Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lab D Cleanup!

Resources for powerpoint.

lab d powerpoint.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Letter for DDR

To Superintendent
It is common knowledge that obesity problems are escalating in our society. We need to inform our students of the dangers of inactivity and also teach them ways to counter the growing trend. The activity in physical education classes’ isn’t enough to keep our youth healthy and fit. We need to teach them activities that will benefit them outside the classroom. We need to inspire them to be active. They need to have the heart and desire and interest in activity or nothing will be accomplished. Often times we hear about how videogames are keeping the youth of today inside and glued to the television set. Well what if we could incorporate videogames and physical activity? It’s definitely possible. There is a game out where people stand up watch a screen and attempt to follow the actions on the screen. At first that might sound boring as if a waste of time however there's more to it. The students stand on a mat, which is touch responsive and records the student’s skills and ability to keep up with the game. The students will be able to track their progress and therefore will be motivated. After all isn’t that the number one thing we need to try and achieve is to get our students motivated. The game is dance dance revolution and is spreading worldwide in homes as well as arcades. The game is a rhythmic game where the students try to follow the steps on the screen to pop music songs. Sounds perfect right. We are trying to reach out to our youth to be more active so lets give them an activity that relates to them. The kids love pop culture and dance music. Why not exercise in an environment that is more comfortable and accommodating to the student’s interests? We often hear about the kids who stand in the back don’t participate in physical education class. Many times its because they don’t have the skill level as others and in a way are targeted and embarrassed. We need to change that. What’s great with DDR is that there are different levels of difficulty. The game can be played split screen so that less skilled students could work on an easier difficulty than more skilled students. What we need for equipment is a videogame system, along with mats, a projector and a portable screen. The environment for the game is set up so that all students face the screen where the game is projected and focus their attention on it. What’s nice about that is that everyone will feel comfortable in their own ability because they wont be singled out. All the students will have to pay attention to the screen. They will be preoccupied to worry about how well or how poorly someone is doing. That will absolutely spur more involvement from students. Students will no longer have to worry about being singled out. They will be able to exercise while having fun and building confidence. I would like you to think this over and consider adding it to the curriculum. Other schools are achieving great success with the system in place. I have a large assortment of information for you to see such as a k through 12 scope and sequence. I also have a slideshow presentation available to you with many visuals so that you can get a greater grasp on what I’m trying to accomplish.
Thank You For Your Time
Dan Murphy

Monday, April 26, 2010

Videogames in PE?

Well the story for lab D is a long and stressful one. I was hoping to get golf, swiming, bowling, anything that i had some knowledge and interst into. However the unthinkable happened. I was assigned to teach DDR. Its funny in a way because i actually asked the one of the TAs if she whould see whay she could do to make sure that i didnt have to teach DDR. Hey who would have thought that i would be teaching it. I guess deep down inside i knew all along that that was what i was going to be teaching. My prior knowledge on DDR before being assigned to it was that of near... hmm nothing. I really had to indulge into the game and speand some time playing at home while mom and dad laughed at me dancing in the living room. I was having a miserable time for quite awhile trying to figure out how to put the game into a lesson plan. However i finally put it all together and came up with a gameplan. This teaching lab trully was my most stressful experience in school. Ive just never been so worried or paranoid about something. The weekedn before i had trouble sleeping and the times i tried to get it off my mind i couldnt get it out of my head. It really consumed me. It threw me off a little. The fun factor completely diminished with all the work involved and worry about hitting everything on the C9 form. Im not exactly a class clown but im usually the loud one that everyone has no trouble telling that im having a blast. When watching my videos i dont even look like myself. I didnt smile much. I didnt have much enthusiasm. Truth is it was hard to have fun when i was so worried about teaching. The teaching aspect took me over.It took me out of my comfort zone. It made me act like a robot. Thats completely what i didnt want to happen. Overall i wasnt happy with how my lesson went. When i talked to the other students afterwards they said it went well but its not the same when you are teaching. I made several mistakes that werent big deals but im hard on myself and they took alot out of me while i was teaching. If i were to teach DDR again i feel like i could do much better because i could learn through my mistakes. My lesson had way too much instruction and management time according to my time coding form
There were alot of things that had planned in my lesson that i had forgot to do while in my lesson. I wanted to have everyone switch mats after every lesson or song. I completely forgot about that until i had half my lesson over with already. I had planned on walking around and giving feedback throughout my entire lesson however i didnt get to walk around until i got the students into the training mode. Something that was hard was trying to run the DDR changer and work with the students at the same time. If i had more time and multiple lessons i would teach the students how to changed the lessons and songs and all that jazz. That way i could focus on helping students and try to change up the tasks for them to keep their interest better. SOmthing i lacked in my lesson was intratask variation. That was something i would have liked to have hit on so that was disapointing not to have included. One thing that i was very pleased with was that all the technology ran smoothly. I figured it out and that on its own is a miracle. i was so stressed trying to get all the equipment up to the gym for the lesson. Then i was in a pinch getting set up because there was a class in the gym before i had the floor.I recieved help from students in class getting set up from Miles and Amanda and that was so helpful. This really was one heck of an experience. I cant say im not glad its over because i am. Im getting pounded with work this semester. And there isnt alot of time left to get it all done. Back to DDR. My final thoughts on it are that it is a great tool for phys ed teachers. I think that it absolutley has a place in class and that it helps students in many ways aside from cardio. It really stimulates the mind and requires alot of thinking. Whats nice about it is its a life long activity. Its something students can do at home and in the future.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Murphys Law

