Welcome to the June 2017 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.
Blogger of the Month
Dr Justen O’Connor is a researcher in Health and PE, Sport and Physical Activity at Monash University in Australia. He blogs at Health Physical Education and utilises systems thinking, social ecology and strengths-based approaches to explore curriculum and pedoagogy associated with health, physical education, sport and lifetime physical activity. I enjoy his writing as he always challenges norms and dogma within PE such as asking why do an all school cross country run and why he doesn’t like fitness testing within schools? This month he has turned his attention to both differentiation within PE and Times when you wont hit a 50% physical activity target in a PE class. This month I discovered that Justin is blogging about assessment in PE at AssessmentHPE There are currently seven posts which I thoroughly recommend to all PE teachers to read.
Top 10 Blog posts
- Finding Joy in PE with Dr. Scott Kretchmar is a podcast by Jorge Rodriguez and Justin Schleider which asks whether we planning for the wrong things in PE.
- When Will What We Know Change What We Do in Youth Sports? by Changing the Game Project summaries what we currently know about good approaches to youth sport and asks when will they start influencing what we provide?
- Why Junior Athlete Results Probably Don’t Matter and Response to ‘Why Jnr Results Don’t Matter’ by PropelPerform explains his views on why results in youth sport shouldn’t be the driver of our practice.
- An Inclusive Approach by Game Play Learn shares thoughts and questions to get us to reflect on whether what we are offering to children in youth sport is inclusive.
- Affordances Explained by Ben Franks attempts to give clarity and understanding to the term ‘affordances’.
- First 6-months back in Australia by Kelvin Giles is a reflective piece which also offers a suggestion for the way forward for PE and PE Teachers.
- Get Past The What by Vern Gambetta is a short article which asks us to consider Why, How and When of training to the What some meaning.
- Coach Watching by Keith Lyons is a wonderful piece about observing coaches and understanding their lifeworlds.
- Bring Back The Joy by Justin Schleider is an article for Connect PE which picks of the themes of finding Joy and Meaning within PE.
- Physical Literacy and the Rose: What Would Shakespeare Say? is a commentary on the confusion of Physical Literacy withinPhysical Education .
- MY 5 Ways On Becoming An Outstanding Health and Physical Education Teacher.
- A Journey to Empower Students to be Active
- Target On My Back
- GROWING STUDENT SUCCESS: ASSESSMENT ‘AS’ LEARNING IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION
- How PE Teachers Can Self-Assess Their School Year
- my ‘big classroom’
- Extended Project: parental influences to be physically active: children’s perceptions.
- 15 Reflection Questions for the Physical Educator
- What a difference a year makes!
- Mao on Physical Education
- The Best Parts of My Week – 5/30/17–6/2/17
- The Best Parts of My Week – 6/12/17–6/16/17
- The Best Parts of My Week – 6/19/17–6/22/17
- Authentic Physical Fitness Unit
- Learning FMS through differentiated play-based activities
- Hula Hut Throw Down saved me from my worst lessons ever!
- Informing Game Sense pedagogy with dynamic systems theory for coaching Volleyball
- 2016-2017: Year in Review
- Accelerating Progress in Physical Education – Organic, Efficient Teaching
- What can we learn from England about getting active and moving more?
- Is secondary PE inspiring enough?
- PE is in trouble
Tech in PE
- Education Reimagined
- Quizlet – Digital Learning in Physical Education
- Planning a Scheme of Work from scratch
Research in PE
- A 2 year longitudinal study of junior soccer players
- Identifying a motor proficiency barrier for meeting physical activity guidelines in children
- Organized sports not enough to fulfill activity requirements
- Believe it or not: Exercise does more good if you believe it will
- PHE Canada Research Forum in Review: Part 1
- PHE Canada Research Forum In Review: Part 2
- Tennis junior formats: The effect of scaling on matchplay
- Reconsidering current objectives for physical activity within physical education
PE Podcasts and Videos
- Why the world of coach education is “full of bulls**t”
- Using ‘periodised instability’ to develop athletes
- Train, Teach, Evolve, Repeat
- It’s all about ‘repetition without repetition rather than repetition after repetition’
- Learning at the edge of chaos
- Mark Upton, International Skill Acquisition and Coaching Education Expert, on Quality Coaching
- Coach Like a Champion with Master Educator, Doug Lemov
School and Youth Sport
- A ‘Meta-Learning’ Approach for More Productive Training
- Primal Passion – What our young athletes need to know!
- The Future is Ecological
- Selected Slides from a Quiet Revolution
- The Quiet Revolution Starts to Bring the Noise!
- Letter to my younger self…
- Affordances Explained – some brief notes…
- Affordances Explained – Some brief notes… part 2
- Our ‘sporting nation’ is a myth, so how do we get youngsters back on the field?
- Coaching Behaviours Framework
- Sport Systems – fragments of thought #5
- Sport Systems – fragments of thought #6
- Changing your coaching style
- Being comfortable with being uncomfortable… #GAIN
- GAIN X
Articles of Interest
- No motivation to exercise? Focus less on intensity and more on happiness.
- Why Our Kids Need To Get Outside More
- ‘Cool Story, Bro’ – The Fallacy of Training Systems and Conventional Wisdom on Training Prescription
- The opposite of play is not work — it is depression
- Skill Is Decision Making, Not Scissors
- Training can’t be all about control because coaching is coaxing
- If you really want to improve your game, then practise like a kid
- Why evidence-based practice probably isn’t worth it…
- How to “Win at Losing” and our Other Favorite Books of 2017
- Cricket Australia modifies junior format to bring skills into line with adult game
- Wayne Smith’s role in transforming All Blacks culture bears fruit