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?
The kid at St. Mary’s all had very different motor and social skills. The pre-k kids were very interested in playing make believe, and making up their own games, while the older kids were more interested in learning how to play games that resembled sports, and games that had a little bit of a competitive edge. The pre-k kids also split off based on gender. The boys played on the playground and the girls sat at the picnic table and played house. The older kids however mingled with the opposite gender. I think that the older the kids are, the more they wanted to be physically active. This is probably due to the fact that the younger kids don’t have all of their motor skills developed yet, and therefore can’t do as many activities. There was one little girl who didn’t want to play any games and just wanted to sit on the side. I think it was because she was not very coordinated and felt pressure to do well at the game. I suggested playing a game that required very basic motor skills, and she came over to play once she realized she could do that activity. Grade level and motor behavior defiantly have an effect on ability, but for kids this age, I didn’t notice any differences with ability due to gender.
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?