Wednesday, October 29, 2008
This year was not only the first year I attended a mini-conference but it was also the first time I got to participate as well. Before our guest speaker my EDU 255 class along with Dr. Yang's other EDU 255 class got to march out and help with the icebreaker activity. It went really well and i think we did a good job of representing our class and SUNY Cortland. After the icebreaker activities, Dr. John R. Passarini spoke on his experiences with Katie Lynch and his acceptance of the Adaptive PE teacher of the year award. His speech about Katie was very moving. I really enjoyed listening to his experience of working with her and other differently abled people. After the keynote session with Dr. Passarini I attended our TA's presentation of Sepak Takraw. DJ's presentation was very organized and very interesting. I had a lot of fun attempting to play with the actual Sepak Takraw balls. I thought it was a great idea that he used TBI in his presentation. He set up different nets at different heights incase people didn't feel comfortable using the proper net height. After the Sepak Takraw presentation i went to the speed stacking presentation. That was a lot of fun. Most people weren't very good in the beginning but everyone seemed to catch on quickly. Overall i think the entire mini-conference was very beneficial to myself and my teaching career. I'm looking forward to attending more PE conferences in the future as well.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
One thing I've decided I need to work on is the quality of my feedback. I do give feedback but it usually happens to be either general or incongruent. My majority of my feedback to the class consisted of "nice defense, nice pass", and even a simple good job. I did however give some specific feedback. The only cue I used was off the frisbee movement. I gave feedback to two different students and a group of four students involving movement, meaning it was specific and congruent with my cue.
The transcript assignment was to teach the class a simple task involving ultimate frisbee while being recorded. We were to listen to our audio and write down every word we said including all the "umms" and "uhhs". I assumed I would sound very confused and unsure of myself. Thankfully after hearing myself teach I was not disappointed. I had no trouble staying away from all the filler words like umm. I did say "so" a few too many times in my opinion. I also feel I need to work on not repeating words a lot of times. For example when I would tell the class to bring it in i would repeat the phrase at least twice. On the upside I felt I did a good job being loud and enthusiastic. It was especially hard to talk above my peers because they were very loud. I believe this was because it was a game-like situation and they were having fun. I also believe I did a good job providing feedback although it was usually general rather than specific.