Lab Three-Low Organized Games

Select one of the locomotor skills and create your own set of teaching cues.
       I would teach running. I would teach the kids that there is a time when both feet are in the air and that your arms help you run faster. My cues would include kick your butt, soft feet, and swing your arms in opposition. '

Identify the specific pathways used in each of the low organized games presented in the lesson focus.
   The three specific pathways that we used in class was a straight pathway, a zig-zag pathway, and a curved pathway. 

Select a topic for a class talk and outline the questions and key points that would help you guide a class talk.
   My topic would be eating healthy. Some of my questions would include what is your favorite foods? Do you eat breakfast? Do you know the basic food groups? Which food group do you eat the most? Which food group SHOULD you eat the most? My key points would include that in order to eat healthy you need to eat breakfast, and stress that it is the most important mean of the day since a lot of students skip it. I would also have a poster that has the food pyramid on it and talk about which group you should eat the most of it and which group you should stay away from. I would also let the kids come up with creative ways to make their favorite foods more healthy.

Made a checklist of performance points to look in one of the locomotor movements.
Jump:   take off with both feet
land on both feet
use your arms to propel your forward
bend your knees at take and landing

Lab Two-Movement Activities

Explain why exercises such as sit ups and push-ups have to be modified for kindergarten and first grade students in the DVL 1 group.
    Younger kids do not know how to do a proper sit-up or push-up. They are not developed enough to be able to do them fully and they can easily injure themselves by doing them wrong. Also, if you have ever watched younger children attempt to do a push up, their butts are in the air, when they go lower themselves down they just lay down on the floor. I remember when I was little doing push-ups I would push-up my torso while keeping my hips and legs on the ground. By having them do push-ups like that you are just teaching them bad habits that will be hard to break when they get older, which will lead them to just hate push-ups.

Why is rhythmic activity important for young children? 
     Rhythmic activity is important because it helps children remember things easier. For example, the ABC song. Ask any college student they still remember the song, and most likely still use it if they have to alphabetize anything, at least I do. Songs also make doing activities more fun. At the camp I work at when we have to walk from the cabin to the dining hall or to flag pole, we sing, always and they are songs you remember for the rest of your life. They also make everything more fun. When people work out, most people prefer to work out with music, so why should it be any different for younger students? Like we learned in lab, kids do not like brushing their teeth, but adding a song to it and it will make it more enjoyable. At the after school program I work at, we have a song for when the kids are washing their hands, so not only do they wash their hands for the length of time they are suppose to, they have more fun doing it.

Define laterality and explain why tracing giant letters helps reinforce cognitive learning.
   There were multiple definitions that I found for laterality. One definition said that it he difference in the mental functions controlled by the left and right cerebral hemispheres of the brain. Another definition said that it is the property of using one hand more than the other. Both of these definitions relate to students and having them trace giant letters. In 255, Dr. Yang's big thing was that we teach through the physical, since studies have shown that physical activity can enhance learning. By physical tracing letters in the air, both hemispheres of the brain are activated and students are more likely to remember the letters they traced out since by having the cognitive part of the letter connected with the physical tracing of the letter, it drives home the lesson more. When I am personally having trouble with a word, I still trace it out in the air so I can picture it in my mind.

Why are educators concerned about young children not being able to keep an internal beat?
   They are concerned because keeping an internal beat is a mental thing. It being internal, obviously means that people cannot hear it, and more often then not it is most likely a song that they are familiar with or that they heard and they liked the beat. If this is missing then there might be something wrong with the brain itself, or it might be a memory problem since if they cannot remember simple beats from a song, then it could lead to long term problems in the classroom such as remembering things that they learn, or problems with making connections between subjects.

Define homo-lateral and cross lateral movements.
   Homo-lateral movements are when a person is not crossing their body in order to do something. Such as jumping jacks, push-ups, star jumps, or simply just lifting an arm or leg into the air. Cross lateral movements are movements that involve cross body movements, such as laying on the ground and lifting your right leg, and left arm.


Lab Number One-Management

Why do class management and effective teaching go hand in hand throughout every day of teaching?
       They go hand in hand because you cannot be an effective teacher if you have bad classroom management. Children in classroom settings need structure and an everyday routine or else they do not know what do, and that effects their learning capabilities.

Why should your list of rules be short and positive?
       Children do not have long attention spans. When making rules, if you keep the list short they will most likely be able to remember them and re-call them when asked. Also, if you concentrate on the positives, children will not be afraid in your class. I remember having a teacher and all her rules started with Do Not Do This... One of the worst classroom experiences ever, I was to afraid to do anything for being scared of being punished.

List three reasons why students enjoy the squad square structure as well as three reasons why teachers benefit from employing the squad square structure for management?
   Students: They know where to go, social interaction, puts them into teams so it gets rid of the torture of picking teams.
  Teachers: Students can't hide-therefor gets rid of some misbehaving, can take attendance easier, can engage all the students at once.

 What common elements do all of the activities in this management lab share?
      They all involve organizing students and keeping track of students, without the students being aware that they are being kept organized. Also, it teaches students new concepts while playing games. Teaching through the physical.

How is the affective domain addressed in this lesson? How is the psychomotor domain addressed in this lesson? How is the cognitive domain addressed in this lesson?
    The affective domain is addressed by teaching the students about personal space and how to respect other students personal space. The psychomotor domain is addressed by keeping the students physically active with different motor skills such as skipping, running, galloping while doing different activities. The cognitive domain is addressed by teaching students new concepts, such as the definition of personal space and general space, and the difference between the two. 

Fnd another class room management activity:
      I know that at the summer camp I work with, when picking teams we have the kids play rock paper scissor shoot, then divide the winners from the losers then have them play again with winners vs winners and losers vs loser. Then we have them play again winners vs. winners of that round vs. losers vs. loser of that around until they are separated into four teams.  This mixes the kids up so that they are not just with kids that they are friends with, or that are all on the same skill level. It is also more fun than having a counselor stand there and count them off by fours.

Day 1-The Start of 355

My name is Victoria Turner and I am from New Hartford, NY. I like to snowboard, ice skate, play softball and basketball. I started working with younger kids when I started babysitting when I was about 13 years old, and now I am a lab assistant for Dr. Davis at CHAMP and I also coach softball over the summer for a 14 and under softball team. In this class, I would like to learn more about how to connect with little kids and how to really drive home the importance of life-long fitness in a way that they understand and in a way that would make them want to take part in life-time fitness.