Blogger of the Month
Chris Beardsley is an independent researcher in Strength and Conditioning. His website Strength and Conditioning Research is full of excellent analysis of recent S & C articles however recently he has started blogging at SandCResearch on Medium where he promises to tell you how strength training works. As someone who is more and more convinced that building strength should be an integral part of a PE Curriculum Chris writes clearly and simply on how to go about this. Articles such as Can we get stronger in more than one way? and How are gaining “strength and size” different? are informative for a layperson like myself who wants to go about supporting pupils with developing their strength and control. They also help to me to challenge misconceptions and myths or questions my students have about strength training such as What is the relationship between muscle growth and strength gains? and Why does strength training with high reps improve muscular endurance? With over 25 blogs written to date I would suggest that any PE Teacher who is interested in strength training either for themselves or as part of your curriculum check them out
Top 10 Blog posts
Sport Systems – fragments of thought #11 more musings from Mark Upton on how we might go about improving the current system of sport, this time focusing how micro narratives could provide a more humanistic method of evidence based decision making.
What about the poor créatúrs? is a wonderful article in the Irish Examiner by Kieran Shannon on Liam Moggan on many beautiful things but essentially how sport can connect us if we value that aspect of it more.
The ecology of the gymnasium: what the tourists never see is an essay by Laurence Locke from 1974 about all the complexities you don’t see when visiting a lesson within Physical Education.
Schools don’t teach kids about winning is from Simon Austin from Training Ground Guru and an interview with Danny Cowley that raises interesting thoughts about the place of winning with PE and School Sport.
- The True Argument for PhysED
- 5 Research-Driven Tactics to Improve Your PE Class
- Fitness Testing: Helpful or Hurtful?
- Linking Practice and Theory – Complex Systems in Sport Barcelona
- A Week With My Tutor Group
- Open for Tweaking
- Reflections of a Masterclass
- Adopting a models based approach to teaching PE
- Exergames: good for play time, but should not replace physical education
- ‘The legacy of the London Olympics is in tatters – too many schools are failing to provide PE’
- Incorporate PE into traditional classroom learning, MPs told
- Creative Movement in HPE: A great way to include!
- Student well-being via physical activity and self-regulation
- Exercise Posters for PE
- Creating Success Criteria in Grade 1
- Catching Standards
- Showing Understanding of Concepts in Invasion Games
- Hula Hoop Tricks in PE
- My Blue Hat
- 10 Soccer Activities for PE
- Stretch Yourself
- Let’s Embrace the Complexity of Primary Physical Education
- A PE Coordinator’s guide to planning, monitoring and reporting PE & Sport premium spending
- PE Games: Monster Ball
- November’s PLANKS-GIVING Fitness Challenge
- Fun Halloween Games
- Health Literacy Month ’17
- Outside the Box Fitness Station Ideas
- How Do You Integrate Other Subjects into PE?
- Stop Grading Participation
- How can I be an effective leader?
- Continued Professional Development In Your Time
Tech in PE
Research in PE
- Random practice scheduling is beneficial for enhancing anticipation skill in tennis
- An alternative approach to identifying future sporting talent
- Do coaches’ perspective on sprinting technique align with the literature?
- Fundamental Movement Skills: An Important Focus
- Life Lessons from the Sutton Trust
- Is sedentary behaviour just physical inactivity by another name?
- Differentiated Pedagogy to Address Learner Diversity in Secondary Physical Education
- Conscious control of movements and freezing degrees of freedom
- Peer-guided practice of motor skills
PE Podcasts and Videos
- New Beginnings | Setting up Base Camp in PE
- Coaching, Competition, Caterpillars & Cats – A random conversation on youth sport with Nick Levett
- More on the Coaching Process
- A Class Full of Kites
- 20 must read books for coaches
- Dr. Albert Bandura on creating human results
- OPTIMAL Theory of Learning
- Scaling Equipment and Contextual Interference
- Doing the best you can with what you have
- Developing ‘Coaching Wizards’
- Robbie Savage on grassroots football…
- Letting Kids Be Kids
- The Anti-Fragile Kid
- Coaching the person
- Sharing is good…..
- Project Braver
- How to Annoy Your Kid’s Coach and Derail Your Child’s Development
- Nice Koans, lightweight, easy to carry, giving maximum impact!
- The Ultimate Measure Of Grass Roots Coaching Success
- Kids are not mini-adults
- #ParentsInSportWeek and I’m remembering my dad
- Five reasons why parents should not instruct during games
- The Overemphasis on Winning: The Single Biggest Contributor to the Massive Drop Out Rate in Youth Sports
- What football – and the Tigers – taught my six-year-old son
- Let’s Focus On the Fundamentals First
- I Had A Dream
- Magic Moments
- Coaching the Emergence of Football Interactions (Linking practice & theory)
Articles of Interest
- Eddie and hopeful pedagogy
- When was the last time you changed your mind?
- Opinion: ‘An active child does not necessarily mean a fit child’
- The Minimalist’s Strength Workout
- The Future of Sport and Learning from the Moments that Matter
- How a Decision Journal Changed the Way I Make Decisions
- 19 Is the New 60
- Why parents need to let kids play on their own
- Researchers confirm what parents have suspected for decades… Some old school playing really is better for kids than PE
- ‘ Too many teaching methods are based on myths and assumptions – it’s time to wake up to reality’
- The Icelandic Football Method
- Skills cannot be taught. Discuss.
- What every teacher should know about … memory
- Paddy Upton: People Centred Coaching
- Counting the human cost of Britain’s Olympic dream: is sport still fit to be called sport at all?
- A Warriors Consultant Explains How High Fives Help Win Basketball Games
- Can you coach leadership? Are leaders born or made? What does effective leadership look like?
- Parents in youth football- Potentially ‘Pushy’, always Pivotal.