Standard 1

Scientific & Theoretical Knowledge
Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.

Element1.3: Describe and apply motor development theory and principles related to skillful movement, physical activity, and fitness.
Artifact #1: Assessment of Run, Gallop, & Hop
Artifact #2: Assessment of Leap, Horizontal Jump, & Slide

Reflection: In the spring of 2012 I had the chance to work at St. Mary's Elementary School in Cortland, New York. This opportunity was offered through PED 201, which is a Motor Devleopment class at SUNY Cortland. While at St. Mary's I worked with children in an after school program. The children in the program ranged from Preschool through the 6th grade. At St. Mary's, I organized games for the children to play in the Gymnasium, I read books to the younger students, and did a wide range of activities with the older students such as playing basketball or playing a board game. I have learned how to assess students on locomotor movements such as running, galloping, hopping, dribbling, kicking, sliding, leaping and jumping. From this experience, I have realized that every student is at a different level with these skills and that it is important to help students improve their skill level. I have also learned how to get the attention of a class and to always check for understanding so that the students know exactly what they are doing in the activity that I have organized for them to play. Finally, I have learned that attitude is everything and it is important to be enthusiastic about what you are doing. 

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