Monday, March 29, 2010

Jim Playfair Outburst...and Other Incredible Coaching Meltdowns

Jim Playfair is a coach for the AHL's Heat hockey team. After a call doesn't go his way, Playfair goes absolutley insane. Check out this video to watch.

Playfair's outburst reminded me of Phillip Wellman's meltdown a few years ago. Wellman is the manager for the Mississippi Braves, which is a minor league baseball team. This could be the most incredible erruption I have ever seen.

I saw this story online yesterday, and today on ESPN they had a whole slew of coaching outbursts. Here are more videos of some memorable coaching meltdowns.

Hockey coach Jim Schoenfeld

Hockey coach Robbie Ftorek throwing a bench

Asheville minor league baseball manager Joe Mikulik

And finally, Wichita Wingnuts baseball coach Kash Beauchamp

These coaches all showed their frustrations to the extreme, and while these outbursts may be extremely funny to watch, they show extremely poor sportsmanship. Either way, I love watching these coaching bloopers.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Autistic Teen has a Perfect Bracket Through the First Two Rounds of Play

This is down right amazing. How many people do you know that have perfect brackets thus far? Your answer is probably zero, and with the downfall of Kansas, Georgetown, Villanova, and others, many peoples' brackets were busted right off the bat. That is not the case for Alex Herrmann. His bracket is perfect up to this point, and I am eager to see how his Sweet 16 picks play out. Tournament play resumes today, and continues through Sunday. I was shown this story today and the article can be found here, on Fancast's website.
Alex says he loves numbers and is pretty good at stats and working with numbers. His overall winner is Purdue, so I'm interested to see how that works out. My winner was Kansas, so my bracket was pretty much done after their loss.
Check out the article and watch the video to see more about this interesting story.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Blaze Spotted at St. Mary's

The theme of our last visit to St. Mary's was dinosaurs. My group led off the activities with a few games, and it was extremely tough. The kids were extremely wound up and we definitely need to work on using games that limit the down time. The games that we had planned would have worked with a calmer group, but since it was the end of the day and the kids were sick of sitting around they were full of energy. It's great that the kids have energy and want to be active, but we just didn't come prepared enough to get them right into activity and have them moving.

We led off with Kelly's game, and when we practiced it and played in during our pre-lab, it seemed to go pretty well. There were a few things that got ironed out, and it looked like the game was going to be successful. I feel that her game would have been a hit with the kids if they weren't so crazy when we first got there, and the kids had a very hard time not playing with the props and equipment on the floor.

Then we tried my game, and I had a terrible feeling it was going to bomb as soon as I saw the energy level of the kids. My game called for them to wait single-file in a line, and go one a at time for each team, and I just knew it was going to be a hard task to get them to listen. I was right. For the most part the kids understood what I wanted them to do, but since they were so wound up the couldn't leave each other alone and had a very tough time waiting in line for each other. I believe that this game would have been fine if they were calm.

My group then went down to the cafeteria, and it was a completely different ball game down there. The kids had snacks and were all sitting and behaving pretty well. I built several Legos creations with a few of the kids, and they were sitting there calmly and we had a great conversation about different Star Wars characters.

And then Blaze came.

As soon as the kids saw Blaze they were ecstatic. It was almost impossible to get them to listen to me and to get them to calm down. I think that it was great to have Blaze there, and I think that the next time when I am in a situation similar to this one I will use a mascot or character like Blaze to actually get the kids to listen better. I will do this by using Blaze as an example of what they should be doing and they will follow Blaze because they are excited that he is there.

Friday, March 12, 2010

My First Prezi

Here is my first prezi. It includes information about childhood growth and motor development. It describes a couple of concepts of development, and it describes several stages of development.

Monday, March 1, 2010

St. Mary's Pre-K Brings Home the Gold

The theme at St. Mary's for our last visit was following in the spirit of the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. My group worked with the Pre-K classes for this visit, and we came up with some activities and games for the kids to play that were based around the Olympics. For crafts, we helped the kids color and create their very own Olympic medal. Most of the kids loved this and enjoyed wearing their medals proudly around their necks. This was a really fun activity to do with the kids because they all loved making their own medals, and they also loved decorating my medal for me. It was funny because I was taking my time with my medal and getting side tracked when I was helping the kids decorate their medals, so they were mostly finished and were extremely eager to help me with my medal. They offered suggestions on what colors to use and ended up taking over and decorating my medal for me. Needless to say my medal was full of many colors and scribbles from all of the kids. I also read a book called "The Wuzzolympics". The book was a cartoon story about an Olympic race. The moral of the story was to prepare, practice, and most importantly have fun while participating in sports. I tried to get the kids to understand that having a lot of fun was the most important thing about playing, but I'm not sure how many of them understood because of their age, plus they were extremely into the book. One of my group members got the book to read, and I am glad he did because it was a major hit with the kids and they loved it. After making the medals and reading the book we practiced some poses of skiers, snowboards, and other athletic poses that the kids have seen at the Olympics.
After that we played some games in the gym with the kids. Unfortunately, the game I had planned didn't really go as well as I hoped it would have gone. I modified the game What Time is it Mr.Fox, and incorporated the three motor skills which were galloping, hopping, and running. My plan was to have everyone wear their medals and they would be the "Olympians". One student would be called the Gold Medal Thief, and would call out either bronze, silver, or gold. If he/she called out bronze they would have to gallop, silver would be hopping, and gold would be running. On gold, the Thief would tag the Olympians and steal their gold medals. Well it ended up being a somewhat confusing game, and by the time I got to present my game the kids were losing focus, so it didn't go over too well, but it sounded decent on paper.

The game we played last with all of the kids ended up being really fun. It was a tag game that sounded like it might have been slightly confusing for the kids, but after a few minutes the kids caught on and the game was a lot of fun. The only problem I saw with it was that there was a lot of non-activity, but overall it was a pretty successful game. The song we sang as a group at the end was the "Down by the banks with the hanky panky" song, and it was slightly confusing because some kids new the song, some didn't, and some just didn't understand what was going on. It is a catchy song, but is uses showcasing, one of the Hall of Shame techniques. One of the kids absolutely loved to be in the center of the group dancing away, but another kid was completely embarrassed and ran out of the circle in tears. This just shows that showcasing really is a bad technique, I feel for every age level, because there will always be students who are shy and who absolutely hate performing and being put on the spot solo in front of their peers.

I love going to St. Mary's and I feel that this experience is really allowing me to learn how to communicate better with the students. I work at a summer camp and work with young kids, so I have some experience with coming up with games and leading a group. I work with an older age group during the summer, and I have been working primarily with the Pre-K class up to this point, so it is interesting to see the difference in motor skills and the level different ages are on.