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?
The behaviors of the children at St. Mary’s was overall they behaved very well. Once you got all the children’s attention they would listen well, but if you took too long to explain the game or activity they slowly got off track and kind of stop listening. Some remain on task when it comes to the activities, others already know the game or just don’t like it. Therefore they don’t stay on task as much. They attend to look to see if the older kids are participating and if they are then there level of activity attends to rise. That’s cause them to have more motivation to play when they see us older kids running around with them and having a good time.
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 in motor behavior and social behavior in the students was many of the kids had high motor behavior at the same time having low social and vice versa. Many students surprisingly had very good motor behavior and social behavior overall it was a good group. The higher the grade level the more skilled they were in certain sports like soccer or basketball. Those older kids tend to play those games, while the younger kids played for simple games. Also the older students were more into all the activities we were doing compared to the younger grades. Boys definitely were more involved in the games and physical activities compared to the girls. That is not to say that girls didn’t do anything many of the girls did more jump rope activities. I think that grade level, gender, and ability all have a huge 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?
Soccer and basketball were the fine motor activities that I observed. Mostly boys that were older were playing these activities that I mostly observed. Gender played a huge part none of the girls wanted to play soccer even if I asked if they wanted to join. Ability the boys that I played with were very very skilled especially for how old they were I was very shocked and excited at the same time.