SUNY CORTLAND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT LAB
PED 201 – 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?
There was a huge amount of diversity, not only in the children’s development physically, but socially as well. During my time at St. Mary’s I found myself really studying the behaviors of the children, how they would react if they didn’t get to play with a certain ball, or how easy it is for them to be so comfortable with each other. When I first arrived, boys and girls were climbing over one another and touching almost wrestling together. This was so bizarre to see because normally, at least when you’re older, touching kind of goes out the window and isn’t as acceptable. One girl didn’t know how to share her toys, so trying to get her to share I invited her to play “rocks and boulders” with another girl. This girl simply took the ball from the other and ran away when I wasn’t looking. It was strange to see how the girl began crying, instead of maybe getting another ball or asking the other girl for it back. Their social skills have obviously not developed yet, and seeing that was a very new experience for me.
I noticed quite a few different motor skills that they children were either having difficulty with, or excelling with. Simple skills such as running and jumping were clearly strong in each of them; no matter the age or gender. Almost all of the children I played with were fairly young and had a large amount of trouble catching, throwing was a little easier for them. These skills would probably be next to develop for them. Dribbling a basketball only a few could do superbly. It was odd seeing so many girls being able to play “patty cake” so well, yet the catching of a ball was very difficult for them. Those were most of the simple motor skills that I saw.