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?
Although I didn’t get to spend as much time with the children as I’d like to because my group was assigned to making posters for the rock wall, I did however notice certain things concerning their motor and behavior skill level. While making the signs, a couple of the older girls came around to talk and see what I was coloring. These girls had a very high vocabulary and were also very well spoken, they held conversations very easily and were able to tell us all about St. Mary’s and even the history of their home town. They shared many family stories while using high vocabulary for their age and told me about their home location in a very geographical way. After talking to these girls they decided to go participate in the group games, I noticed after watching them for a couple minutes that they social and motor behavior didn’t match up very equally. They seemed much more developed socially and lacked fundamental motor skills for their age level. Also, while making the sign I spoke to one or two boys of the same age group and noticed the opposite of what I did with the girls. They weren’t too focused on making conversation and if they did it was quick and didn’t make much eye contact. I noticed that with the boys they would play a group game for a couple minutes then often go off into pairs and play among themselves. Gender and age definitely plays a role in both social and motor development and you notice how much higher of both that the older kids have than the younger kindergarteners.
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 watching the St. Mary’s students I noticed many fine motor activities. After making my signs I was able to play with a couple different groups of kids but mainly I was around the older group. While playing catch I noticed many of the boys were able to catch and pass fairly well and while playing catch with a round ball, she was unable to catch multiple passes. During the ice cream game many of the kids were throwing the balls into the baskets very well, the boys seemed to enjoy this more because they got to fight and search quickly for the balls where as the girls picked up any ball that was around them and lightly tossed the ball into the baskets. The older students were able to pick up on the games much quicker than the younger kids and didn’t need much change up. The younger ones attention span was very quick and it became evident once they started to get bored with an activity. Both age groups however were able to participate in the games and seemed to get much enjoyment and exercise out of each one.