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Monday, October 31, 2011

Time is of the Essence

Hey 255 Rockstars!  Your Lab C lessons have been up and running for some time now, and they are probably going a lot faster than you expected them to.  With that being said, it is crucial to manage the short time you have, wisely.  For those of you that have already gone, you all have great ideas and you all seem to be comfortable teaching, but some of you may not be satisfied with how it has gone.  So, for those of you that have not gone yet, you might need to think about how you can get your students to participate in activity time sooner.  Do not be afraid to take a look at your watch during your lesson.  Maybe at the 3-minute mark, get the class moving with some activities.  For those who have taught your Lab C already, remember that Lab D is just around the corner.  It is time to prepare.  You get more time, so start coming up with ideas of how you are going to increase the activity time.  This is why we record the lesson.  It allows you to reflect on what needs work.  You are here to become a better teacher with every lesson, so take advantage of it.

Also, you may have all been surprised with the students "misbehaving" in class, and the students with "disabilities."  Be prepared to expect anything.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

PE InTECHgration: Lifelong learning

Learning to incorporate technology into our lesson is an important step in helping students learn better. As teachers you should constantly learn new tech skills, as I just read that tech skills have a two-year half-life. In other words
.. that the exact set of skills you have today will only be half as marketable two years from now.
 Lifelong learning should be ingrained in our work ethic and beliefs.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rules, Protocols, Expectations

I love catching up with PE teachers all over the world on what they're doing in class. I truly miss the daily interactions in a school setting...but with teachers like Michael Beringer in Minnesota, Jarrod Robinson in Australia, Jenna Monahan (student-teacher) on  Long Island, Kyle McKune (Louisville, KY) and others...its almost like being there.

Check out Michael's Gym rules poster and other weekly highlights including how he plays games like Scat Cat and clump to get students used to directions and grouping along with self-spacing.  You never just play/practice these just once - you constantly remind, practice and give feedback on these expected behaviors.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Stephanie's Reaches Across Oceans to PE Geek

Just read a great connection of Stephanie reaching out to Jarrod of PE Geek fame. We've been twitter and blog pals for a while and it was great to hear him be so supportive. Way to be proactive Steph!

This morning I came upon a website of a man who is a Physical Educator in Victoria, Australia!
His name is Jarrod Robinson and runs the website 
With over 120,000 blog hits from around the world and 
nomination for the first runner up for the 2010 EDUBLOG Awards,
I couldn't think of anyone better to get in touch with to expand my connections! 

Lab C Lessons and C9 Forms

Hello Rockstars,

Just an update with your Lab C lessons.  The C9 form is what you are being evaluated on along with a feedback form.  Make sure you take a look at these forms before you teach your lesson so that you know what is expected of you.  If you want to, you can even have the C9 form with you along with a lesson plan as you teach so that you can remind yourself of what your are supposed to be doing.   You will be meeting to go over your C9 form at some point after your teaching so that you can improve your next lesson.

Also, remember that a responsibility as a teacher is to give feedback to your students.  This feedback should mostly be related to what you are teaching, especially your cues.  Be sure to use names when addressing students and make feedback specific.  In order to make sure this feedback is occurring, make sure that your are moving around the gym so that you get a chance to see majority of the class.

These are just a few tips to take into consideration with your teaching.  Lab C looked good today and keep up the good work!

Lip Sync Preps Skits

Here are the many video music lip syncs for PED 201 Fall 2011. Lots of fun choreographing and performing

Chumbawamba I Get Knocked Down (Jumping Jack and Jills Cover Cortland PE)

Bye Bye Bye - N'SYNC (Athletic Alliance cover) Cortland PE

Mr. Saxobeat- Triple Nuggets

Mary's Marvels teaching YOU how to Dougie!!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Sara Scores Player of the Week Recognition!

Field Hockey10/16/2011Link to Full Bio
Sara scored three consecutive goals in Cortland's 7-0 victory over visiting Morrisville State as Cortland concluded its SUNYAC schedule with a 6-0 record. She leads the Red Dragons this season with 23 points, including a team-high 10 goals.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Portfolios Portray Professionalism in PE!

Hey everyone, 
There's one thing that you as a phys ed major should be constantly working on throughout your cortland lifetime, and that is your portfolio. Although you still have some time before the finished product is due, there are a few things you should make sure you keep a hold of. You're notebook should be tabbed off into the following sections: resume, philosophy, standards 1-6, certification, and professional development. 
Resume and philosophy (you will do these in EDU 470) is pretty much self explanatory.

Click here to see more information about setting up your paper and electronic portfolios!

In the standards section you will have to have a total of 12 artifacts and reflections total (2 per each standard). Some artifacts that you may already have done are EXS coursework and PED 201 labs, FitnessGram results, personal fitness logs, and athletic performance evidence. You may use these mainly in the first two standards. Some artifacts that you will complete in the near future include EDU 255 scope and sequence charts, lab D analysis form, resource project and EDU 256 bulletin board and host teacher evaluations. Of coarse these are only examples, if you can come up with other artifacts that meet the standard requirements go right ahead, the more unique the better.

The certification section of your notebook should include field experience log, portion of your ESL experience, fingerprinting, unofficial transcript, and certification exams. The Professional Development section should include your references, certifications, conference attendance, professional memberships, and awards. Once again these are just suggestions.

I know this may seem like a lot right now, but just take it all in stride. You still have lots of time and it will all come together wonderfully! One last hint- make sure you make your own personal copies of your field experience logs and host teacher evaluations (when you receive them). Cortland will end up keeping them and then you will not be able to have a copy for your portfolio. If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to ask. GO PE!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Never Stop Improving

Should this be our new education slogan....???

What have you committed to improving in terms of your education and growth?

How have you sought out ways to be a better communicator, leader, visionary?

Be sure to watch Ken Robinson's famous talk on how schools are killing creativity and Matt Cutts on trying something new for 30 days.