St Mary's week 2 was a great learning experience.
Today at St. Mary's was a lot of fun with pirate theme week. We had some of our classmates dress up and use props for games that they were teaching to the children. I played with the pre- k group on the playground, then we went into the classroom and had snack. After snack we went into the gym and we played and taught our games to the pre-k group. They had a blast and really enjoyed playing. One learning experience that i would definitely take away from week 2 is that you cannot take anything for granted. You simply cannot assume that a young child has learned simple fine or gross motor skills, you really have to get basic when you explain how to move in your games and really give clear cut directions on how to play various games especially with the younger groups of children. All in all for this week, i had alot of fun and i really feel that the children really had a blast playing games with us, they were all cooperative and everyone was willing to participate in our activities and games. I really saw a lot of enthusiasm from the students as well as our classmates in all the activities and the games.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
I love to play games like dodgeball and tag just having fun, however i feel that these two games can be negative for physical education classes. I feel that tag is a great game to get you running around and active, but tag is a hall of shame game because in a traditional game of tag, once you are tagged, you are out of the game, so for the slow children or the less fit children, they are of course going to be tagged first and out of the game so they are the ones that are just sitting around the whole class. Tag can have negative aspects on self esteem for these children, dodgeball can have the same effects, once you are pegged, you are out of the game. Dodgeball can also be dangerous if someone were to get hit in the face. There can be some alternatives to these games though that would make them acceptable. For the game of tag, you could have the children that are tagged to run in place untill a non- tagged person slapps your hand, or somthing putting you back in the game, or have them do jumping jacks untill they are put back in the game. For dodgeball, you could have softer balls to play with, or make a rule that you have to aim below the shoulders, or else the person throwing the ball is out.