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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Healthy New Year Video Challenge - 1st entry

GK's Karagrozis' Physical Fit Lifestyle entry for the Healthy New Year Resolution Submission to US Gov Competition is filled with great apps to track Physical Activity and Nutrition. Will he win some $$$??? Top prize is $2000 with lots of other awards too. Let's see if we can get somebody from SUNY Cortland on this list!  Help spread the word, and use the hashtag #HealthIT4U2012 when you tweet.  

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Success of Failure - Lab A

Now that we've had the opportunity to teach twice in less than two weeks, we hope that these practice sessions will encourage reflective growth and exploration of the art and science of teaching and learning. We've seen some great initial use of pedagogical tools and with more practice, failures, and "teachable moments" we will get better.

Here are the photos from our micro-lessons so please use them to support your blog posts.  Please download the software program (Picasa) so that you will be able to do other assignments later in the semester. Also once you find a photo in the album you want to download - press the "Action" button then scroll down to "Download Photo. If you try to right click and save or drag the photo to your computer the resolution is much lower than you will need for later on.

Speaking of failure, I saw this great post on CNN about failure for a Pulitzer Prize winning author and I love this statement:
"The key is struggling a lot," she says.
As we mentioned in class you don't learn anything by being successful at it the first time. It is through our struggles and failures that we learn to focus and correct for the next time and the reason why practice is so important to our profession. Just because you do something once does not make you a reflective and ever-improving teacher.

Here is another post from last semester about Manny Pacquio's intense training and sparring regiments prior to a fight. Check it out and see how you might apply similar techniques to your teaching lessons.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Learning to teach like a ROCKSTAR

In today's 255 class everyone had a great time. this shows how easy it is to make an activity exciting with little amount of time. On Friday students will be re-teaching their lab A. This will give you a chance to get a little more practice.

Thing to keep in mind: (Just a few tips)
            Introduce yourself- This is a must.

            Have a safety statement- your job as a teacher candidate is to provide a safe learning environment so a little reminder of what to stay within or to follow is key.

            Hook- Although hooks are great with only 4 minutes to teach it is understandable not to have one.

            Demonstrate with cues- Break down the skill that you are focusing on and there is your cues.

            Feedback- Always give feedback that goes along with your cues.

            Close- Remind them how great they did and add a little spice for next class to keep them excited!

   This is everything that you will want to know and review before teaching.

Remember have fun and be loud.