Monday, October 26, 2009

Up, Up, and Away!

Last Wednesday, my group and I did our superhero based activities at St. Marys. When we all walked into the gymnasium the kids all were super excited about our costumes (except the girl who called me a monster). It was great to see all of the kids enthusiastic about being there and you could tell they really wanted to get going with the activities. We started out up in the gymnasium and set up our space game. Basically what the kids had to do was go to the different "planets" when told to do so, and each planet had a different movement they were supposed to do on the way there and back. For instance, they had to gallop to Venus, continue gallopping through the hula hoops and gallop back to Earth. During all of this I noticed the differences between the students. Although most of them were the same age, some were much more advanced in their movements, which is to be expected in any school setting, especially in the elementary setting.

By far the most moving thing that I've seen at St. Mary's so far was a kid named Harold. I saw him sitting alone over at the one table and sat down with him, along with Matt, Jenna and Miles. He seemed like he didn't want to interact with the other students and just seemed like he was feeling down. I asked him what types of sports he likes, because we were on the topic of sports. He said he liked kickball a lot, and football too, but he "sucked" at football, and "couldn't even make a tackle." I told him "That's no way to talk about yourself. Just because you're not as good at something as you think you should be that isn't any reason to get down on yourself about. That just means it's something you should work on, set goals on and work towards them." I think he was just being hard on himself though, because he obviously wasn't an unathletic kid...he was the best kid out there when we played kickball, and I made sure to give him a high five or something every time he came around for a score.

At the end of class Pat led everyone with an animal song that we all walked around the circle and pretended to be whatever animal Pat said. Activities like that are great for the kids because they let them not only move around but act goofy and have some fun with the song too.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Lab 1 Reflection

On October 7, me and my group "The Leaping Lizzards" (yes, we purposely spelled it incorrectly) went to St. Mary's for our first official lab for PED 201 and boy oh boy was it fun. We started in downstairs in the cafeteria. When we got there the students were just finishing up their snacks, so while they were finishing up Miles, Matt, Jenna and I went into the storage area and pulled out a bunch of games for them to play. They included: legos, carpet checkers, Mr. Potato Head, a big ferris wheel type thing, and many other miscellaneous games. Me and Matt sat down with a group of students at one table as they played with the building block things, legos, and ferris wheel. It was interesting to watch the students as they made many different things out of the materials on the tables, mostly things that I would assume are important to them (ex: one girl made a phone, another girl made a sled, one boy made a car) and they were always trying to one-up each other by making their creation more detailed than the others. I found it very interesting, as well as entertaining. The students didn't hesitate to talk with Matt and I, talking about what they were learning in their subjects, what they liked about each of their classes, etc. And of course I can't forget George. George tried pulling a fast one on Matt and I, telling us he was from Australia, complete with an Aussie accent and everything. Apparently he had been doing this all day, and the girls at the table were laughing at us because we were pretending to believe him. Pretty funny, guess you had to be there though. Oh well.

After a little while our group moved upstairs to the gymnasium, where we played soccer, duck duck goose, and football using without a doubt one of the most ridiculously enormous footballs I have ever seen in my entire life. This football was probably two feet in diameter and four feet long. It was hilarious to play with. We played duck duck goose for the longest, because everyone was having so much fun (I'll admit I was having tons of fun playing it). Now, since I'm a noob when it comes to variations of duck duck goose, I was unaware of "the cookie jar." The cookie jar is in the middle of the circle and you go there if you end up getting tagged by the person you "goosed." So that's another thing I absorbed from lab 1. At the end of our time there Jack treated us to a session of "shake your sillies out." Hilarious and so much fun. Everyone seemed to really enjoy it a lot. I have a lot of fun during my time at St. Mary's on Wednesday and I am really looking forward to going back for lab 2 and introducing the students to the game that my group and I selected, it's going to be a blast.