A week after the rehearsal of games and brainstorming, our skills were put to the test in St. Mary's after school program. This was the first lab that we had actually planned a series of games and had a good amount of structure. As prepared as we were, and as confident as we were after practicing how we would go about explaining, demonstrating and performing our games, the group of children we had shot our ideas down. All these 5th and 6th grade students wanted to do was play basketball. We eventually came to a small consensus which still did not work out overly well. We were able to get a large number of students to play the game, Great Wall, but after about five or so minutes of that, they became bored and longed for something better. Due to the stubbornness of the students to try new games, we ended up playing basketball. We played for a while and then slowly modified the game to make it a little different, until we were able to transition into playing team handball which was a relatively positive turnout. Ultimately, no matter how many times you may practice what you want to do, or run through it in your head, you need to have some sort of back up plan and be able to think on your toes in order to make a program or lesson flow smoothly. Practice helps, but experience is really what makes a lesson perfect.
Lab 2 and Assessment