Monday, November 29, 2010

Spooner Boards

Hey everyone, if you're looking for a fun and exciting twist for your students, check out Spooner Boards and see what you've been missing. These boards allow students and even adults to work on things such as coordination, balance even stamina. So check it out, your students will love it and so will you. Find out what fun and exciting activities are available as well. For more information contact:
Alex Walsh
SUNY Cortland

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Final Part 1 C

I feel this daily burn could benefit me, as well as other students or adults who just need a little reinforcement on their dieting. For me personally, I'm not much of a workout at the gym guy, but I love playing sports and being active. The daily burn gives me recommended calorie intake and what I could burn if I am active. So these tips may be enough for some overweight people to get on the right track. Once I get past this area there is no hope for me. I am so lost with this site, and if you want to continue with certain things you must pay.

I also do not like how all the foods are fast foods. I cook most of my meals and I do not feel like looking up everything that I ate or every little detail that I put into my food. Students could keep a daily log of what they eat or what exercises they accomplish outside of school. Have students set goals in the beginning of the year and see what they can accomplish. I feel that social levels will have a major influence on these results. When people have less money, it's much harder to be healthy because healthier foods are much more expensive. To make things easier, you could allow students who are already healthy and have their own workout plans to assist the others in class and make that be their job. Someone who is already a health nut will be encouraged to make a difference on somebodies health.

Final Part 1

Exergame Video

In order for a man to succeed in life, God provided him with two means, education and physical activity. Not separately, one for the soul and one for the body, but for the two together. With these two means, man can attain perfection.-Plato

The first site is most likely a Canadian page. Ottawa would be my guess of the province, seeing that is says the weather there in the top left corner.
The piece was very interesting and seeing changes like that has to make other countries as well as other school districts to want to be involved in this epidemic. We most likely don't hear these things about City Park because it's in another Country and I feel we as American, our stubborn ways will deny our success in these Exergames. I feel the best outcome of this video was the changing of the children and how their lives were saved. Some of these kids not only were bad with learning and school, but used drugs and were looking at jail time or death. The standards seemed to be the same where students need to participate and not stand around. This video is also beneficial to show that students who exercise more often or at least for 45 minutes a day can increase learning capacity and comprehension. These findings alone should be enough to show the benefits of exercise and learning.
John J. Ratey, wrote a book called Spark, which sparked the teachers idea to get exercise in her classroom which ultimately benefited her students.

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor(BDNF)The more we exercise, the more BDNF functions. It repairs parts of the brain and allows for a less stressful environment. You get BDNF by being active and thinking at the same time.

Monday, May 3, 2010

EDU-255 Photos

Here are some good pics from our wonderful class at SUNY Cortland. Enjoy the memories

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Racket Activities Rule at Cortland

This semester I have been given the opportunity to assist a teacher in Racket Activities as a teacher assistant. This came from hard work in the class when I was just a regular student. It is a great feeling when a teacher asks you to be a T.A. because it shows they have noticed your hard work and dedication to the subject matter. In every class, we should push ourselves as well as the teachers. This honor has allowed me teaching knowledge as well as getting to know how teachers are on a more personal level. Take these chances and challenges whenever they arise, get your name out there and be part of a team. If any other teachers need a professional T.A. out there, I'm available. Thanks Shirley Cahill for this opportunity to work along side you and learn from your experience.

These are some pictures of me showing students cues and form for tennis swings.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Intramural Basketball

Man vs. Ball(Baby Blue Shirts), the team that I played for in the Spring of 2010 at SUNY Cortland. We made it to the playoffs but lost in the second round. Here are some pictures of me in action,(#24) watch out for the's WET!!!! If anyone wants to play next year, I'm going to be looking for some other players to make it all the way this time.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Juggling is an Art

Street performers, circus acts, and 255 students juggle at the highest levels. Our class is very talented and we have some natural talent in the juggling field. This lab presented some challenges. My biggest challenge was dealing with the advanced juggling skills of the class. Even though I followed my lesson plan, I should have seen their progress and tried to advance them as much as possible. This was a great lab to learn from my mistakes. I was also able to see some other great lessons and really neat ways to teach certain activities. So I thank the students for their great lessons and ability to help me learn.

