Today is the first day I got to teach!! Although the weekend didn’t feel long at all, I am ready for this.
We arrived at the school before 8:20 a.m. because this week has 2-Way Conferences in the morning. So, there were three conferences before classes started; one was at 8:20 a.m., the next was at 8:30 a.m., and the final one was at 8:40 a.m.
At 8:49, students began to arrive in the gymnasium and were getting ready for class. They did 8 minutes of playing around with whatever they wanted before I started the class. That went longer than usual because we had to get students to help grab mats from another room for part of my lesson. Today’s lesson was for outcome PE 9.6 – low-organizational games. Here is the lesson I taught, with the exit slip I made as well at the target sheet I used:
My lesson plan was a lot more detailed than I would normally make it but this is how we were asked to do it the first couple times. I feel like my lesson went pretty well. I know that I could have done better in vocalizing things to my students; I realize that I was pretty quiet while I was doing this lesson in the gymnasium and that is something I need to work on.
My cooperating teacher decided to ask me if I could teach my same lesson again in the wrestling room. I said yes despite not knowing how it would go. Today we actually have a presentation on diversity instead of a class.
– Today we had a school presentation for Diversity Week.
– It was a very good presentation and I really enjoyed it.
– The guest speaker was hilarious!
Students got changed and walked down to the wrestling room. I was nervous to do this lesson because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to do my lesson successfully in a smaller place. I was forced to make modifications to everything I did. The Scarf Toss was done with students being crammed together so their safety started to become a slight issue, that’s when I changed activities. During the Buffalo Run it wasn’t possible to run around something that didn’t exist in the space, the volleyball court. After the Buffalo Run, I proceeded to teach the students Steal the Bacon. I took out some of the key components of the game to make it work; mats and throwing the dodge balls. It worked out pretty good considering the fact that I needed to take out some important parts of the game. Since I couldn’t do all of the components of the game I decided to end it early and bring a new game into the mix. I had this written in my lesson plan just in case things didn’t work out like I had hoped and I am glad I did; I played Conspiracy with my students. They seemed to really enjoy it and were relatively safe about it. One issue I had in this lesson was reminding my students to be safe. I was good about safety considerations in the first lesson but didn’t mention them enough in the second lesson as I could have and should have. One thing I did a lot better in this lesson was making sure my voice was loud enough for my students to hear. A challenge I was made aware of was that this particular group of students is very high energy but, with that being said, that will make a majority of my lessons much easier.
I approached one of my students after the third period class (that neglected to participate) and spoke to her. I asked her “What kind of things do you like to do? What are you interested in?” and she just kind of gave me a blank stare. Then I asked her, “What can I do that will make you want to participate?” She said, “You know, this had been been one of the best phys. ed. classes we have had in a long time.” I said, “I’m glad you feel that way but that doesn’t really help me too much. If there is anything I can do to help you want to participate, let me know.” I talked to my cooperating teacher about my conversation with the student and she informed me that the student has major self-esteem and self-confidence issues and that her not participating wasn’t anything unusual. I was relieved to hear her lack of participation was not a result of my lesson but, at the same time, it upset me that she doesn’t participate. I guess this is just going to be something I’m going to have to work on.
– This period was a preparation period and I used the time figuring out my next lesson.
– This class period actually had quite a bit of students. There were 15 in the classroom and 5 that were in another classroom.