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?
The pre K and kindergarten kids were pretty good listeners, they just needed to be reminded every once in awhile how important it was to be a good listener. A few times I saw some kids play and not listening to the instructor at all. The older the kids were, the more they wanted to do their own thing. Majority of the kids were on task, engaging in the tag games the lab assistance taught them. I saw one girl who didn’t want to do the hop game, so she just walked to a table with coloring books. Two kids would play the game, but they would start getting distracted, and it looked like they were playing their own games. They usually responded well when the lab assistance told them the importance of being a good listener. I think fun motivates most of the kids, but I’m sure some of the older kids who were playing sports, their motivation might have been to get better as well as to have fun.
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?
Some of the kids I observed were very different in motor behavior, some kids just wanted to play house or play with the toys on the one wall, while other kids were running the whole time and playing more active games. I observed many different social behaviors between the kids, some of the kids were really outgoing and were excited to tell me everything they knew, while others were very shy and it was hard to just learn their names. I felt the girls were better listeners, but a lot of them wanted to play house more then do activities. Boys wanted to run and constantly were engaged in tag games. I thought the younger kids were the easiest to work with, they are willing to play a lot of the games and they don’t object to teaching. The older the kids get the more they want to do their own games. The older boys were the best at sports and just moving there bodies, but I think all the kids have a bright future because of this program, all the kids are learning how to run, hop, jump and do movements through fun activities.
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 ages? Gender? Ability?
The older the kids got the sports oriented there games were, the 4th and 5th graders were playing soccer and basketball while the younger kids were playing tag, and basic playground games. The younger girls really enjoy playing house while the boys do activities, but the older girls were playing basketball and doing sports just like the boys. The older boys had the most ability but I think everyone moves well for their respected age group.