Thursday, December 16, 2010

255 Final Part 2 Autism Awareness Video

Hey everybody! If you want to learn about Autism or know anyone with Autism please watch this video! 

Anthony DiRienzo - Daily Burn

III. I thought Daily Burn was a great program and I really enjoyed using it. I loved the challenges feature and I think that's something that anybody could find essential to any workout because we all need challenges and to be honest some of them are pretty tough! I liked how it tracked my calories also because I know some days I don't eat enough calories and I feel tired so it was nice to see where I was at as far as my calorie intake especially when working out. Overall I thought this program was fantastic and I can't wait to show it to my family to help them become more fit and monitor their fitness. I currently do not use any other online exercise or nutrition tracker just because I didn't really know they existed. I always just kept a journal of my work outs but never even thought of using an online tool. Now that I know they exist I plan to find other programs as well as stay apart of the Rockstar Group because I find it really helps monitoring your fitness level. In addition to all the great features like sleep tracker and nutrition tracker you can actually see your results in charts and graphs. The graphs and charts defiantly added to my experience over the past 4 days because I was able to actually see my calories burned during work outs versus how many I was actually eating instead of just looking at numbers which can sometimes get confusing.  

IV. This website would be great for a physical education class especially accomplishing the recommended regents level for Learning Standard 1B. I would have students use the website to see where they are at as far as how much physical activity they're getting each day and see how they're doing with nutrition and diet and then from there I would have the students create a fitness plan. Each week students would have to blog about their progress and add challenges for themselves. Based on the information they receive I would sit down with each individual student and we would go over if there's anything they want to change for example a student might want to lose some weight so we would modify his/her fitness program to fit his/her needs. If there was a group goal in mind I might have them all agree on one group goal or challenge for that week and they'd have to motivate and work together with each one another to make sure that group goal is met. There is also a motivator section on the website that allows you to sign up a group so we could also use that feature for group goals. The possibilities are endless with this program and allowing students to create their own fitness plan and hopefully their fitness plans will continue even after the class or school year is over. 

V. An electronic tool I could see as being useful for capturing data and reporting for the recommended regents level for Learning Standard 1A would be using a program like Dartfish. Using Dartfish in a class room would give students the ability to see themselves performing movement patterns and provide them with automatic, instant or delayed visual feedback along with teacher feedback explaining what was done correctly and what needs to be worked on. This could be a great tool because many students may be visual learners and if they can see what they're doing wrong in a movement then they can try and fix what they're doing because sometimes hearing what you did wrong and how to fix it just isn't enough. I could break down movements and compare videos clips so students can see what correct form is versus what is poor form. These videos could also be put on dvd and sent through e-mail so at home students could practice movements outside of the class room and practice to become more efficient in that movement. Students could also take these videos and post them online and reflect after each class the progress they've made. I feel this program would help out a lot in helping students becoming competent and proficient in skills (6+3 across 3). Along with helping the students, Dartfish can also help teachers see the progress students make over a period of time and get to know student abilities, so they can help give feedback based on their needs in that particular skill. 

Saturday, December 11, 2010

EDU 255 Final - Part 1B and 1C

Part 1B 

I. The website is from Toronto, ON Canada. The school is located in South Saskatoon, Canada. There is also another school talked about in the news piece that is located in Naperville Chicago, USA.

II. I found this new piece to be extremely interesting. This news piece is proof that you learn something new everyday. We as students sometimes believe we know everything about physical fitness especially those in the physical education major and this new piece presented a lot of information that I didn't know before. I found myself very captivated at the information presented about Nero genesis and how physical activity affects the growing of new brain cells and the ability to learn new information. I always knew exercise was important and I knew some benefits but I never really knew how it affected students behavior especially those with behavior disorders such as ADHD. I surprised to see the impact it had on the students making them more attentive and more focused. I was also surprised to see that the students were behaving, not acting out and actually attending class. Another piece of information I learned from this news piece was how elevating the heart rate turns on the front part of brain which may be a little "sleepy" and how turning on this front part of the brain has a lot to do with impulses and the ability to control those impulses. If students can control the impulses they're more attentive and teachers can teach while students can learn. I also learned about neuro growth factors like BDNF and how it is basically a growth fertilizer for the brain.

