Thursday, February 24, 2011

A group of four, or four groups of one?

As an assignment in my PED 201 class I and my lab group were assigned to do a power-point presentation on a chapter in our book. There is myself and three other lab partners. We all decided to read the chapter and split the objectives up so we all got an even amount of the work. The only problem was that we all did just our objectives. The power-point was online and therefore we did not meet outside of class to talk about the presentation. We all put up our slides, and the necessary information. When all of our slides were finally done, i went back and looked at the presentation. I was not happy with what we had done to say the least. Doing a presentation is like telling a story, you need to have a certain rhythm and flow to the presentation and ours from my eyes was the complete opposite. You can tell the four people put their own ideas in each slide and did not talk about making a comparison or rhythm to each slide. After watching a presentation go today in class, I along with my group members decided we needed to change up our presentation. We all decided on a date this weekend where we can get together and make our presentation better as a group and not individuals. When working with a group of people it is important that you cooperate and work off each other rather than everyone giving their own ideas. Combining and building off each others ideas is a much more successful situation and for the most part the group as a whole will be happier. While i am talking about a presentation with my lab partners, this message goes out to all activities, events, sports, etc. Taking criticism from your peers as well as giving positive feedback can truly make the difference in something that is just okay and something that is great. Teamwork is the best option!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Putting a SPARK in your day

This past weekend i attended a SPARK program that was held at SUNY Cortland. If you haven't heard of it you should look into it. It's a great program that gets you certified in SPARK, an up and coming program in the world of physical education. The course wen't from 830-330 and was a lot of fun all around. We learned several new techniques of teaching students. As well as several new games. There is plenty more information that i now have at my disposal through online websites provided by SPARK.


Today was our first day at St. Mary's school. To be blunt, it couldn't have gone any better. Today was an all around success. We started off by jumping right into games with the kids by playing several different versions of tag. Needless to say the kids had a great time and it wore them out as well. I have to give a congratulations to all of my peers and myself for doing a great job getting involved right off the bat with the kids and running their own activities. This past weekend i learned about the 80-20 rule and today was a perfect example of using it. While most of the kids understood what they were suppose to do in each tag game a few of them didn't so instead of standing around and explaining it better we got right into the activities and better explained it to the kids that didn't understand what they were suppose to do. I had a blast today with the kids. They all were very excited for each activity as they could barely wait for instructions to start to the games. Getting them under control was a challenge at some points but that was to be expected and i feel we all did a great job with handling the situation. Can't wait to have the next lab at St. Mary's. I know the kids as well as my fellow peers will have a great time as we did today!