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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, 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.