Monday, January 31, 2011

Chapter 1

Fundamental skill development and assessment is very important to physical educators as well as the health of their students. Developmental physical education is physical education that emphasizes the acquisition of movement skills. Some of the aims of physical educators are to teach students to learn to move and to learn through movement. Out of these aims comes long term goals that physical educators have for their students. Major goals of physical educators include movement skill acquisition, physical activity and fitness enhancement, cognitive learning, and affective growth. By promoting these goals, physical education teachers use movement as an effective way to enhance self esteem, encourage positive socialization, and clarify values in their students.  The aims and goals of physical educators teach students a variety of fundamental skills they will need for the rest of their lives as well as build their confidence and self esteem which greatly impacts a students willingness to learn and participate.  The fundamental skills learned in physical education can be enhanced through practice and growth and can eventually reach more advanced levels as seen in the images. Further information on the importance of fundamental skill development can be seen in the websites provided below.

Fundamental motor skills 
Importance of development

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Winter Break/ First class!

This is the first blog I have ever written. I have always thought blogger and twitter were kind of dumb but now I can see how it can be used to stay in touch and learn new things from other people in the physical education department on a professional level. When I'm home I am always trying to find ways to improve my teaching skills.  Over winter break I brought my brothers bowling and taught them the correct way to roll a bowling ball to the best of my ability (I'm only a decent bowler!) Also, I went to my brothers middle school basketball game and watched him play. After the game I pointed out some of the things he was doing wrong and gave him tips on how to protect the ball when dribbling and driving to the basket to make a layup. My two brothers are in 6th and 7th grade so they are a constant way to get better at teaching the necessary skills for different activities.  The first PED 201 class was a little overwhelming at first. When I got to St. Mary's I wasn't exactly sure what to expect and when I learned that we were going to be working with the students the first day I was a little nervous.  However after I went through the class I became a lot more comfortable with the kids and actually started having fun with them.  It was a great time and I'm excited to go back and work with them again. I went into St. Mary's nervous and unsure about myself but after one class I would say it's now one of the classes I look forward to going to!

Lab 1 questions