Thursday, May 13, 2010

10 hours

For my 10 hours I chose to go to the YMCA and help out with family fun night. I think this was a good experience because children were playing DDR and I was able to become familiar with the game. This helped me because I ended up having to teach DDR for my final project. I gained experience with the game and I was able to help children play it by telling them which direction to step.

I also taught students about environmental issues, and helped them learn the seven "Leave No Trace Principals". By teaching these principals I helped to make an impact on students and in the future they can help make smarter choices and help conserve our environment. I also helped teach things such as predatory and pray relationships among animals to the students. In the group I taught, we had a girl in 6th who was visually impaired. We had to teach and make activities that were appropriate for the girl as well as her classmates. This was a huge challenge and my first experience with this type of disability in a classroom setting.

Friday, April 23, 2010




Lab D was the most stressful lab that I have had so far. I was so stressed because I was unfamiliar with DDR and I has never played the game before I was assigned to teach. Even though I was able to practice at home I was still a but uneasy. I think my lesson went well and I was able to keep a nice flow with no major problems. My lesson plan came out good. At first I was unsure of how to come up with tasks and how I would really teach DDR, but I figured out that the best way is really just to have students play and give them feedback. I thought the lesson kept everyone fairly active but by watching the video and by looking at my time coding form, I wish that there was less management as far as operating the game and changing songs. I don't know how much I could have done to get the songs to play faster or keep the students more active but I think they needed rest in between songs so it woked out well. I felt really comfortable as far as hitting everything on the C-9 form. I only missed one thing and all the points are really starting to come naturally. Overall I am glad that I had to teach something that I wasn't comfortable with and I think it made me more confident as a teacher. This was a good experience and now that I know that I can learn something completely new to me and create a good lesson, I know I could learn other new tasks and teach my students.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

lab c

I felt really comfortable while teaching this time, and I was very surprised how fast the lesson went by. I think that everything went fairly well and the only thing I guess I really wanted to change was to have a smaller sided wheelchair game. I think I also need to make more defined cues so that I can have a clear demonstration. I didn't give as much feedback as I have in other lessons because I felt that I did more game play so I lost focus a little on giving feedback. I know I did pinpointing and sometimes I get confused and mistake pinpointing for demonstration. Overall I think this my best lesson plan yet even though I didn't get as many points on the time coding form, I had very close to the recommended percentages so I think i'm almost there. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to think of enough tasks on the list, but i realized that there are so many elements to wheelchair handball. For some reason I can't get my video to post I keep getting an error so for now these links will have to work:

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Lab B2


Well this was definitely by far my best lab yet, I have really shortened up my instruction and tried to maximize activity levels for the better. My time coding came was the best so far of the other lessons we have done. I keep getting more and more comfortable, the only thing that I am dissapointed about is that my lesson always gets cut short and rushed. I don't feel like a have enough time to fit everything in that I want to teach so I feel a little disorganized at some points. I have increased my feedback and the clearity of how I speak to the class. My transcription was so much easier to hear and understand than the last. I still need to do more congruent feedback and less of just saying "goog job". I am really looking forward for my next teaching lesson in the wheelchair because I haven't had any experience with that so far so it should be interesting.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

lab B1


I really thought that my jump roping lesson went very well. I felt organized and I think I looked more comfortable and sounded mre confident. Looking at my transcript, I did a good job of pinpointing and I also gave so a great deal of feedback which I think really made my lesson better. I think I simplified the cues and just told the students what they needed to know and let them have more practicing and less time listening to instruction.

Friday, February 19, 2010


I thought the transcript really opens your eyes and makes you realize how you sound and what words you tend to say. I also think I should talk more loudly and try to be more clear. I need not use things like alright and um. By seeing this I can try to change how I speak. I also need to try to use peoples names more often by giving them feedback.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

lab A2 teaching


I thought the second time coding went much better. My percentages were not exactly what they were supposed to be and I felt as if I ran out of time to get my whole lesson taught. I felt more organized this time, but I think I tried to do too much in a short period of time, with too many instructions. I felt that I had more confidence and using techniques such as a hook, signal of attention, cues, and a demonstration I think I was able to give information in a more organized and useful way. I still need to work on creating more activity time to give the students as much exercise as possible. The more practice the better I will get and even after only the second time being taped I feel more relaxed already.