Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dinosaurs, Trains and Fun

Jen did a great obstacle course tonight!  She put a lot of work into it.  I wish I had more artistic talent.  I think that is an area that I need to work on.  The kids liked the game that she designed for them.  The activity captivated the kids.  Blaze was scheduled to make an appearance tonight, but couldn't make it and the kids didn't really seam to mind.  I played with a jump rope group tonight, and it brought back some fond memories.  I hope that the kids of St. Mary's have the same fond memories that I have.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Motor Development Prezi

The Prezi is an exciting tool. Its learning curve is just as steep as all over technologies. Once you get going, it work surprisingly well. It doesn't matter how big each of your frames are, they will re-size and adjust as the presentation is run live. Images are embedded though uploading the file to your Prezi.

Check out my first Prezi: Motor Development

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Big Issues in the US

Jacqueline Graves
PED 201 SP10

The three critical issues facing children in the US today are, childhood obesity, in-school and community violence, and early onset of puberty.  The physically educated person should be identified as someone who is physically fit, participates in regularly physical activity, knows the implications and the benefits of involvement in physical activities and values and contributes to a healthy lifestyle.
Three factors that explain the relationships that lead to the development of the whole child are biology of the individual, conditions of the learning environment and requirements of the movement task.  Individual appropriateness is based each child being unique.  They will differ in timing, pattern of growth, and development.  Age-group appropriateness is based on a curriculum and not on chronological age or grade; however both influence age-group appropriateness. 
Three fundamental locomotor movements are walking, running, and leaping.  Three fundamental manipulation movements include volleying, punting and kicking.  Axial movements are movements that are non-locomotor movements such as bending twisting or turning.  Some examples of static/dynamic movements are stopping, dodging, and rolling. 
Physical fitness is defined as a combination of health-related and performance-related components.  Health-related fitness includes muscular strength, muscular endurance cardiovascular endurance joint flexibility and body composition.  Performance-related fitness includes balance, coordination, agility, speed and power.

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