picked. We brought up topics like stability, locomotion, manipulation, sitting, standing, crawling, reaching, grasping, and releasing. The main topic was doing the creep that was the chorus of our song, then in each verse touch on the each one of the topics I listed above. It was a really great way to learn the chapter I feel like I really understand the material within the chapter. Below is our video made by the Jumping Jack and Jills. Lyrics to the song are on the bottom of the video and also on youtube. ENJOY!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

St.Mary's Thank You Collage!

This is my collage for St. Mary's to thank them for giving me the oppurntity to work with the students at the school to help me further my career it was definetly one of the most postive experience I've had the pleasure of experiencing. I will take many things from working there and use to in my future in physical education. I have a soft spot for many of the students they were the biggest factor in the fact that I had such a postive experience. I will never forget St. Mary's the students and the staff THANK YOU!!
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Monday, October 31, 2011

Safe Halloween in Park Center

For APEM (Alliance for Physical Education Majors) I worked a safe halloween event for the club a Park Center at SUNY Cortland on halloween weekend. Being part of APEM we have to do an event so I picked to do this halloween event. I was helping out the kids friendly haunted house. There were many different things for the kids to do there was a kids friendly haunted house and scary haunted house a room for musical chairs, costume contest, pumpkin tag in one room, face painting and lots of everything. It was a great event for kids to come to. In the kids friendly haunted house we set up an course for them to go though instead of trying to scary them and letting them have fun! Unfortunately only 5 or so kids came to park center that day and came to the event but, for those kids that did they really enjoyed themselves so that was fun. I'm glad I got the chance to do that and just be active with the kids.

Going Bananas at St. Mary's on Halloween!!

Today at St. Mary's for lab number four the students were wild and crazy because it was halloween! Probably because of a sugar high. Today's lab class was a challenging day. I dressed up as a banana and the kids were loving it. We went outside with the older group and as soon as I went outside in my banana suit the just started chasing me around like crazy and all over me saying "GET THE BANANA!" It was really great cause I really got them running around and having fun and I had a ton of fun and I was super tired! It help them to be more active which was good and it helped throughout the day to get there attention. While introducing my game we lost a lot of the kids because they got picked up and the ones who were left just did not want to listen to the games we were going to play. I think that was because of all the sugar and running around they were doing. That made it really hard for me to teach them my game and they just were not getting it, but I'm glad because it gives me an idea of what I need to work on to improve my teaching. I need to be louder and take more control of my classes, and other things. Overall the experience as a whole was enjoyable because of all of the college students that dressed up for halloween and how much the St. Mary's students enjoy all of us dressing up! Outline of the lab CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I Get Knocked Down- Jumping Jack and Jills

My group the Jumping Jack and Jills created a short video where we chose a song and created a dance to it for one minute and recorded what we did. This is the start of a project we will be doing where we make a video to outline a whole chapter.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

SUNY Cortland Mini Conference

Last friday SUNY Cortland hosted a mini conference for physical education. This was a great experience for a students and teachers at SUNY Cortland. Everyone learned many new things to add to their teaching styles and expand their way of thinking. I went to a very interesting teaching on games from Australia done by SUNY Cortland students that went to Australia for student teaching. Learned not only games from Australia like ruby but also how to involve each subject matter in school to physical education classes. Like adding elements from math, social studies, science, art, and music into each lesson plan. This helps each student review what they are learning in there other classes, while they have fun and are physically active.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Lab 2

Locomotor Lab part a lab 2 overview click here

Lab 2 was my first day teaching day at St. Mary's it was a very eye opening experience made me realize that I really do love to teach and love being around the kids and always having fun. I taught the chicken dance and overall it looked like the kids really enjoyed it which made me very happy. Everyone else did very well too especially since it was our first day.

Friday, September 30, 2011

St. Mary's Planner Lab 3

St. Mary's Planner for Lab 3. My Games, crafts, and books that I was using that day for lab are in that planner. For lab 3 my group had the pre k group. My game was Sheep Tag.  Overall I think the game went over very well the kids like it they liked jumping around pretending to be sheep and the farmers like to tag the sheep, it seemed like they were really enjoying themselves which made me very happy and even i enjoyed the game. Outside with the students was really fun I really got to finally make actually connections with the students which I think is very important. I really got to know the students by names and what they like and what the don't like. Playing things like tag and hide and seek with them outside was great getting them all to be physically active in some way and have them running around was good for us to using different strategies to do so.

