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?
The younger kids just want to play and will do any type of game or activity you ask because they enjoy us Students being there. They have lots of energy and love just being active and having fun. The older kids are divided some enjoy our company and willingly play and are excited, others try to say our games are stupid and are more reluctant but usually always participate because they are curious, a sense of defiance and testing us really. I think the younger kids can be more open and love to try new things while the older kids like to play games they know are fun and want to play more advanced games. The games we play do not take a lot of skill really so no kids feel left out. Gender can become a factor in older kids were the boys want to play basketball and girls want to jump rope etc.
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?
The difference between the ages and correlation to skill is evident. The young 4, 5, and 6 year olds are developing basic motor skills hopping, galloping etc. They aren’t doing many fine motor skills at that age maybe learning to tie their shoe and small things like that, as far as activity I didn’t see much out of the younger kids in that sense. Gender plays a role in older groups were strength, speed and things of that nature become factors and they started to show some fine motor skills. I saw the boys trying to shoot a basketball and many were still pushing the ball and not really getting the mechanics because they are not strong enough to reach the hoop yet but, were starting to try and work on that skill. The girls were using jump ropes and that takes timing, rhythm, hand feet coordination and skills such as that. So the slightly older kids are trying more challenging things and testing their abilities from what I saw.