Blogger of the Month
I have been reading Sean D’Arcy’s blog Right Back on the Bench for just over three years. Sean is a youth football coach who has a clear passion for improving his subject knowledge and pedagogy. It is infectious, but what I really like about Sean’s blog is his willingness to share the story of his continual betterment as a coach. This month Sean has written Coaching & Chloroform where he asks us to question the practices we see and the hidden assumptions we can’t. When is enough enough.. is about Sean’s dilemma whether a games based approach gives enough repetitions for a strong technical base to help his players reach their potential. I think this will be an eternal dilemma for the youth coach as there is no one size fits all approach to coaching youth sport. What I really enjoy about Sean’s writing is that through his stories of his coaching, I make links and connections to my own story. They make me reevaluate my experience or help me to see it from another perspective.
Top 10 Articles of the Month
The One Question All Coaches Should Ask Their Athletes from Changing the Game Project offers a key question all coaches should try asking their athletes.
Stop shooting silver bullets and learn to trust our teachers again by Dr Becky Allen offers her thoughts on accountability and autonomy within teaching.
Ten years on, thinking about desire paths by Keith Lyons is a wonderful piece of reflective writing on valuing effort, championing integrity and inclusivity, and accepting that we are not defined by medal outcomes.
Fighting The Funk: Staying Balanced As An Educator by Joey Feith is a complete overview of how he manages to cope with the stresses of life as a PE Teacher.
Core Values, Advocation, Professional Growth, Networks and Literacy. A call to action. from Mel Hamada is a deep and thoughtful piece values within PE Teaching and how they drive everything we do.
- Cooperative Learning within Sports Education
- Bring Your Parents To PE Week
- One becomes Two
- Grey Areas
- How to Encourage Parent Involvement in PE
- The Whiteboard Speaks
- Would your students give you an ’A’ grade in HPE?
- Connection to Community Unit: Blog Post #1
- Connection to Community Unit: Blog Post #2
- Connection to Community Unit: Blog Post #3
- ‘Physical Education – What’s in a name?
- The Intellectualization of Physical Education – Really?
- A Philosophy of Health: A Health Educator’s Approach To Teaching
- How To Play: Norwegian Ball
- 9 Halloween Games for PE
- 6 Engaging Scooter Games for PE
- My Favorite Unit: The Fightin’ Seahorse Challenge (Challenge Me)
- How the PE and sport premium is helping us engage hard to reach children
- PE Games: Boom City | A Fun Throwing Activity |
- 10 Simple Ways to Attach Station Signs to Cones
- Inquiring in Individual Pursuits
- Walk & Talks In Physical Education
- G3 Individual Pursuits. What is a Good Running Technique?
- The Who, What, Why, When, Where and How of Physical Education
- December’s Holiday Brain and Body Boost Challenge
- The International School Sport Trip
- Why You Should Teach Badminton in PE
- 4 Simple Small-Sided Badminton Games
- Things that nobody ever told me so I am going to tell you
- Fitness Testing in Schools – Brendan O’Keeffe
- Teaching Games in PE; Thoughts on using Rules and Space.
- Extra! Extra!….All Games are Equal!
- Understanding, Appreciation, Learning and Fun – How do they connect?
- Aquatics – applying training principles and SMART goals
Tech in PE
- A Tech in PE Journey with Alison Leathwood
- The New QR Sport Skill Posters
- Hyperdocs In #Physed & #Health
- The 6 Best Apps for Track & Field
- Reflecting on Practice: The Daily Physed Podcast
- Giving Feedback In GDocs
Research in PE
- It’s not enough just to feel or see what’s correct, you need to ‘actively’ experience
- Riding the Bike to Work Is Just as Effective as Leisure Time Exercise
- Mega-sporting events and children’s rights and interests – towards a better future
- The Importance of Temporal Structure and Rhythm for the Optimum Performance of Motor Skills: A New Focus for Practitioners of Sport Psychology
- Free play and children’s mental health
- A tennis specific practice assessment tool using the principles of representative learning design
- Impact of a hybrid TGfU-Sport Education unit on student motivation in physical education
PE Podcasts and Videos
School and Youth Sport
- Coaching Art & Science
- Children are “invisible” when sports governing bodies consider the impact of Mega Sporting Events
- Promoting Sport Participation in School and Beyond
- I wish Wiel Coerver got it right.
- Chess is not a sport but a game. So what’s the difference?
- Stranger Things
- School Sport – What is it for?
- A Coach’s Dozen: 13 Beliefs of Good Coaches
- I am a Master of the Obvious: A Case for Evidence-Based Coaching
- I am Balanced: Tiger on a Tightrope
- I am the Creator of Spirit: The Power of Athletics at its Best
- I am a Teacher: Balancing Needs & Wants
- Ego is the Enemy of Discovery and Progress
- Forget The 10,000-Hour Rule; Edison, Bezos, & Zuckerberg Follow The 10,000-Experiment Rule
- Making Connections
- Tackling Strength
- Fundamental Training Principles – A Review
Other Articles of Interest
- Does age bring wisdom
- “Get a grip”
- Should you use free weights or machines for strength training?
- Direct Learning (Jacobs & Michaels, 2007) and Evaluating ‘Direct Learning’ and A Test of Direct Learning (Michaels et al, 2008)
- Eight steps to being a more confident you
- The exercise pill
- Teachers: your guide to learning strategies that really work
- Sedentary pandemic threatens EU health
- Saracens rugby club on the value of nurturing team mentality
- How physical activity can get you out of a rut
- Which is more fundamental: processes or things?
- When It Comes To Physical Activity, The Gap Between The Haves And Have-Nots Is Growing
- How young is too young to start lifting weights?