Wednesday, February 23, 2011

NFL Play 60 - "The Movement"

As the weather starts to brighten up, lets take some time to go outside and PLAY. NFL Play 60, is a movement that is taking off. We can help promote it to our students. We are striving to achieve 60+ minutes of activity time daily. Check out all the features NFL Play 60's Website has to offer. Lets continue to educate the youth population and encourage them to go PLAY!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Midway Lanes Regional Bowling Tournament

Saturday October, 23, 2010 – Vestal

This Special Olympics event was a bowling event for individuals of 22 years of age and older. Teams from within the Southern Tier Region competed. Frank Padolecchia, Tom Burke and I made the trip down to Midway Lanes in Vestal. We were greeted by John Crosby who has been running this event for many years now. Anyways he was happy to have us and dubbed us the “Cortland Crew.” He gave us the run down of what we were to for the day starting with registration and for the second part of the day following registration. Other volunteers were mostly college aged students as well coming from Binghamton University which is only right down the street.

As teams showed up together sporting their team shirts the ally started to fill up. Many of the competitors were ready to start on up. Even though athletes came with their teams, it was still an individual event. Lanes were divided up by age and athletes competed against their own sex. As soon as we got our lane assignments we set up the score sheet, plugged the names in on the screen and then began bowling! I had a lane of males and a lane of females in the 40 + age bracket. There were a couple of particularly good bowlers in my lane, one of which had a high streak of 4 strikes in a row. After the beginning commotion earlier in the day, recording scores was smooth sailing. Also we just had to keep the order of the athletes for scoring purposes. Two games were played with a brief intermission in-between. During the games there was a lot of down time as athletes awaited their turn so we were just conversing about sports, what was happening in the news. The competitors could really carry out a conversation. After the last frame I tallied up the scores and submitted my sheet to John who then presented the athletes with their award based on how they did in competition.

This was overall a good experience for me. I got to see how this event compared to the previous event I did (Fall Games). It was definitely smaller but still a good amount of athletes for a regional competition. I added 7 more volunteer hours making my total tally 15. Another added bonus was that we all got Special Olympics shirts as a token of appreciation. I will wear it proudly!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Special Olympics Fall Games

Friday October 1, 2010 – Seneca Falls

The Special Olympics Fall Games is a huge event and I was happy to be a part of it. Today we were setting up for the games introduction ceremony as well as the events that were to follow in the up coming days. Chris Heim and I arrived at Seneca Falls bright and early that morning. Upon arriving there were a couple of Special Olympics personnel around but really not much activity. Once we wondered for a little bit we ran into Bill (who presented at our mini-conference), and he was stunned we were there and ready to help. To make a long story short they were not expecting any volunteers till 12 noon. We were there at 8 am, how fitting. Anyways after we had a good laugh, we got put to work. Chris and I had a hand in the setup of the games. Although we did not get a chance to work directly with the athletes, we still did our share. We put up tables for registration, sales, constructed soccer goals, set up fields etc. Pretty much you name it, we did it. That kept us busy up until other volunteers started to show up.

As other volunteers began to add up we had a meeting with the staff. This was to work out some of the logistics for the next two days. This event would be for not if there was not nearly the time people donate and put in. A lot of hours go into planning the games. The hours that we volunteers donate are what makes the games happen. It was cool interacting with some of the other people as everyone had a different story on how they got connected with the organization. Ages ranged from other college aged students to retired couples. All who just want to lend a hand and help out. The rest of the time spent was more practical rather then physically setting up. Here is a link that gives an overview of what will be taking place for the weekend.

All in all I ended up accumulating 8 hours toward my goal of 20. This experience was valuable to me as it gave me the chance to see first hand how the games was set up and run. Also on a side note it worked out in our favor getting there super early. This gave us the opportunity to interact and shadow the Special Olympics big wigs. All were personable and happy to have us. I was in contact in Stacy Gioeli who is the director of volunteer management. This is beneficial as I can get in touch with her to take advantage of future opportunities she may have in store for me.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

End of the year wrap-up

Well what can I say other than it has been a successful semester. Thanks to Dr. Yang for showing us the ways of PE, and also to his TA staff: Toby, Russ, Kristen, John, and Melissa. I have taken a lot of positive experiences from this class, and really feel that I have improved greatly from day one. Here I have a collaboration of pictures taken throughout the semester of myself both teaching and participating. I used Animoto Video to form a pretty cool slide show with a sound clip attached!
Also thanks for all that have followed throughout the semester and have a great winter break!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

EXS 197 Mentor

Throughout this semester I have spent some of my time mentoring a group of 6 new incoming PE majors, 5 freshmen, and one transfer. My job was to help them get acquainted to the major by coaching them through the lab portion of the class. EXS 197 has been a MWF lecture class in the past, but with change going on in our program we have exchanged one of those class days with an activity lab with the focus trying to have future majors refine any basic skills that may need refining. Also in this lab students are given a background of a few styles of how PE used to be, and we found out the those ways were not as fun as what we have planned here at SUNY Cortland!
As stated before, the students I T.A. for are new to the major so it was my job to really transition them into it, and give them a background of the classes we take, and that we are in a serious major, and just also a few tips on professionalism: appropriate dress, being on time, and communication skills, as well as some other important characteristics. This truly is a good class because I feel it helps kids to see what PE is about their freshmen year in stead of waiting longer in your stay here at Cortland. Throughout this year a few students were turned away from the major because of this class, and it is good that they realized that before they got into any real block class's.
The last few weeks of class were focused towards skill testing of the critical elements. There was a sequence of 11 skills that were to be completed one after another and each student was then accessed based on there ability to preform the critical elements. The goal was to have every student be at a level of about a 3, this would provide an adequate class room demonstration and that is something that could be easily achieved with a little bit of practice each week throughout the semester. After it was all done all of my students obtained an average of a 3 on all the skills. I was real proud of them because they put in work throughout the year and then in the end it paid off. Great job!!!
I will be looking into helping out with this class again next semester if my schedule allows it to, but if not this was a great learning experience for me and I am glad I was chosen to be a part of it.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


