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.