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My name is Justin Nassivera and I am currently in my Junior year at SUNY Cortland studying Physical Education. I'm a huge sports fan and love my Boston Celtics and Red Sox. Basketball, Baseball, and Golf are huge passions of mine and would love to coach them someday in the school setting. I have always loved teaching and coaching kids and have always wanted to become a PE teacher because it was always my favorite class in school. Many people have strong opinions against physical education and I believe that myself and other physical educators need to spread the word of what exactly we are doing in the PE world. Also check out my professional portfolio at www.jnassiveraportfolio.weebly.com

Friday, May 18, 2012

Week One of Observations

Well I've completed my first week of observations and so far I have definitely learned a lot from my host teacher. Developing lessons, dealing with problem students, and creating a grading scheme are just to name a few of the different things I've gained more knowledge about in my first week. This has been a valuable experience so far as I have seen and heard many different things from the students and the PE staff who have been great to me since I have been here. I'm looking forward to next week as I will be in the middle school to complete the observation hours necessary.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

After 2 Days of Observation.

At the end of the day today, I completed my second day of observation at Granville Senior High School. So far I have been pleased with what I have seen. In all the classes they are in their flag football unit and if the weather would cooperate with us, we can hopefully get outside for some gameplay. My last period of the day is with the adapted PE class and we are playing tennis. The students in that class are fun to work with because they have incredible energy and are always smiling as soon as they come into the gymnasium.
After doing my C-9 and SOFIT forms it is easy for me to see that my host teacher does a good job of explaining the tasks to the students and is very clear with answering any questions the students have to offer. I have also decoded to work on my binder every single night to keep on top of it and try to get a target grade on It. I'm looking forward to continuing with my observation for 256.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wrapping Up the Semester

As I sit and think about everything that I have done throughout the semester, I firmly believe that I have grown so much in my teaching abilities this semester than any other semester combined. Being in 255 gave me much more confidence within myself when it came to standing up and teaching in front of people. I also learned a great deal about how much work actually goes into planning a lesson and making it fun for my students and myself as a growing teacher. In stats, I learned how important assessment is in PE and why we need to do it our classes. But most importantly, I've gained new friendships and connections and have felt much more comfortable talking with my teachers and asking them for guidance with my classes. I cannot wait to get out and start my observations of the middle school and the high school for the next two weeks to see what its actually like out there! 

Monday, April 30, 2012

Stats Presentation

Myself, Jon, Chelsea, and Andrew
On Friday, my group and I had to make a professional presentation to our class. Throughout the semester in my PED 434 Statistics and Assessments in PE class, we have been working on a teacher work sample. Our goal was to give the students a pre-test, then repeat the assessment for a post-test for the psychomotor, cognitive, and affective domains along with fitness. We then took our information from our assessments to see if any learning was done by the students and to create a power point to present to our classmates. I was assigned to do the affective portion in which i used a scale where students self-assessed themselves on how they felt they cooperated with their peers in the class. Overall the presentation went good as we received a 29/30 fir our grade! The presentation showed me how important assessment is because it gives you data that can be shown to prove that students are learning something in our classes.   

Saying Goodbye

Today was our last 255 class. We discussed how important it is to interact with the kids during our 256 experiences. It is important that we try and make an impact on their lives in the short time that we are there with them. Having a lasting impact on your students can change their lives for the better. Professor Yang showed us pictures from when he was teaching in Vancouver and the smiles that are on those kids faces is priceless. It is clear that the students loved him and the activities he has had them participate in. 
But maybe the most surprising and sad news of the day came at the end of class. Professor Yang announced that he was leaving. He wants to do some soul searching and decide if working at the college is something he wants to do. It was sad to see him talk about it because you could tell he was a little hurt inside. He is by far the best teacher I've had here at Cortland and will always be an inspiration to any student that comes in to contact either in the past or the future.  

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Hantis and Speed Stacking

Dave giving feedback to the class.
I really enjoyed today's lab D lessons. Dave led off with cup stacking. His instant activity was great because he incorporated, yoga, teamwork, and cup stacking. Then even though his computer froze up and stopped working, he was able to continue on with his demonstrations. We got to time ourselves doing a 6 cup stack. My best time was 2.78. It's a very tricky technique to make sure you grab the right amount of cups. He also had to deal with Devon who was a deaf student. He had Devon practice t the front table so it was easier for him to witness and process Dave's demonstrations.
Next was Kyle and he taught Hantis. Hantis is essentially table tennis, except you use the palm of your hands to strike the ball across the table. The main controversy during Kyle's lesson was Mike "broke" his arm. Kyle did an excellent job handling it. He sent Eric to go call 911. He sent me out into the hallway to guide the paramedics to the right location and he told the students to stop what they were doing. Like I said before, he did very good at handling a potentially scary situation.

