Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ye Ol' Scavenger Hunt

The presentation Freddy and DJ made was interesting. I feel like it was supposed to be a “fun” lesson but there were a lot of elements that were just okay and I feel it could have been better.
To start off, I feel like Freddy had a lot of good energy and enthusiasm. By him dressing up, it made the feeling of the room lighter and he stole the show when it came to the introduction. One thing that I have to rag on is their signs. They were hard to read. I could see them from 30 feet, it was big, but I couldn’t read the words because of the font style. In class that is one of the things we got critiqued and so I feel like that was important to show us how it should be.
I like the idea of a scavenger hunt, I love doing them. I’ve don’t them at home with family and friends and they were a ball. Another thing that I did not like was the idea of sending the clues via cell phone. I feel like that was complicated and some groups were one three clues while other were on 5. I think what Freddy and DJ could have done was give us the list of clues and when we find them we take a picture and send it in. I feel like this was more of an activity than it was a lesson. I would do this with my class as a reward for something that they did. The reason why I say it is an activity as opposed to lesson because there was no demonstration, no pinpointing and no feedback given. This was just an activity of smarts and who can get to the clues faster.
Another thing I would change about this activity was the surrounding. I would never let my students run around the school while class is going on. I would do this activity in a gym or in an enclosed area outside were I would still be able to supervise all of the students while they were doing the task.
Another thing that is tricky in a school system is the cell phone aspect. I know that in my high school cell phones weren’t allowed. If a teacher saw it, they took it an; at least till the end of the say. In schools like mine or even a school where cell phones can be had but not used, using them in a P.E. class is asking for trouble. Its saying students cant use their cell phones in school but they can us them in class? It’s a contradiction. Ask the yearbook staff, or the photography teacher, if you can borrow a couple of cameras. Expecting the students to use their cell phones is unacceptable and asking the students to bring in a camera from home is also not a good idea; they can be stolen, broken, or even forgotten at home and then what do you do? The best thing to do is be prepared for you students.
As activity goes I feel like I was active when I was looking and running to the clues. On the other hand, there was an equal amount of time where we were standing around waiting to receive the clues. My step count on my pedometer was 1738 but that was the steps from that class and the class I had before.
Overall I thought the lesson had potential to be very good but there were some problems. I know tat DJ and Freddy tried to make it fun and different but I feel like we would have learned a lot more about teaching if they did a basketball unit or something like that were we could see how a lesson should go, having a demonstration, pinpoint and feedback, which would have been more effective. I feel that if we weren’t doing a good job with our C labs they should have did a lesson that showed us how to be better.

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