Feedback Analysis
Activity Progressions

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

AAHPERD Conference

Some of Cortlands finest at the conference!!!
I was able to go to the National Conference in Indianapolis and meet highly recognized speakers and organizations throughout the world. This is a great oppurtunity to not only join a professional organization in our line of work, but to also get out there and meet people. I was able to learn some new games like Netball, which was originated by the man who created basketball,James Naismith. This sport has many benefits for everyone and all ability levels. Netball really allows students who are not great at basketball, to enjoy the idea of the sport. Netball is dominated in Europe but can easily be brought into our culture and into our classrooms.
This is just one of the many games and ideas that I have brought back to share with everyone. If you would like to find out more information about the conference, please feel free to ask. So get to some conferences, meet some people and learn new material for yourself.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Should have been a Cowboy

Don't mind the southern accent, it just came out!!!

I felt so comfortable teaching this lesson, the cues and tasks came very natural to me. I felt very relaxed and the class seemed to be enjoying themselves. It really does help when the class is involved and showing enthusiasm. I had a minor slip when I couldn't remember a task, but I felt that I paused not too long and was able to go right into another one that I remembered. Being prepared with more material helped me in this situation, especially because my tasks were not too difficult. I felt I could have moved through tasks much quicker, but when the class was having fun, I was able to stay on a task until I saw them getting bored. The story line was a good way to relate real life situations to a simple task such as jumping rope or swinging rope. Everyone has been teaching great, which has allowed me to pick up teaching techniques and has made my lesson planning easier. Thanks for everyone's support and keep up the great work. As a class we can rock P.E. I will say this, I'm really happy to be done with this jump rope unit, and by the time everyone else teaches, I'm sure you will feel the same!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Side Swing Cross

Here is my most recent teaching lesson of the "Side Swing Cross" jump rope technique. The task was a little tricky, but the class seemed to get the gist of things. Some were much more proficient than others, so I tried to assist on the side where I saw necessary. I tried having the class look at each other while performing this task so they could see other students jumping. In a way it was good and it could also have negative affects. The main idea was, if they were struggling with the task to look at a student who was performing at a good level, and then try to self correct their own mistakes. It could have a negative affect if everyone is doing the wrong technique and they are picking up bad habbits. To get a full understanding of what I said, here is my transcription. I was also able to give some helpful tips to students as well as pin point some excellent efforts. Take a look at my feedback analysis form for a better understanding.

I have also provided a little sample of what it looks like in fast motion. These slow motion tips can really elevate your level of jumping rope. Enjoy jumping for a healthy heart!!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

USA beats Canada in the 2010 Olympics. This hasn't happened in over fifty years, and it has finally happened in Vancouver. Well here are some clips of the final minutes and USA goals incase anyone was not able to see it first hand. Join the USA hockey team as they go on to face another challenging opponent thursday night...T.B.A. Lets go USA!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Lab 2 teaching

I improved on waiting as well as instruction time. My mangagment time could go down a little more. I would also like to get a little more activity in my lesson. If I were to do this again, I would just cut down the management time and have them get out their and do it. This way I could give more feedback and more pinpointing for individuals who are struggling.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Time code

My first attempt at teaching was a failure. I scored 1 out of five on the scoring sheet. The waiting time is unnecessary and can be avoided. My instruction time was a little lengthy but not horrible. If I replace the waiting time with activity time, my lesson would improve greatly. Also managing my time a little better could help as well.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Intro to lesson (Stretching for Long Jump)

Stretching is essential for all sports, it allows for the muscles to reach their full potential. The tighter a muscle is, the less work and ability comes from that muscle. So remember to strecth thoroughly before and after any strenuous activity.

Two main points that would improve my intro could be, speaking a little louder, and shorten the length of the demonstration. It was beneficial for me to have two students who were familiar with strecthing, they were able to show the proper techniques. I would say that it was appropriate to have two students of the same sex involved for this demonstration, this should create a much safer and more appropriate setting, especially for the younger to junior high students. It went fairly smooth, but improvement is always necessary.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

3 Point Stance Instructions

Here are a few pointers I have come up with for a three oint stance in basketball. An advanced move for basketball players that is affective during game play. This technique allows for a less anticipated maneuver and can keep a defender guessing. Give it a try and always remember, practice makes perfect.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Year new challenges

Just getting back into the swing of things, trying to adjust to a new schedule, new teachers, has been interesting so far. It's good to see new faces as well as reuniting with old ones. I am excited to be back and hit the ground running. I would really enjoy a nice snow storm this weekend so I can get away and do some snowboarding. If anyone wants to ride sometime, just let me know. I'll see everyone in class tomorrow and hope everyone else is enjoying the 2010 semester as of late.

Here is a link to my Webbuilder from PED-201.