Monday, November 26, 2012

EDSS 521 post #5

Blog Post #5 This semester, I have been surprised by the literacy levels of my students. They are able to read the que cards and white board every class. They read the board and they get to work right away. They have had some difficulties with understanding some of the sport specific terminology. Many of them can read the word they just lack the knowledge of what that words or words mean. In my class the students should be able to read the daily whiteboard, que cards, and read the instructional sheets pertaining to the specific sport that we are playing. Sept 30, 2013 Students are able to read the whiteboard and perform their duties of the day right away. They are unsure how to use the class blog and forum. They are unfamiliar with sport terminology and do not know many sport words, player positions, or rules of the game. They are lacking in simple literacy of sports play, which results in their lack of ability to appropriately strategize. December 15, 2013 Students are writing more in depth post and reading more fluidly with the addition of sport terminology. They read the white board quicker and are able to comprehend more in-depth instruction. They are starting to read sport and health material outside of school as assignments. They are starting to participate in more adequate discussions as a class that pertain to the sport of play. May, My literacy rich classroom looks like all the students reading their instructions and performing them right away. They read their homework assignments and are able to contribute actively to the class blog and forums. They understand sport terminology and different positions and rules regarding a variety of sports. They can hold educated sport conversations and know many health related terminology. They can read food labels with a sense of confidence. They can read work out magazines now understanding the fitness and anatomical terminology that is in the literature. They are educated scholars on sport play, fair play, and terminology with sport, fitness, and wellness.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A small section from my basketball unit plan EDSS 511

2. UNIT RATIONALE: ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS & ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS Basketball is one of the big 5 sports that are played in the United States. In many life situations weather it be at school, hanging out with friends, or at work with co workers basketball is played as a social team sport. Gathering fundamentals of this game will in hope increase student’s possibilities to participate in physical activity into adult hood. Also learning the basic rules, etiquette, and court layout will allow students to become better future spectators and/or coaches in the future. Performing small-sided games of basketball in their sport ed teams will increase the opportunity to respond while performing each skill and technique that we will be going over this unit. Dribbling, passing, shooting, defending, and refereeing will be covered in this unit to help build confidence and competence in the sport of Basketball in hopes to increase physical activity in their futures. Basketball is a team sport that focuses on teamwork and unity. It also covers many social skills that many students need to practice so that they are better prepared for the work force post high school. Enduring Understandings (EU) Students should leave this unit with an understanding of the basic rules, etiquettes, techniques and tactics of the basketball. They should leave understanding the importance of being able to work with a vast population of people, increased social skills, and the importance of teamwork. Students should understand that basketball is a very popular game in America and may have several opportunities in the future to play this game with friends, family, and co-workers.

Monday, November 5, 2012

EDSS 521 Blog Post #3

Where and how does creativity occur in your class? Physical Education is filled with creativity. Movement of the human body is a form of creativity in itself. Creativity can be when students learn to properly control their body to perform technical movements and tactics. Student’s are given time every week to strategize plays, defense, and team tactics for the weekly Friday tournament. Students work in small groups/sport ed teams to come up with their team country, mascot, cheer, hand shake, and colors. This encourages the students to be creative. Where and how does critical thinking and problem solving occur? Students are required to perform error discrimination and video analyst of techniques, movements, and tactics. Students use their critical thinking skills to examine and discriminate between correct and incorrect performances. Students problem solve when they have to use half time adjustments and make new game plans depending on their weekly opponents. Students have had to use their problem solving skills to get by personal differences and disagreements. They have to find ways to work through those tuff situations while working in a group. Many classes do not provide the social interaction training that physical education does. Students have to be taught how to properly communicate, act, and disagree with others. Where and how does communication, discussion, and collaboration occur? Students are able to do all these in their sport ed teams. They work together to come up with so many creative things that represent their teams and they have to do this through discussion and collaboration. As the unit goes on, the students use discussion and collaboration to teach each other more about the sport, tactics, or strategies. Students have to use proper forms of communication to get the ball thrown to them. They have to use words and body language to get their point across. Along with that they learn how to read body language better. P. 40 How do you teach students to work independently and provide opportunities for them to be self-directed learners? Physical Education as a whole and especially 8th grade PE has a large focus on the team tactics and strategies of sport. But we teach students to be independent and self directed by teaching them the importance of every person doing their part for the good of the team. It is a tea but every one is responsible to do their part so the team can perform their best. We “demonstrate commitment to learning as a lifelong process” by stressing the importance of becoming lifelong movers. The task to take care of your body does not end after you graduate school. You are to take independent responsibility to actively take care of your body for the rest of your life. p. 41 How do you provide students with opportunities to interact with others, work effectively in diverse teams, manage projects, and produce results? All the sports that we do are team sports in 8th grade. They “set and meet goals, even in the face of obstacles and competing pressures” by planning and practicing all week and then compete and play on tournament day. They have to go all the way to the end and play in the culminating event. They constantly are interacting with each other’s. These are all graded by a participation grade and a performance rubric.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Edss 555 social interaction action plan for ELL students in PE

