George Steck

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?  

While at St. Mary’s there were a lot of motor activity being displayed. For the most part the pre-K and 1st graders performed mostly basic motor movement skills like running, walking, jumping, and hoping. The 2nd to 6th grader displayed more complex movements which involved dodging, sliding, and twisting. The older students were more balanced on their feet than that of the younger students. Most of the girls were involved in jumping rope and staying stationary while the boys were into running and walking. The kids appeared to play to their strengths, a few kids played basketball while others played soccer and tag. If a student wasn’t comfortable with the game they would do a different activity that best suited their ability.