Monday, May 24, 2010
I had a great first day at my host school. I really enjoyed my 8 hours today working at the school. Also i just checked my final grades and got my GPA up to a 3.9 WOW i really worked hard for them grades. Best semester yet. 7 A's this smester. Very proud of my hard work. This was by far the most difficult semester and most work I have ever taken in one semester but after nights of hard work and dedication my grades showed in the end. Made the deans list again. It seems like yesterday when i was repeatedly trying to get into the physical education department and i never gave up and now I am almost there. Dream big and never give up......
Posted by Coach Yanik at 5:20 PM
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
I am very excited, just called highland middle and high school, going in to meet my teachers this week. They seem excited to have me, i'm so excited to be a teacher and work in the schools for the next 2 weeks... My dream is almost ready to become reality. I will be in the schools as the teacher, VERY EXCITED.....
Posted by Coach Yanik at 10:30 AM
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Dear Mr. Superintendant:
I am writing this letter to you in regards to funding for equipment, space, supplies, and facilities for an upgrade for our school district. We here in the physical education department feel that physical education is a very important aspect of every child’s learning just as much as any other academic class the students may take. We feel that our students will receive the most learning with the proper equipment and for the safety of our children as used in NYS learning standard number two. We feel that it is very important for our children to have as many supplies as possible for their learning. For example we could use new equipment in our tennis unit we are currently in at the moment. Many of the racquets are broken and almost not usable for our students. We feel this is very important to receive new equipment along with more supplies because here at New Paltz High school physical education is much more than just participation and attendance and playing the sport of tennis or any unit we teach. When we teach an unit here we believe it is very important for our students learning to cover every domain such as their psychomotor, affective, and cognitive skills. We not only look at our students ability to participate and play during class we assess our students on all three domains. We feel that getting new equipment and more supplies is very crucial for our student’s success and learning. Along with this we ask for more space for our students to perform their skills as well. Using the gym alone is not enough space for our students to demonstrate enough of what is required of them in NYS learning standard 1A and 1B. We would like to be able to use the tennis courts over at the college and would need transportation. We feel this is equally as important because students must have the right facilities to demonstrate to us their ability to perform a skill such as stated in learning standard 1A. Also in order for our students to be successful it is useful to have them learn from learning standard three which requires that our students have an understanding of resource management. We feel that applying our tennis skills on an actual court will be very beneficial for our students learning and awareness of great places to maximize their playing while in physical education class. All of these skills are equally important to us here in the physical education department using the NASPE standards as well. When I first received the job and was working with the older physical education teachers they told me physical education was about taking attendance, participation and reading the news paper. Receiving my degree from Cortland University told me otherwise and I am very prepared to do everything in my power to make learning for my students the most beneficial as possible. What I have learned over time in all of my experience and classes taken at the University of Cortland is that physical education is more than what others may make it out to be. I have learned so much more about physical education than when I first started out and agreed with the older generation, but after much research and years of school I am prepared to do everything in my power to request kindly that we are able to receive the funding for our class for a better education and reputation here at New Paltz High School. Here is a web page of an example of the standards we follow here at New Paltz High School. http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/pels.html. If there are any other questions regarding this email please feel free to contact me through my number at 555-5555 or through my email here at the high school, yanikmitchell@NPH.edu. I look forward to hearing back from you and meeting so we can discuss this further more in person. Thank you very much for your time.
Mitch Yanik (Physical Education Department)
Posted by Coach Yanik at 1:13 PM
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
My impressions of daily burn are that it can be a very helpful web page once you get use to it,
it can be a bit difficult to understand but once you get accustomed to it i feel that it could be a
very helpful site. I like how it allows for you to keep track of what you ate and how many calories are being used and taken in. It shows you the % of fat, carbohydrates, and protein you are consuming in a day. I do not currently use another online website as an online exercise and nutrition tracker. For my associates degree i had to take a nutrition class and i used my pyramid for a nutrition tracker along with the exercises that I did daily. I kept track of a 1 week period of everything i ate and did for exercise. It was a huge final project and i actually liked it because i learned a lot about nutrition. I have a two year degree in nutrition exercise so I enjoyed that web site a lot. This daily burn tracker is very similar though and a good way to keep track of our nutrition, fitness and our exercises. I as well would like to remain a member of the rock star group after i am done here.