Many ELL students face social issues dealing with social interaction with native speakers. In Physical Education there is many different ways that I can promote social interaction. Many times it is just an icebreaker that is needed to promote conversation between people and other times it is a cultivating procedure. By placing students in small groups that they will be in for the whole unit and giving each member a role and responsibility allows for students to get a more in-depth relationship with students that they normally wouldn’t even talk to. By promoting students to be courteous, understanding, and forgiving towards each other they are learning many important social interaction skills that can be carried on to their professional careers. ELL benefit from this because they don’t get lost in the class. Their group is picked for them and they do not have to have an authoritative role if they do not wish too. They also get to know and learn more about the individuals in their team and they get a sense of belonging. This will help promote social interaction amongst their teammates. This is a good transitional strategy due to they get to start small and work their way up into starting conversations with new people and giving class presentations.

Monday, October 15, 2012

EDSS 521 Lesson Planning Blog#2

In my PE class I try my best to incorporate environmental learning and performance learning. The adolescence brain is still developing and by having the students perform the activities and skills they fire their neurons and give attention to those pathways, which stores those pathways as memories. The teenage brain’s frontal cortex is still developing and needs practice at applying what they have learned. In all of my PE lessons I give instruction of the objectives of the day and give explanation to the students why this is important to life or the sport. Also they have many opportunities to develop social interaction skills since many of our lessons incorporate group work. Many of the thoughts that we have that include social skills are derived from the frontal cortex. Students are always engaged in the learning due to them having to perform the skills that day in class. There are progressions and game-like activities that stimulate learning cognitively, affectively, and with psychomotor performance.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