III. I feel the reason we didn't hear anything about PE teachers in this experiment was because they're probably just standard PE teachers meaning they had a standard PE program like most of us experienced from K-12. They did mention briefly a typical class in which most students stand around waiting for a turn at bat or something along those lines which gives me reason to believe this is why we didn't hear about the PE teachers in the experiment. I will ensure that my PE program will be a benefit to the students and faculty of my school by working with other faculty members to look at the topics that will be talked about in class and have those topics reinforced during a PE class. So for example if a teacher is working on multiplication then during a PE class I would have students for an Instant Activity do station work where they would read a card that says something along the lines of "What is 3x3? Do __ Burpees" So not only am I incorporating math and helping them work out the mind but also working out the body. As physical educators we don't want to build athletes, we want to work on the student as a whole but with a focus in being physically educated.

IV. The outcomes of this program were to help students become physically active, help them be able learn and focus, as well as help them with behavioral issues. The benefits of this program were that students were able to read and comprehend better in school. The news piece stated that most students were able to go up a whole letter grade. This was significant because most of them started off at a grade four. Another benefit of the program was that students felt happier both with there ability to read and write but also with the person they were becoming. I was not surprised by their findings because the research seemed very thorough  had strong evidence of the benefits of exercise. These outcomes are very similar to the NYS standards. The program defiantly met learning standards 1a and 1b. The program had students becoming competent and able to perform basic motor skills because they were doing different movements on the treadmill and challenging themselves every week. The program I'm sure also had the students creating their own fitness plan based on that students needs. NYS standard 2 was met because by being involved with this program students were able to control their behavior and manage their own behavior. The exercise they received from class allowed them to feel good about themselves and allowed to take control of their own behavior to get rid of any issues that they may have had in the past. The only thing I would say with this program wasn't met by NYS standards was NYS standard 3. The equipment was donated by an unknown source. If the teacher would have taken them to a gym or something then NYS standard 3 would have been met but the students were just placed on the equipment and I believed didn't have any knowledge on resources. What happens after the class is over? Do the students know where the local gyms are? Do they know how many parks are in their neighborhood? Maybe? Maybe not? So I would say the program had everything to do with the NYS standards except for NYS standard 3.

V. BDNF stands for brain-derived neurotrophic factor. BDNF is a protein found in humans and is neuro growth factor which is like miracle growth for the brain. BDNF helps support the survival of existing neurons and encouraging the growth of new neurons and synapses. It's active in all areas of the brain vital to learning, memory, and higher thinking. BDNF is present in aerobic activity where the heart is working at 65%-75% such as walking, running, jumping rope, swimming. One book mentioned in the news piece that supports these finding was the book Spark by Dr. John Ratey. The second book that outlines the benefits of exercise and learning/academics is The Kinesthetic Classroom by Traci Lengel and Mike Kuczala.

Part 1C

There are lots of categories that students can be competent and proficient in. Such categories include (FROM B-9 in EDU 255 PACKET) Team Passing Activities, Net/Wall Activities, Target Activities, Striking Fielding Activities, Aquatics, Dance & Aesthetic, Outdoor, Fitness and Personal Performance Activities. Within these categories are numerous activities that students can take part in however most of us have only experienced maybe 5 or 6. These 5 or 6 are known sometimes as the "Tired 6" because PE classes have been teaching the same activities probably since they were invented. Students should be excited about coming to PE class and experience lots of things that they never might experience outside of the class. This is part of the reason why students love EDU 255 because we get to experience activities we've never done before. I believe the recommended regent's level for LS #1A should be 95%. The only reason I state 95% is because nobody is perfect and when you strive to perfect your fail, but when you strive for excellence you achieve! 95% of the senior class should be competent in 6 activities and proficient in 3 in 3 different activity categories because if you think about it if we implement this idea  even from 9th grade forward, there should be no reason that 95% of the senior class shouldn't be competent in 6 activities and proficient in 3 in 3 different activity categories.

