Wednesday, December 10, 2008

This semester in EDU 255 I learned a lot of information that I never considered would be important when teaching. While being a Teacher Assistant for a Cortland Experience class I was able to take extra time with the EDU 255 information and help teach my COR students in a fun way. It is important to hook your students into the lesson, pin-point good activity, demonstrate what you would like them to perform, explain to them the lesson and rules, and much more. While I was teaching my COR class, I made sure I followed these life long lessons. The class loved my activity and learned a lot from what I taught. I played a jeopardy game on wellness. I had a lot of facts that students new the answers too but also had some questions that were difficult for them to figure out. It was challenging but it allowed everyone to be a winner. I was a TA for this class every Monday for the Fall 2008 semester.
Other community services that I did throughout the semester was was collect can foods for an Church around the area that was doing a fundraiser for needy families. I also helped with adapting two families for the Christmas season by buying gifts and helping wrap gifts for the families. Another community service project that I did was rake leaves for a family this fall. They really appreciated our help. Doing community services really opens my eyes and heart. I grow as a person every time I help someone in need. I think as a future teacher I would want my students to go out and do some kind of community services because it Will help them grow to be bigger and better people.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Orienteering Lab D

On Friday November 14, I taught orienteering again. This time it was in the gymnastics room. It was a follow up to my last lesson on symbols. I gave students different color post its. Whoever had the same color post it was in a group together. Each group was given a map of the gymnastics room that had controls on them. Each control was numbered differently on each map and the groups had to go in the ordered numbers. This prevented all groups being at one control. The controls were the different symbols learned in class. Each group had to be creative and form that symbol. When they decided how they wanted to form the symbol they would call me over and I would take a picture of them. I will be posting these pictures up so they can see each others formations. One control was the Jackie Chan video game. Each player had 20 seconds to play. They would have to run in place and jump over obstacles (which is something that will occur many times when you are orienting). Overall, I think I had a good idea for my lesson and it went smoothly. In the beginning I was a little jittery from running around and getting ready for the lesson. As the lesson went on I calmed down and really enjoyed myself. I did the best I could with keeping an eye on the students. I spoke to students when they were not following the directions. I actually had to have a kid sit out for a few minutes to calm him down in hopes he would stop misbehaving, which in the end he stopped. I continued to go over the safety rules because the room was full of equipment and temptations. At the end of the lesson I had them take a little assessment on the symbols and the cues and then I went over the answers. I feel I took a lot under consideration from my first two lessons in what I did poorly on and tried to improve. I worked on trying to give congruent feedback, as well as keeping more than 50% of the class active. I think I succeeded at that. When the lesson was all done I felt very accomplished and proud of how I did.
Here is my transcript. I need to work on not saying "guys" and "gunna".
Here is my feedback form. I have learned that I need to use the students name more instead of saying guys, or plainly good job by itself. If I said names I would have had a lot more feedback. I am slowly improving however.
At the end of the lesson I gave the students an assessment on Orienteering. Everyone did very well on the assessment.

My Heart Rate in the Explorer Scavenger Hunt

Here is my heart rate throughout the explorer scavenger hunt.
I was surprised to see how low my heart rate was because throughout the entire activity I was running and this graph shows me being lazy; which was not the case. I thought the instant activity with designing a country flag was really neat. I would have never thought to do that type of task. Whenever I think of an instant activity I think of the students running around. So it was nice to see that you can do different fun activities that don't involve running. The scavenger hung was a lot of fun, but at times it was frustrating waiting for the next clue. I can see myself doing an activities like this again because it got the class thinking of history, being competitive, and having fun. If I was to do the activity again I think i would find a different way of sending out the clues to the groups. Having just one phone with 4 other groups sending pictures to it made a lot of waiting time. I also really liked how the activity involved history. I will want to incorporate lessons from there classroom into physical education lessons becuase I feel activity really helps students remeber information. A lot of students are kinesthetic learners and learn more from doing activities, so incorporating games with history, health, science, or other subjects will really emphasize learning. Whenever we receieved a clue we would sprint to that clue becuase we wanted to be the first one done, but we also would have a lot of rest time when we are waiting for the next clue. Therefore, looking at the graph I would have to say that the activity did not keep me as active as they hoped.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Lesson # 2 on Orienteering

