Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Batman Superman, Wolverine and More!!!

I had a great time at St. Mary's school this week. The theme for this lab was superheros. I was very happy to see that our entire class shared great enthusiasm for this lab by dressing up. My fellow Leaping Lizards and I dressed up as four different superheros. Jenna was batwoman, Chris was robin, Matt was optimus prime and I was wolverine. The children were so excited when they saw all of us walk into the school in different costumes. In fact Dustin, one of the students who I was playing with liked my wolverine mask so much that he tried many times to take it. Dustin and I played many different games, such as tag and catch with a football. However, I did notice that when I was "it" in tag more and more areas became safe zones. Also my team, Leaping Lizards played a superhero game with the children. This was a great game and the children really seemed to have a lot of fun. We had many different stations that each challenged the children in different skills, such as hoping, galloping, running, balancing and throwing. Each station either was a superhero or a villain, which made it fun for the children. I had a great time in this lab and I am excited for the Halloween lab.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Saving Dodgeball from the PE Hall of Shame

I feel that corrections can be made to the game of dodgeball to make it both safer and more enjoyable for children of all athletic abilities. One way to make this game safer is by introducing the rule that hitting anyone from the shoulders up is not allowed. I understand that this rule seems obvious, however it can make the game a great deal safer as long as it is strictly enforced by the Physical Education Teacher. Another way to eliminate safety concerns is my making a rule that the ball must bounce off of the ground before it can hit another person. This make this game extremely safe to play. Also making a space between the two teams that neither team can throw from is another way the game can be made safer. This zone makes for longer throws so the ball will not be traveling as fast. One way to get all the children involved is by making all the children who are already out ball retrievers. Once a child is out there knew job to help their team is to get all the loose balls and give them to their team members who are still in. Also the gym can be divided into two separate courts. The children are divided into four teams and begin to play two teams on each court. Once a child get out of one game they join into the game on the other court. The object is to stay on your original court or switch between court as little as possible. In this form of dodgeball the children are always playing and never have to sit out and watch the game until it is over. So I feel that by applying some of these changes the game of dodgeball can become a helpful tool for Physical Education Teachers to get their students involved in physical activity while keeping them safe.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Lab 1 at St. Mary's School

I had a great time at St. Mary's this week. I was able to get to know a lot of new students. Two of the children I met were George and Katelyn. Jenna, my fellow Leaping Lizzards group member and I played a game of around the world with George and Katelyn. We were both very impressed with just how good both of them were at shooting. By the end of the game me and Jenna were still back at the starting point because we had both missed on a chance. George won the game and Katelyn beat Jenna and I by a large gap. I also played football with a few other children. I was very surprised with just how much energy the children have. Amanda and I got quite a workout from playing football with the children and they were still full of energy. Also I thought it was funny how one of the little boys kept calling different plays for our team. His favorite play was "you run and get open and I'll throw it to you and you score". We had a great time playing football. I also got the chance to play Pokemon Sorry, with one of the younger girls. She informed me on the different types of pokemon and which one was her favorite, which is Raichu. All in all I thought it was a great day and I looked forward to our next lab at St. Mary's.

Lab 1 at St. Mary's School