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?
With what I saw at St Marys I do believe that grade levels, gender, and ability have a influence on motor behavior. A lot of the younger kids would do activities that didn’t involve complex movement or if they did they had a very hard time and needed help with that activity. The older kids also want to do things that are more challenging or that is competitive like soccer or basketball. The boys were the ones that mostly wanted to do the competitive activities and the girls were working on fine motor skills like using the hula hoops and skip its. Also I noticed once the older kids found a activity easy they found a way to make it harder to do.
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?
I didn’t really see many examples of fine motor activities. With the 2 that I saw i noticed that girls were better at doing the hula hoop and skip it where you have to be able to move your leg in a way that keeps the skip it spinning. the girls were able to do it much longer then the boys were, and the girls were able to keep the hula hoop going longer also. I only saw the 3rd grade kids using the hula hoops and skip its.