Sunday, September 19, 2010

After getting a second shot on the main stage I'm having mixed feelings about my performance.  Although I did notice significant improvements in my confidence and my preparation, there were other fields in which I definitely could have covered better.  One area I felt I did a poor job in was my feedback which was caused by my lack of time management.  Since I went overboard on the explanation and had little time for activity, this gave me less of a chance to give feedback and assess my own performance.  This, in my teaching years, can be very crucial and I'm glad we have these practice runs to clear up any faults before my career.  During the lesson I used different types of cues such as "the string attached from the knee to the elbow" and the "cooking jar reach" pertaining to the follow through after a shot.  Little things such as cues can really help grab the attention of the students and can also allow for them to have an easier way to remember specific steps of a skill.  After evaluating the C9 form I noticed that I did use a hook that caught the attention but after watching my video I can see improvements needed in my enthusiasm and confidence when using a hook that should really grab their interest.  It was also hard for me to use intra-task variation because of the lack of time I had to go over my activity.  This can be easily fixed as it will be for my next teaching lab.  I thoroughly enjoy being able to go back and grade myself through the YouTube videos and I believe it gives great benefits for any individual who needs to build their way up to becoming a professional.  Overall my teaching experience may not have went exactly how I wanted but that’s why we practice and keep working towards improvement!
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Friday, September 10, 2010

Chapter 1 Summary

After reading chapter one here are some of my repsonses to the Check Your Understanding section:

1.  The idea that teaching as a goal-oriented activity depends on the educator to strive for each individual or class goal based on different variations including age, size, and ability.  The main goal is to develop physically educated and active lifestyles for children of all variations rather then just the typical athletic type.  The curriculum is based on a set of state and national standards for each physical educator that needs to teach and establish certain goals in order to be successful.  The more results one would see from their work would usually make them set the bar even higher the next time around for constant improvement. 

4.  The process which a tecaher choose to choose their style of teaching can be crucial because it depends on many different variables.  This can depend on the teacher and their ultimate goal or the personality which can be shown in the work field.  This as well as the type of students can have a big factor on the style of teaching tey use and how they expect to relay the content that needs to be learned. The more creative or uniue one can be, the more positive and creative feedback they will see.  The style of teaching also depends on the different areas that need to be covered such as different areas of exercising and how to obtain multiple goals during one demonstartion.  It may be difficult to do this depending on time and accessibility and this is where the issue of choosing a right technique becomes very important. 

5.  The movement task-student response unit is extremely important because this will initiate the start of your class.  These tasks can be used as progressions in order to achieve the proper skills and technique to correctly teach the lesson.  An instructor should be able to see a future drill or idea based off their movement task activity.  The point of these activities is to warm the students up for their future drills or game situations but to also prepare them mentally for their next step.  The movement task-student response is crucial to make building blocks for the children to learn step by step what they need to accomplish but to also get their cognitive skills to match their motor skills. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

First Day of Class

In our first day of EDU 255, we were put under the pressure of teaching a skill our first day.  This was a true test because no one was expecting this and it made us get the rust out from over the summer.  I know that first class will be looked back at towards the end of the semester and I will hopefully see drastic results.  I can see this course is going to help me grow to be a better educator.