Saturday, December 19, 2009
This is an extreme expansion on my obvious mastery of the idance system. I was able to provide a serie of task progressions that one would have to achieve on their way to becoming an i Dance master like myself or Bas. I also made sure theat there was an assessment to use in order to see how well one was completing various levels. I also made sure that my superintendent at my dream school was well aware of how important it is to have an iDance system at my school, and how beneficial it would be.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Throughout this semester I have compiled several artifacts, and tools that I thought would be beneficial to put into my professional portfolio. Some of these artifacts included the Lab D lesson plan for 255. one other artifact that I found very useful, was my lesson plan for teaching in my statistics class this year. This was the first time I tried teaching this new method, and writing the lessong plan up for it was fun and challenging at the same time.
Over Thanksgiving Break, and the saturday following Thanksgiving Break I helped out my former school by assisting in coaching their freshman basketball team. I had played basketball all through my tenure at Maine Endwell, and know a few things about the game. The coach for the freshman team, who happens to also have the same last name as me asked if I wouldnt mind helping out with the team during any free time that I had. I figured this would be a great chance to help burn off some of the holiday calories, so I jumped at the opportunity. I was able to help coach 5 different practices of 2 hours each. I think this helped with both my learning to become a teacher, and also with coaching, and also helped my liking for both as well.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Today I did my Lab D on Aerobics. This is with out a doubt the most fun I have had while teaching this semester. As you can tell by my outfit and extreme enthusiasm while teaching, I truly had a blast teaching aerobics today. A couple of the things that I thought I did very well were being enthusiastic and loud. I felt like everyone was really into it and having a really good time. I saw a lot of smiling and laughing going on while I was teaching, and sometimes that could mean that the students were not really paying attention, or not really into it. But in today's lesson it was because they were really having fun and enjoying what we were doing. Another thing I thought that I did very well was making sure that they were active for the majority of the class, and making sure that they were doing things that many of them had never done before. Introducing new things to people really helps with them being intrigued, and interested to participate. One thing I think I need to work on is making sure that the range of my voice changes. Although I am loud, sometimes I stay kind of monotone. But besides that, I thought my lesson went extremely well, and I was thrilled with how much fun everyone was having, and I think that me relax and have some fun myself. I feel that it is obvious that strides that I have made as a teacher through the course of the semester. I have always been comfortable in front of other people or students, however the confidence and work ethic that I had developed by the end of the semester was really noticeable to me, and hopefully to my professors. I only hope to continue improving as a teacher in the years to come.
Monday, October 26, 2009
For our Lab C me and Jason chose the country Poland, and decided to teach Team Handball. Although Poland did not really have a national sport. Handball was something that was really popular over there, and is widely liked in Poland. Although my teaching session had started off terrible because the homemade kielbasa that my uncle still makes down in Scranton did not fit into any of the pots that I had, so I was not able to cook it, and bring it into class for everyone to have. To make matters worse, my room mate had apperantly found a different way to cook the kielbasa, and ate it while I was gone for the weekend. As for my actual teaching, I thought that things went very well. I had a good visual aid that related to my country and the sport. Things also went very smoothly while teaching some of the different aspects of throwing in team handball. I felt that I spoke very clearly, and was able to keep the classes attention very well. I thought that I gave good examples, but needed to change positions while doing various demonstrations. I thought that I improved on keeping my eye on the entire class versus last time teaching. I would have to say that I let things go a little long, and we were not able to get into many variations. But for the most part I had a great time teaching this, and I felt like the class really enjoyed it as well. I think that I am improving everytime I teach, and cant wait till Lab D when I get to teach something that I am not really familiar with, like aerobics!!!
I had choosen to attend the Speed Stacking Session at the mini conference, because I had seen it on tv several times, and it had always intrigued me. How could pople do something like that so quickly? Well at this conference I learned how. Also at this session, they showed variations that a techer could use within their class that would add some more exercise to something that doesnt involve a whole lot of movement. I was really happy that I had gone to this particular session, and I even got a free set of stacking cups!!!
Although it has taken me a little while to get my blog situated, I wanted to adress my second time teaching. This time teaching I had to teach a particular part of the ultimate frisbee lesson. My particular part was the claw and the pancake. These were two diffrent ways to catch the frisbee once it was thrown. I thought that I was very informed, and prepared for how I was going to teach the class. I knew exactly how I wanted to go about adressing these different types of catches, and was very aware of the different types of cues that I wanted to make sure the class knew about. While I was teaching, I thought that my strong point, like before was being very confident, and speaking very clearly, and loud. I thought that i was able to keep their attention, and intrigue with what I was teaching. The one thing that I thought I needed to work on was the fact that I had turned my back a couple of times when I was giving feedback to a couple of students. While this was going on I noticed that some of the class just started to leave the room. Once I had gotten their attention, and got them back into class, the other part of class started to leave. I wasnt too rattled by this even though I had been the only student that had had something really happen at all while they were teaching. I thought I did a decent job of not letting it distract the rest of class, and keep on going with the lesson. But still must make sure that I keep a better eye, and dont let it get that far. Over all I really enjoyed teaching this lesson, and look forward to the next time I have to teach.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
This was my first time teaching, and I was hoping that I would be up to par with the various steps and procedures that we needed to do. Although I had missed the first day of class, when everyone had originally done their first teaching session, I felt like the practice we got in class the last couple of times would really help me with my teaching. I was pretty excited, and wanted to make sure that I was doing everything the correct way. I thought that I spoke very clearly, and loudly, and thought that I was able to provide good examples, and cues for everyone to use. I think that the one thing I really need to work on, is making sure that I dont use the term guys, when adressing the entire class. Also I think I need to make sure that I am very specific when giving directions to the students. Other than that I really enjoyed my first time teaching in this class, and was pretty happy with how I did.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
When first asked to try to compare freddie mercury's performance, and being a physical education teacher, I was a bit sceptical. What relation could a famous performer possibly have with those who want to be successful educators. But after watching the performance it was very clear how they are related, and how one should strive to bring the same type of energy and excitement to their job. He is able to get an enormous group of people who may not all be Queen fans greatly involved into his performance on stage. He is able to do this with a great amount of enthusiasm and love for what he is doing, even though it may be the 100oth time that he is doing it. I think the same goes for being an educator. You will most certainly be able to get the most out of your students, and have your students get the most out of what you are trying to teach, if you are enthusiastic and love what you are doing each and every time you do it. I thought that this was a very interesting corralation , and hope to be able to draw from it in the future.