EDSS 511 Mang. Pln

Tony Thomas Cohort B Classroom Management Plan Essentialism is my philosophy regarding education and behavioral management. It is my belief that no one management strategy is the best approach in managing a classroom, however a combination of implanting from a wide range of strategies is needed to get best results from my students. Preparing the students in coursework for the real world is paramount, and managing them the same way is as equally important. Students need to be respected and treated fairly. At the secondary level they should experience some of the same adult responsibilities and freedoms that they will receive in a few years. This is a good way for them to transition into adult hood and not have an abrupt awaking. Manage your classroom like you want the students to learn from it. Everything you do is a teachable moment even the way that you manage time, homework, and disciplinary actions. Preventative Approach: The teacher must clearly identify rules that are outlined with expectations that are outlined in the syllabus and addressed in class. The rationale behind formulating a specific set of rules is to let the students behaviors the students are expected to follow within the course and also set the tone for the upcoming year. By providing the students with the expectation from the beginning and being firm with the rules and routines up front twill help conduct class and behavioral management problems early on. Help prevent problems from ever happening in the first place with a well set up classroom based on rules, routines, and expectations. E.g. One whistle means stop what you are doing, and two whistles mean come in on me as quickly as possible. When students continue after the whistle or do not come in quick enough I deduct a festivity point from their team. This seems harsh to them at first however they see that there is accountability and it is fair amongst the class. This helps them be more productive with our time and allows me to control the classroom easy by just blowing a whistle instead of losing my voice by yelling everything. Also by including students in the decision making process. If students are a part of the decision they are less likely to have management issues because they feel as they are a part of the process in making the decision which gives them a say in the matter. A great way to do this is by allowing them to come up with the class rules. Then they have more of an ownership to it and are more likely to follow them and will be easily corrected when you remind them that they made these rules. Another way is to allow them to pick the Country, mascot, color, cheer, and handshake that their teams will do. This allows them to critically think and learn how to work as a group in society. Allowing them this creative and collaboration time keeps them busy which helps in keeping them out of trouble. Another preventative approach is discipline with self-control by Barbara Coloroso (1994) which is what we have all been taught since kindergarten which emphasized in being treated the way you would like to be treated. This method focuses on responsibility and compassionate students. I try to talk to the students instead of yelling at them. I give them warnings in public, however if they continue in the undesirable behavior I will talk to them after class and make sure that they know that I do not agree with what they doing and how are we going to change their behavior. Let them know that I care about them and I don’t want to just yell at them and expect to change everything about themselves. Another preventative approach is inner discipline by Thomas Gordon (1989) where the teacher is trying to find common ground between themselves and the student. The teacher tries to minimize the problem before it gets worse for the student. This is done by proper planning and preparing an engaging lesson that keep the students from doing their own thing and getting themselves in trouble. Supportive Approach: The supportive approach of teaching is the teachers attempt to help the student by allowing the student to have choices and speaking in a manner that doesn’t put down the individual. These options are developed with the goal in mind of keeping a sense of community within your classroom. The first method of a supportive approach would be discipline with dignity by Curwin and Medler. This approach gives power to the students by giving them an option or a choice that allows them to grow as students take ownership and responsibility. In addition to the responsibilities of the student the environment models a positive behavior however, students that aren’t behaving properly might make the other students frustrated. An example of this plan in action is when a student is off task and the teacher pulls them aside and has a private conversation with the student. This gives the student a chance to defend themselves and shows them that the teacher is not just out to get them. When addressing misbehavior the teacher needs to be gentle and fair. By addressing the matter the teacher needs to retake control of the class and not allow the misbehavior to continue. A technique a teacher can use is use kind and gentle words to show some empathy to refocus the student. When students are talking while you are talking you can say, “Remember that you are to be listening instead of talking while I am talking, thank you. And thank you class for not talking while I am giving instruction.” This praises the students that are doing the correct thing and reminds those that need some Help. Provide a warm and caring approach that is welcoming to all students that enter the classroom. A teacher must make every student feel welcome and at ease when they enter their door by creating a warm environment. Example- I am a firm believer that teachers need to teach life and a huge philosophy of mine is to create heartwarming loving individuals. One way I try to meet this goal of mine is to read “Chicken Soup for the Soul” every Friday which is a collection of short stories that are inspiring and heartwarming. Another supportive approach is by Khon Reading (2001) which allows the students to be involved in forming the curriculum. The students are in control and have the ability to give their input and the teacher relinquishes his or her power and guides the material. The teacher has several different units that they could teach that year and they allow the students to pick the ones that they will cover. By having the students to vote on weather they play volleyball over basketball will give ownership to the class in hopes to increase class participation. Corrective Approach: The corrective approach is necessary for a teacher to retain control in their classroom. It helps the students stay on task and removes distractions from students that really want to learn. However, it needs to be used sparingly and in moderation. I feel that this is way to overused in schools today and teachers result to correcting and detention slips way to early and too much. The teacher must have reasonable consequences for the actions of their students. By being reasonable the students will have more respect for the teacher because he isn’t the tyrant dictator in charge that anything says goes. However, if the teacher becomes on the level of the student and is rational through delivering consequences the students will more than likely follow instructions. If a student walks into class five minutes late, instead of giving the student an automatic detention, just speak with the student after class why they were late and tell them that you will let it slide but next time there will be more consequences and decide with them right there on the spot what those consequences will be. Another corrective approach by Lee and Canter (1976-1993) stresses a reward and punishment system. The system rewards or punishes the students accordingly so to get the results that are desired by the teacher. Furthermore, the teacher retains power within the classroom and is the sole authoritative figure in the classroom. E.G. If a teacher is having a problem with a particular student the teacher may say, “I need you to stay after class” or make them write on the board, while rewarding students by allowing them to work with a partner or get a physical reward if they answer a question. Make sure to spend more time praising the students that are doing it correctly rather than correcting those students that are misbehaving. The teacher should be giving 90% of their attention to giving positive praises and 10% of their attention on correcting negative behavior. Teachers need to realize that giving correction over and over is detrimental to their classroom environment. By giving positive praise frequently and abundantly it show the students that there are rewards for doing the right thing. And if they want to receive attention from the teacher all they have to do is do the right thing. Aesthetics of the learning environment: It is important that the students can take pride in their learning and their school. Having your classroom and school taken care of in a manner of respect and dignity can translate to student learning. When students respect their school and their learning behavioral issues will be less and less. Having your own classroom tidy, clean, and organized helps create a positive learning environment. Showing your students that you take pride in how your classroom and school is taken care of can carry over to the students and help them have pride in the own learning and their own school. Promote student ownership of the school. This will give students more motivation to participate in school functions, clubs, or extra curricula activities. Studies have shown that students that participate in after school programs have a higher chance of graduating. Role of Assent in Learning Students do not care what you know until they know that you care. It is important that students are willing and eager to learn from you as a teacher. Having good student teacher relations is a good step to encouraging student learning in you classroom. This will help a teacher have behavioral management in their classroom better when they have good student report. You have o figure out a way that students want to learn from you. You have to demonstrate competency, compassion, and care. Conclusion: I feel that the best way to manage a classroom is to find the most effective way to get your classroom to a safe and cooperating learning environment. This might change from year to year. You have to have a toolbox of management strategies so that you can use multiple ones and find the one that works for that class. I believe that you should push your students to grow up and expect them to handle responsibility and help them along the way. By giving fair and just punishment along with a caring attitude I hope that my students will respect me, their classmates, and do the right thing because they know that their teacher will notice. That is how I hope to manage my class one day.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

