Monday, November 9, 2009
Bright and early I headed off to St. Mary's Pre-K class where I was able to observe the students behavior , as well as how they listened to their teacher's orders. What became evident at first was the way the students actually did listen to their teacher. As the day started, and more and more students arrived at the classroom , and the first thing they did was grab their first ditto they had to complete. They all started off with writing their name on five lines, and then progressed to coloring in different triangles, finally they ended with miscellanous animals that they had to color in. Once the students completed these three sheets ( some taking longer than other) they were then allowed to play freely until the entire class had arrived and finished their worksheets. It amazed me at how docile most of the children were in the morning, yet you still encounter some of the wilder ones as they warm up to you. This day gave me a great insight into the lives of teachers, as well as how the students perform in the classroom rather than playing with us in the gymnasium.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Today was the best lab so far, pre-k students are the ones who I have noticed socialize more with us the "College Kids" and are willing to go out of their comfort zone to introduce themselves to you. These students actually never complained once while I was in their presence, which shocked me to the point of astonishment. Everything they were told to do , they did with a smile on their face. When we moved onto the playground to have a little recess, the kids created great variations to old school Tag and Hide and Seek.
Dodgeball, a highly controversial game in today's physical education setting, is a game with multiple dangerous flaws in it. With just a few minimal adjustments to the rules it has the ability to return to its history of being one of the most played and revered games of physical education as a whole. One of the major controversies in dodgeball today is the fact that the game creates targets out of its participants. Most of all , when an individual in the game is eliminated from the game they must sit out and wait for the game to end. Instead of causing unwanted unoccupied time for the students to become restless and possibly even start to be mischievous , once someone is eliminated from the game they should either be placed in a jail that will allow them to catch balls from teammates to be released. In order for the game of dodgeball to be successful in the future, teachers must be innovative in their ability to manipulate the rules and regulations of everything that they teach so that they provide maximum enjoyment and physical exertion as possible.