Kyle observing his Hantis lesson.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Nike Basketball Championship Clinic

I found out recently that from May 18th-20th at Turning Stone Resort and Casino I will be attending the Nike Basketball Championship Clinic. As an aspiring physical educator and basketball coach, I believe it is my job to keep up to date with the latest in coaching news and strategies from the NCAA's best coaches. Not only do they discuss tactics, but they discuss their coaching and teaching philosophies along with how to manage your program. This year's clinic consists of ten different coaches from both the men's and women's level. They are listed as below: 
  • Bob Knight- Army, Indiana, and Texas Tech former coach, Basketball Hall of Fame, 902-371 Record
  • Geno Auriemma- University of Connecticut current coach, 802-129 record, Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Buzz Williams- Current Marquette coach, 110-60 record
  • Don Casey- Former NBA and NCAA coach
  • Sean Miller- Current University of Arizona coach, 188-82 record
  • Phil Martelli- Current St. Joseph's University coach, 310-212 record
  • Dave Rice- Current UNLV coach, 26-9 record, Former BYU assistant coach
  • Tom Pecora- Current Fordham head coach, former Hofstra coach
  • Terri Williams-Flournoy- Current Georgetown woman's head coach, 251-116 record as assistant
  • Don Showalter- Mid Prairie High School (IA)
I think its a pretty good lineup but I'm most excited to see Coach Knight. Even though he is remembered most for his controversies, I admire the way he demanded respect from his students and his athletes graduated from college. Also with all of the recruiting issues that have arose over the years, Coach Knight was never caught in any scandals. I'm also excited to see Buzz Williams. He is a young and upcoming coach and known for his passion and energy that he shows from the sidelines during games. His speaking topic is "The Words You Use." This topic would be great not only for coaching purposes, but for use as a physical education in the classroom as well.  

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iDance in Lab D

Today's class consisted of Max and Stephanie teaching their lab D's and they had to use the iDance system. Stephanie started and she did a good job. I think she gave everybody in the class feedback at least one time. Dave and I were told to fight so she had to handle it. We were separated twice. Then it happened a third time and she separated us farther apart and she talked to us about it. Her activities were fun, as she had us face the opposite direction on the pads and work with partners also.
Up next was Max and he immediately put us on the pads for an instant activity to get warmed up. I like his activities because he had us partnering up and switching from pads to pads, during the song which was fun. During his lesson, Eric fake a seizure. Max stopped what he was doing and moved him to the side to get him out of the way. In real life, stuff like that can happen in the class or gymnasium and it's our job to be prepared for anything. I'm looking forward to Wednesday's cup stacking and Hantis lessons from Dave and Kyle.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Scavenger Hunt

Using iPhone App
In Friday's 255 class, it was Kim's turn to teach lab D. Se did a fun and interesting scavenger hunt using an app on the iPhone called mobile adventure walks. At first it was difficult to get the app working correctly, but when it did it was cool. Kim incorporated smoking cigarettes as clues on the scavenger hunt. Each of us was given a worksheet and we had to find each clue in order to get the correct answer to each one. I thought she did a good job explaining each clue and how smoking is bad for your body. 

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Using the Exergame Equipment

Today Leslie and Emily taught their Lab D's. We were in the exergame lab and it was fun. Emily went first and she incorporated diabetes into her lesson. She did a nice job of relating the arrows on the pads to different ways to fight diabetes. Her instant activity was an egg hunt with the answers from a worksheet hidden in each egg. We also wore heart rate monitors so it was another way of technology that she put into the lesson. 
Leslie used the other half of the lab and used different technology. She had 4 stations setup. One was an Xbox 360 with the controllers hooked to steppers and bikes, so you had to be stepping or pedaling in order for the game to work properly. The next station was the Nintendo Wii system with doubles tennis setup. There was a mini-exercise bike that you had to pedal to work and steer to collect items. The last station was an Playstation 2 setup with an eye toy to pick up your movements. 
It's pretty cool to see all of this technology that is possible out there. Not every school can afford this technology, but as a physical educator I should be aware of what kind of new and different equipment is out there for me to use. 
Using the Exergame Technology
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Monday, April 16, 2012

