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?
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?
There were many different stages of motor development to be seen at St. Mary’s. From kids who couldn’t jump properly to ones who could throw and kick balls like pros. Grade level seemed to be the factor which contributed the most to how well the kids moved around. Working with the 1st and 2nd graders, I saw many kids who found it difficult to jump rope and other similar activities. They had a hard time catching objects and in general lacked certain key reflexes. However they had a blast doing whatever they could even if they weren’t that good at it. The older kids though were playing basketball and jumping rope over 70 times. It may just be this group of kids but it seemed like the girls were further developed than the boys. They were generally better at activities and seemed stronger all around. They seemed to pick things up quicker and go further.
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?
Activities with the balls like catching and rolling it involve fine motor skills. The action itself requires that the fingers all work together to accomplish a single task. Timing and when to release the ball train the fingers to be more likely to do it again in the future. Walking in a straight line without stumbling could be another find motor skill. It involves the toes all doing their part and learning how to distribute their weight properly. Some of the kids were able to traverse the monkey bars which takes focus and strength. Their hands to be able to grab the bar and swing from one hand to the next without falling. As with the motor behavior the older kids seemed to have more fine motor skills and a greater aptitude for learning. Also the girls seemed to be better at controlling their movements and honing their skills in almost every activity. One thing I did notice was that it seemed like the boys were faster at running than the girls but didn’t seem as strong.