What a load off to finish the final Lab-D experience. There was a lot of anticipation leading up to this lesson and once it got under way it all started to flow together. I was assigned the topic of aerobics and in our small teaching groups (Rob and Mike) we each picked a concentration of aerobics and I chose the step version. Each lesson leading up to this final one was brought about specific points of emphasis and all were drawn together in the end. The preparation for this lab required far more time and planning then the previous 3. Also with this lesson it was good to be solely on your own as it was a test to see what you as a PE Teacher were made of. Another requirement that was to be met in this lab was to incorporate the use of technology and for my lesson I used music to keep the tempo of exercise up and also to create a good environment for the students. Also there was a Wii Fit station set up in the gym, and this was used as a means to reward good behavior and for students that were staying on task. To take a look at what activities were scheduled for the class check out my Lesson Plan before continuing on with the rest of my reflection.

Now getting into the bulk lesson, I focused on 4 specific steps that I thought were interesting and also were not to hard to pick up at the same time. They were as follows: A-Step, Corner to Corner, Hop Turn, and I-Step. I had a poster for each step that broke it down into its different parts, where to start and also listed were the actual steps. The way I had the class set up was that I made each individual step its own station and there was about 4 students per station. I went over how to briefly do each step and then from there I pumped up the music and let the students get physically active while I cleared up any questions or confusion students might of had. There was approximately 2 minutes spent at each station before everyone rotated on to the next step. Now this rotation part of the lesson is a part of the class that was weak and I did not really explain myself to well in the beginning so I balm myself for the increased amount of time in between stations. By taking a look at my Time Coding Form you can quickly see when students were changing tasks. In the beginning of class I thought of a good idea to minimize wait time and confusion I handed out stickers to everyone, which then decided your group for you so we as a class could get right into the start of the lesson. Though I did not think about the transitions between step stations before hand it was clear in the see in the video that time could have been saved if the issue was addressed upon the start of the activity. A way to fix this issue would have simply just stated the order of rotation and also I could have called out a locomotor movement or something to pick up the pace to avoid walking and kids dragging their heals before practicing at the next step station.

Throughout this lesson I was able to make my way around the gym to offer help and feedback, to most, even though it can not all be scene or herd in the video. Also the fact that this 15 minute teaching allotted time was our longest experience yet, it is still not really enough time to really get around to all individuals and give good constructive feedback to really help them out. You do seek out the kids with questions or that are really struggling. While looking at the Feedback Analysis Form for my lesson you can see that I was able to reach out to just over half of the class with feedback, but for the most part a lot of the feedback was skill and cue related which is what we want. Feedback that is cue and skill specific lets the students know exactly what they are doing right, and also on the flip side what they might need to do to fix/ correct a skill to get it right.

For an overall evaluation of how I thought my lesson have a look in at the C-9 form that I completed. As you will notice I hit quite a few of the points on the check list and feel free to evaluate me as well using this blank form while viewing my video. Thanks for reading and watching!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Lab C- "Curling on Ice!"

Here we are now in November, and with this time comes the years colder weather, so our class prepared for it by holding the days lesson in the ice arena. My partner and I (Brad) taught our International Lab C on a Curling Unit. Curling, the sport form, began in Scotland in the 16th century. The game has now evolved to what we see today competed at the games highest level in the Olympics. Other Curling Associations are in place and are successful, but is just not popular enough, yet for recreation play.

Now into the bulk of our lesson but first have a look at our Lesson Plan. Brad started off the class period and got us all acquainted with the ice as everyone seemed excited with the change of atmosphere. The cues for the day were the 3 L's of Curling: locate, lean, and let go. These work for all the types of throws in Curling which are, the draw, take-out, and guard. My lesson focus was on the take-out throw as we targeted in on Locating the pin. I did this in two ways first through the game f King Pin, and then worked up to more of a game type scenario by throwing with the presence of a friendly stone. While teaching this lesson I felt comfortable and confident, even though before hand was pretty nervous. Once I got into the swing of things the lesson started to flow. Parts that need to be work on for the future is that I need to just say what needs to be said and get caught up on one issue. This will come with more practice of the lesson. This comes into play when explaining drills or games for students to play. For this lesson the activity time was down from my previous class, but that can be due to the differing topics. Have a look for yourself at my Time Coding Form. This document shows what is going on in the class broken down every 10 seconds.

After watching the clip of my lesson, I realized a few things: one I never really did a demonstration, and two I really did not give much individual feedback. You can see for yourself by viewing my Feedback Analysis Form. I did engage the class and interact with them going down the lines checking up on the scores. I would personally not really consider that Feedback, but could be more of a check up to keep students on task. Throughout the class however I did reinforce the cues while making my way across the ice trying to stress the importance of Locating your target before Letting go. Also in dealing with the ice and the set up of the class I was really in control, but that at the same time that made it more difficult for me to get around the class to every individual. Ways I could improve on these areas could be to possibly single out groups, and then point out the good and poor parts of their attempt. This could be used as a demonstration if the group really has the skill down and a good way to give feedback too.

In closing I have to say that its a good thing I did not have to do a Transcription Analysis Form because every time I addressed the class I said "you guys." Not until the very end did I say "boys and girls," so over the next couple of weeks before my Lab D teaching experience I will try my best to kick the habit. That's all folks! Thanks for reading!