Saturday, December 17, 2011


Last week I attended the professional portfolio showcase that was held in Park Center. At the showcase, there were about a dozen graduating students who were selected to display their portfolios because of their high quality of work along with an outstanding exit interview that is a required part of the Physical Education curriculum here at SUNY Cortland. I got a chance to look through many of my peers portfolios and get ideas of how to enhance my own. I was truly proud and excited for them being that they were all familiar faces I have seen around campus and it feels great knowing that this school prepares us all so well for what we have in store for our futures. I will be graduating in 3 semesters and I hope to display the same qualities as some of these students because they clearly all worked so hard to get to where they are right now and it truly is inspiring!

I am currently working on my electronic professional portfolio. As I complete more courses that relate to the specific standards I will continue to add more work to this. I have been looking at many other portfolios to get ideas of how to make mine stand out!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My First Prezi

Please click on the link below to view my prezi presentation that explains one of my best & worst moments in movement. I discussed the low point of my softball career & how it brought me to my best! Its my first one so it took me a while to figure it out but I eventually got the hang of it. This is something I would consider using again for other project because it puts a spin on a typical slideshow.

                                             Click here for my prezi 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Motor Skills

My lab group and I created posters for the physical education classes at St. Mary's School. Each poster showed the proper footsteps and airtime for specific motor skills such as the hop, jump, skip, leap, slide, etc. These are critical skills for children to have if they are to effectively succeed in physical activities. Designing these posters was not as easy as it looks due to the fact many skills look similiar to others (skip, step, hop) so this could be hard for children to read and understand but we tried our best!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Group Dance to Mr. Saxobeat

In this video my lab group & made a quick video which allowed us to practice performing on camera. While it may seem irrelevant, this type of practice is what will help us become comfortable presenting in front of our peers and our students, and also gave us practice with using a video camera. Using technology within the classroom is an innovative way to teach enhance lessons, this is something Mr. Yang has proved to us throughout this course.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Lab 5 - Thankful For Phys Ed!

In this lab we were to assess the students on their dribbling and kicking skills. As a lab group, we came up with games that incorporated a thanksgiving theme which the students got a kick out of! (Literally). There were a lot more students in this after school group than what we are normally used to (about 40) and on top of that we only had half of the gym to work with due to the fact there was a basketball practice going on in the gym as well. This was a challenge that Professor Yang had warned us about from day 1, and while it may be a challenge to work with limited space, it was not a set back. Situations like these are ones we will be dealing with when we become teachers ourselves, and it is important we get the experience now so that we are prepared to deal with these obstacles that may reoccur when we have a class of our own. The students are going to have energy and want to play no matter what the circumstance is, and it is up to us as physical educators to be prepared with a game and be able to make the necessary changes that will allow the students to get an optimal experience within the boundaries given. In my activity, I personally did not have a large number of students to work with because many of the students were playing other games and having snack time at this point. I also had to change my entire game due to the lack of space that I was given (just 1/4 of the gym). I had the students get a partner and one at a time they would dribble to the cone that was across from them. They would then dribble it back to their partner as fast as they could. While the game was not intended to be a relay race, they took it upon themselves to push themselves and really get a workout going. During the activity I made changes such as having them kick the ball back to their partner instead of dribble, etc. This activity was definitely modified from my original plan but I was still able to assess the students on the necessary skills while keeping them engaged as well. This was a great learning experience for me and I'm glad I had the chance to see how important it is to be prepared for any circumstance. This is proof of how even though you may have a game planned a certain way, it can become a completely different activity based on the space provided and the students participating in and it is important to have a backup plan for any activity! Cant wait for the Christmas lab!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Making Changes-In Activities, In Children!

In the photo above, I was doing the cotton eye Joe with one of the students. Being that she was very young and had a disability it was hard for her to follow all of the steps of this dance. After a few seconds I realized how I needed to modify the dance so that she would be able to participate and keep up with the group. With a few steps and spins later, she was having a blast. I learned that not everything has to go as planned and making the necessary changes that will benefit the students can really make an impact on the overall outcome of the their experience.Posted by Picasa