Well as you all know the popular law is that anything that can go wrong will go wrong. My session wasnt taped because of some malfunction which is really no problem. It just made it difficult to fill out my forms. That go aloong with my lesson. Well aside from that to refelct on my lab c i think i did an average job. I showed good enthusiasm and was happy with my hook and the way my class flowed from activity to activity. I'll be honest by the time i was up to teach i think the class was more than ready to get off the ice. Lets get real the majority of us down right skate awful. So we were struggling as well as becoming sore for we werent used to whereing skates. Im sure some of my peers got some nice blisters out of the deal. I was a little deflated trying to teach a lesson to students who i could clearly see really wanted nothing to do with it. I suppose however that thats the way teaching is going to go. Another obstacle that i faced was that i taught last out of all four of us on speed skating. Alot of the points i wanted to address in my lesson were already taken. I was kind of going ont he fly in a way. That made things nerve wrecking for me. The time really flew by on my lesson. I went to wallmart and bought some hulla hoops a big ball and cones for an activity and i never even got to the activity. I even made a really big visual aid explaining the bisual aid. Speaking of the visual aid my history visual aid had facts similar to other students. We all probably googled speed skating and took the same history facts. I also lost have the rink when the open skaters came in. I was upset with myself for the amount of feedback that i gave. I feel that i hit on many of the items on the C9 form but i know i missed several important things. I addressed safety but it was hard to plan a lesson without having a pre assessment of the students skating abilities. We had such avariety of skills on the ice. Some of the students were ex hockey players and some hadnt skated in years. Thank goodness no one got hurt. i really thought we should have had helmets on. But im a worry wart to begin with. i was in charge and i was teaching but i got annoyed when i asked the students how many had played chuck the chicken before. Everyone raised there hand and said they knew how to play. Well when the game started people came skating to me asking what the heck was goign on. Well lesson learned. No matter if students say they know what they are doing im going to be specific and teach as if they know anything. From the first day of class up to today im learnig loads. When looking at my time coding sheet im happy with my lesson.I had everyone moving and active for the majority of the lesson. There was very little time where they were standing around. Overall the on ice teaching experience was a good time while atthe same time quite a challenge. I hope to improve frommy mistakes in lab D.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mule Kick

My lab b experience was really stressful for me. Im really happy to have done as well as i did. Going into something being nervous is awful. I was nervous because the material i was teaching was really difficult and im not smooth at adapting on the go or on the fly. I could hardly do my jump roping how was i supposed to teach them to everyone. MY fear was that no one would try them and that everyone would be bored and i wouldnt know how to respond. So getting started with the lesson trully was difficult and truthfully not a joyous experience for me.However as i watched my video i dont think that the lab went as poorly as i though. I'll tell you what, when Amy threw her rope at me and started giving me a hard time i kind of froze. I didn't really know what to do. I was a bit paraniod this time because during the last lab half of my class ran into the closet without me knowing. So i really didnt want to focus much on her because i didnt want to get off track with my lesson and loose track of the rest of my students. I realized fast that disruptions really are a pain in the neck. I was happy with the job i did. I made better comments and more specific feedback this time around. I think that my language and vocabulary improved during this lab also. I rationed my time well as is expressed in my time coding analysis. I hope that my next experience wont be as stressful and that i sound more confident when i study my transcript.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Audio for A1

