Monday, April 30, 2012

The PED 201 Experience!

Check out this video collage of pictures from PED 201! Not only are there more pictures from our lab at St.Mary's but also some from The Great Debate and our Spring Concert in Park Center!

Live Performance!

Check out our live performance in Park Center! 

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Time Flies When You're Having Fun

Our time at St. Mary's has come to an end. Time really does fly when you're having fun. I am so thankful to be given this opportunity to go into an after school program and work with children to help us develop as future Physical Educators. What I have learned at St. Mary's I will carry with me for a lifetime! Check out my Lab 6 write up to read more about what we have learned at St. Mary's.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Lab this week was a lot of fun. It was very warm outside so we played with the preschoolers on the playground for a little while. I had a nice chat with one little girl who was trying to sit in the shade and stay out of the sun. I learned that kids will talk about anything and everything. She was a Chatty Kathy to say the least. After some time outside, we went back into the gym and started a basketball game against some of the older boys. The teams were split boys versus girls which turned out to be a lot of fun. My lab group has some good players so we were able to stay close in score with the boys. They had a lot of fun and I got a great workout running up and down the court. The rest of the day was pretty relaxed as we just played a lot of basketball and hung out with the kids. St. Mary's has some very good basketball players so it's fun to see how skilled the kids are. Check out my Lab 5 write up for more information on the day!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Technology in Physical Education

This week we were given the privilege to explore the ExerGame Lab. This room is filled with all sorts of exciting technology linked to exercise. One of the first activities I participated in was Dance Dance Revolution. This was probably my favorite games because it was actually a great workout! There were several mats placed on the floor so many people could participate. I think this is a great game to get kids to be active. There are many levels so beginners can start off easy and work their way to the higher levels. Some of the other activities included playing a video games but you had to be active while playing rather than sitting on your behind on the couch. One game featured the movie, Cars. While playing the game you had to ride a stationary bike. The faster you pedaled the more speed your car gained. An Xbox game was hooked up to a different type of exercise equipment that simulated walking up and down stairs. The only way the game would work was if you were constantly walking. These games keep you active and change your view on video games. I typically think of video games as lazy and not fun. By adding the exercise equipment, kids can get a good workout in while also doing what they love. It takes the lazy characteristic away from video games.

In a smaller room in the lab were some other technology games. There were several toy cars that made sounds when you hit them against your hand or the table. These toys could be used in a physical education class very easily. Each saying the car has could be a different task the child has to complete. You could incorporate these toys into a relay race or some type of running activity. The kids will find this more entertaining than just having you tell them what to do. It changes things up and makes it new and exciting. I think more and more technological advances will continue to be made that we could incorporate into physical education classes. It is important to stay up with the times and change up the old fashioned ways of doing things.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Go Baby Move

Check out my Lab groups video, Go Baby Move! This was one of our assignments for 201 where we took a chapter and the information in it and created a song. Enjoy!