Tuesday, May 17, 2011



Homer Softball!

Homer Varsity Softball Girls

As I have blogged about before I am helping out the Homer varsity softball girls. I made every practice and home game that I could. I was really happy I was able to experience working with these girls. I also plan on helping them till their season is over.

                At practice we will split up pitchers and catchers, infield and outfield to create move one on one time. I normally take outfield and hit pop flies to them. I mix the type of balls that I hit them from, ranging from left, right, shot, far back, and the occasional grounder. I enjoy working and helping all the girls.
                Before a game I soft toss to the girls, while coach hits balls to the others. When soft tossing I try to give them high, low, inside, and outside. After everyone has hit I catch the balls from the in and outfield while coach gives them situational plays. Once the pitcher and catcher are ready they take the field and I wait till they have finished their field warm up. Some games I coach first base, but most of the time coach Dwight is there. Even when I am not on the field coaching the girls come to me for help and advice. I am very happy Professor Yang assigned us to do at least ten hours of community service or i would not be helping out Homer Softball now.


Snap shots of my 255 teaching

How to Move Like a Rockstar

This is Beyonce's new video and song. She created this working with Michelle Obama's let's move campaign!
As you can see Beyoncé has an awesome new song and video out, to get everyone moving. At Cortland we created somewhat of a flash mob dancing to her Move your Body song.

In this video there are over 30 SUNY Cortland students doing the Move Your Body steps. We did this to help get the word out for everyone to get out and move. We didn’t have much time to review, but it was fun and I like the overall outcome. The steps in this song were simple. I feel like this would be good for students from grades 1 to 12th. There are seven missions in this song. They ranged from high knees, salsa, jump roping, and running man. There moves are easy and fun! I am so happy I was a part of this and hope everyone will follow along and move their bodies.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

255 PART 1

Brain Gain

Daily Burn

ii: Screen shots from my week of useing daily burn!
iii: I like how it keeps track of all my workouts and what I eat. Also if I missed a day I could go back and still put what I ate or did in.
                No I do not use anything like Daily Burn. I had to use a site similar to this for my nutrition class last year, but I don’t remember what it was called. Also I didn’t keep up with it. I do remember that it didn’t keep track of your workouts.
                I don’t have time or the motivation to keep recording what I do and eat right now. I think in a year or so I would do a lot better at keeping up with it every day. My favorite thing about Daily Burn is that if I miss a day I can go back. Because it has this feature I may be more likely to use it more than my other website.  If there was an app for Daily Burn that I could download on my phone I think I would use it much more.
IV: this website would be great for students to use. As stated in the NYS Learning Standard 1b- students will design personal fitness programs to improve cardio respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, and body composition. Daily Burn would be something that a physical education teacher could use to help students create and keep track of their nutrition and workout plan. This website has all of the things that is stated in NYS LS 1b. It is quick and easy also. All the children have to do is record their nutrition, workouts/ physical activity, and sleep. Then put it into the Daily Burn website and it will do all the rest for them.
V: For NYS Learning Standard 1a it states students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. Students will attain competency in a variety of motor and sport activities. If I had to choose a tools for my students to use to help collect data I would pick a pedometer. This will collect all the steps the students take will in class and doing an activity. I decided on a pedometer because it is reliable, practical for schools, and easy to use. One of the main issues in schools today is budgets. I feel like a pedometer is the best way to go to collect data for the regent’s level in the 1a NYS LS. In a high school setting each student will be asked to put a pedometer on before class. Excel example. Making sure it is reset and then at the end of the class record their steps from the day. At the beginning of each lesson there will be a poster with the recommended  number of steps for that class.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Blue Pride

