Saturday, May 9, 2009

Final Project

Cognitive Development Approach

Change in Physical education Motivation and Physical Activity Behavior in Middle School

The Responsible use of Youth Fitness Testing to Enhance Student Motivation, Enjoyment, and Performance

Enhancing Motivation in Physical Education


In the articles and videos that I've looked at I've learned that motivation helps students in physical education and also other subjects in school. It's important for students to be motivated in physical education class because it gets them excited to be in class. Some of the mistakes that people might mistake as motivation is competition. Competition can motivate students to do better in class but can also make the loser of the competition demotivated. I also looked at an article that helped motivate students that are blind. It's important to keep students with disabilities motivated because they may not have the same confidence that other students may have. I think that the take home message for PE teachers when rewarding students intrinsically is to watch to make sure that students don't get used to award after doing physical activity. You don't want to make it a habit that every time they will do something physical that they will get something in return. Why is this????...because then they won't have any self motivation when they are out of school and their are no longer expectations such as physical education to keep students healthy. We as physical educators need to give students knowledge of how to stay fit for a long time so that society can stay healthier and get those obesity statistics DOWN!

Slideshow Presentation

Friday, May 8, 2009

Final Part A

The website that Brain Gains is from is CBC which is a news website in Canada. The school that this research was done in is City Park Collegiate which is 820 9th avenue North Saskatoon, SaskatchewanCanada S7K 2Z2. In the above corner is a map of where this school is located in Canada. I think that this news piece is very interesting because it shows how important physical activity is. According to the video the students were able to pay attention is class for three hours more and some students were even able to cut down on taking their ADHD medicine. The students in the interview also talked about feeling happier and lucky that they weren't doing the bad things that were being done on the streets. The results were very successful. According to the slide show presentation, the charts showed that in math the students increased scores by 17.3 percent. In language arts in the areas of reading, writing, and sight words the students all aincreased their scores as well. I would say that the program was successful in both a mental and physical aspect for the students. I would say that pe programs were both similar and different. They main similarity is that we share the common goal of getting students active and becoming more fit in the future. They also both want to make fitness a lifetime acitivity. But the differences would be that we also look at skill where as they looked at getting in shape. We look at the cognitive aspect of physical education such as the cues in throwing a basketball.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Lab D-Bowling

Lab D was alot of fun and it was interesting to see how much I have improved from the first time I taught this semester. I think that I gained alot more confidence in my teaching and I think it really showed by the time we did our last lesson. I think that having fifteen minutes was better than just a few minutes because you were able to get all the components into your lesson. I think my lesson went well we did a Hawain Bowling Theme and had music from the Beach Boys. Overall I think I did well, some of the improvements I would have made were to get the fingers correct on my cues and to get the bowling right away. During my lesson two students didn't feel like participating so I had to go over and get them involved in the lesson. One thing that I would have changed is to have the students sitting down become more active while it isn't their turn. for example setting up a Wii Bowling Station. One part that stood out to me was when Dillan and Karlyn weren't partcipating. i went over to them and told them to come with me and I'll show them how to bowl. We went through the cues together and then they were fine and wanted to participate with the rest of the class. You can find this in my video below.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Lab C Part Two

I think the second part of Lab C went a lot smoother than the first time. I was more relaxed and knew a better idea of what was going to be happening. I used the same instant activity that my partner used but just changed the theme of it. Some of the things I need to work on are giving more feedback to the students as a whole and individually. I also need to work on being a little louder so that everyone can hear me in the gymnasium. In the highlighted section are some of the things I said during my lesson....

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Lab C

I think in this lab some of things that I need to work on is explaining the task and being louder. Overall I think everyone is doing really good with the assignment and coming up with great ideas.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Frisbee Lesson

In this teaching assignment I taught the cues on how to properly throw a backhand throw with a frisbee. I realized that the one thing that I need to work on is projecting my voice. I also noticed that my poster needed to be bigger so that people can see my pictures and cues from far away. I think that working up the time we teach is good because it helps us feel more comfortable each time we teach.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Time Coding

First Time Coding Assignment
The time coding assignment was interesting to see how things were layed out in our mini lessons. It shows how much time that we use when we should be having more activity. Students want to be active so we should keep our demonstrations short so that we can keep students moving. I think this assignment helped demonstrate that.

Sunday, February 8, 2009


Both positive and negative feedback are important when teaching your class. Students need to know if they are doing the skills correctly and feedback helps them. It also lifts their confidence because when you say something to them they know your watching. This also can help misbehavior because if students know that your watching then they are more likely to not go off and do something their not supposed to. You want to be sure to add both kinds of feedback. You want to address the entire class and also individually. This way kids know that the comment is directed just to them. I think feedback is important to set a good environment in a classroom.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

I realized when I wrote down everything that I said that I need to work on explaining how to do the skill better. I didn't really mention any important cues that the students needed to work on. I also didn't give any feedback to the students as they were doing the skill. I also need to be louder because I couldn't hear everything that I said. I think this is a good way to look at how you teach so you can work on your weaknesses. I feel that from that lesson to now I know alot more of what actually goes into explaining a skill and a lesson.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

First Teaching Experience

When watching the videoes I thought that for the amount of time that everyone had to prepare we all did good at introducing ourselves and showing the skills that we were presenting. I decided to explain how to perform a push pass and a bounce pass in basketball. Personally some of the things that I need to work on is projecting my voice and keep my hands out of my pockets. I thought seeing yourself on the screen was an effective way to see yourself teach. It enabled me to see that I need to speak up so that I can effectively explain the drill to the class. I also realized that I forget to mention how to be ready when recieving the basketball which is an important factor in the skill. This introductory helped to see the little flaws that everyone needs to work on.