Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

St. Mary's Day 3 (Dinosaur Train)


At Lab 3 at St. Mary's the first thing we did was watch two designated students perform the given tasks for the day. These tasks included the horizontal jump, slide, and leap. After observing we moved to our assigned locations for the day. This week my group my group had the pre-k. Overall I really enjoyed working with the pre-k. As soon as we arrived we jumped right in and colored in dinosaurs with the students. After coloring we moved into one room together and Bridget and I each read the students a book about dinosaurs. I found that the more enthuastic you were when reading the books the more the students got into it. Once we were done reading the books we moved into the gym and instructed the students on how to play the games we designated. My game I called "Dinosaur Train Boogie." For the game I created cards that were bright and colorful of four of the different characters of the Dinosaur Train show. I would place all the characters scattered in the center and there were 4 hoola-hoops in each corner of the designated area. Each hoop was designated for one of the four characters. When the music played the students were asked to either skip, horozontal jump, leap, slide, or job around. Then once the music stopped each student would have to pick up a character recognize the other students who had the same character as them and go to the designated hoop for their character. Once this was completed the music would start again and the students would be asked to do another task until they placed their character back into the center of the circle and then the pattern would repeat again. Overall I found my game pretty effective because it had everyone involved and the students really enjoyed getting to use the pictures of the characters. Next time if the opportunity arises I would most defiantly use visual objects again to better engage the students.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Childhood Growth and Development

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

7 Homework Questions


  1. The three critical issues facing children in the US today are in-school and community violence and student safety, childhood obesity, and precocious puberty among your students.
  2. The following are 2 goals of the concept “Developmental Physical Education.”
    1. Movement skill acquisition
    2. Physical activity and fitness enhancement
  3. The three factors that explain the relationships that lead to the development of the whole child is the biology of the individual, conditions of the learning environment, and the requirements of the movement task. According to the fourth edition Developmental Physical Education for All Children, developmental physical education recognizes the relationship among the specific requirements of the movement task, the biology of the individual, and the conditions of the learning environment in promoting motor control and movement competence.
  4. Individual appropriateness is the key concept of developmental physical education and is based on the central proposition that each child has his unique timing and pattern of growth and development. On the other hand, group awareness is important in the developmental physical education program but is secondary to individual appropriateness. The developmental curriculum is not based on chronological age or grade level but is influenced by both.
  5. Fundamental movement skills include locomotion and manipulation. Three examples of locomotion and walking, running, and leaping. Three examples of manipulation are ball rolling, throwing, and kicking.
  6. Patterns of stability can be observed as axial, static, and dynamic movements. Two examples of axial movements are bending and stretching. Two examples of static/dynamic movements are upright balances, and rolling.
  7. Physical fitness is defined as a combination of two concepts. These two concepts are health-related fitness and performance-related fitness.