Within the next two weeks after my first orienteering lesson, I had to teach again. This time I was not sick and was able to speak loudly for everyone to hear. I was disappointed because I forgot to reintroduce myself and remind the class of the safety concerns. Other than that I feel the lesson went well. I had the class get into four groups. I taught them about nature and man-made symbols that would appear on a map. Within these groups I had them do a relay race where they had to run to the middle of the gym and pick up a card that had a symbol on it. They then had to run to the other side of the gym and place the card on to a paper that stated the name of the symbol. Everyone told me they loved the game. The problems that I saw during the lesson was that I had some management time that caused the students to wait for a few seconds. For a good portion of the lesson, all students were active, which I think is very positive. I worked hard at tring to give everyone feedback, but i still have room for improvement. I made a visual aid that was big, colorful, and showed all the symbols. The signs at the opposite end of the gym where hand written, which in the future I would print out. With every lesson I am imporving but also finding new areas that I need to work on. I enjoy have these experiences because I hope that they will help me to become the best Physical Educator that I can be.
One day I went to talk to my professor and found out that what I thought was a lot of activity ended up being all waiting time. I never considered that only having only 4 groups do a relay only allowed for 4 people to participate at a time. At the end of the activity a lot of my class mates came up to me and told me they liked the relay game, so I guess I figured it was a good lesson. In the end, it was not. When I realized this I was very upset and very disappointed in myself. I will never allow that to happen again. I will always make sure my class will be active. No more relays or activities that require a line.
Here is my transcript from this lesson
Here is my feedback form from this lesson

Lesson #1 of Orienteering

When the day arrived that I had to teach for my C-lab on Orienteering, I ended up coming down with a cold. This cold caused me to lose some of my voice, so I had difficulty speaking loudly. However, I worked with what I had, and tried to speak as loud as I could. I asked the class to listen carefully to me because I would be hard to hear. The lesson for the most part ran smoothly. I had all the students point to the North, South, East, and West. The second task delt with them working in a group and going to certain directions and performing exercises that were on the cards at that location. The hardest part for this lab was giving feedback. When it came time to giving someone feedback my mind would go blank on their name and I would have difficulty coming up with their name fast enough to give them feedback before they ran off to the next station. Also I found it hard to give feedback on the directions people were going. After teaching this lab I now know areas that I need to work on. One would be giving positive congruent feedback, another is working on my projection, and dealing with on the spot situations (losing your voice).

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

orienteering lesson plan

Cortland Physical Education


_5___of ­­_20__



and Teacher Names:

Practice Reciprocal Self-Check Guided Discovery

Inclusion Convergent Divergent
Jigsaw Cooperative

October 20, 2008

Middle School

# in class: 25


Assessment Tool

Length of class: 14 mins




1. By the end of the lesson the
students will be able to walk to the degrees of North, South,
East, or West successfully.

Teacher Observation


Focus: N, W, S, E



2. During the activities the
students will be working together cooperatively and give praises
when succeeding in finding the directions.

Self Assessment paper

Equipment: Poly spots,
stickers, poster holders, and maps



3. Students will be able to find
more than half of the controls by using a map during class.

Teacher observation

Safety Statement


4. During the lesson the students
will be mindful of their personal space as they go from direction
to direction.

Self Assessment paper

Orienteering The Sport of Navigating with Map and Compass By:
Steven Boga; Professor Malmberg


Time (mins)




Assessments, Reminders

Instant Activity

  • TBI

Hook &

Set Induction




  • How many people have always
    wanted to travel around the United States? Well, today is your





  • Demonstrating where North,
    South, East, and West are according to the gym by having signs
    and pointing out the directions.

  • Signal
    for attention

  • Cues

  • CFU

Body of Lesson







We will
explain what degree goes with what direction 0/360=North,
90=East, To be able to tell us what direction

and being able to orient yourself
with degrees 180=South, 270=West they are

a Compass:
0/360=North, 90=East

Teaching them how to
move with a compass 180=South, 270=West

0/360=North, 90=East Finish first

will be able to read a map with degrees and 180=South,

Find the end result

man-made map symbols: major road,
footpath, Check for understanding

symbols and being able to recognize them building, railroad and

on a map

nature map symbols:
streams, lake, cliff, and Check for understanding

symbols and being able to reconogize boulder

them on a map

symbol relay:
major road, footpath,

students will be put into team and they will match building,
railroad, fence, Be the first team to finish the relay

name with the symbol.
streams, lake, cliff and


Directions, degrees and Put 15 out of 20 controls in the

student will look at a key map and they will have symbols
correct spot

remember where the controls are on the map and

place them on a blank team

Hunt in the gym:
Directions, degrees and The first to finish

Using a map to locate
controls in the gym symbols

word hunt:
Directions, degrees and Spell the word the fastest

Locating letters to spell
out a word or phrase symbols


puzzle pieces that are spread out around an Directions,
degrees and To finish the puzzle



hunt in the gymnastics room: Directions,
degrees and To finish first

students will find the controls located in the

gymnastics room using a

Hunt in PER:
Directions, degrees and To finish first

students will find the controls located in PER symbols

using a map

Hunt outside:
Directions, degrees and To finish first

will locate controls using a compass symbols

and a map


  • Finding the correct colors
    during the Color game, as well as being successful in scavenger


  • Next week we will be
    exploring different games from different parts of the United

Previous instruction in this activity (earlier grade levels)

is the first time they have worked with Orienteering.

“Assessment Drives Teaching:” future needs based on
assessment results

Giving the
students, the knowledge to be able to do a scavenger hunt by

Reflection Notes:

"Guiding and inspiring
youngsters in the process of becoming physically educated and healthy
for a lifetime."