Sunday, February 27, 2011

Cowboys and Outlaws Lab

During our last pre-lab meeting we dicussed the topic that is our upcoming lab at St. Marys. Since we have decided that our theme is going to Western, with sheriffs and cowboys, I had to adapt one of my games to this theme. I started out with Sailors and Sharks, but I changed the title to Sherrifs and Cowboys and kept the concepts the same. I believe this game will be well liked by the students because I remember playing a variation of a game like this when I was in school, and it was one of my favorites. Even though this isn't our next lab, I am still really looking forward to it.
Hopefully this time however, i'll have not just a red golf shirt, but a cortland one as well.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Supersize Me

In one of my classes we were watching the film Supersize Me, which I am sure you are all familar with. This movie takes an interesting look at the obesity trends of youth in America. I've seen the film several times, but this as a now physical education, I noticed an interesting part within the film that dealt with physical education. In this part of the film they looked at two particular phys. ed. programs throughout the nation.
The first program was in a mid-western middle that had facilities similar to that of the Tolmek facility on Cortland's campus. This one of the most well-run phys. ed. programs in the nation, and showed with their students being significantly under the nations average for obesity. This school was really doing things right. On the other hand, the film looked at another program that was the exact opposite. This program only one gymnasium and students only met for physical education once at week. This school also had extremely unhealthy lunch, and these tow factors really showed within the student population as far as obesity went. These are just two looks at how physical education can be, and should be, and the sad thing is that when it's done wrong, it's the children who are affected.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

St. Marys

This was our second time visiting St. Marys School in downtown Cortland and was definitely  memorable experience. My group was stationed to the cafeteria where we intermingled with the students and got to know them on a personal level. This will not be the type of work one would normally do in a physical education setting, however it is still important to get experience getting to know the students and learning how to connect with them. While in the cafeteria I played various board games with the kids. I also learned from Michael that the rule for connect four is tie goes to the student. After time in the cafeteria we moved up to the gymnasium and played along with the students. And for a lucky number of us, we got some professional training on how to jump rope properly by Kasey. As well as playing jump rope, we played different basketball games and also some soccer. Even though the lab was two hours long the time flew by. Definitely another awesome experience at St. Mary's School.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

New Food Pyramid

With the FDA coming out with a new food pyramid it is imperative for students to become aware these changes. I think the best class for students to find out about these is in a physical education setting. In an effort to help students aware and practice healthy eating habits you can incorporate this information into various games. For example, you could have a tag game in which some students are sugars, fats and candy's, and other students can be various fruits and vegetables of there own choice and when you get tagged you switch over to the opposite food group. This is a good opportunity to help explain good and bad foods to children and make them aware of the food pyramid make healthy choices at young ages. This following link is to the FDA's official website and gives some interesting information regrading the food pyramid