It's our job as future physical educators to get rid of the "Old PE" and bring in the "New PE" If 95% of students are competent in 6 activities and proficient in 3 in 3 different activity categories then 95% of students should be able to meet "competency" in their Personal Fitness Plan for the regents level for LS #1B. Being a physically educated individual is more than just being able to meet the 6-3-3 standards. As a physically educated individual students need to be able to take tests such as cardiovascular & flexibility tests or strength tests and be able to take that information and design a fitness plan in which they have goals to meet and design a plan they will be able to use throughout the year to help them meet those goals. I would say as a Final much like we have exit competencies for our activity classes students would have to  test their fitness again and see if their plan worked. By being able to take information and design a fitness individualized fitness plan and be competent in their fitness plan then outside of the classroom they can make fitness plans based on individualized needs. By having standards and recommended regents levels for physical education, students can grow up and live long, happy and healthy lifestyles.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

These Pictures Are Worth More Than A Thousand Words

Check out this collage I made using pictures taken from this semester in EDU 255! 

Lab D - Sport Stacking

Now, after reading the header you're probably thinking to yourself... cups? in a physical education class? Well that's right folks! Sport Stacking is a new sport and it's got anyone who tries it hooked! I stacked my first set of cups when I was in high school and I've been a fan ever since. For my Lab D I taught students how to perform various cycles in Sport Stacking such as a 3-3-3 and a 3-6-3. If you don't believe how fast, fun and crazy this sport can be then just feast your eyes on this Youtube video of the Kenneth Liao performing his recording breaking 3-3-3 cycle. (Which he holds the world record for!)

       Overall I thought my Lab D went fairly well. We had 20 minutes to teach but it felt like I was teaching for 5 minutes. I didn't get to do a lot of the activities that I wanted to get to but that's because I spent a majority of time demonstrating and showing the students how to up stack and how to down stack for the 3-3-3 and the 3-6-3. I received some very constructive positive feedback from Professor Yang. I feel as I watched my lesson I hit all of the marks on the C-9 form with the exception a few things missing here and there.
       One thing I thought I did an excellent job of was addressing the NYS and NASPE Standards. Now for NYS Standard 1 I feel as though the students really were getting the skills down and really worked on their motor skills when they were stacking. I could further their motor skills for next time by having them cup stacking but incorporating fitness elements so they're using their whole bodies. I also felt I had a strong representation of NYS Standards 2 and 3 because for Standard 2 all the students were safe and demonstrated that they understood they needed to be safe. They also seemed to be having fun when they were stacking so they understood that this type of physical activity can be challenging but also enjoyable! I felt that I did an excellent job making sure students knew where to find more information on Sport Stacking by telling them about the website and knew of where to get cups and different ways they could get involved with Sport Stacking such as who to contact and different workshops students could go to. All of these things would cover Standard 3. Having the NYS Standards addressed would also encompass NASPE Standards 1,2,5 and 6. 
       One thing I defiantly need to work on is getting the students active quicker and giving smaller demonstrations. 14 minutes on a demonstration is way to long and especially if I'm going to working with small children. Looking at my time coding form I spent a majority of the class just demonstrating and that's not good at all. This is something that is fixable and I will continue to work on as I perfect my teaching abilities.
Another thing I want to work on is incorporating different teaching styles into my lesson. Throughout the semester I really only stuck to Command and Practice. I want to try new teaching styles and see if they work for me and as we said today in class it makes for an interesting class. So this is something I want to try and work on/improve.
       Something I was pleased to see when looking at my feedback analysis form was that I was to get around to everyone in the class and provide feedback. I found that although with a few students I gave general feedback, most of the students I talked to I gave positive congruent feedback. This is something I've been trying to work on since Lab B. I'm really proud of myself that I was not only able to get around to everyone but provide students with the proper feedback so they can continue to do better. 
       I thought this was a great lesson for everyone to experience because how often do we as students get to learn about something such as Sport Stacking? I feel even though the lesson didn't go exactly to plan that the students got a lot of knowledge and practice in art of sport stacking. There's always room for improvement and that's exactly what I'm going to keep doing!    

Click on the videos below to see my lesson!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Hey everyone! I just finished my online portfolio!
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Lab D Reflection COMING SOON!