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?
The differences between grade levels were quiet obvious. While the older students found it easier to engage in physical activity and come up with their own creative games, the younger children waited for us to suggest games for them. This is totally understandable and this is what I expected. The older kids use their imagination and wanted us college students to get involved with their games, while the preschool children seemed to be easily distracted when you suggested a game to play with them. I do believe grade level has an influence on motor behavior due to the development of their bodies and their brains but I do not think gender has any effect on motor behavior for the most part. I also believe ability and skills would allow the children to achieve proper motor behavior but I also know that developing these skills takes time. While skills and ability may be important, I believe that getting the kids active and moving in some sort of way is what is most essential to their education and health.
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?
While observing the students, I noticed the different motor activities amongst all of them. Many of the older students were capable of lifting themselves up onto the platforms on the playground, playing on the monkey bars, climbing the ladders, etc. While the younger students could climb for the most part, their balance was often of concern to me and I found it important to keep an eye on them while they were on the playground. While we were inside playing games, this is when I noticed the motor activities the most. The preschoolers had more trouble throwing and catching the balls. While they knew the basic concept of the movements to throw and catch, their timing and their hand-eye coordination wasn’t fully developed. This is all expected and in order to make the games enjoyable for them it was important to change the variables in some of the activities. In order to allow some students to catch properly, I may have had to move much closer to them and kneel down to their height level. Since the students are still young, gender did not seem to be an influence towards their motor activities. It seems that both genders are still at the same ability levels at such a young age since their bodies are still developing.