Thursday, January 26, 2012

First Day at St. Mary's

The first day was extremely overwhelming. There was so much going on it was hard to know exactly what to do or where to interject myself. It was never my plan to teach young kids and this only made me agree with that decision even more. Kids are great, but kids in large quantities are chaotic and stressful. I am hopeful that it will get easier and I won't be so overwhelmed next time.
Lab 1

Affective Growth

Affective growth is learning that increasing the ability of children to act, interact, and react effectively with other people as well as with themselves (Developmental Physical Education For All Children. pg, 20). This basically means the surroundings for a child are very important to how they develop, on a social level and an emotional level. Physical activity can impact affective growth by creating a social environment, building confidence in children and giving them an understanding of themselves and their abilities.

"Learning Through the Physical"

Learning through the physical means to me exactly what it says. It is teaching life skills through physical activity. It's not just teaching the skills of the game or activity but actually interjecting life lessons such as teamwork, paying attention and following directions, respect for yourself and others, etc..

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First Class

Our first class was packed with a good deal of information about what is expected of us this semester. I am not big on the whole blogging scene. I think it's irrelevant to becoming a Physical Education teacher. I am excited for a future in teaching PE/coaching and inspiring the youth like my PE teacher inspired me.

First Blog

My first reaction to blogging is I am not a big fan. It seems irrelevant to the class and to being a Physical Education teacher. Over the break I worked at Greek Peak with the goal of making the experience more fun for everyone. Helping to keep a positive and encouraging atmosphere for the new skiers/boarders because it can be frustrating learning. Also keeping a fun environment for the already skilled riders. Helping them out whenever possible.