SUNY CORTLAND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT LAB

PED 201 – Professor Yang

Reflection:  Lab Six

Name: ___Harrison Hefele________________________________                         Date: ___5/2/2011____________

Tasks

A. To reflect on your experiences working with the St. Mary’s students.

B. To gain knowledge and insight as to your individual “teaching style” through play and participation.

Answer the following questions to the best of your ability.

TASK A/B:  Reflection on experiences working with St. Mary’s students.

  1. Based upon observations and interactions with the St. Mary’s students, describe what you have learned about young children?  Provide examples of activities you felt were appropriate. Why? Were there activities that were not appropriate?  Why?  

Younger children is just a general term that does not fully describe the differences in actual age groups.  There are four different sections that you could teach in.  Each one requires a different approach and almost a different language. There were certain games that should not be played for an extensive amount of time.  If you play a basic tag game with 4th and 5th graders it’s only going to last so long before the kids get tired of playing such a simple game. Add new rules to make it more interesting and attractive to the kids.

  1. Based upon your interactions with St. Mary’s PRE K program, describe your experience.  How was this different from working with the older age students?  Did you enjoy working with younger age children?  Why or Why not?

I enjoyed working with all varieties of kids. Each grade has their own pros and cons.  When teaching the younger kids you know that they’re going to have fun no matter what but getting their attention and making sure they understand/pay attention to the rules is a different story.  As you get older some kids get more rebellious and do things to aggravate you but they have a better grasp on the motor movements you are looking for.

  1.  During your field experience, each of you worked with children in the cafeteria setting.  Describe the fine motor activities you observed.  Do you feel that working on fine motor activities is something we should work on in Physical Education.

Learning fine motor activities are very important in progress for improving motor development. Playing with legos, drawing/coloring, playing checkers are a few activities that the kids did in the cafeteria that can be labeled as fine motor activities. I do feel like progressions in fine motor movement should be incorporated into physical education classes but they should be combined with other motor movements. Otherwise these other activities can be continued in other locations outside of Physical Education class too.

  1.  Reflecting on your growth as a future teacher, what have you learned from this experience that has given you insight as to your individual “teaching style”.  Has your teaching style emerged based upon your experience and interaction at St. Mary’s.  If yes, in what way.  If not, how else might this occur?

My approach to teaching has changed a little bit after interacting more with different aged kids. I need to stop using inflections at the end of my sentences. Being assertive is another big part of controlling a class.  I do feel like teaching would be easier if I got to know the kids names or just got to know them personally a little. I feel like it is a little bit of a different environment then an actual class would be like.