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.
During my time at St. Mary’s I have learned a lot. Probably the thing that I have learned the most is that every student is different. Some students are shy, outgoing, reserved and others are competitive. Each student has a unique personality and they deal with tasks, and respond to directions differently. For the most part all of the students that are at the after school program are there to have a good time, and they usually don’t want to leave because they are enjoying themselves so much. Some activities that I think are appropriate to play at St. Mary’s are dancing, shooting hoops are playing catch, playing games that work on more than one skill at a time. An example of a game like this would be any of the games that we have played with the students while looking at specific motor skills. I think that allowing the students to do games that are fun and make them think are the best games and activities that they can play. Activities that are not appropriate to play with the students would be tag games that involve running, traditional dodge ball, and throwing games were students are throwing against each other. All of these games especially for younger children are hard to play because things can get out of control very easily and someone has a high chance of getting hurt. A game where some students can get out of control pretty easily is a game that really isn’t suited for younger students. We as teachers though need to realize when activities do get out of control and that’s when we need to change the activity.
I absolutely loved the PRE K group, they were my favorite group to work with. The children were so enthusiastic when it came to everything and they seemed like the really wanted to just do everything. My experience was different when it came to the older children however. The older children for the most part were enthusiastic as well but they game me a lot more attitude than the younger children did. I know it is because the older students are testing me and trying to see how much they can get away with but it is just part of being that age. I enjoyed working with the younger students more than the older students but I would be able to work with either of them and be happy.
Some fine motor activities that I observed in the cafeteria were coloring, playing with Legos and playing checkers and with marbles. All of these activities made the students pick up smaller objects and use them in a controlled manner. I do feel that we as educators should work on fine motor activities in Physical Education. I mean why not. We are teachers need to help our students improve in every way possible. We need to to the best of our ability to help out our students.
For my individual teaching style I have learned that I want to be very energetic and passionate at all times. I can be loud and I am never afraid to use my whistle but I can also be calm and quiet when I need to. I will be the person that will be able to do what I need to do to be the best teacher that I can be. I have a natural talent when it comes to the physical education setting but I can always work to improve myself. We as teachers never stop learning either. My teaching experience has definitely changed a bit from being at St. Mary’s because it was more experience for me. With more experience you learn how to adapt to your audience. With St. Mary’s it’s great because you get to work with students of many different age groups. I loved my experience here at St. Mary’s and I can’t wait to go back next semester to come back and TA for this class and to work with the children yet again.