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?
Based upon my observations the kids would tend to focus more on motor behavior when other kids participated. So their social behavior influenced their motor behavior a lot. The differences between grade level, gender, and ability were very obvious. The guys were focused more on basketball and other contact sports while the girls focused more on things like jump roping. This is common among girls and guys although this was not the case for all the kids. The grade had a clear relationship with ability level. The older kids tended to beat the younger kids in most sports because they were more advanced in their motor behavior skills. I tried to allow the younger kids to win if possible so they didn't feel left out when i could.
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?
When observing the St Mary’s kids I saw the two main sports they were playing were soccer and knock out. On the other half of the gym the girls were playing with the jump ropes and hula hoops. I thought the grades and gender mixed together pretty well. Which going into this I thought might be an issue. If there was an issue at all it would have been the younger kids feeling left out because the older kids tend to win the group games. Overall I would say it was a great first lab and i look forward to doing it again next week.