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Trying Out Our Skills (EPE)

Well, this week’s class went quite quickly. I really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time in small groups working through the basic movement skills. It was surprising how many of the movements we could do but not explain sufficiently or simply. There were also ones, such as rolling, that we were not able to perform at all. With others we were unaware of some key elements. For example, running—we did not know for certain if a person is supposed to run and land on the ball of the foot or the heel. Another example might be which way to swing your arms when you jump backwards. We each did it differently! It seemed obvious until we began considering it. Of course, there were other movements that we were confident in and fully capable of giving good descriptions for. We also discussed the difference between being able to perform the movements and being able to teach them. More complex than we first think. Certainly, we found going through the movements, breaking them down, and considering how we could begin to create checklists to assess them to be valuable time spent.

And to conclude, a fun, practical resource suggestion:

A resource that I really like to use, and I’m sure most of you have used (but if you have not, do check it out!) is PE Central. Although I find I usually have to heavily adapt their lessons, or add in my own ideas to complete them, there are some great ideas for Phys Ed. They also have Health lessons, adaptations, assessment ideas, PreK resources, and much more. One area that I have really enjoyed using was the Physical Education dance lessons. For a number of these lessons there are videos that you can watch. I find this much easier to follow than foot maps or written directions. Happy exploring.

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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in EPE 310

 

Technology Part 2 (URG)

So, we’ve had nearly three weeks back. Enough time to have gotten into a routine, to know your profs well enough, see what your schedule is going to look like, and yet not too much time has passed that you should be stressing! Today, as promised, I’d like to share some of my favourite online “study break” resources:

http://stranglingmymuse.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/19-fun-online-creative-breaks/ (My personal favourite from this list is “Draw a Stickman” in which you get to draw your story and draw his/her adventure. I’m not doing it justice. Check it out.) There is also sand art, word generators, and lots more. Definitely something for everyone to have a bit of fun.

And while this next one isn’t a study break tool, it is something that may help you take, well, fewer extended study breaks…! LeechBlock is a nifty tool for Firefox and you can enter which websites you want blocked, on what days of the week, at which times, and for how long you are (or are not) allowed access to those sites. Just what I need! Try it out if you have focus issues like me!

And my absolute favourite, de-stressing, feel-good, can’t-help-but-smile study break:

Hope those are a few things you can find useful, and by all means, if you’ve found others, let me know!

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2013 in University Success

 

Goals of the Physical Education Program (EPE)

This week’s class was a lot of fun and the hour flew by, which I was not expecting, as those 30 second intervals for circuit training were starting to feel like a lifetime! I was sore for two days afterwards, I am not embarrassed to admit!

My roommate and I have begun a better gym workout schedule again this week, and we’ve had a few discussions about physical fitness and Physical Education classes in school. We maintain that we felt ill-equipped for activity in the real world after finishing high school. I do not know how to properly workout in a gym setting in order to respect the equipment, but also myself. This is especially true because I have a type of knee pain syndrome and need to be careful in regards to what I do. However, I also felt my Phys Ed class did not provide me with types of experiences that are commonly accessible to adults in the community, such as hiking or yoga. I would love to see students learning how to do skills that could prepare them to be adaptable in a variety of environments so that they can be confident and excited to continue seeking physical activity opportunities after school. Therefore, I was really excited when we began to discuss in class the goals of the Physical Education program: active living, skillful movement, and relationships. These completely embody what I hope Phys Ed could be, and my anxiety is partially relieved when I see that the ministry supports these goals, too. I also think teachers truly are trying to move in this direction. It will just take time.

I think it is interesting to see how goals of physical education have changed, and fit the social fabric. For example, it has been used as a show of class (Ancient Greeks, for example), to maintain culture (sports, dances, etc), entertainment, for educational and health value, and quite often, it has been used for military training (not only in Nazi Germany by any means, although this is a common example). And look at where we are now! Hmm.

 
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Posted by on January 20, 2013 in EPE 310

 

Apps for Success

Hello all!

Today’s post is about technology. It seems all of my classes are discussing and utilizing it now, so why not me too? Plus, this post can be like doing homework and mentor work all in one! I’ve reviewed these three apps that could help you with your studies:

Study Blue—this app looked really neat. I found it challenging to decipher how much good content was on it, as the flashcards that I was using were made by others, and from classes I am not taking. However, the flashcards on them were really neat (you could sort them from hardest to easiest, re-study the ones you got wrong, etc), favourite lists, an abundance of study materials for most academic disciplines, and much more. You can list your school as the University of Regina to see if people from your classes have made flashcards. My advice for this one might be to make your own flashcards or use someone’s from your section, though, so that you know you’re studying everything you need to be. Not all English 100 professors will test the same thing.. Also, if you make your own flashcards, that’s studying in itself! And now you can study standing in line at the grocery store!

