Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Today was better than the first day. I came ready to participate in activities and was excited to see what was on today's agenda. First activity we did was a name game, but with a twist. Instead of an action we did a part from our favorite song. This was designed to bring everyone out of their comfort zone and have everyone introduce themselves to the class. The song was also another bonus that help us remember the person's name so we could connect the person's song to their name. After that Mr. Murphy with the help of Mr. Wingler introduced Xavier the Penguin to the class. The court was split up into four different quadrants with two hula hoops in each quadrant. There was two crawl tubes set up in two of the quadrants. The object of the game was to get all the balls from your quadrant to the other quadrant that was assigned to you. You had the opportunity to use the scooter once and pile on as many balls as you wanted while someone pulled you with a pool noodle. You could carry two small balls at once, but you had to crawl with the balls to get to the other side. You also had to crawl through tube if it was in your designated area. If you had a medium size ball you had to skip, gallop, or slide with the ball. If you had a medicine ball you had to bend over and carry the ball in between your legs over to the hula hoop. If you had a pill shape object you had to carry the pill with another person. After the first game a couple modifications were made. Some were you had to take the pill through the tube with the other person and you had to jog instead of skipping. There were point values designated to each ball, but we didn't bother counting up the balls. To further bring forward some education Mr. Murphy then told us that the layout of the gymnasium and the obstacles emulated the structure of the heart. The path the classes took serves as the bloodstream path and the balls represented different contents that would be in the bloodstream. Mr. Murphy did a fantastic job directing and teaching the class through this activity. His intensity and enthusiasm was something I would like to take away from his teaching style. All in all-Awesome class!