First Teaching Experience at St. Mary's

My first teaching experience at St.Mary's I thought went very well. I felt that for a our first time with the kids everyone in the class did well. I thought myself I did fairly well. I really loved how the kids enjoyed our games. When the kids were getting a little crazy all the students in the class handle it very well. At first I was really nervous but, once I got out there and gave my first instructions it just came naturally to me and I loved every moment of it and I think the kids did as well. I am VERY excited for the rest of the semester.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Red Rover

Red Rover in the "Hall of Shame" is described as a game that a head football coach would use to find the toughest kid in the class. I would modified this game of red rover for my class to help my students be more physically active. Instead of having two teams have one or two people being the taggers and having them say red rover red rover and then say a color of a a shirt that a child is wearing and then they have to run across first then everyone else runs after. That way no one child is not being physically active and then are working on running technique, the speed, and how to change direction quickly. This way no kids have to be the toughest in the class and no child will get picked up and everyone is participating and being active thats what every child we teach needs.

Monday, September 19, 2011


In Lab 1 it was a very overwhelming experience but a fun one. It was our first day at St.Mary's observing the students and getting a chance to join them in playing activities and get to know them a little more. The students were great they all seemed very excited for us to be there which made me feel a lot more welcomed. They also seemed that they respect that we are there to teach them and are excited to learn new and exciting games this semester. At times some of the children got a little crazy but for the most part they were a blast! I was amazed with the skill that a lot of students had in certain sports. One boy was so good at soccer like better than me, his skill level was probably years and years ahead of him and he knew everything about the sport, we talked about professional teams and who was his favorite and he knew what he was talking about knew all the players on his favorite team. Although he didn't  really like my team thats okay, I still had a great time!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chapters 1-3

National standards are a guide for physical education teachers. These guides make it so educators are successful in having their students met physical demands. These standards are what physical educators live by and respect all aspects of these standards. Learning to move and moving to learn are very important in fundamental skill development and why physical education is so important to our profession and health of our students. Learning to move is the physical education teachers job to help increase basic skills of moving and giving their students a outline for everyday fitness so they can be more physical active in their lives. then learning through movement is different from that because a physical educator has to have a positive effect on both cognitive (how the child thinks) and affective (social-emotional) development of the student they are teaching. Movement skills is also an important part to our physical education profession because it is teaching children to help them develop motor control, precision and accuracy. These are all based on performance of basic fundamental and specialized movement. you could start off with something as simple as locomotion for a basic movement skill and have the child walk or run, then combine those skills to teach them how to skip.

Childhood growth and the development of a child is also another important aspect to the profession of physical education and the health of the students we teach. Childhood growth or physical growth is defined by incasing in size which includes height, weight, and muscle mass. Physical growth in children is broken down into two parts. First part is Early childhood (ages three to eight) and later childhood (ages eight to twelve). Both of these time periods  are very important for the students learning and development. Two major things that we should be teaching the students during these critical is nutrition and physical activity. Those two things are all up to a physical educator to teach. Development is another important part of physical education. Development is the change of human being over time starting when you are born and ending at death. It is also seen as changes in movement during a life time, which physical educators are responsible for.

Movement skills help with fundamental skill development and is another important part of physical education and health of the children. Movement skills are one of the most important parts of a physical education program. Everything in physical education is based on movement skills. It has a requirement of being able to move in a accurate and precise matter, which is exactly what movement skills is. There are two different types of movement skills. The first being a fundamental movement skill, that is a very basic movement not usually more than one or two combinations of movement patterns. The other is specialized movements that are defined as fundamental movements that are applied to sport or sport related activities. An example of a fundamental skill would be something like jumping, a very basic skill. An example of specialized skill would be applying that basic jumping skill and making it into a jump-shot  in a game of basketball. Its also important for teachers to be a huge encouragement to the students and create an environmental setting for their students to learn in.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

First Day

My initial reaction to creating a blog was interesting because I've never blogged before. Over the summer break I worked at a summer camp at my old high school it was a basketball camp. I worked with kids from 4th to 8th grade. I feel like I had a positive impact on all the children at the camp teaching them all new skills.