Teaching Table Tennis

Today I taught my Lab D assignment. I taught table tennis and I thought it went okay. I didn't do everything that I'd planned, but that will happen when I'm out in the world teaching. My instant activity was based around my teaching topic HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup). I thought it was good because it made the students think about making healthy choices before they eat food. I was dissapointed because I couldn't get my technology to work in the racquetball courts because there was no internet connection. I used Forrest Gump as my hook and the students liked it. I was able to get them playing doubles in a different room. I thought playing doubles would be a good idea because it would allow them to interact with each other more often instead of one partner the entire lesson. I also tried using a separate room and go back and forth but after a minute or so I decided that it would just be easier on myself to keep them all in one room.  
My behavior issue was Trish and Emily. They were trying to flirt with me. I told them that it was inappropriate behavior and that they should not do it anymore. After that they stopped. Overall I thought I did good but I probably should've been a little bit louder. It was very tough and crowded to teach in the racquetball courts but I enjoyed the challenge. As I watched my video I saw that I was a little bit nervous at the start. It wasn't so much that I was nervous to be in front of everyone, but I wanted to make sure that I did well on my last lab of the year. 

Table Tennis Lesson Plan
Table Tennis 40 Activity Progressions
Table Tennis Resource Packet
Time Coding Form
Feedback Analysis Form
TA Evaluation 
Table Tennis Bulletin Board 
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Working Out In the Pool

Today Mike an Devon taught their lab D's in the pool. Devon started off with water aerobics. I thought he did a great job. Being in the pool room and having another class at the other end of the pool can be tough because your students may not here you, but I thought Devon did a good job projecting his voice for all of us to hear. I also liked how he wrapped up class with his visual aid on steroids. He also used his iPad to use as an assessment tool during our lesson.
Mike teaching in the pool
Mike's use of technology was different than anything I've seen. It was a device that was waterproof and times our relay scores. We then got to play ultimate frisbee in the pool and it was a unique way to play it. We used pool noodles to help defend the high toss of the frisbee. It was a fun and different way to play ultimate.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Lab D Preperation

Today in class, Professor Yang went into detail on how to create and use different video-making software. I think it is pretty neat on how you can just add photos and video clips to the program and it will automatically make a nice video for you to put on your blog or e-portfolio. 
After class, Eric and I went down to the squash courts to discuss and practice the beginning of our lab D. I think with the way the courts are setup it may be difficult, but I think we will both do just fine. The only thing that I am unsure of is what Yang will do for behavior or disabilities with the students because that's something I cannot prepare for. Wednesday I will have everything necessary for you to review my last lesson! Here is a preview of how I may do my introduction

Sunday, April 8, 2012


In Friday's class, it was Dan's turn to teach lab D. He did Zumba. What I always like about Dan's lessons his is energy. A minute into the lesson he was already breaking a sweat and waking all of us up. He created a video of his own Zumba routine and showed us how to do all the moves. Dan's biggest challenge was dealing with Leslie. Leslie was told to close her eyes and be blind. I thought Dan handled it well by explaining http her what to do and by other students assisting her throughout the lesson. I thought his cues were very clear and I liked how he had cues for each of the moves he taught us.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Today in class, Trish knocked it out of the park with her lab D! Her instant activity was good because it helped her teach us why PE is important. She had great visual aids and it was clear that she put a lot of time and effort into creating them. Her visual aids were great because they included both challenges and modifications for us to give a try. I liked how she had the stations setup and played music for us to rotate to. Her use of technology was good by using a homemade video of her doing a yoga routine. 

Also her use of her iPad to videotape us for assessments was a great idea. She walked around and gave everyone feedback during the lesson. 
She was great and set the bar extremely high for all us to follow up her lesson. We should see some really good lessons in the upcoming weeks.

