The PE Playbook – June 15 Edition

Welcome to the June 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.


If you are a PE Teacher on Twitter then you should be following Mel Hamda an International Middle School PE Teacher and Lynn Hefele a Primary School from the US. Both are thoughtful, thought provoking bloggers, Mel at and Lynn at respectively, who are generous with their time. After a discussion on Twitter regarding its purpose and the purpose of blogging for the online PE community, Mel penned her thoughts via Sharing our Failures. That if we were to develop as practitioners then perhaps we need to start to critique each others ideas with gentle challenge rather than the ‘back slapping’ culture we have already. To move to that state she suggested we perhaps get comfortable by sharing our failures, rather than our successes and preceded to do so.  I responded in kind with my own and so did Lynn in her reflective post Sharing my failings. It would be beneficial for others in the PE community to do so, that we may then get to a stage where we are comfortable to challenge each others ideas in a positive manner. Carl Hendrick‘s recent post on collaboration, asks the question is collaboration always the best way of learning? The answer it seems that critical dissent can be a powerful driver of not just creativity but also of the volume of ideas.

You may have noticed in my recent posts that I have decided to explore deeper the idea of Physical Literacy and how it may act as a moral purpose for PE that takes it beyond a subject just learn at school. The International Physical Literacy Association is an excellent website for those who which to further develop a better philosophical understanding of Physical Literacy and they regularly produce excellent blogs. This month they have produced a reading list on Philosophy references relevant to embodiment and the value of physical activity probably not to be approached by the faint of heart, this linked nicely with Marget Whithead giving a clear indication of what is meant by Physical Literacy in Unpacking the Concept of Physical LiteracyLen Almond wrote Physical Activity for Life, which challenges that idea that as PE Teachers we can say our aim is to ensure lifelong physical activity in our students, based on that there is no research to back that up, He suggests that we aspire to that aim, but perhaps we should also concentrate on the ‘here and now’ and the inherent value and joy we have in moving. This message was echoed in a recent conversation I had with Chris Horner about spending too much time thinking about over-complicating philosophies and values with regards to PE. That perhaps we (read me) should spend more time on the basics of subject knowledge, behaviour management and building relationships with our students, that hopefully we love teaching. It is good to be challenged by Chris, as he calls a spade a spake, as he makes a valid point. Backing this up with an excellent, no thrills, bread and butter pudding of a blog post called Back to School. It may be an oldie, but it is a goodie, and in may ways echoes Len’s assertions that we perhaps should not forget about making the present the best we can for our pupils and not get caught up in over thinking.



Creating and maintaining environments for young people in football

Is technology getting in the way of self organisation

How Do You Actually Develop Growth Mindset


Tom Thibodeau, Coaching Evaluations and A Blueprint for Coach Improvement

Another way?

Punching The Clock

Play has a purpose

Tough but rewarding year…

Athleticism – Rediscovering the Joy of Movement

Discipline – An Outdated Concept?


How about TTT for Physed? = #PhysedTT ?

Students Running For Success

[Infographic] Tackling Diabetes Is No Piece of Cake

Another chat with Greg Thompson

Keeping behavior issues to a minimum!

Can’t Keep Up? 5 ways to be effective in the classroom.

The Geometric Shape of Physical Education

Soundbites for Success – Applying them to teaching

Glad I Watched Gleddie!

Giving Meaningful Feedback Daily!

Boys vs Girls


A look at Class of 2035

Reporting Learning!

Are you crap at asking questions?

Movement is not something you do. It’s something you are!

Classroom Management: The Foundation of Effective Instruction

Quality PE Matters: An Analysis of the UNESCO Quality PE Policy

Top reflection techniques for you and your students!


The Best Parts of My Week – 5/26/15–5/29/15

The Best Parts of My Week – 6/1/15–6/5/15

The Best Parts of My Week – 6/8/15–6/12/15

The Best Parts of My Week – 6/15/15–6/19/15


FIFA – PE Assessment – UPDATE!

WWWTW: 3 concepts, 40+ activities, & money!

How To Help Struggling Year 7 Students

February Flashback–> WWWTW: SOLO moves forward


BLOG: Healthy eating in outdoor education

Well I didn’t expect that

Participation in Recreation

Using Plickers in GCSE PE lessons


Searching and re-searching the stories of our field

Significant dimensions of workplace learning

Stand up and be Accounted!

Improving the flow of information from research to practice

VLOG 11: A models-based approach

Keeping up appearances

Spotting Young Talent in Elite English Football: Consider Your Vantage Point!

And the Oscar goes to…

VLOG 12: Cooperative Learning and TGfU: Run the Gauntlet

Hiding in plain ‘site’…


What’s in Your #PhysEd Bag, Travis Temple?

Knowing Stuff Used To Be Important

How has technology changed your classroom practice? Drones in #Physed?

Interactive Pupil/Athlete of the Month Video

iBeacons in education

The PE Geek TV

Using GAFE to produce Praise Post Cards in PhysEd

BLOG: Health on Facebook: Engaging critical minds

Energize It


Unpacking Invasion Games- Kid Coaches

Episode 32 – 3D Printing & Physical Education?

Want Smarter, Healthier Kids? Try Physical Education!

Episode 33 – Tracking Student Behaviour, Attendance & More

Student Led Game Setup Part 2


Helping children becoming better players…

The Future of Coaching

Women in Coaching

The awesomeness of getting feedback on your feedback

Coach (lack of) Education (and progression)

What Are We Thinking? An Open Letter to the Lacrosse Community

Promotion, reflection, and just having a break!

Even Better Decision Making in SSGs

Sports Parenting in 10 Sentences

Steve Lawrence – The Future Learning Space?

What will happen now more coaches are starting later in life?

Coaching points vs. Learning Outcomes

Seven Benefits of the Long-Term Athlete Development model: Why follow it?

Playing Time in Junior Football

To Excel in Youth Sports, Kids Need Couch Time

How to develop skill among different ability levels

The S&C Paradox

How to Get Fit for Handball

How To Coach Generation Z?

Don’t put on a brave face

Making Two Footed Players


Developing Creativity

Thought of the Day: May 31st, 2015

9 Common Sleep Mistakes

8 Ways To Improve Character Education

Is sitting the new Smoking?

9 Ways Olympians Develop Resilience

6 Ways to Improve How You Talk to Yourself

This Girl Can Campaign Gathering Momentum

Why I’m pleased my son is born in May…

Summer Training for Nine Year Olds

Jordan Spieth: Athlete First

Metacognition: Some Thoughts and Ideas

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