Welcome to the November 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. Previous Editions of the PE Playbook can be found here.
This month it is split between Jenny Beck and PE Pott for their respective blog posts. In All about the baseline Jenny has looked to design and implement a baseline assessment for her school’s context. A step away from the usual world of adult fitness tests to something that looks at skills and fitness both in isolation and in context. It in my opinion allows variation, through simple movement puzzles, provides some useful information where her pupils are starting second school and is at the same time more enjoyable for those involved. More detailed information from primary schools would help ensure that secondary school PE teachers are much more aware of their pupils starting position. Whilst that would be the ideal in many cases this, I feel, is a step in the right direction to overcoming some of those issues that are out of our control.
PE_Pott’s Growth Mindset in PE explores her thoughts and preliminary attempts to introduce a growth mindset in PE. Many PE Teachers talk about GM, but very few have attempted to share their actual practice on how they are approaching Carol Dweck’s research into mindset. I believe that it’s understanding and application has a long way to go, however, hopefully this will start dialogue about it’s practical implications in our subject and whether it has any real impact in the long run. I look forward to hearing about her attempts in further posts.
What I really respect and admire about both these teachers is their willingness to share what they are doing and open it up to the critique to others. It is through doing this that the readers can formulate their own thoughts, beliefs and practices around these two important topics of baseline assessment in secondary schools and of the application of mindsets in our teaching. I hope to hear both their voices more often in the future.
#coachlearninginsport: our game? #coachlearninginsport: Billy, art and autonomy and #coachlearninginsport: in search of minimalism are three beautiful blog posts from Keith Lyons about the coach-athlete relationship, coaching as an art and coaching as an architect respectively.
Embracing the adaptive capacity of our young learners from Mark O’Sullivan asks us to provide children affordances within our lessons or session – possibilities for action, choice, challenge and variability for the young players/learners to learn and to re-learn.
Extreme nurture or slow cooked children in sport – does it matter? again from Sports Coach UK reviews the misinterpretation of Ericsson’s work on expert performance and its role in promoting early specialisation of sports.
“You have to pass it to a girl before you score” is not a good way to include people in HPE by Dr Justen O’Connor argues that the best way to make Health and PE inclusive is to begin by dropping labels.
Why are we talking about winning or losing when we should be talking about learning? once again from the on form Mark O’Sullivan eloquently asks the simple question about youth sports.
Beyond Good Job and Nice: Better Ways to Positively Praise Your Athletes from Anne Josephson shares some very practical to stop your feedback from being vacuous and vague.
GCSE PE League Tables – what do you do? Crowd sourced document
Our 2015 Books of the Year by Changing the Game Project