Monday, April 2, 2012

QR Readers and Scavenger Hunts

Today's 255 took scavenger hunts and put a unique technological twist on them. We got in groups and had to use QR readers on our smartphones in order to get the next clue. The hunt took Max, Kim, Emily, and I all over park center going back and forth to find the letters. The letters unscrambled to spell "Red Dragons."
I think scavenger hints can be very effective in classes. You touch on the affective domain by have them working with teammates to figure out the problem. I works the cognitive domain by trying to think and figure out the clues in the hunt

Sunday, April 1, 2012

I Dance

Friday's 255 class was an enjoyable one. We were in the exergame lab and we got to play around with the new idance system. It was awesome! I've never played DDR before or anything like it so this was a new experience for me. I think that something like this would be great in a PE class because it not only a good workout, but it requires students to have to think about what they are doing and translate it from the screen to their feet. The only downside to using this in class is the cost. It is a very expensive system and not many schools have the necessary budget to afford it.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Teaching Styles

Today in 255, we went over a couple different styles of teaching for lab D. I have been assigned to use Guided Discovery as my teaching style. This style allows me to have the students figure a few things out on their own. This also is good because it makes the students think about what they are going to have to do.
I'm excited to teach lab D and can't believe that it is already here upon us. It's my last chance to really go out and perform to the best of my abilities and to show everyone what I got!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Ultimate Stacking

Friday in 255, we started class up in the gymnasium. Professor Yang gave us some great feedback based on what he saw in our last class playing ultimate. He introduced us to the concept of "stacking." Stacking is similar to setting up an in bounds play in basketball. It allows the team to create space and get open for the thrower. We setup a game-like drill to practice with both offense and with defense to practice the stacking. It was definitely easier to score when we participated in a full game by using the stacking method. 
After we went back down to the classroom and continued our lab D discussions. I learned that the most important thing is to make sure that our objectives, cues, feedback, and our assessment are all consistent. That means that when we create our objectives and cues, our feedback and assessments must be cue specific so that it makes it easier for our students to understand exactly what they are to be doing.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Technology in PE

Today I 255, we were in the classroom discussing our lab D assignments. We then relocated to the lab. Inside the lab we saw all of the cool technological devices you could use as a physical educator. One was an exercise bike that connected to the Playstation 2. The faster you pedaled, the faster your car would move in the game. We also saw the Wii equipment along with all of the DDR pads used by many of the students here when teaching.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Discussing Lab D

After a week off from having 255 we got right back into the swing of things today. We started with an intense game of ultimate frisbee. We followed that up my discussing lab d. I have been assigned to teach table tennis. I am extremely confident heading into this lab unlike the other labs I have done in the past.

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Today's lab C lessons were about the Scottish game Shinty. David, Trish, and Stephanie all taught today. I thought they all did a very good job with their progressions and the activities they planned for us. Trish's visual aid was pretty cool because it had a moving pendulum with it to help explain our swinging motion that we needed to use. 
Now that lab C is over, our focus turns over towards lab D. I'm looking forward to getting out there and teaching again. 

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Monday, February 27, 2012

My Lab C Video and Documents

Lesson Plan
Activity Progression 
Time Coding 

My Lab C Reflection

Friday I taught Tchoukball as my lesson. I was teaching the 12th grade so i wanted to make sure my activities were appropriate for them. I thought that i had a few positives and negatives but I'll start with the positives. I thought my instant activity got them moving around pretty quickly without much delay. I liked how I used two different stations because it gave a little variety to the students so they aren't just all doing the same thing. 
My TA Sunnie told me that I did a good job with my feedback towards the 
students because I used almost all of their names and I was specific as to what I was saying to them. At the end I thought by bringing in the German language, it would be a good way to teach some of the culture. 
On the negative side, I really didn't have any specific cues for the kids to relate to. I also think that there was a few times where I should have asked the students understood everything I was talking about. It is important to check for understanding because not all of the students will completely know what I want them to do. I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else's lab C's and for preparing for lab D. Considering it's the last lab we do, I really want to make it a perfect lesson to end the semester strong.

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Omni-Kin Ball

Today in 255, Devon, Kim, and Dan all taught their lab C's. They did Omnikin ball.I have heard of it but never played it til today and I thought it was awesome. The point of the game is to not let the ball touch the ground and you have to yell out which color you're hitting to and they can't let it hit the ground or else the other team scores. It is a very fun and face-paced game.

Kim opened things up and I thought she did a great job with her cues and her cues poster was amazing. I like Devon's instant activity and how we progressed from a large court into a smaller one as we went along. But, i thought Dan was great today. The energy he brought to the class today was contagious and everybody fed off his energy. 