Easy Bib—great for books. I tried a textbook, children’s book, novel, and even a daily devotional book. Only one book I tried didn’t work. Sucks for all other things that go on your bibliography though (websites, articles, etc)… As always, be cautious, and double check all references just in case. Computers don’t know everything. An alternative that I would suggest and I personally use for everything is Bibme.org. Again, you have to watch it to be certain, sometimes have to add certain details on your own, or edit a few spots, but I have rarely had an issue with it and I’ve used it countless times. It can do articles, books, web pages, or other resources. I find it better than Refworks.

iStudiez—I really liked this app. Maybe that’s the organizer in me, but you can input all of your academic workload. Put in your classes, assignments, group meetings, study groups, exams, and everything else into it, check it off when you’re done, and prioritize what you need to. The only drawback that I noticed was that the free version only gives you 3 courses. To purchase the full app is only $2.99 though.

I’ve linked all of the pictures to the online versions of the apps, too. All three of them you can use online instead of in “app form,” so no need to worry if you don’t have an iPhone, or simply prefer your computer.

Next week I’ll share some of my favourite websites and internet settings for studying, and of course, study breaks!

Have a great week,

Alyshia

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2013 in University Success

 

EPE 310 Response 1: Outcome Based Curriculum

In regards to outcome based curriculum, I do not believe I know very much. Maybe it is one of those terms that I know more about than I think I do! I know what each individual word in the term means, and can make a pretty good guess as to what it is, but cannot confirm if any of it is accurate, or if there is more involved in it than I will mention. I’ve had little exposure to the term, to say the least. So, here is my prediction as to the meaning:

  1. It is a curriculum that focuses on what the overall goal of the learning is. “What will I know when I’m done?”
  2. Therefore, it keeps the end in sight.
  3. The process is not valued quite as highly.
  4. They are defined goals for all students.
  5. They give direction for students and teachers.
  6. They can be quite open-ended.
  7. They drive instruction, but do not dictate the how (methods) of instruction.

I hope that through this semester, I can revise this list by taking off aspects that are less accurate, expand heavily on some items, and add further points.

Now a note about our first class, and playing in the gymnasium. I viewed it as simply that– playing. The opportunity to run around with classmates, participate, and be active, was a refreshing change when we sit for hours on end in classrooms together but rarely get to move! I had done most of those activities with children before (the pool noodle race and ball toss and catch in particular), but had done them in a context outside of a Physical Education class, and had never considered integrating them into a class setting, so I am now beginning to brainstorm what other games or activities I’ve used that could be adapted for a class!

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2013 in EPE 310

 

Welcome Home

Hello everyone!

Sorry I jumped ship for awhile! I never intended to, but was loving my whole month of December off (and surprisingly, kept myself way too busy to blog, too)! This was me for a portion of it:

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Yes, thought I’d rub it in just a little! Don’t worry, I’m back here in the snow with all of you now… I hope you all had a restful break, as well, and are prepared to begin a new semester. It is nice to go home, but there’s something a little exciting about returning to school, too. Maybe it’s because we feel more confident going into the winter semester (you’ve done it all once already, right?!). So, now it’s the time for new resolutions, and you’re going to ace this upcoming semester even more than the last? Sounds good! 🙂 Hey, if you’re still here, that means you’ve made it through your semester and that’s commendable, so give yourself a pat on the back, but continue to strive for even better!

So, I suppose for some “wisdom”: two pieces.

1. Now that you’re settled into a routine, try something new, that you’ve always wanted to do (or never dreamt of doing!)– maybe join a campus club, or UR Fit class, or residence event if you live on campus. You know where things are on campus, how much time you can commit, and probably know at least one person you can convince to accompany you if you’re nervous (although if you don’t, don’t worry– people are generally welcoming around campus, I’ve found)!

2. Sell and buy your textbooks at the Student’s Union bookstore! I’m sure I’ve said this one before, but it’s definitely worth it, and I feel so much better knowing that my money is going to another student! Take your books as soon as possible, and if you’re looking for some, check often. The sale starts tomorrow (Jan 7).

Good luck, welcome back, and have an awesome semester.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2013 in University Success