Sunday, April 22, 2012

Easter Lab!

The latest lab had to be the best lad yet! There were more St. Mary's students there then ever and they were very willing to play our games compared to normal. My group had pre k and they were outside on the playground which was very fun. The first thing I learned out there was that no matter where I am, I'm "it". It seemed as soon as I tagged a student the game would end another kid would run up to me and I would be it again for the next game. Outside I did have some success on putting together large scale playground games like sharks and minnows, sly fox, Simon says, and even the compliment game. Back in the gym things went even better as all the kids were into the games. My game was a mixture of musical chairs and hot potato. The kids had to move around to the music and pass a ball and when a music stopped if they had a ball they would have to pass it off then do 10 jumping jacks.
The lab went really well and the kids all seemed to have a good time!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

You only can if you play your video games longer honey

Most kids would love to hear those words but haven't yet. The good news is maybe they will start to if video game technology like the equipment in the lab in park center becomes more prevalent in houses and class rooms.
 In this lab there were all different types of games that kids would love and I know this because at heart I am one and I was running around having a blast! In this lab room there was the regular Wii, and X Box Connect which were a good time of course but my favorite game was "Cars" on a Ps2 but the accelerator button was a spinning bike it was a crazy good workout and so much fun. Other games like NBA and Madden were played using foot steppers it was really cool to see and it brought me some hope for the future of video games having anything to do with health.

Don't Have Babies

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Lab 4

This was my first lab conducting a game for everyone else to assess. My game was Kermit Volley Ball which was basically newcomb, I was going to use this game to get the kids more interested because last lab they were not willing to participate and games that are more traditional seem to pull them in. This lab the students were actually very willing to participate to my surprise so my game that lack originality was not necessary. It did make it very easy for my peers to assess the children and the game went well and maintained their attention but if I new they were going to be that interested I would have chosen another game that kept every one more involved. I actually forgot to add the second ball which would have helped with this because I was making sure the kids passed to each other. The rest of lab was fun it was beautiful out and we went outside where I joined some tag, hide and seak games as well as playing Star Wars with some of the boys this was a lot of fun and reminded me of games I played back in elementary school when there was free time.
I also received some of the hardest high fives by a little girl that was more interested in handing out killer high fives then playing games with her peers.
OUCH!MY hand was not a fan of this so I showed her a better less bruise inducing high five. All and all I thought the kids were well behaved and that the lab went well for how nice it was outside.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Spring Break

My spring break was very nice I did not do very much but I got a very well needed break after a busy week that was exhausting. I mostly slept in, hung out with my family and played with my two golden retrievers. I did some home work and saw friends but one of the best things I did over break was go to my moms school and meet her life skills class in this class all of the students have disabilities, they all new me because my mom talks about me and my brother regularly in class. They all asked me about my dog Toby and asked me questions about school. We danced, played Kan Jam and talked during class it was a very good time!

Monday, March 5, 2012

My First Lab!

Due to me being sick and having SUNY Acts last week was my first real lab where I actually got to work with kids bring my game into a real classroom (aka Gym)! I was a little worried because I have herd stories from my friends about none of the kids playing their games. See the thing about St. Mary's is that all the kids have been in class all day before we have a chance to see them or work with them. So I have herd many stories of kids not participating when my peers attempted to bring in skills games, Doctor Yang commonly says "If you can make it in St. Mary's you can make it anywhere". I was still excited because I knew my game was fun and I made it even more exciting making the variation capture the flame, instead of capture the flag! The kids loved it the only problem is there were not many kids, my game was a big hit for the 6 kids that were there. Teachers hoped in and we made due and everyone had a really good time playing. Later when we debriefed the teachers talked about how the lab went and we thought we did well its just hard to teach when there are not really enough kids to be taught, so everyone had to make changes but I think it went really well and I really enjoyed it!

The GREAT DEBATE (P.E. style of course)

Let me start by saying this debate was a lot of fun. I'v never debated about something that was not politics related before and it was very nice to debate on a lighter but still important and very relevant subject to me. The Great Debate refers to a debate over a curriculum focus, this focus would either be on stick sports, life time sports, or skill based sports(my topic). The debate was set up so that the three groups would battle it out, each getting time foe an opening statement a short power point and a rebuttal against both then the "board" would decide who won the great debate and what would be taught in the curriculum. After all the battling and many good points were made on both sides the board awarded .....A TIE! between life time sports and skill based sports. The debate was streemed live as well as recorded for all to see on as well as tweeted about and recorded via a flip camera and note takers.