SUNY CORTLAND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT LAB
PED 201 – Professor Yang
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.
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.
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.
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.