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?
In my observations I noticed that there was a big difference between grade level and gender. The motor and social behavior from the 1st graders and the 2-5th graders were different because the other kids were comfortable with the Cortland students. Therefore, it was easier for us to talk to them about different things. The 1st graders didn’t really seem to have an interest in talking, they just wanted to play. Gender was a big difference too because it seemed that the younger girls were very shy and didn’t really want to talk or play. The older boys can talk to you all day. The boys might talk more to me because we have more to relate to each other because they watch sports and know what is going on in the sports world. I noticed that the kids with the greater ability were more open and secure. The kids who didn’t have a lot of ability were very shy and hesitant.
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?
The activity I saw the most was running. All age groups and gender were able to run well though the older kids could obviously run faster or cut sharper because they are more developed. I also observed the older kids catching and throwing a ball. The older males were all about the same in ability but the females couldn’t catch as well or throw as well. This might be a lack of development in their hand to eye coordination.