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.

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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!