Monday, January 31, 2011
This was a very interesting reading, one thing in particular that caught my interest was the aid Physical Education provides in developing perceptual motor learning in the spatial and temporal world. I never really thought about phys. ed. as a catalyst to developing young minds, i generally thought about phys. ed. in the traditional terms(that it provided only physical fitness and aiding in modeling healthy lifestyles). This chapter suggests that early physical education is the foundation for key athletic skills such as coordination and balance. That is very interesting to me, because most people see the foundation for athleticism to be "god given" or formed through early participation in one's sport. I believe if more people recognized that phys. ed. creates better athletes there would be more support, rather than believing the only important factor to athleticism in their young children's lives is youth sports.
My first day at St. Mary's I had an incredible time. I was excited yet nervous to interract with the students. When our TA first released us to play with the students I was unsure how to approach them. However, quicker than I expected I was able to introduce myself to a few of the kids and they were very accepting and friendly. I played a great game of basketball with several of the students and began to absorb their unique personalities. I am very excited for my next PED 201 lab.