As I have posted before I am helping out the Homer softball girls Varsity team.
Monday was a tough preparation day for us. We only have 12 girls on the team. That leaves two girls to be on the bench. But last weekend in our mudville tournament two of our girls got hurt. They were both out with shoulder injuries and it was a maybe that they would be back for Monday’s game. Not only did we have the stress of two girls out one being a started, but we were playing against Jamesville Dewitt, who were undefeated.  When I got to the field at three o’clock I talked with our head coach. Not sure what she was thinking. I found out our two injured girls were cleared, but were not going to start if even play. Since this game against JD was not league we were okay with keeping our girls healthy, and wait for the next meeting with them. As I made my way to the bench with the other girls I find out our starting pitcher was in a car accident last night. My heart dropped Chippy the girl who was in the accident had not told coach yet. I could only image how that talk would go. The other girls were saying the car was totaled but she only came out with a few burns from the air bag. I was only thinking I hope Terence is ready to play! I got the girls stared as they were doing their warm up coach told me Chippy would be starting. I was kind of worried about this because she said she wasn’t hurt but she’s very stubborn and would not tell you if she was hurt. I watched the girls warm up they all looked fine this made me feel a little better. The weather was horrible, full cloud coverage and raining the whole start of the game. I wanted to beat JD but knew it was a far chance. We shut them out the first inning only letting one JD player on base. As our girls got ready to bat  we did our “hit, run, score” cheer and Chippy was up first. I was more worried that it would hurt if she hit the ball than pitched. She hit a single to left field. Our bates were alive in the first inning for once. They tried to walk our catcher Katie or “K bomber” is what I call her, but she smacked a ball deep into center field getting two runs in. After that they got our third out. We held them for the next three innings. In the fifth they scored two runs on us and it look like we was falling apart. But we came back fighting; we scored two more runs on them. The rain had stopped and the girls still had some fight in them. It was the 6th inning and they had bases full with one out. I was holding my breath the whole time, thinking it has been a good game and we still have two ups. Chippy struck the next girl out, now two outs one to go. The next girl hit a ball to our short stop and she made the play at first. Now was our time to get some runs. They held us at second and we didn't score. It was the top of the 7th and the score was 5 to 2. Our girls took the field all nervous but ready to hold them. The first girl got on with a slap bunt. The next girl hit a base hit to third. Now there was two players on but no outs. The next girl hit a shallow hit to left making bases loaded with no outs. This was even worst then last inning. Coach called a timeout and gave the in-field a little pep talk. Next girl Chippy struck out. Then the next batter hit to short stop and she made a double play ending the inning. We had beat an undefeated JD who everyone thought that they would be undefeated the whole season. I was so proud of our girls. We stuck in it with three injured girls. They showed great teamwork in this game. After watching my girls in this game I believe that we could go all the way. We only had three errors, but we did really good on batting!
If you are free tomorrow May 6th at 4:30 we have a home game at the Homer Elementary school. We are playing against the Phoenix Varsity softball team.You will be able to see what a great group these girls really are.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Why get in shape?

In the United States today lives are filled with cell phones, Wi Fi, TV, Computers, and video games. Except for a small percentage whose lives are filled with outdoors, physical activity, and fitness. Finding this news out really made me wonder! Yes there are video games that make you move now, but it’s not the same as going for a run outside. I is why I want to stand up and make a change in people’s lives for the better.
There are many reasons to get into shape. The one I think is key is your own health. With extra weight on your body can come cancer, dieses, also more likely to become ill. Even if you don't have extra weight but you’re not in shape can also cause problems. The main one being aging. As you age your body starts to break down from stress, gravity, and no exercise. If you are in shape your body will most likely not hurt as bad with age. Another reason to get into shape is for your friends and family. Most of us have been at a family event and had to do some kinda of activity that if someone isn't in shape could hurt them or even embarrass them. Also as said before not being in shape can cause health problems which can cause a lot of doctor visits or even death.

So why not get in shape? Many people say "well I don't have time" or "Oh, I'll start next week". Do you really think these are valid excuses when it comes to being healthy? If so then okay, but if not take action in your life. If you have tight schedules write down everything in your day and see where or what you can change to fit in 30 minutes of some kind of physical activity. Also there are smaller steps you can take to increase physical activity. One way is park farther way when a work, store, or class. Another way is to walk to your mail box rather than grabbing it on the drive into your driveway. One more way is to rather than taking the sub way or bus walk! Yes these things may take a little more time but it will most likely result in less time spent sick or at the doctors.

