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.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Challenges Every Day

As I move along in 255 and all my other PE courses i find new challenges to over come everyday. Physical and mental challenges come my way all the time. Some people frown on challenges and just wish everything was easy. I on the other hand welcome these challenges because they help me grow as a future educator. Having everything handed to you doesn't prepare you for the real world. Being able to problem solve and think on your feet is vital for a healthy and successful career in PE. You never know what you will get.

Moving on to another topic i would like to discuss is a story i read on the Rockstarpe blog. Apparently NY is thinking about requiring license plates to ride a bicycle to generate money. This is an awful idea. Yes we need money but there are other things we can do to dig ourselves out of the hole we dug. Making physical activity less appealing to those that already don't like it is awful for our field. If all someone does is ride a bicycle now they may not even do that. This is just another sign that we need to support and advocate many different ways to stay active throughout our life. At this rate you might have to pay by the mile every time you run.