MonStars Lab 1
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?
Pre-K and 1st grade students were similar to the 2nd and 6th grade students because they all performed basic skills. These skills included running, walking, and jumping. However the older students performed more dynamic postures like dodging, starting, and stopping. Girls tended to jump the most as more girls insisted on jumping rope of playing basketball. The boys focused more on running with the tag and soccer games. Students played games they enjoyed the most, some students wouldn’t play anything else but basketball or soccer. Socially the younger kids wouldn’t pay attention to instruction as well as the older students. The older students used more team work then the younger students especially in team sports. I think that the older you are the more you develop the fundamentals of motor movement. What I saw in tag games with the younger children was that they were trying to incorporate dynamic postures however they weren’t as successful as the older students. Depending on your ability you’ll adapt to different games better than others. For example if you jump rope and you play basketball they go well together because you are jumping when you play basketball as well as when your jumping rope. However if you play basketball you develop new skills like juggling a ball and dodging defenders. Tag incorporates itself with basketball because your running around and dodging the people that are “it”.
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?