From all my experiences at cortland in 201 and 255 i think i learned the most from this lab.I learned that it is very easy to loose your class. You cant turn your back on them for a second. Doing the worksheets after listening to my audio i learned that my feedback is weak. I think i did well in other aspects but the feedback was all general and for the most part directed towards the entire class. I could hardly fill in the feedback form because there was about nothing to write down or record. I need to be specific and make my feedback more congruent to the cues that i teach. My transcript form really opened my eyes to what i addressed in my lesson and what i didnt address. I have alot to learn and this activity really helped me understand.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Video For Dog Patch football

Transcript and Time code for dog patch football

After viewing my video i made a transcript and a time code for my teaching segment. I think i spoke really well in my instructional time. I really didn't put those ums and ahhs into it like i thought i might have. I was for the most part on the ball with what i had to say. What stood out to me was my use of feedback. I provided alot of posative reinforcement to the students however it was very general and not specific at all or even specific towards any individuals. So that was an eye opener and something that i can use to improve in my future trials. Another thing that i noticed while watching the video is my use of slang and as i call it farm talk. Im seriously the unconventional PE student. Ive worked a farm for over 7 years working with alot of different types of people and unfortunately i have picked up some poor vocabualry and slang. I suppose you could say that i talk as if im not the brightest sometimes. Truth is its habbit it's like a cultural thing that has happened to me. In the future i will try hard to be more professional and more proper in my speaking.

Looking at the time coding sheet im pleased with the amount of time i put into instruction and into the students activity time. I bent the rules for the activity. We were supposed to teach a skill and i got awy from that and taught a game which in turn got everyone active. It needed to be done. I think that as future educators we need to be prepared for everything and im sure that everyone was gettting bored of the volleyball bump and the soccer pass. After my activity several people complamented me and said they enjoyed it. Thats what it's all about to me. If you're not having a good time why do it?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Time Coding
After reviewing my video and and analyzing it to the time coding worksheet i realized that i didnt do that bad of a job. My activity time for the activity was around sixty percent which is about right. My instructional time and management time were also distributed well. The amount of time i speant in waiting was my downfall. Im not upset with that though because the students were running to pick up the footballs. This was a nice exercise to get a nice look at what areas we focused on. I know that when i did the teahing that i felt that i was rushed and that i flew through the directions. i see in the video a little confusion in the begining. Next time i would like to be more clear with my directions. I feel as though my voice was clear and that the students followed the directions well after getting the hang of the drills that i established. I would like to have had more space for the number of students that i had so that everyone could have got more reps.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Putt Putt Tips

After watching my video the things that ive learned from this experience are that i used to many cues. I feel as though i put too much time into teaching the putting stroke and probably made things more confusing. Thats a problem with teaching something that is so common and familiar with yourself. Sometimes its hard to remember that not everyone has some experience in what you are teaching. I feel as though my voice and volume are in pretty good shape. My video looks a little strange at times and i lost my attention because at one time the camera tipped down on the tripod and i lost my focus another time when someone whistled really loud. I thought that Dr.Yang or someone was trying to signal our attention. Overall i think i did well but if i could do it again i would make things more simpler and insert fewer cues.

Dan Murphy Intro

In think i did well with my intro i just wish i spoke a little louder and was better prepeared. It was tough to do it on the fly.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Teaching Experience in 255

I had a really good time with the first day of class. I suppose i should have taken the teaching experience more seriously. I was having alot of fun with it. I realized after i finished my teaching segement that i was the only one of the students who participated while teaching. I dont know whether that is acceptable or not. I just got caught up in it and was having a good time. I think if i could have gone back i would have been more propoer in my position and made sure there was no confusion. I think everyone enjoyed my drills because they got to move around and have a little more freedom than in some of the other activities. I saw people were laughing and smiling so i think it went well. If i could have done it again i wouldnt have participated and been more in tune to helping others and organization.