Drowning in the Shallow 2017-in-review

“For just as a drowning man is no more able to breathe if he be not far from the surface of the water, so that he might at any moment emerge, than if he were actually at the bottom already … similarly a man that has made some progress towards the state of virtue is none the less in misery than he that has made no progress at all.” (De Finibus, IV.48)

The 10 Most Read Posts of 2017

1. 4 domains of learning in Physical Education (written in 2015)

Physical Education is a contested subject and will always remain to be so. Should we PE Teachers focus on the physical, or should we focus on the education? A Twitter survey of PE Teachers on what makes a good student of PE suggests that the education is held in higher regard than the physical.

2. What is a ‘constraints led approach’? (written in 2016)

Constraints led approach is a relatively new approach to skill acquisition. By manipulating constraints in highly specific and systematic way we can educate a performers attention to perceptual information or encourage them to come up with a different movement solution.

3. 4 domains of learning in Physical Education – Refined  (written in 2016)

This post explores how I tried to develop a coherent and clear language around four learning domains within Physical Education so that both teachers and pupils could understand. This is an ongoing process in developing a holistic curriculum within PE.

4. The Reserve (written in 2017)

A football game which I observed an opposition reserve player’s lack of involvement in the game, made me reflect on practices I employed in the past and have tried to change for the better. As many as possible, for as long as possible, in the best possible environment.

5. Constraints Led Approach – Cognitive Dissonance (written in 2017)

Is the constraints-led approach just another tool for PE Teachers and Sports Coaches to use for skill acquisition, or perhaps does it ask us to shift our way at looking at the world and how knowledge is constructed?

6. The Way of the Silent Coach (written in 2015)

When communicating with children we focus on instruction, feedback and questioning. Often we forget about silence as a teaching and coaching tool. This is how and why I have tried to bring silence into my coaching of youth sports teams.

7. Kicking over the Ladder (written in 2017)

I don’t want to lead, I want to teach. However, I increasingly feel the system neither values or supports someone who as they get older wants to stay in the classroom and develop their craft.

8. What does success look like in Physical Education? (written in 2015)

Successful PE can be measured and analysed in multiple ways. I think it is up to us, to be honest, and clear about that and to explore the underlying assumptions and misconceptions that might arise.

9. Game Sense: Cricket (written in 2017)

Game Sense has been the predominant teaching method for rugby and football in my school for a number of years. Cricket as a technical sport has remained resistant to change. This is a brief overview of our attempt to try something new and the reasons for it.

10. Purposeful PE (written in 2017)

If PE is to be purposeful, we must be clear on its purpose. Working out loud this is my current thinking of PE in my context.

In a system that is currently unable to support my desire to master the craft of teaching PE, this platform is becoming increasingly important to me. Once again thank you to those who have read, commented, challenged and critique. The investment of your time into my understanding and development is greatly appreciated. Wishing you all the best for a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018.

The previous Drowning in the Shallow Reviews can be found here.

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