Monday, May 2, 2011

Find your groove

Not all kids like to participate in one main stream sport or activity.  Switch it up and keep the kids guessing. Dancing is fun and appealing to the eye but also can get people active.  Think about it. You're in a really good mood listening to one of your favorite songs when you spontaneously bust into dance. Little do you know through all your enjoyment that you are getting exercise. Dance can involve all parts of the body! Increase endurance, improve strength, improve eye hand coordination along with footwork and much much more. Besides just the physical aspect it also taps into the affective and mental categories. Dancing can be done just about everywhere. Doesn't require anything you don't use in your everyday routine. A couple different styles of dance can be shown in class and encouraged to do outside of class too.
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

I have learned several things since going to St. Mary's and interacting with the kids. Each kid has a smile on their face whether it is playing a game or just moving around. It's as if all of their troubles are gone. Then I started to think about it. When i'm playing sports or just playing games I feel freed from my daily struggles. With all the stress that kids go through I can only hope that I am helping not only physically but mentally too.
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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The season is over... so what.

Basketball finished up a little more than a month ago but I still find a way to keep busy and keep myself active. During the season basketball took a majority of my extra curricular time but now that the season over you would assume that I would be a lot less active. Even though basketball is over I have found several more activities and sports to keep myself busy and active. Throughout the week i get one day off which is just like our basketball schedule. Switching between basketball, volleyball, lifting, and swimming. The time after your season is not as much the off season but more of an extended preseason. I hope to be able to improve my overall fitness while competing and playing in different sports. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Making exercise fun

I have realized that exercise for me has always been easy because the sports and games that I play are fun. I reap all the benefits of exercise and have a great time doing it. So after reading this article I acknowledged how easy it is for me. Many other people constantly worry about their weight and health. They try and go to the gym to walk or run on a treadmill. But continuous trips to the gym are uneventful and boring. Exercising should be fun and beneficial. If flat out running is something that you enjoy then I'm not knocking it. But if your just running because you're told that "it's good for you" then maybe you can find an activity that entertains you and gives you the advantages of running. The writer of the article, Su Reid suggests swimming, pattleboard or kickball. These are sports that are not commonly seen on TV but are fun and different from the well known broadcasted ones. The list goes on and on. The one thing that Su Reid preaches is that you don't stop at one form of exercise. Persistence will be needed in order to find the right game or activity. When you do find something you like and enjoy practice will lead to you getting better. The whole message of the article is to have fun while exercising. 

Sunday, March 20, 2011

western standoff- St. Mary's Lab 3

This lab consisted of a couple new skills but were nothing new to the students. They have a general feel for the movements but were not perfect. Teaching was still a little difficult. It was harder to get their attention then it actually was to teach them the game. My game was the 3rd one to go and the kids were already tired physically and mentally. Giving them a water break gave them some time to gather themselves and get ready for the next game but some were overall fed up and just sat on the bleachers and refused to play. Emotions also ran a little high when some kids don't want to be labeled as the builders or the bulldozers. It did help that you made it clear that sides will switch so that everybody gets a fair chance. The kids did enjoy the game but some more than others. The importance of timing and breaks can make a difference on how the kids play and focus.

Lab sheet here