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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

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.