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.