Friday, October 24, 2008

Why Teach a Multicultural Game?

Yang had the class work in pairs and teach the class a sport from a different country were not accustomed to. But why? I know why, many new culture's our entering our teaching system and being isolated or forced to assimilate and adopt our culture. What about theirs are they required to push it away. instead as educators we should use culture as enrichment and use it to our advantage. We should adopt parts of their culture and use it in our class, we should want to learn more about different cultures and be interested in learning something new. We should respect and accept all differences. Teaching a multicultural game or games reminds up that we are not the only country around and other people from around the world have cool things to teach us. I think this lesson was a great idea. Me and my partner chose fistball a game that was formed in early roman years but is now spread out across the world. We focused on Germany. And so far, so good the class seems to be getting a hang of the game can't wait to teach lesson two and provide visual aid and history. The lesson is not yet perfected but with time comes progress. If the class is excited as I am this game should go well and everyone will be enjoying themselves. I'll keep you updated on what happens next......

Feedback = Motivation

We were told to teach the same lesson we taught in 255 the first time which was basketball this time incorporating feedback. I had no idea how important feedback was. When feedback was given my peers did a lot better with the focus of techniques in specific skills. I then had to complete a feedback sheet, and listen to myself as I gave feedback whether it was good job Joe or great getting low and keeping eyes up Jane. The more specific the feedback the better my peers improved. Also with feedback I notice motivation, the students showed me they wanted to do it correctly and at their very best. The motivation deserved recognition. It's amazing how each concept when teaching ties into each other and if you do a good job your students go home wanting to learn more, enjoying the game or sport, and learning their strengths and weaknesses. Teaching is a learning experience for both the student and teacher! Feedback is key for better outcomes.

My first P.E. Conference

October 10th was SUNY Cortland's annual mini conference hosted by the P.E. majors club APEM. I was asked to help work the conference so i walked around wearing a sign that said "Have any questions? ASK ME!" Boy was that fun I was a hit in the conference everyone wanted to wear one of these signs and smiled when they saw me. Ok so besides the work I did there I also got to participate in the opening act with Yang's 255 classes. This got the crowd moving and only took about 5 minutes. After we sat in the stands and were introduced to a ketnote speaker who spoke words that could make anyone's heart melt and be passionate about the job they do or the job they want to obtain. I ca not lie I shed a tear here and there. He is a well recognized adaptive P.E. teacher who has won many awards for his outstanding job in touching souls. We then all split up and went to different workshops the conference offered. I chose three which included a multucultural game, technology being offered to better P.E. classrooms, and cup stacking.All three presentations were worthwhile but i have to say cupstacking was my favorite and I all received free cups. what more can I say! I will bring cup stacking into my classroom. This was and experience I can just imagine how extreme large conferences are. Attending this conference is the reason why in November I will be attending Turning Stones Conference. Can't wait.....maybe I'll get more free stuff!