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?
Many of the children listen very well although there were times when my peers and myself got confused or took a second to debate about a game to play and we would lose the kids attention. A lot of the kids were good with learning who we were and introducing themselves with us. I found that when we had fun playing the games the kids would look to that person who had the highest level of energy. Having a welcoming and fun attitude creates a fun and safe environment for the kids and keeps their attention.
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?
A lot of the older kids like to play more skilled based games like jump rope and tag games although I noticed the younger children were very excited to play racing/casing games and other activities that are centered on running and throwing. The younger children don’t need as much structure because they pick up props and toys and automatically become engaged with whatever is happening. The older aged kids already have a sense of what they like and are less apt to play something new. Girls liked to play jump rope and a few enjoyed playing tag but not as much as the boys. A lot of the kids had different advantages in some games or activities then the other. A few boys were very fast when we all played some variations of different tag games and others were really good at throwing when I played a modified basketball “like” game with a few of the younger boys. Age, gender and ability all have an effect on motor behavior but as the kids play these games and learn the skills needed to be successful they get better in time and can use some of the skills learned in various activities.
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 a lot of the boys were faster and more athletic than the girl of the same age in the tag and race activities although when we played jump rope the girls were better and the older kids were better than some of the younger ones. One of the older boys could juggle a soccer ball with ease and the younger boys could not but they could throw and catch almost as good as the older boys. I found that games centered around speed, strength and accuracy were dominated by the boys at any age group and vice versa for the games that were focused on hand eye coordination, decision making and team like activities.