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?
Motor behavior is clearly different in children of different ages. The kindergarten kids were developing and working on becoming fluid movers. Some students excelled greater than others. The older students had a higher efficiency in motor skills, but socially they were a bit more rebellious and less attentive.
I saw a few cases where gender played a roll. With the kindergarten aged children most of the boys were more skilled than the girls. This also could be that they were trying harder. I would need further observation to decide if gender is a big factor.
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?