Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Virtus Training

Sister Harriet came to class Monday to explain to us the dangers of not noticing child predators in the schools we will one day be working in. She used the Virtus program to my class and this consisted of two videos. After viewing these videos the class shared how they felt and talked about proper ways of stopping horrible acts like the ones described in these videos.

These videos were pretty disturbing and alarming to watch, they showed pretty good detail of the feelings of the victims as well of as the feelings of the predators. Sometimes it was painful to watch mostly when they described doing the acts or in the victims case things that were done to them. What shocked me the most is that the accusers seemed to show no remorse for the crimes that they committed. The served time ruined lives and tore apart churches and families and they said given the choice they would do it over again. Personally I can not understand this but these people have problems and it is my responsibility while I am in schools to protect children from unhealthy people like the ones in these videos.

The at SU and Pen State are good examples of people not reacting properly to very important information that could help and protect many young children that predators have access to. I thing Joe Paterno really made a big mistake when he heard about this horrible abuse and sis not take the appropriate steps to make sure it was dealt with properly. I do not know about the SU problem as much as I do with Pen State but it defiantly shows that these issues can have a large impact nationally as well as on individuals.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Ch 1

 1) Learning Through the Physical
The text book tells us that good P.E. can "both the cognitive and affective development of children"  this means that learning through the physical is important when teaching children. By learning through movement  students not only learn skills but also but important things like, communication self esteem and teamwork. Positively utilizing these methods while making games fun for kids will make will make the students respond better to Physical Activity for the rest of their lives. 

How does Physical Activity Impact Affective Growth? 
Physical activity impacts Affective Growth by helping kids learn self respect and how to respect others through physical activity. Affective Growth is defined  "learning that increases the ability of children to act, interact, and react effectively with other people as well as with themselves" Affective growth  is pretty much the growth of a child self esteem.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

St Mary's First Day!

So before observing for my first time I was very started to start working with kids in a real class room setting I have been waiting for that day for a long time. I was expecting some craziness but I discovered that it was a lot more hectic then I originality thought it was going to be. It was defiantly a good experience that I am looking forward to repeating.

As a whole St. Mary's after school program seemed very well organized, everyone seemed to know where and when the needed to be at places and with students. Students received lots of attention from my peers and the TAs it seemed to be a very good learning situation for everyone. The one thing that seemed to be  problem to me was that gym was a little over crowded. There was defiantly not enough space to have every one play the games they needed to in the gym but everyone had fun anyway.

Although I really enjoyed games like sharks and Minos and the parachute activities, what I enjoyed most was getting to know a fourth grader that was on the side for a concussion. Being that I had one recently I knew how bad it was to sit out and watch all of your friends sit on the side and have fun. I showed him how to roll a basket ball in his arms and her had fun learning that and although he took a while to open up  he seemed to have a good time which really made me happy.

Most of the older students had pretty well developed motor skills although some of the younger ones did not. This was such a good fun experience and I cant wait to do this the rest of the year!

First Class!

With in the first few weeks of coming to Cortland I have herd about the P.E. class called 201, This class seemed to be empathized as one of the most important classes that I was going to need to take. I heard taking it with Professor Yang was more difficult if you were not skilled with technology which I am not, but realizing that the internet is one of the most important and growing ways to market your self to get a job when I graduate I took on the challenge.
When I got into this class I was happy and relived to find that two of my best friends along with some other friends were in the class and that if I needed could help explain things to me regarding the blogs and other issues I encounter. The first day we reviewed a lot of the class policy as well as what the teacher expected of us. He explained to us how to handle the children so we wouldn't get in trouble or be put in situations that made us uncomfortable.
 So far I like blogging about this class I feel like it is a good way to show my growth and progression as a P.E teacher, and I am looking forward to looking back and seeing this later on in my career.

My first blog!

Blogs have always interested me, I have always wondered what blogs were and how they were used. Never did I ever intend on creating one to be perfectly honest, they never seemed to appeal to me as something I would enjoy doing in my free time as a general rule I have always tried to stay off the internet when I have spare time because I have always looked at it as a means of recreation that did not involve, getting up going out side and being physically active. I told my self it was better to go hangout with friends,surf, skate, ski, go exercise, learn a new instrument or how to cook new things or read new books. The idea behind this class of using blogging to enhance and share my skills a teacher seems to change all that around. Documenting my learning and growth seem like an effective way to use the internet to better my teaching as well as others.
  Over the winter session I was up at Cortland with the swim team for intersession. I am a diver who dives one and three meter. There were two a day practices a day  that kept me very busy but I did have just enough time to take an online psychology which will be helpful in becoming a teacher because teachers need to understand human behavior and how the mind works and I did need to take that class as well to graduate. So ending my first blog I would like to say this will be the first of many and I am excited to see how this new tool helps me reach my final goal of becoming a well rounded teacher!