SUNY CORTLAND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT LAB

PED 201 – Professor Yang

Reflection:  Lab Six

Kyle Kelly

5/9/11

Name: ___________________________________________                         Date: _______________

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?  

During the Six labs at St. Mary’s I learned a lot about young children.  I have learned that you must be quick and deliberate or you will loose their attention.  Also I have learned to always stay positive and everything doesn’t always go as planned.  For the younger children I felt that easier tag games or games with little directions are better for them.  If you try and teach them a complicated game they tend to tune out and ignore your directions after about a minute or two.

  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?

The Pre k students at St. Mary’s were a lot of fun to play with.  I can relate to them well because I have a 7 year old sister at home.  They are normally happy doing very simple games and activities and enjoy to move around and gave fun.  Overall I would say this was probably my favorite group to play with while I was at St Mary’s.

  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.

In the cafeteria group we focused more on board games and things of that nature.  I think fine motor activities are also very important to physical education because it allows you to work your brain a little more and focus in closer on details.

  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?

I think while teaching at St Mary’s I have learned some techniques that I will carry with me into my future as a physical educator.  I don’t think I have created my own teaching style yet but this lab has helped to give me some tips and techniques to use going forwards.  Such as clapping three times to get the kids attention or moving them into a corner so they don’t get distracted.