Now you may be thinking what should I do to get into shape? Well here are a few ideas to do. Walk every night with a friend or family member. Go out and play with your child or friend’s child. Invest in a bike and ride around the block. There are many more ways that you can do to get into shape.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Standards for Physical Education

National Association for Sport and Physical Education or otherwise known as NASPE has six standards that should be used in the framework of a class or sport. The standards are:
              Standard 1. Demonstrates competency in motor skills and movement patterns needed to perform a variety of physical activities.
              Standard 2. Demonstrates understanding of movement concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics as they apply to the learning and performance of physical activities.

Standard 3.  Participates regularly in physical activity.

              Standard 4.   Achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness.

             Standard 5. Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others in physical activity settings.

              Standard 6. Values physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction.

These standards were develop physically-educated individuals who have the skill, knowledge, and enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity. These standards are located at NASPE.

Also at this website is the three standards for New York physical education classes. They are:

NYS Learning Standard 1Personal Health and Fitness
1A. Students will perform basic motor and manipulative skills. Students will attain competency in a variety of motor and sports activities.
1B. Students will design personal fitness programs to improve cardio respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, and body composition

NYS Learning Standard 2A Safe and Healthy Environment
2a. Students will demonstrate responsible personal and social behavior while engaged in physical activity.
2b. Students will understand that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and communication.
2c. Students will be able to identify safety hazards and react effectively to ensure a safe and positive experience for all participants.

NYS Learning Standard 3Resource Management
3a. Students will be aware of and able to access opportunities available to them within their community to engage in physical activity.
3b. Students will be informed consumers and be able to evaluate facilities and programs.
3c. Students will also be aware of career options in the field of physical fitness and sports

The NASPE standers are for all states but many states have created their own standards for their teachers could go alone with to help the students more effectively. The New York standards can be found at

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lab D

Time Coding 1              Time coding 2
Transcript 1                     Transcript 2

For my lab D I taught Socci. I decided to create a game using soccer and handball skills. as I began the lesson I felt really good Then two of my TA'S rolled up with wheelchairs and I was thrown off. Over all I felt good about this lesson. Also feel like I have came so far from my first day in class. I hit all my cues, gave helpful feedback, tried to make it as safe a possible, and let the students have fun. I could have spent less time giving instructions also could have helped my students in wheelchairs a little more.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

getting a curve ball in lab D


Today I taught my lab D lesson. It was my last lesson in 255 I was almost home free, just Socci in my way. I had everything planned out. Done to where students would be, what activities they would do, and when they would do it. Then I see two of my teacher aids roll up in wheelchairs. My heart dropped I was hoping they were tired and were simply taking a seat. Nope they were there to join in my lesson. Standing with my heart in my throat thinking to myself what do I do. I decided to have them throw a ball to each other while the other students work on their pull backs. I was lost and wasn't sure what to do with them. I had no plan for someone with a disability. Our next activity was throwing which they could actually participate in. But then I scan the gym to make sure everyone is following directions and doing well. And I see Ben one of my TA'S who was in a wheelchair on the ground. He had fallen and needed help so not only did they come with wheelchairs one of them fell. Nicole helped me pick him up and I went on with my lesson after making sure he was okay. My next activity I had planed was juggling with your feet and thighs. Once again something a person in a wheelchair will have great difficulty doing. As the other students juggled I had Ben and Ducky try juggling with their shoulders and head. Them I had everyone come over to a court I had made to play "Swarms Ball". I is a game combining handball and soccer. Soccer right another thing a person with a disability like being in a wheelchair will have problems with. As the game went on I realized that everyone was only using their hands to to change it up I said now you can only use your feet (without fully thinking it through). Then I change it real quick tell Ben and Ducky they can use their hands. I was hard to get them included because everyone else was so rough. For now on when I am creating a lesson plan and progressions I will always act like I have a student with a disability! Even though It caught me completely off track I am happy they did that because it really opened my eyes. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011


Socci is a multi sport system. Socci was created in 2006. It is a game that mixes hacky sack, soccer, and basketball all in one. Socci has an unique goal. It has four sides to it and three ways to score. It is a fast paste game for all ages. With the unique goal comes many ways to play and have fun.
I hope everyone hears about this great new active sport and becomes not only a fan but a player also!

