Sunday, March 28, 2010

Curling Was No Match for the 2006 Gold Medal Champ!

Hands down, this was the best lab so far. Going onto the ice and being able to change the environment of the classroom was a great relief after a long jump-roping unit. I had no experience with curling, but I idolized the Olympic games this past winter. Looking back, I'm glad I watched so much because it made teaching that much easier. Although being on the ice had some downfalls such as my carrying voice and safety hazards, the overall experience was a positive one. Looking at my transcript, I wasn't able to make out a lot of what I was saying when I was on the opposite side of the camera trying to interact with the students at the other end of the lines. Because the ice was loud, I wasn't able to make out most of my comments to students. It was also hard to try and make it around to every one because I can't just jog to student like I usually would in the gymnasium. My feedback was lower than usual, but I got as much in as I could. Another issue was my activity time, which can be seen on my time coding form. I wanted the students to coordinate so that all of the rocks were going across the ice the same way at the same time. If some students were throwing one way and others the opposite way, there would be a greater risk for injury. Since I had this structure, the activity time was lower than I liked. I also tried to get through a lot more in my lesson, so I found my self describing things more because I tried to relate everything to the actual sport.