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.