SUNY CORTLAND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT LAB
Spring 2010 – Professor Yang
A. To observe the interaction between St. Mary’s students and Cortland students.
B. To get to “know” some of the students at St. Mary’s through play and participation.
C. To make yourself aware of Stability (static and dynamic movements) across the different phases of motor development (Table 1.6, page 21 of Gallahue text)
TODAY IS FAIRLY INFORMAL! Have fun but be purposeful, try to learn a little about your students including their names.
* Assigned group stays with Pre-K for entire time
Observe the interaction between St. Mary’s students and your peers (Cortland students). Try to get an idea of the behaviors of the St. Mary’s students – Do they listen well? Do they remain on task? What do they attend to? What motivates them to play?
1. Based upon observation, what are the differences in motor behavior and social between the St. Mary’s students you observed? What differences did you observe between grade levels, gender, and ability? Do you think that grade level, gender, and ability have any influence on motor behavior?
I noticed that their motor behavior was not always great and that their social behavior was astoundingly great. They were not always coordinated when they played games or ran around. Grade level, gender, and ability have a great influence on motor behavior. The younger a child is, the clumsier they are likely to be. They haven’t had as much time to develop their skills. At their young age, gender doesn’t have a whole lot to do with their motor skills. We don’t see very big differences until puberty hits. And of course, some children will just have more ability than others to play games effectively for many possible reasons. However, all of the children I came into contact with we very friendly. Not all were very outgoing, but the kids I met seemed to have healthy and normal social behaviors.
2. Based upon your observation, what fine motor activities did you observe (describe these) when watching the St. Mary’s students? Were there differences between age? Gender? Ability?
I saw an older kid tying his shoes, which is something many of the younger kids can’t do themselves yet. I played soccer with a boy about 8 years old which was about 5 minutes after I helped a little girl climb onto something only a foot high on the playground outside. There didn’t seem to be a difference in children gender to gender as far as ability goes, but there was certainly a wide range of ability between age and even within the same gender.