SUNY CORTLAND MOTOR DEVELOPMENT LAB
PED 201 – Professor Yang
A. To reflect on your experiences working with the St. Mary’s students.
B. To gain knowledge and insight as to your individual “teaching style” through play and participation.
Answer the following questions to the best of your ability.
1. Based upon observations and interactions with the St. Mary’s students, describe what you have learned about young children? Provide examples of activities you felt were appropriate. Why? Were there activities that were not appropriate? Why?
Young children feed off of the person that is leading an activity. That is the main focus i have had at St. Mary’s. Whether it was leading Giddy-Up tag, EasterEggstravaganza, or being a referee during speed ball, the kids would use my energy as their own. Variety games are the most appropriate because it is important to keep your kids interested in your activities. By playing the same repetitive tag and basketball games, your lesson can get boring quickly. I unfortunately found that out the hard way.
2. Based upon your interactions with St. Mary’s PRE K program, describe your experience. How was this different from working with the older age students? Did you enjoy working with younger age children? Why or Why not?
When it came to the PRE K program i felt right at home. I felt that the younger kids listened better than the older kids which made playing games easier. Also i have always wanted to read to them and i was given the opportunity. It was a great experience. They were well behaved and they paid attention better than the older kids did. I have also had a child ask me about keeping the book I read to him. I declined to give it to him which I regret because throughout the reading Brent would always ask a question on every page about what dinosaurs do. It was a heartwarming experience.
3. During your field experience, each of you worked with children in the cafeteria setting. Describe the fine motor activities you observed. Do you feel that working on fine motor activities is something we should work on in Physical Education.
While working in the cafeteria setting I have seen different types of fine motor activities. I have seen children color, write, and build. I believe that fine motor skills will help not only enhance academic performance but help with other aspects of motor movement. Fine motor movement works on precision while gross movement involves large muscles of the body. By working on fine movement we can help kids not only have good sport related skills but precise skills to help them perfect all aspects of physical education.
4. Reflecting on your growth as a future teacher, what have you learned from this experience that has given you insight as to your individual “teaching style”. Has your teaching style emerged based upon your experience and interaction at St. Mary’s. If yes, in what way. If not, how else might this occur?
Before St. Mary’s i was never put into an environment where i had to teach. Going through the first day was a struggle but I found out quickly the key elements on how to keep the teaching mask on. Keeping the attention of your kids is the most important. If they do not pay attention then you are not doing your job in enhancing their motor movement and fitness. Another key point is confidence. If your activities do not go well it is your job as an educator to have a backup plan for such situations. The physical educator should be prepared for such scenarios and by being prepared you will show the confidence you need in order to maintain student interest.