Later today I will have my Lab C video, pictures, and documents posted for you to see. 
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Dance in PE

Today I my Statistics lab, we created skits about bullying in PE. At the end we had to make a short celebration dance. It was a blast! When I first arrived at Cortland and saw dance as an activity class, I thought it was a joke. But once I completed the course last spring, it showed me that there are so many different aspects of physical education in dance. If you do a high speed dance, it can definitely help improve your cardiovascular endurance. Also has students dance with partners works the affective domain and when they think about the steps, it covers the cognitive aspect too! Dance is a lifetime activity and a great way to stay fit and make friends as well!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

First Lab C Lessons

Today was the first group to teach lab C. I thought that Mike, Eric, and Kyle all did a great job teaching. The activity they taught is called Hanits. It is a game similar to table tennis but you use your hands and there is 4 tables. Eric was my favorite because he was very energetic and he had a fun lesson with good cues. Mike did a good job of progressing us from two tables to use all four and Kyle did a nice job of explaining to us on how to properly hit the ball while playing. I'm in progress of putting my lesson together now and I'm very excited to teach my lesson on Friday.

Monday, February 20, 2012

2/20/12 Class

To start off today's class, Professor Yang started us off with a really fun instant activity that had us moving and solving puzzles with partners. Instant Activities are important because it gets the students active immediately so they become involved with what is going on with the class. 
We then got to watch our TA Cassie teach us a sample Lab C. She taught us how to pass the rugby ball. It was helpful to see how it was conducted so that way when I prepare to teach my lab C, I get a feeling of how I'm supposed to do it. This lab we need to integrate some form of technology into the lesson. This can be challenging because sometimes the technology can fail and mess up your entire lesson, but you have to be able to rebound and continue on with class. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Lab C Prep

Friday's 255 class was very helpful to me. We got into are groups and discussed lab C. We are in groups of four and each of us is teaching for 10 minutes and a different grade level: K, 4,8,and 10. I was assigned to do tenth grade which I think will be a little easier because I can teach the game itself. We are teaching Tchoukball, which is a Swiss game that is similar to team handball. After watching a few videos, it looks like a very intense game and I'm excited to learn more and teach this to my peers. Below is a video to give you an idea of what Tchoukball is like.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Reviewing the Body of a Lesson

Today in 255, we were in the classroom and went more in depth on developing our lesson plans. We discussed how to shape our tasks in the body of our lesson plans. Developing clear tasks to put in our lesson plan is necessary because if we have a substitute, they need to be able to clearly understand what I want them to do during class. We also began discussing our Lab C which I am very excited to get out there and reach again.

Chapter 4 and 5 Questions

Monday, February 13, 2012

Last Lab B Lessons

Today was the last day of our Lab B lessons. I thought that all of the lessons were really good. Stephanie had really great visual aids. Mike and I were asked to behave poorly to see how she would handle it and she did it very well. I thought that Mike did a nice job with his progressions and he demonstrated step by step pretty good. Dan really woke everyone up with his energy level and the volume of his voice was very clear. Pat did a good job handling two students that needed to go to the nurse and David used very clear and easy cues to make his difficult partner task easier.
I think that most of the lessons involved some sort I challenge. Challenges are good because it allows the students more prescribe time with the original learning skill. Now that lab B is over, I'm ready for the challenges of lab C and D!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Improving Our Teaching

Friday's class we had five more students teach their lab B. I personally thought that everyone did a good job teaching. There were good cues and good demonstrations. Kim's skill was very difficult but she broke it down nicely for us to understand. I also liked Max's progressions for his skill which was the push-up jump and that may be the hardest jump-rope skill I've ever tried. 
I believe that watching everyone else teach will help me out because it will allow me to see different methods of how to do things and definitely will improve my style and methods. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lab B

Yesterday was Lab B and it was my turn to teach. My jump-rope skill was called the "Wing-Ding." It is a little tricky at first, but once you practice it, it gets easier like anything else. Below is my video of the lab.