555 Lesson Plan assessment (closed formative, fill in the blank)

Flag Football Referee Study Guide Downs: Each play attempt is a down. • Also called a “play” or “try.” • In flag football, teams have 5 downs to score a touchdown. Touchdown: When any part of the ball passes the plane of the end zone. • Results in 6 points in tackle football and 7 points in flag football. Line of scrimmage: An invisible line that runs from the tip of the ball to either side line. Tackle: When a flag is pulled. Pass: When a player throws the football from behind the line of scrimmage to a receiver on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Complete pass: When a receiver retains control of the football during a catch. Incomplete pass: When the football makes contact with the ground before a player retains control of it. • This results in the loss of a down/try and the ball is replaced at the previous line of scrimmage. Handoff/Rushing: When a player gives another player the ball behind the line of scrimmage and the football is always in possession of at least one player. Backward pass/Lateral: When the football is passed or tossed backwards. • This can be done on either side of the line of scrimmage and play will continue. • If done behind the line of scrimmage, the receiver of the lateral or backward pass can re-throw the football as long as they do not cross the line of scrimmage. Blitz/Rush: When defensive players cross the line of scrimmage in hopes to sack/tackle the QB or any other ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage. Quarterback: The player that receives the snap/hike of the ball. • Is required to throw the ball to receivers and hand the ball off to running backs. • Run’s the team’s offense. Wide receiver: Catches the football. Defensive back: Defends the receivers and tries to stop them from catching the ball. • Makes open field tackles. Interception: When a defensive player comes into possession of a pass that was intended for an offensive player. • May be run back by the defensive player for a touchdown.

Monday, September 17, 2012

SDAIE Stratergies EDSS 555

This would a great exercise that could be implemented into a P.E. classroom. Hot Topics - Students title a sheet "Hot Topics". This sheet is kept in an accessible place in their notebooks or portfolios. Students brainstorm with the teacher on possible topics of interest related to the content of the course. Each student writes down at least ten Hot Topics and adds to the list throughout the year. Students occasionally choose one Hot Topic and write in depth on the topic as a class assignment or as homework. These may be included in their portfolios. In the P.E. class that I am at right now requires students to have binders where they will put assignments and activities into. As we go through sport units we could have them give hot topics regarding these sports. This will give them opportunity to read and write about something of their own interest.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Social injustice

During these first couple of days it is typical that the girls will sit down together and the boys will play lightning. This is done mostly because this is what is expected of them to do. This was proven when I would ask if the girls wanted or play or I would persuade them into playing and every time they enjoyed themselves while playing.

Literacy Activity

Literacy Activity Activity: have three poly spots that are spread out in a triangle shape with 20 ft. in between each poly spot. One spot is yes, other no, and the last one is maybe/kind of. 5 questions will be asked and the students will have 5 seconds to get to the poly spot that best reflects their thoughts. 5 Questions 1. Do you like to read? 2. Do you like to read about sports? 3. Do you feel comfortable with reading out loud? 4. Do you enjoy writing? 5. Do you feel comfortable writing on a board in front of others? Combined % for all five classes Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q5 Yes 85 10 10 33 40 Maybe 10 5 80 33 30 No 5 85 10 33 30 Reflection: Doing this activity was a great way to see the student’s literacy habits. In Physical Education we have instant activities that are used to get students moving at the beginning of class that is not sport specific. I used this activity to get students moving and answer the questionnaire at the same time. I was surprised by how many students answered that they liked to read, however did not like to read out load.; also, the equity about their enjoyment in writing. This was a great way for me to interact with the students and still get them to think about reading and writing while being physically active. They did mention several times “ How is this P.E?” I am finding out hat they view P.E. as sports related activity only. I am hoping to change these viewpoints by the end of the semester.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Syllabus Reflection

Syllabus Reflection: Having short assessments that are easy and self-pace way to see where students are. Taking the quiz was low stress and educational at the same time. I was able to find all the answers to the quiz easily in the syllabus. Assessments like this would be used in my P.E. class to quickly assess rules, and traditions of the games. This assessment style could be used to check cognitive understanding of critical elements, and strategies of the activities that they are participating in that time.

Name

My Name is Tony Nathaniel Thomas. There is no real significance to my First name. Normally the name Tony is short for Anthony, however mine is just Tony. The only unique thing about my name is that my dad's and mine initials are TNT.