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?
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?
I felt that the observations I saw at St. Mary’s were very typical for kids in there age groups. I felt that the older girls and boys were very athletic and knowledgeable in sports and activities. The older kids were talking to you rather than clinging to you and trying to follow everything you did. I felt that there were some females who were exceptionally athletic and some males that were too, I didn’t see a difference in the athletic ability, each age group was very close to being the same skill level. I did notice however that some younger kids were more developed than others, some could run longer and were quicker but everyone was on a high skill level. I felt that each level was equal in grade wise. I also noticed that they were socially smart kids, they were comfortable talking to me and asking me questions about my life, and were just all around smart kids.
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?
I noticed that some kids were better at skipping than others, some could do it very fast. Others had to move more slowly when skipping. When it was running all of the students knew how to do it. I noticed that on walking, most kids can contain themselves from moving into a skip walk jog type of movement trying to go faster. When it came to jumping, kids had there feet separating looking more like a gallop, while others were moving slowly but doing it correctly. I didn’t notice a difference in gender between the kids but age was a big difference. The younger kids were trying to jump correctly while the older kids where jumping for speed which had them end up going faster and separating there legs. Each of the kids were very knowledgeable in what motor activities they were doing.