The PE Playbook – October 2015 Edition

Welcome to the October 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 @ImSporticusPrevious Editions of the PE Playbook can be found here.


Rob Shaw is a 2nd Year Primary Ed student with a specialism in PE. He is new to the PE blogging scene and blogs at  specifically about Physical Literacy and PE. His work with the International Physical Literacy Association gives him a valuable insight and I look forward to reading his future blog posts, especially on fusing the philosophy of PL with practice in schools. The inclusion of physical education as a foundation subject gives a brief historical view of the UK PE Curriculum and sets the scene for his later posts. In Moving forward in physical education with a physical literacy framework Rob tried to clarify some of the misunderstanding of terms frequently used as synonyms with Physical Literacy like FMS. The relationship between FMS and Physical Literacy are explored further inUpholding the integrity of physical literacy. Rob’s most recent post The sole purpose for physical education as a subject in school, critiques Arnold’s definition of the education in Physical Education and suggests that education ‘in movement’ is the one that makes PE uniques, but is often the most overlooked. You should also check out his earlier blog posts.


Work Hard, Work Smart! by @coachplusblog looks at persistence and failure through the lens of MMA.

A Guide for Practice: Developing an Action Framework and Objections to the use of Fundamental Movement Skills as central to Physical Literacy by @lenalmond writing for the IPLA. In the first posts Len suggests a practical framework for teaching PL for early years. I look forward to him developing his thoughts in the future. In the second post Len along with José Afonso clearly state their objections to FMS being considered at the heart of Physical Literacy.

It’s Broken, Let’s Fix It by Amanda Stanec  is a rallying call and asks us the question why society is still willing to ignore the science around physical activity and all the benefits it brings.

Richard, Mark, Darrell, Sheila, and Arvo and leading and following by Keith Lyons, who is fast becoming one of my favourite bloggers, explores firstly the idea of ‘working out loud’ through social media and secondly his thoughts on alternative leadership, both through his unique way of viewing interconnected ideas.

Handwriting…A Unique Movement Signature by @move2thrive is a proponent of Physical Literacy. This post explores further the analogy of literacy and movement and asks the question ‘when is it okay for our movement to be different and not perfect, but recognisable by others?’

Hey parents! Your ‘support’ could be destroying your child’s chances (in sport and life!) by Stuart Armstrong who shares a story about a friend who specialised early in Tennis. Stuart feels that this might have had an impact on his self-destruction, but it was more likely his parents. That experience has led Stuart to set up a programme where he wants to educate parents so they can better support their children in sport.

We take responsibility for “WHAT” but the concept of “HOW” the players must themselves fill with life by Mark O’Sullivan is a wonderful piece. Often we read about practitioners philosophy or their approach. Mark puts both side by side in his approach to football, which is powerful in gaining understanding to what he is trying to achieve as a coach for his players.

The Gamification of PE by Lee Andersen is a brilliant post, and easily my favourite of the month. Lee looks at the elements of computer games which children enjoy and clearly shows how you can use them through a constraints based teaching approach within PE and Sport.

Eddie Jones – Building Sustainable Performance Excellence – Part One and Eddie Jones – Building Sustainable Performance Excellence – Part Two by Vern Gabetta shares some insights into Eddie Jones coaching philosophy and approach.

Do your athletes trust you? by Dr Craig Harrison suggests in the post that trust is important to building effect relationships with your athletes. He highlights four key areas he thinks are important for fostering that trust, underpinned by honesty throughout.


Giving the Gift of Physical Literacy

Back to Basics: Time Management

Back to Basics: Positioning and Movement

The Power of the Outdoors

Recruiting for a new International Teaching job

Do You Hear What You Want To Hear?

Phys Ed Hacks

Even Better If…

Life Learning Through Positive Education

AfL in PE AfL in PE#1: An AfL Board AfL in PE #2: Balls in the bucket AfL in PE #3: SOLO Taxonomy AfL in PE #4: Pose, Pause, Pounce, Bounce AfL in PE #5: Hottest AfL in PE #6: Archery Assessment AfL in PE #7: Video Feedback AfL in PE #8: Think, Pair, Share AfL in P.E #9: Challenge time! AfL in PE #10: Success Criteria with Feedback AfL in PE #11: Coaches Eyes AfL in PE #12: Bingo

What can we learn about AWOL from Karate?

Boys vs Girls Part II

Lesson Observations in P.E

A conversation with myself as a trainee

Get HyPE: Designing #PhysEd Rubrics in Four Easy Steps

The A-Z for PE ITT Students!


Finding the balance – Co-operative Learning Structures vs Physical Activity in primary PE

The Best Parts of My Week – 9/28/15–10/2/15

How to Teach Social Skills in PE: Grades 3-6

My ultimate Primary School PE drill

The Best Parts of My Week – 10/5/15–10/9/15

Primary PE – Correcting vs Exploring – finding the perfect balance

Purposeful Movement in the Hallways

The Best Parts of My Week – 10/13/15–10/16/15

Inquiry is a Beast!

The Best Parts of My Week – 10/19/15–10/24/15


Throw + Catch + Sweat = Dodgeball

What is Winning?

Invasion Games – Designing a Game

Inquiry in the classroom

Fitness Circuit Resource Cards

21st Century skills – no tech in sight. Just rope and imagination.

Expanding CrossFit into the PE curriculum

Circus Adventures

Assessment without levels – KS3 P.E


Bringing Your Data To Life In Sheets

Top Apps for PE Teachers – Part 42

Introduce, Implement, Reflect, & Refine

Writing Report Comments using Google Forms

It’s a Balancing Act

My Digital Detox

Using Google Sheet for Standards Based Grading

Using GIFS & BAM Video Delay In Volleyball

My Favorite Design Tools for #Physed

PE & ICT Training 2015

Plickers Made Easy!

Make Your Own App using GSheets – #Physed Example


My battle with GCSE PE

The Conundrum of Drugs in Sport

A Level PE – what is the appeal?

Solo Taxonomy, iPads, e-hexagon learning & Explain Everything

GCSE PE League Table – Half Term Review


VLOG 17: Should we have a model for Health-Based PE?

Teaching Tactical Creativity

10 Links We Like from ACPHER

Taking Tactical Creativity into Your Practice

VLOG 18: Health-Based PE in practice

Sink or Swim together


Episode 41 – Music & Physical Education

Episode 42 – Android Apps in PE


Criticism or Feedback? Which are you giving?


Creating Environment: How can Coaches learn from the All Blacks?

The Difference Between Winning and Losing

Analysing the Young Learner During Practice

How To Help Kids Love the Sport More Than the Medals

Quantity vs. Quality: doing more gets in the way of learning

The One Quality Great Teammates Have in Common

Are adult created norms contributing to the design of a system that no longer meets the needs of the child in sport?

Positive outcomes of losing…

Coaching Triangle

I Never Thought it Would End THIS Way

Is it Teaching or Coaching (and does it really matter?)

A Dozen Ways for Coaches to Make Sports More Fun

Ten Ways to Improve Schools Using Coaching Principles


Growth Mindset: Stories and Science (part 3)

When the night is yours alone

Why the Psycho-Social ‘Corner’ is the Most Important

You and Your Phone at Night

The 9 Easiest Ways to Get Better Grades

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