I felt much more comfortable doing this than I was for Lab A. There was a few things I thought I did good. I thought my voice was much louder than the first lab, and I could hear myself over all the noise the jump-ropes were making. When I gave feedback to the students, it was specific and cue related. I would say "nice toe out" or "way to put the weight on one foot" for example. I also liked how I moved around the whole gym to examine the students while they were participating in the activity and practicing. Another aspect was during my closing, I put their backs to the cues while I was check for understanding and I "dangled the carrot" for the next lesson by saying we would be learning the best jump-rope skill ever. 
On the negative side, I would've liked to have a little more activity with the students, but being only a 6-7 minute lesson, it was tough to do that and make sure I got enough instruction out to my students. I think I could also bring a little more energy to the class as well. At the beginning I used hopscotch as a hook, but I didn't think it was a very strong hook but that's what this is all about is teaching, watching, and learning how to improve every time we go out and teach!  
Also I have my  lesson plan, time managementvocal transcript , and my evaluation sheet from my TA posted. just click on either of the 3 links in the
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Monday, February 6, 2012


In 255 today, we did the "shotgun" exercise twice. I had to do the instant activity the first time and the second time i did the demonstration. I really like this activity because it allows you to quickly decide what you are going to do and you also get a chance to watch everyone else and learn from them and their ideas. On Wednesday I'll be teaching my lab B and i will have a video posted along with a typed transcript and link to a document that shows how i managed my time. Below is the jump-rope routine that Dan, Kim, and I created last week. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Lab B Preparation

Friday in 255, we worked with our TA's on trying to develop strategies and cues to help us teach lab B which is jump-roping. They were all very helpful when giving me feedback when I asked to watch me perform my skill. They were also helpful when trying to help me think of cues and practice ideas for the skill. The next thing we did was a jump-rope game that Sunnie showed us how to do. Its a little song followed by counting how many jumps in a row you can get after. We ended the day with an exercise called "shotgun." Professor Yang divided the class up into pairs and assigned each pair a different portion of a teaching assignment. Max and I were assigned to do the closing of the lesson. It was a fun activity and a good way to end class because it was very rapid fire and you had to be ready with what you are going to say to the class.  

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Keep On Jumping!

Wednesday in my EDU 255 class, we continued on with our jump-rope theme. We got into groups of three and had to make a routine. Dan, Kim, and I had a solid routine and it was very tricky to pull off but we did. We then got assigned to what jump-rope technique we will be teaching for Lab B next week. Mine seems pretty tricky but I think I can manage it. I'm going to keep my technique a secret and next week I'll post the video and you can be the judge of whether or not I performed it well. On Friday, I get the chance to actually practice what I will be teaching which I think will help everyone a lot. It will also be interesting to see all of the different styles and techniques that people will be working with because I didn't think that there was many different ways to jump-rope. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Broom-ball in PE? ABSOLUTELY!!

Last night, I played in a broom-ball game here at school. I never knew what broom-ball was until I was approached to play on a co-ed intramural team here at SUNY Cortland and let me tell you, I wish I knew about it sooner! This is an awesome and fun game, yet challenging because you're playing on the ice with just your sneakers. It's not a very fast paced game either because many of the people are falling down or having difficulty controlling the ball with the stick and keeping you're head up to see your teammates. We won our game 2-0 to improve our record to 1 win-1 lose-1 tie.
 After playing I did a little research to see if broom-ball was being taught in any PE classes and I wanted to find some reasoning as to why the teacher had it in his/her curriculum. I found this great article from the Winston-Salem Journal out of North Carolina. Instead of playing it on ice, the teacher has his students play it on the gym floor. I believe that this is a great activity because it can help improve students in multiple ways. Spatial awareness, reaction time, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, and motor-skill development are just some of the psychomotor attributes that can be improved through broom-ball. Students also learn communication and teamwork by playing the game and when they are old enough to understand, they can learn the tactical aspects of the game, showing that broom-ball is definitely an activity that I would want to teach to my students because itcovers all three of the physical education domains: Psychomotor, Affective, and Cognitive. For more information on Broom-ball you can visit http://www.internationalbroomball.com/
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Monday, January 30, 2012

Jump Around!

I knew as soon as I walked into class today that it would be a very active day as soon as I saw the box of jump-ropes on the floor. We started by just getting warmed up by staying stationary when we were jumping then we had to try moving around and jumping different ways. It got challenging when Professor Yang told us to get as low as we could to the ground to try and jump-rope. The best part was when we got into groups of 4 or 5 and had 5 minutes to make a routine to Beyonce's "Move Your Body." Our group did a great job and perfected our routine on the first try.
Jump-roping is definitely an activity I would have in my Physical Education curriculum. It works many different aspects of physical fitness. Cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, and flexibility are all key physical aspects. It also incorporates skill fitness such as balance, coordination, and reaction time. Watch this video below, and it would be hard for you to argue that jump-roping doesn't require physical fitness!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Lab A-1 and A-2 Comparison

On Friday, I taught for the second time of the semester. I wasn't as nervous as I was on day one when we had to teach. Below I have my videos from both the first day, and from Friday. I also have added my comments to each and what I think I need to improve on, and what I think I did well.


