Teaching lacrosse to cross-country runners
I chose lacrosse since it is a sport I have very little knowledge about and it is a unit I will need to present next year. The students for this field experience are twelve male and female10th grade high school students. The students are atypical since they were recruited from the high school cross-country team. During my pre-assessment, I found that all of them had heard of lacrosse and 8 of the 12 played a game of two during a prior physical education class. None of the students were proficient at playing however, all of them knew how to hold the stick and cradle it while running.
During the ongoing assessment - independent practice
83% of the students performed with little to no mistakes after a scooping the ball off the ground demonstration. They were all allowed independent practice and most were able to pick up the ball while in motion. During the tossing and catching phase the same percentage were successful in self-tossing the ball at various heights.
During the ongoing assessment - small group/partner practice
Since this is a group of athletes I progressed faster than I would normally do in a regular physical education class. The lesson now moves into throwing and catching the ball with a partner. The skill level dropped during this portion. 66% of the students had regular success in throwing and catching. I noticed that their release points varied, resulting in a variety of successful and unsuccessful throwing/catching attempts. Developing consistent release points should be a skill that can be worked on during following lessons. When running and tossing were introduced the success rate dropped to 50%. I believe that since they were teammates they may have been trying to show off and started trying this skill at a rate faster than necessary. I also believe that athletes from a sport that uses more eye-hand coordination would have performed at a higher success rate.
Rubric revised do to teacher-self evaluation
Below is a revised version of the rubric I used to do my evaluations. I revised it because I discovered that several developmental levels were out of order.
REVISED Lacrosse Rubric:
Catching and Throwing 9th Grade Physical Education
Developmental Level Catching
6 Can catch a ball thrown with increase velocity or catch a ball while moving.
5 Can transfer catching skills to a games situation.
4 Can catch a variety of passes with a partner.
3 Can catch a bounced ball pass from a partner.
2 Can catch a variety of self-tossed balls.
1 Arms extended towards thrower, show avoidance reactions.
Developmental Level Throwing
6 Can throw with increased velocity and accuracy.
5 Can transfer throwing skills to a games situation.
4 Shows trunk rotation and accuracy.
3 Demonstrates effort.
2 Follow through towards target.
1 Limited body movement, arm dominated.
By teaching this lesson. I learned that my rubric needed adjustment. Several of my developmental levels were out of order. The self-toss proved to be a much easier task for students to develop than receiving a bounce pass from a partner. I also felt that a consistent effort would be harder for a regular physical education student to obtain than producing trunk rotation during a toss.
I enjoyed working with the cross-country runners because they were very cooperative and gave me their attention and an honest effort. I have worked with a regular physical education class during a lacrosse unit and I don’t believe they would have provided me such an easy time. I would have also not been able to move through as much learning material had it been a regular class.