SUNY CORTLAND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT LAB
PED 201 – 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?
There are many differences between motor behavior and social behavior between the St. Mary’s students I observed. A lot of the children that I interacted with were extremely intelligent and had an excellent ability to interact socially with others. However, watching them play the different activities that they participated in you could get a better grasp for their age. For me, just by talking to some of the students I would not have been able to guess their age, but after helping them and playing games with them I definitely could have had a better guess. Some student’s motor behavior however was way above many and I was extremely impressed. Some of the kids had better eye coordination and athleticism that I ever imagined! The students listened better than I expected, but sometimes had trouble staying on task. Some of the girls came over to talk to me while I was working on posters and I tried to get them to interact more and play games and they answered with “I’m tired”. However, when I explained to them that the game that was going on was very fun and exciting, they were more motivated to go and play. In my opinion I believe that grade level, and gender, definitely have an influence on motor behavior and ability. As children get older they tend to become more coordinated because they are learning fine motor skills and fundamentals as they go. The gender part can be interesting and can effect the way people develop and actually girls tend to develop faster than boys and you could somewhat see that when playing games with the students. Overall I believe it was important to be interacting with the children and encouraging them to stay active and involved, which helped motivate them to want to do so.
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?
During my observation of the St. Mary’s students I observed some different fine motor activities between different students. Some were able to throw and catch better than others. The coordination of the students was interesting to observe because it seemed as though the girls that I observed had somewhat better coordination than the boys. I was impressed with how quick some of the students picked up on the games that were being played and actually were able to participate in them at a high level. There were also differences between ages for sure. I could tell right away that the older students were able to grasp the games much quicker and had higher levels of coordination such as throwing, and just in fact muscle movement. They also picked up on the games somewhat quicker than the younger students, but I expected that going in. This was a normal observation because it is normal for older students to be able to grasp things quicker than younger students. However, I am not saying that the younger students were not capable, because they actually were much more capable than I thought. The way that they children were staying involved and participating was very impressive and St. Mary’s was a great environment for everyone.