In Lab A-1, I thought that I had a couple positives. I started by stating four cues for dribbling and demonstrating every one of the cues adequately so the students understood exactly what I meant when I explained it. When they were participating in dribbling I held my fingers up to get them to tell me how many I was holding up so they could focus on keeping their eyes up while they are dribbling. Some of the things that I could have improved on was my volume because it was tough to hear on the video. Time management was tough too because I ran out of time in the end and couldn't close the lesson or check for understanding. I also did not use a hook to capture them at the beginning of the lesson and when i gave feedback it was very simple such as "good job" and I didn't use their names either.


In Lab A-2, I felt much more comfortable because I had more time to plan out what I was going to say and how I was going to do it. My appearance was definitely better because I was dressed professionally. I used the Harlem Globetrotters as my hook to try and interest them in doing some fancy dribbling skills. I think that revisiting the cues from the first time was definitely a good way to check to see if they learned anything from the last class I taught. The volume of my voice I think was definitely better because it was easier for me to hear myself over both the other lesson going on and music in the background. What I think i need to improve on is giving feedback. Most of my feedback was just "good job" just like the first time. I believe that if I can improve on my feedback then I can be more relevant as a teacher to my students who will be looking to me for guidance when they need help or if they don't know if they are doing the activity right or wrong. 

I have included a typed transcript of what I said word for word in the LAB A-2 video here.

I think that I definitely can improve on my first two teaching assignments. I think that as I improve, I can make myself much better at giving feedback and  learn how to help students improve on all aspects of the activities that I will be teaching.  

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Working With the TA's

Today's 255 class I found very helpful. We got into small groups with our TA's and discussed our second teaching assignment for Friday. Danielle was very helpful when telling us what to improve upon. We are re-teaching lab A and we discussed different hooks and methods to keep the students interested in the class. We also went over different demonstration styles that we could use to make it easier for the students to understand what is asked of them. I believe that I will do much better this time around because I will have more time to prepare so I use all of the four minutes. Stay tuned for my next post Friday, I will have the videos from both teaching assignments so all of you can compare and comment on the differences and hopefully any improvements i made!

Monday, January 23, 2012


Today in my 255 class, I had the one of the most intense four minutes I've had in any PE class. We were divided into groups of four and played 2v2 keep away with the frisbee. Twenty seconds of all out instant activity, followed by ten seconds of break. It was very fun and tiring. I thought communication was key to success when participating in the activity. We also participated as a group to try and score on our opponents goal by passing the disk four times before scoring. After all this we discussed on how we would be graded for the semester. I am looking forward to the teaching assignments because I want to become a better teacher and live up to the expectation of being a Rockstar PE Teacher.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

2nd 255 Class

Friday's class was very fun and I was very active. We were divided into four teams and did some ultimate frisbee drills. We started by passing back and forth to our partners then switched it so a different style of throw was used. Next we had to practice moving up and down the area of play and try and complete ten passes with a defender in between the two of us in order to score a goal. After we did some yoga which cooled down the body and definitely helped relax me after running around. In conclusion we played a name game which required us to form a circle and go around remembering everyone's name and what skill they taught in the previous class. 

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First Day of EDU 255

Today was my first day of EDU 255. I was a little surprised in the beginning when we were told that we would be teaching a four minute segment and being video-taped today. We were given volleyballs, soccer balls, footballs, and basketballs and we had to pick a skill from one of the 4 sports and teach and introduce the skill to the group we were put in to. I was a little nervous at first because I didn't know what I was going to teach at the time, however I was the last one to go which gave me about thirty minutes to think about a few things. First what sport would I do? Then I chose a skill and thought about in my head what I wanted to say to the class. I'm looking forward to learning a lot in this class along with the blogging that I will be participating in also. Teaching in the physical education field may be challenging today due to budget cuts in schools and the way people look at physical education as kind of a joke, but by blogging and letting people know what we are doing in our classes, hopefully we can change peoples' minds about physical education.