This web site can be used to accomplish the recommended regents level for LS #1B in a few ways. 1B standard is personal fitness and health. This site could be used as a project for kids to follow their nutrition, fitness, and their activity during a whole school year as well as keeping track of what their goals are for that year whether it be cardiovascular or muscular endurance or strength or even flexibility as well as body composition. This could also be used to test students and keep track of their physical fitness as well.
An electronic tool that could be used for capturing data and reporting for the recommended regents level for LS # 1A could be Microsoft Excel. I know this for sure because i was required to use this when i did my final project for my nutrition class and made up a great planner on everything i ate and all of the exercises that i performed each day for a week. I put all of that information into an Excel toolbar. This could very easily be used in a high school setting, maybe not as in depth and long as my final project was but it could definitely be used in a high school physical education setting as an end of the semester project to track how well kids are eating and using exercise to their ability as well as their skills in a certain sport which would cover LS #1 which is the students ability to perform a skill. Students could then take snap shots of themselves using the Picasa 3 program as good examples of their nutrition or if they perform a certain exercise. This is a great way to track how well you are eating and performing a skill over a semester of time by going back and looking at your technique in the snap shot by taking different ones over the semester of the school year.
Posted by Coach Yanik at 4:33 PM
The website is from CBC Canada. The city this story is from is city park collegiate in Saskatoon Canada.
What i feel about this news piece is i feel it was pretty interesting, I liked the fact how this school included hardcore cardiovascular endurance into their curriculum. Many of these exercises were done outside of the physical education class as well. This is a school where many troubled kids attended and exercise made a huge difference on the students in the school. Many of the children used heart rate monitors to track their progress over the year. Treadmills were used in this class as well. I know that it is a fact that when you exercise you do much better in a school setting, and i have found that to be a true fact as well. Many of these students did much better academically after they exercised. i was aware that before i watched this video that exercise helps the brain and many children do better on test if they exercise before hand. I usually use this method before i test and find it to work very well. The schools attendance actually was better with exercise used as well. Many of the children liked this program much more. The PE program that we herd about did not do much motivating for the students. This video showed us poor physical education and allowed for many of the students to not be active and be lazy all at the same time. When children feel that they are not as skilled as their peers they are turned off from a certain subject and will act out by not participating as they should be or would like to. As a physical educator i would try to make everything fun and interesting for my class while at the same time they would be getter exercise and learning all at the same time. You want to make physical education class as fun as you can for the students and have no waiting time and over 50% activity time. The results of the new system of using exercise in the lessons had a lot of effects and results on the school. Many of the students increased their grades in other classes dramatically with exercise. Many of the scores increased such as science. The school has an amazing system and i feel that many people should look at how they incorporate exercise into their program. Many of the NASPE standards were covered as well in this school that we use here in NYS. I saw standards four and five being used which is instructional delivery and management and impact on student learning. This new system had a great impact on the students learning and it clearly showed in the video. Barney was a student who was troubled and showed a lot of progress with this new system. Many of these children were motivated and did bad things until this program was put into place. The one student suffered from learning disabilities such as ADD. Exercise has a tremendous effect on how students learn and participate. I also feel that it is important to add other subjects in exercise programs to get the best learning out of your students. One final thing, DDNF is a protein known as Brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This is important in our students learning, memory, and their higher thinking. This encourages both growth and differentiation of neurons and synapses.
Two books on this study are:
1. “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by John J. Ratey
2. “Nature's Ritalin for the Marathon Mind” by Stephen C. Putnam
Posted by Coach Yanik at 2:22 PM