Welcome to the May 2015 Edition of the PE Playbook. The PE Playbook is a review of blog posts over the past month that are specific to Physical Education or Youth Sport. Its about bringing these blog posts into a format that is easy to find, use and share. Hopefully this will result in more PE Teachers (and others) reading them and engaging with them. If you have any feedback about the presentation or content of the PE Playbook then please let me know in the comments section of this post or via @ImSporticus.
Blogger of the Month
Top 10 Blog posts
Tech in PE
Research in PE
PE Podcasts and Videos
School and Youth Sport
Articles of Interest
PE Playbook – April 2015 Edition
PEPRN the website set up by Dr Ash Casey of Loughborough University has now been a staple of my PD for a number of years. His ultimate aim through his website is to try and bring research in PE and PE Pedagogy to practitioners in a way that is both accessible and useable in the classroom. He has challenged his readers to Think, Act and Change on the research he has shared either in written format or though his excellent podcast. This month has seen PEPRN go through an update PEPRN is dead. Long Live PEPRN, with new graphics, a new user interface and a slightly different direction. Rather than just disseminating knowledge and current research to teachers the new approach is both to share the research and have a practising teacher also add their comments, thoughts and approaches on it. Attempting to bridge the gap between research and actual teaching practice. Every Tuesday a new post is launched, with the current series looking at pre service training and the socialisation of professionalism that occurs with new teachers in the PE Office. This series has two posts. The first Learning to be a teacher and the second What is professional, workplace learning? I’m hugely looking forward to not only where this series goes, but as a more experienced teacher how it might impact my own professional development. I urge all PE Teachers not only to read, but to interact through the comments section. A continued shared dialogue will only benefit all in the profession.
Tom Brush is a deeply reflective PE Teacher who blogs at PE T and L Blog. This month Tom has written four excellent blogs that mainly question our practice in Physical Education and offers some possible solutions. Like most PE Teachers in the country at the moment Assessment in PE is a big conundrum, especially as we are now left without levels. However this may be the chance of Departments to design their own assessment models, built on what they feel is their moral purpose and important for their students in their context to try and achieve within PE. Tom shares the concept of Using core tasks in Physical Education as a possible answer and I’m drawn to this idea, but wonder if it can be used on more general terms rather than specific activities. In Setting by ability in P.E Tom explores the positive and negative impact that setting may have on our students engagement and motivation to physical activity and also shares some research on this area. Most recently he asks the question Should we test fitness in KS3 PE and quite clearly states his position. I think many PE Teachers are drawn to fitness testing because of the data it gives them and the evidence that progress is being made, which is why early on in my career I used them. Then when mentoring a PGCE student she gave me Fitness testing in physical education – a misdirected effort in promoting healthy lifestyles and physical activity to read from Loughborough University which has changed my thinking and approach.
I know its a couple more than 10, but these blogs have really resonated with me this month:
Roly – A reflection on engagement in physical activities via @PhysLiteracy
Why I can’t coach sports by Jonny Walker
My PE Philosophy by Nathan Walker
Sport…a sense of freedom by Rachel Smith
Make An Imprint, Not An Impression from Amanda Stanec
How to destroy (or develop) talent – a case study from Stuart Armstrong
Helping People Be Their Best is Complex (not Complicated!) via Mark Upton
How broken does it have to get before it’s fixed? via Andy Vasily
Rebranding by Doug Geddie
American Landscape through Polish Eyes via Erik Imler
CREDO via John Allpress
Positive Relationships in Education via Adam Llevo
Taxonomy of Reflection – Reflecting on a Month of #PhysEd Sharing
The OVER-Quantified Self in Phys-Ed
How I Teach: Andy Hair
No Respect http://goo.gl/smqNnt
Latest Inactivity and Obesity Levels Show Improving Signs
The secret to success!
Voices of #PhysEd: Let’s Talk About Privilege
Physical Activity and Physical Education
Function 2 Flow
The Great Unpacking: Preface (Part IV) – Assessment methods
The #PhysEd Book Club: UNESCO QPE Guidelines
Outstanding Teacher Downloading
Expand My Thinking
Sharing is caring
The efficiency of the stand up desk – a Head of PE’s perspective
The gap between ‘promise’ and ‘reality’ – How can PE contest with the rest?
Benefits of exercise
It’s time to ‘rewild the child’ and bring back OAA
Teacher evaluation: Are we failing our profession?
