Tuesday, September 29, 2009
I felt much better and way more prepared for the second round of lab one. Unlike the first day of class we knew that we were going to have to teach that day which gave everyone a heads up and time to prepare. I decided to teach the forearm pass. It was much easier to figure out how to go about giving the lesson since we had some time in class to learn the different parts of a lesson. It helped a lot with managing my time and how and when to give cues and demonstrations. The lesson felt a lot more organized to me and I had more structure then my first teaching experience. I gave instruction and then a demonstration, and then had them get partners and gave them a "challenge". First I had them throw the ball to their partner who would pass it back, and then when they were done with that they could go on to passing it back and forth. I also gave the more advanced students a way to keep them interested. I told them they could move farther apart if they had control close together. That way they don't get bored of the activity and start misbehaving. I have provided a time coding document so you can see how my lesson is divided up between activity time, management time, and so forth. There is also a form and a transcript so you can see who I gave feedback to and exactly what I said throughout the lesson.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
I was a little nervous at first because I wasn't sure exactly how I was going to go about doing everything I wanted to. It is hard to hear what I am saying on the video partly because I had my back turned most of the time and I definitely could have spoken a little louder. I think you can see at least some of the excitement when I am teaching. I did smile some and introduced myself at the beginning to be sure everyone knew who I was and what I was going to teach them. When teaching children, especially young children, it is very important to act excited about what you are teaching. Students pick up very quickly on how enthused you are and if you are having a good time, they are more likely to be interested and in turn learn more and have a good time as well. Simple things like smiling and even laughing can make all the difference fro your students. Also something like being well prepared and having lots of props can give you the confidence and excitement that will show through in the students learning and understanding of the skill or skills. In order for kids to want to come back and participate you need to make things fun while they are learning. Sitting them down and explaining rules is not going to want them to come back and learn more. Keep them moving, try different things, let them make mistakes and learn from the mistakes they are making. Sometimes just something as simple as follow through all the way while throwing a ball can make all the difference. Most students also like things hands on. Having a lot of props of equipment can make a skill easier and more fun to learn. If the students are having fun while they are learning they are more likely to participate!