Community service

Many people who have to do community service do not enjoy it. But I am helping out Homer High School softball girls. For the past few weeks I have been attending pactices with the team. So far the weather has not been working with us so we have been inside almost everyday. Also have only had one game this season, and many cancled. Practice is about an hour half long each day. On mondays and wednsdays there is pitching and catching practive. The girls are young but are very talanted. At practice we go over fielding, base running, and sernieos. I love working with this team and cannot wait for practice tonight.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lab C Packet


Tests in Physical Education class!!!

Many children enjoy PE class because they think they will be running around all day and will not have any test to take. But I believe learning should still take place in PE class. There are many types of test that could be giving to the students.
  • For example true or false test. T/F tests are the fastest to make and take, there is no bias, but the students that a 50% chance of getting the answer right.
  • Another type of test is multiple choice. This also has no bias, quick to grade, but students can use process of elimination.
  • There is also matching test that can be given. There is no bias, it is short, but there is a lot of room for guessing if not written correctly.
  • A teacher could also choose to make the test short answer questions. In this type of test students can receive 1/2 points, they have to think/ know more, but there can be bias from the teacher when grading.
  • The less likely way to test you students in PE is essays. But if given students can receive more credit for knowing the material, but there can be bias, and it takes a longer period of time to get done.
Many physical educators are faced with having to give test in gyms. This could be hard if they are not prepared with a game plan. The teacher should always remember have the students sit not lay down, all face the same wall, and tell them what will happen if caught talking or cheating. Also should inform them what to do after they are done and make sure you monitor the students at all times.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Teaching Cricket

For my lab C in EDU 255 I had to teach cricket. I decided to teach the three basic skills (bowling, batting, and fielding) and split the class into starions. I started the class with an everyone it tag game. Unfountaly I did not have music. As the students taged each other they had to eachange cards, when I said called out an activity they had to perfrom it for the number of times on the card. After the students were warmed up I did my intro (name, signal of attention, hook, and safty statement). I showed an one minute click of how to bowl in cricket. Then went into the cues. Same with batting and fielding. I split the students into the stations by the card color. They had a about 30 seconds at each station hiting each stations two times. At the end I gave the student a written exam and a short history sheet. Over all I felt like I used my TIME (ADDED TIME CODING) well. Also was able to give good FEEDBACK. The only thing I struggled with was keeping my back to the walls, because the students were so spread out.

Monday, March 21, 2011

How much is to much?

How does a coach know how much to push their athletes without harming them? This is a question every coach must ask themselves. There is no real line between just right and too far in coaching. Therefore a coach has to find the happy medium themselves. In order to find the just right amount to push your athlete a coach mush take a few things into account.
        1. the age of the athletes, also their skill level. Having a five year old try to do a lay up without the skill will only lead to failure for the athlete and coach.  
           2. the environment is something every coach must think about when pushing his/her athletes. If it is really hot or cold the athletes may not be playing at their natural skill level.
        3. an athletes health. If the athlete has a condition that makes it harder to do a skill whether it be mental of physical a coach must adjust to this. For example some athletes learn fast by visual, so having posters or demonstrate the activity while explaining it could help them. Also if an athlete has asthma the coach must make sure they don't do any activity that involves to much cardiovascular activities without them taking their inhaler.
          4. and last think a coach should take into account is what skill level the athlete is at. A child could be four-teen, but have the skill of  an eight year old depending on the activity and vise verse. With these four things in mind a coach should be able to keep their athletes safe and not push them to far.
Results of pushing an athlete too far could vary. The athlete could break down, get hurt, quit the sport or all sports, or the worst die. These are just a few things that could come out of a coach pushing his/her students to far.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I'm sure everyone who is a sports fan has head of play 60. But there is a new organization now to help raise healthier and in shape kids. It is Let's Move created by Machelle Obama. At www.letsmove.gov there are many ways to help. parents, schools, other children, and the community can make a better life for our and their children. Parents can get on the right track to making and choosing healthier foods. Schools can add healthy living to their lesson plans. children can have fun by eating healthy and being active. The communities can create more opportunities for children to get out and play. The key thing to remember is to take action. No matter who you are, what you do, or how much you do, everyone should take action to create a better living environment for the children. The children are future fire fighters, engineers, political leaders, CEO's, just to name a few. Now think of what a difference our world could be if we teach them life long skills and healthy eating habits. Let's all take action and build a better way of living!