Standard 1

Scientific & Theoretical Knowledge
Physical education teacher candidates know and apply discipline-specific scientific and theoretical concepts critical to the development of physically educated individuals.

Element1.3: Describe and apply motor development theory and principles related to skillful movement, physical activity, and fitness.
Date: Spring 2012
        I had the chance to be a mentor for elementary aged students through CHAMP (Cortland Home After-school Mentor Program) for Motor Development. The CHAMP program was offered to students after school and gave them a chance to do homework and participate in activities. As a mentor I was assigned two students and would guide them through homework and the activities. 
        This artifact meets standard 1 because I was observing and describing the motor skills of a young boy and girl. This task allowed me to recognize and analyze their movement patterns. These labs gave me a great opportunity to evaluate and assess the different abilities and motor skills of elementary age children. In lab 3 I was focusing on evaluating the run, gallop and hop.
         As a future physical educator it is my responsibility to be able to observe and critique student’s movements. I need to be able to break down skills into parts and evaluate each part of the skill. Acquiring this ability as a teacher will allow me to give specific feedback to the students to help them become the most proficient.
Element 1.1: Describe and apply physiological and biomechanical concepts related to skillful movement, physical activity and fitness. 
Date: Spring 2013

         While partaking in Exercise Physiology I participated in and observed a VO2 max test. The purpose of testing someone’s VO2 max is to find his or her maximum volume of oxygen used per minute. The maximum volume represents a person’s upper limit of aerobic metabolism.
        This artifact meets standard 1 because it required me to explore physiological and biomechanical concepts that affect people’s fitness capabilities. While this lab finds a person’s VO2 max, it also can also pinpoint what type of activities a person may excel at more, aerobic or anaerobic activities. If a person has a high VO2 max they will more likely perform best at aerobic activities, such as distance running or cross country skiing. If a person has a low VO2 max they will more likely perform best at anaerobic activities, such as power lifting or sprinting.
        This standard is important to my development as a future physical educator and coach because it gave a tool that can be used to help analyze the fitness level of older students or athletes. Specific to teaching, this tool could be used with middle/high school to help show them where their aerobic fitness stands and explore different ways to improve their fitness level. In regards to coaching, finding the VO2 max of athletes can help measure how well training is improving the fitness of the athletes. This is true because the greater VO2 max the high level of aerobic fitness the individual has.