Backwards Designing The Ideal #PhysEd Teacher
Need to Step Up My Pedagogy
Excellence vs. Success
Fire and Ice Freeze Tag
The Best Parts of My Week – 4/27/15–5/1/15
How are my PE lessons and programs different to yours?
The Best Parts of My Week – 5/4/15–5/8/15
“It’s Buzz Time”!
Major Lessons Learned From Our Athletics Unit
Little Teaching Victories
The Best Parts of My Week – 5/11/15–5/15/15
Unpacking Big Ideas in Invasion Games
Differentiation: Dance Edition
Grade 2 Net Games: Week#1
Cross Grade Level Unpacking
The Best Parts of My Week – 5/18/15–5/22/15
Grade 2 Net Games
Let Them Teach!!
Movement Composition – Kung Fu fighting….
FIFA – Assessment without Levels!
How I Teach: Jessica Shawley
Rounders Scrapped From PE Curriculum
What it feels like to be out of your Comfort Zone
Using Rubrics in #PhysEd ? Standards Based Grading – Want a Supplementary Report Card?
What tools do you use in #physed? Why?
BLOG: The teaching of HPE in AUS schools: A Singaporean perspective
Google Apps – Improve your workflow!
Top Apps for PE Teachers – Part 40
Apple Watch in #PhysEd: Early Impressions
Used Sprint Timer app for the first time today in my Year 10 GCSE lesson
The Best Apps for Keeping Kids Active
Fit for purpose: the top five apps for PE teachers
Double Whammy……. Run Lap Tap used with Polar Team
VLOG 9: Technology: some key considerations
Jump, Jump, Jump
How I use social media in professional development using the SAMR model
Levels of Difficulty – Google Apps for Education
Looping Skill Demos
Do you really “think different”?
Video editing apps
5 iPad Accessories for Every PE Teacher
Digital GCSE PE Revision
Non examined assessment (in PE)
One touch, One bounce and Buzzers
Run Marianne, Run
Hopes and Olympic dreams
Daily (ish) Favouriting: mindcheck.ca
VLOG 10: Student Designed Games
The PHYSEDagogy Podcast – #Physed Showcase – Edition #3
Episode 30 – Listener Stories of Success #1
Episode 31 – My Volleyball Unit
Highly Effective Physical Education with Lynn and Lynn – Episode 8
Unpacking Invasion Games (2 Andy’s Show)
BLOG: Coaching adolescents with Autism in a multi-sport program
Why Kids Quit Sports
How do we help the young player organise information and action?
Are 85% of coaches really poor
Girls Will Be Boys
The Incredibly Massive Importance of Play
Yes….I do play my favourites
Kiwi volleyball coaching legend Hugh McCutcheon tells of coaching philosophy
How to raise a sporting champion
Negativity and Your Child’s Brain: How to Help Kids Stay Positive
Coach education can be multi-sport driven – we can learn from each other.
Of course it will work….I’ve been coaching for years
Winning VS Development: not even close…
Coaching Conversations #5 : Jamie Taylor and Daniel Pyke
A coaches’ guide to strength development: PART I
35 Secrets of Brilliant Coaches
Books that can help transform your coaching
As a coach who should you turn to for advice?
How to get the best out of a Player?
The pressure of the Twix! – a tale of developing a growth mindset.
An LTAD Success Story – From Age 0-10 Years Old
Coaching Conversations #6 : Peter Jeffrey
Help, My Child is a Late Bloomer: 5 Tips for Overcoming the “Relative Age Effect” in Youth Sports
BLOG: 10 Links we Like via ACPHER
10 Ways to Promote Safe Biking for National Bike Month
All Other Things Being Equal by Craig Pickering
How Important Is an Understanding of Decision Making to a Sport Psychologist Interested In Using it in Their Work With Athletes?
Two stages phases of childhood obesity suggested
Exercise and healthy eating in schools – is it as simple as ‘energy in = energy out’?
Gurus v Mentors
Does sleep affect sporting performance?
Can You Swim In The Deep End?
Schools Rethink Health Class, Incorporate Mindfulness Training
What is talent – and can science spot what we will be best at?
A Life in Motion, Stopped Cold
Fausto Coppi – The makings of a champion
Q&A: Darren Roberts
Parenting: ‘Miss, I forgot my PE gear. Again’
Championship Preview: Living and learning with New Zealand’s rugby winners
Understanding Physical Literacy
Finally after all that you are still hungry for more then try April and May Coaching Matters via Simon Nainby