SUNY CORTLAND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT LAB
Spring 2010 – Professor Yang
Monday, Special Project
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 difference between motor behavior and social behavior is that motor behavior is how the individual child develops and moves, social behavior is how the child interacts with their peers while playing games or talking. There were many differences between the grade levels, ability and genders. While I was playing basketball over on one side, there was only one female student involved, the others were on the wall talking to each other. The boys were more involved with games that required physical endurance and skill. Most of the girls tended to not want to play games that involved getting sweaty while the boys did not care because they liked competition. Younger students tended to want stay surrounded by others their own age, and with games that involved a lot of running, like tag. I believe that the factors of gender, age and ability do have an influence on motor behavior because the older that you get you develop more muscles and coordination, males usually have more muscle while girls sometimes have more coordination. The ability of a child develops from their motor behavior, so that plays an important role.
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?