Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Sommersautls: The Debut

First off, we need to thank David Sommer for allowing us to use his last name (pronounced "summer") to make the best pun ever.

Second, thank you to our TA's Matt and Steve for joining us in our fantastic dance number.

This is the first of many performances to come for the Sommersaults, stay tuned to watch the Sommersaults progress through PED 201!

Virtus Training is No Joke

Sister Harriet came down to our class last week on Monday and Wednesday to guide us through Virtus training. We watched two different videos on sexual harassment and had discussions after to discuss how the videos made us feel and what we took away from the video's various messages.

Sexual Harassment is a topic that people don't usually feel comfortable talking about, and I was impressed with both the videos we watched and the way our class handled themselves during the discussion after.

What sticks out in my mind is the fact that they interviewed both the sexual harasser and the victim. I could never imagine someone being able to say, "if I could I would do it again," when asked if they were given the opportunity to sexually harass someone. But in a way I am glad that I got to hear that because now I know that I can't be too naive to the fact that people like that exist in this world. It's not something that you can go around assuming all the time, but I think that if I ever truly saw warning signs I would look further into it, rather than just brushing it off.


Recently everyone has heard about all the different scandals nation wide regarding sexual harassment, but no two are more common in the northeast than the Penn State and Syracuse University scandals. You could go on and on for days arguing about whether or not Paterno has any fault in this matter but to make things simple here is my opinion in short. Was he obligated by law in Pennsylvania to pursue the investigation of the case when he first received word, no. Morally however, he should be held to a little higher standard in my opinion, being someone who is so influential to young people and is seen as a leader. Simply put, that is my opinion. Reading up on Sandusky's charges it seems that 10 people have charged him with sexual assault and this friday he will be receiving the names of those 10 people. To let something like this go on for so long you can't blame just one person, I am sure there are many people who are at fault at Penn State, but like I said before sexual harassment is something that is hard to talk about.

I have not been following the SU scandal very much but I do remember reading this article back in November and thinking that the guy who wrote it was crazy. Dimitry Loselevich writes, "Is what Fine did really worse than Bernie Madoff cheating thousands of investors out of billions of dollars? What about Muammar Gaddafi ordering the bombing of a plane and killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members?" I couldn't believe that he even hinted at the fact that what Madoff and Gaddafi did were "worse" than what Fine had done. Sexual Harassment doesn't always leave physical scars but it destroys someone emotionally. To me that's as bad as it can possibly get. 

I could go on for days about this probably so I will save you the time reading and end there.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Chapter 1 Questions

Learning Through the Physical: 

According to our text book learning through movement is based on that fact that "effective physical education can positively influence both the cognitive and affective development of children" From this we can gather that learning through the physical should be regarded as important part of working with children. Learning through movement would include not only learning skills but it would help affectively by teaching teamwork, communication, and self-esteem. If we can create games that will help feel better about physical activity we can positively affect them for life.

How does Physical Activity Impact Affective Growth?

Affective Growth is defined as "learning that increases the ability of children to act, interact, and react effectively with other people as well as with themselves" For example Affective Growth has a lot to with self-esteem. If Physical Educators can help design games that maximize self-esteem in children we can help make them more inclined to want to participate in physical activity. Movement is also important to children's affective growth in how they view their peers and their status amongst their peers. Games must have a positive form of socialization in order to benefit a childs affective growth.

St. Mary's: The Beginning (Day 1)

Well my first experience working with kids in my physical education career has begun and I couldn't be more excited! I knew today was going to be hectic considering that there was 20 students going and 7 TA's. I really enjoyed the experience regardless. Meeting some new Phys. Ed. Majors and watching the TA's run activities makes me excited for the rest of 201.

I was really impressed with St. Mary's program because everything seemed well planned out and very structured. (Minus the gym, it was chaotic) But going around to all the different rooms and meeting different students was the highlight of my day (aside from playing house with the pre-k students...I'm really too big to play house.)

The Parachute games were run very smoothly and I thought that the TA's did a wonderful job showing us an example of a solid lesson structure. The kids all had smiles on their faces when they got to go under the parachute and become "sharks." Simple games like parachute should be utilized more often in my opinion.

From what I could tell the students also had pretty good motor skills. In the first game the students showed that they, for the most part, understood the difference between run, jump, hop, skip, and gallop.

I look forward to working with the students in the future!

Check out my responses to lab 1!

The First Day of Class!

What can I say about the first day of class other than it was a ton of information at one time. But, luckily Professor Yang has done an excellent job with laying out all of the directions online in a clear and precise way. The videos on screenr helped me out so much when I needed to upload my lab write up and link it to my blog.

I think the best part of the class was realizing that I have now finally started my path to becoming a physical educator here at Cortland. All this work I have done with children in the past has lead to me to here and I am excited to see what my future holds!

Creating a Blog!

My first blog post, this is exciting! I can't wait to look back on this blog in a year and see the leaps and bounds I have made as a student and an educator. I'm not nervous about blogging and I think that it will come naturally as the semester progresses.

Over the break I was able to get in to see some of my old Phys. Ed. Teachers and talk to them about where I am at at Cortland and where I am headed. We talked a lot about new things that were happening in Phys. Ed. because they were interested to see where Cortland is going with PE.

I also am lucky to have a father who is an athletic director and a former PE Teacher who graduated from Cortland. He was able to allow me to observe some middle school classes and even teach some Tchoukball to the students to gain experience.