Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lab 2 Reflection and Preparation

Last week in the gym during practice lab I prepared myself for the game I would be leading for the kids at St. Mary's school. This practice lab helped aid me in learning how to control and get the attention of the kids. For explaining the instructions and rules of the game it is really important to keep the rules short to keep the kids attention and show them as you explain the rules how to play the game. This will help them understand the game much better. At the end of practice lab, my group had to come up with a song and have a synchronized dance routine on the spot in 20 minutes. This wasn't as easy as it sounds. Being put on the spot like that in such short time to come up with something is pretty difficult. I think my group and I did pretty good.

  • Although this task was difficult, I enjoyed coming up with something off the top of my head. I think task was given to us to really help us think on our toes and come up with something even if you have nothing planned out. Not always what you plan for the day in class happen smoothly. You have to be ready to overcome obstacles and be used to thinking on your toes when something doesn't go your way. This will help the students enjoy class more and will certainly help you get by the class without being stuck on not knowing what to do next.

    A week after 
    practicing our games and getting prepared in the gym for practice lab, we were going to be put to the test and play our games with the kids at St. Mary's school. I was really excited and confident about explaining my game and playing with the kids. I fell like practice lab really  
    prepared us well when explaining and demonstrating to the kids the game they will be playing. As confident and as prepared as my group and I were, the 5th and 6th graders just didn't want anything to do with us and shot all of our ideas and games down. All they wanted to do was play basketball. So to think on our feet as we did when making the music video, my group and I started to play basketball with the kids and then changed the rules a bit as the game went on. We found our selves playing handball at the end. The kids loved playing handball and had a great time playing it. This goes to show you no matter how much you prepare and practice for something things can go wrong and not according to plan. So you have to have a back up plan and think on your feet like my group and I did. Practicing helps with this, but experience i think is the ultimate way to get really good at it. 

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