Saturday, May 14, 2011

Finale: 255 Final Completion

The website dailyburn can be a very useful tool for those looking to record and keep track of their progress. The tools to keep track of workouts, calories, progress and give help is very useful. Probably the biggest idea it uses is that of competition or motivation. By joining in groups and seeing others progress it pushes people to push themselves. In a classroom that can be enormous. Having friendly competition between students or classes can gain greater results for all. In my classroom i would use it to see what students are eating and doing so i can show them exactly it is they are doing. From experience you never really understand how much your eating or the exercise you are doing until you see it written down. Being part of the rockstarpe group is interesting but during the summer i train in a different way and also am not always on the same schedule so it is hard to keep up with updating online which can become repetitive. For those just starting a fitness plan it is a great way to stay on track.

As ive said this can be very useful educationally. To get Phys Ed on NYS Regents this can be used as a tool to show our students growth in fitness plans. By having them create online plans and having time to exercise during class will help us progress immeasurably. I could create a class group and have students share ideas of exercises or give them a break down of how many different exercises i would want. Making sure they have cardio, weight lifting, stretching, etc. Then each individual student would have their own goals we set up over time. Seeing what each student needs and tailoring it to their needs.

That leaves NYS Regents LS 1A. How do we see how our students are progressing towards their goal of 6+3/3. My solution is a video camera. You set it up 1 or 2 every class when watching students motor skills. This allows you to take a closer look at students with problems or if you cant see them all in class. Also you can give more feedback to help because you have had more time to break down their actions. This also can be used for testing. Record the students perform the action a whole class then watch later. This gives teachers more time to interact with each student and not worry about missing anything. It is another tool that can be used to improve lessons and learning. With the the recording it lets you take a closer look to fill out an assessment sheet to see if the students really are competent. For example if its a motor skill like shooting a free throw you would watch the video and compare your initial scores and see if you missed anything and fill it out again on a sheet like THIS. You would grade your students and assess them like you normally would. With some sort of rubric with points and each unit would have their own point total you would add it all up in the end to give a grade. A certain score would constitute competent while another would be proficient on any given activity. It can be adapted when it comes to grading but the use of a video camera can be helpful to anyone.

Technology is the new world. Such as websites like or videos, computers, projectors. Anything can be used you just have to figure out how.

Prezi Presentation: A New Way to Present

This is my first attempt at using Prezi. There is so much you can do with the program that this is just scratching the surface.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Last Challange: Lab D

The last lab i had to teach in my time my time in 255 was Omnikin. A team based game that is played with a monstrous sized ball. This lab posed problems i had not encountered up until this point. Their were problems acquiring the equipment i wanted and planned on using in my lesson. This was unfortunate but is a natural occurrence in the world of teaching so it helped me grow even further.

Let us take a look.
Here is the transcript of what i say.

Not having the rquipment made me adapt what i was going to do. As i have learned its not the tools but the teacher that makes a lesson. You don't need to rely on the tools you have to rely on your teaching. I got different equipment and taught the skills and concepts i wanted to. This is what it means to become a teacher.

As i continue learning and refining how i teach i will remember this is where it all began. These were the big first steps in the right direction. From the first time teaching until now i feel like i have learned and improved exponentially. My whole mind set and demeanor has evolved. As i move forward i want to continue getting better and learning new things.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Every Journey Starts Somewhere: Parkour Resource Packet

Having the opportunity to teach something you are interested in or passionate about is always exciting. I got such an opportunity for my Teaching Lab C. I got the chance to learn more about Parkour than ever because i had to teach it. The best way to learn something is when you have to teach it. This experience also allowed me to put together a Resource packet for a possible parkour unit in a school. This is a starting point and can be added to changed and adapted as time goes on. 

Take a look and see what you think for yourself. Resource Packet

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Lab C: Parkour For the Future

As you can see above parkour was the theme for my Lab C teaching. This was by far the best lab i have taught and i had the most fun doing. Preparing for this lab and seeing it through to the end has given me great confidence also, i have found another interest in doing so.

Before i discuss how i felt i did during the lesson why don't you take a look below and see for yourself (the video is in two parts).

Now here is what i think of my Lab C. I believe i have grown greatly from our first lab to now. I know what i need to do and how to get there. I understand how to break things down and convey what i want to the class. I mover around more, i speak much louder than i use to, i give more feedback and i am able to apply intratask variation more effectively. The confidence and being able to envision where i want the lesson to go i believe has helped me grow exponentially. The ability to see the finished product allows you to understand how to get there in the beginning.

Don't get me wrong there is always room for improvement. I need to slow down more and choose my words more precisely so i don't talk so much. I still want to get all the information in my head out at once and i need to slow down and just say what i need to. I will continue to work on all the other skills teachers need and i will just keep growing. I hope to carry this into lab D and perform even better.

To see my Time coding sheet click here.
For my feedback information click here.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Lab B2: Jump Rope Finale

Sadly Lab B2 was the last of our class teaching jump rope skills. With in learning how to teach our jump rope skills we also became much better at jump roping. If you dont think about it you may not realize that in the process of us becoming better teachers by learning how to teach our given skills we became much more proficent in jump roping itself. You learn just as much from teaching as you do from being taught.

In this lab i further progressed in some areas of my teaching. I moved around the gym more giving more congruent feedback and also increased the activity time of my lesson. cutting down on instruction time was one of my goals. Having a goal for every lesson is important so i don't try to fix everything at once because that can lead to missing them all. Of course there is always room for improvement.

Next lab my main goal will be to slow down when i give instructions. I try to speak a mile a minute and get every detail and word i think of out there to help the class. I need to slow down and be selective with my words to give the best instruction. I also want to project my voice more when giving feedback so i can be anywhere in the gym and students on the other side can here my feedback so they know i am paying attention.

My time coding form can be found here.
Also my feedback form to the class can be found here

On an end note jump roping was a lot of fun. As seen here above there are thousands of ways to jump rope and adding the freedom of personality into a lesson is always a good thing. Now it is time for Lab C which i am excited for and am anxious to teach.

Until next time.