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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Intro to St.Mary's (201)

Off and Running at St.Mary's.  It was a great way to start our experiences at St. Mary's this week.  Thanks to all the Lab Assistants for leading games and showing you how to organize/lead games as well as interact with the students. Here are some general comments we observed this week:
General Comments:

  • Polo shirts made you look so professional. Thank you.
  • Great to see so many of you getting down to their level in order to interact with them. Remember that you will be 2-4 times bigger than they are!  
  • Engaging the students in conversations is a great way to let them know you care about them and want to know more about them.
  • Playing with their real or imaginary toys is perfect.  As we discussed children and especially toddlers need to hear at least 16,000 words a day in order to develop proper language skills. You should be helping to add to those totals by talking to them and sometimes helping them with sentence structure, grammar, and of course vocabulary.
Things to Work On (TWO):
  • Please do not wear the baggy cargo shorts, \shorts with strings hanging off. or wrinkly shorts.
  • If you do not have a PE polo shirt, be sure to check the PE Majors club as they may have extra from last semester and they will be running an apparel sale soon.  They also have generic Cortland ones (more expensive) in the book store.
  • Don't be afraid to be expressive with your face and body language.  Remember that over 70% of what and how you communicate is non-verbal.  What is  Ben telling the student by being on the ground, playing, and reacting as he is in the photo to the right?
Prep Labs Next Week:
  • 3-5pm
  • Park Center in Gym 305 or 316
  • Please bring your textbooks to lab next week
  • Be prepared to move around
  • Leave a comment at the bottom of this post with a few words on how you felt at St.Mary's this week.  It can be an emotion or even a quick reaction you got from working with the students. Also leave a link to your own blog so that others can follow your writings and discoveries.
  • Read Chapter 1-3 in our textbook and summarize why fundamental skill development and assessment is so important to our profession and the health of our students.  Be sure to link to web documents (official organizations AAHPERD, NASPE) and professional organizations that help advocate for (HIGH) quality physical education.  Be sure to also include pictures that relate to what you're trying to express and also be sure you cite where you got the image. Check out Creative Commons images on Google or other sites. (Consider adding Zemanta to your browser)
  • DUE prior next class
Remember here is the presentation we covered in class and its an important document for future reference:
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