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?
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?
Question 1: When I was working with some of the kids I observed that the younger kids seem to be much more comfortable with being close to each other. The older kids seemed to respect others boundaries more. The younger kids weren’t able to process some things like backspin on a hula hoop to make it comeback to you. The older kids I observed playing soccer and their motor development seemed to be very good. The coordination for them to kick the ball in the direction they wanted was impressive. From what I observed on the first day of lab it seemed that there was a difference between some of the grade levels, like the older kids were stronger and understood game concepts better than younger kids. This didn’t seem to affect the younger kids because they were happy to be playing games.
Question 2: One of the younger kids that I was playing with was not able to put backspin on a hula hoop. I don’t think she understood the idea of backspin on a hula-hoop makes it come back to you. Laura was only 3 so I think that is normal, and she seemed to be plenty happy to let me do it and then clap with me to have the hoop come back. I didn’t realize much of a difference between gender except the boys seemed to be more willing to play games with the older kids.