Top 5s of 2017 – PE, Youth Sport and Personal Development

“If you are on social media, and you are not learning, not laughing, not being inspired or not networking, then you are using it wrong.” ― Germany Kent

Life is ultimately absurd, but at the end of 2017, I have managed to find some professional and personal peace. A clear purpose and meaning in both, not in the global sense but a more local and individualised one is able to overcome where the absurd may lead. The betterment of myself for the betterment of others. Work does not seem to be able to provide me with the time, resources or wisdom to equip me in my search for craftsmanship in how to teach PE (or live a good life). So social media has become increasingly important to me. Many times it is the beginning of my reflection, challenge, curiosity and dialogue and how to develop my craft. In seeking virtuosity in what I do, how I act, in Being. Thank you to all those that continually contribute to my development.

Tweeters – generous with their time, helpful and challenging.

Physical Education

Youth Sport

Personal Development

 Dr Alan Thompson  Danny Newcombe  Iesha Small
 Aaron Beighle  Ric Shuttleworth  Keith Lyons
 Dean Dudley  Russel Earnshaw and his Magic Academy  Erwan Le Corre
 Dr Stephen Harvey  Prof Chris Cushion  Nate Babcock
 Shrehan Lynch  Dave Collins  Mel Hamada

Bloggers – simply read everything they write.

Physical Education Youth Sport

Personal Development

Mel Hamada at Al Smith, Mark Upton and Jono Byrne at MyFastest Mile Massimo Pigliucci at How to be a Stoic
 Balbinder Singh at Reinvent the game.  John O’Sullivan at Changing the Game Project  Dave Snowden at Cognitive Edge
Rae Omar at The NQT Year  Paul Gamble at Informed in Sport  Greg Ashman at Filling the Pail
 Shane Pill at Learning Through Sport Darren Wensor at Coaching Young Athletes   Gary Jones at Evidenced Based Educational Leadership
 Justen O’Connor at Assessment in PE Tim Buszard at Skill Acquisition Research  Dawn Cox at missdcoxblog

Books those books that have changed or challenged my practice.

Physical Education Youth Sport

Personal Development

 A practical guide to assessing without levels in PE Strength and Conditioning for Youth Athletes  Meditations
 Physical Literacy – Through the Lifecourse  Sports Psychology for Young Athletes  Cleverlands
 Pedagogy and Human Movement  No Sweat  Sense-Making: What Makes Human Intelligence Essential in the Age of the Algorithm
 Practical Philosophy of Sport and Physical Activity  Movement Efficiency for the Developing Athlete  Behave: The Biology of Humans at our best and worst
 Physical Education Futures The Sports Gene: Talent, Practice and the Truth about Success  The Righteous Mind: Why good people are divided by politics and religion

Videos and Podcasts – making my commute both entertaining and educational.

Physical Education Youth Sport

Personal Development

 Connected PE  Athlete Development  Very Bad Wizards
 Global Physed Voxcast Perception & Action  Philosophy Bites
The PE Umbrella  Talent Equation Finding Mastery
 Teaching PE as if our Futures Depend on It  Way of the Champions Run Your Life Show
Finding Joy in PE with Dr. Scott Kretchmar is a podcast by Jorge Rodriguez and Justin Schleider  Colm O’Connor talk from the GAA Development Conference Eddie Jones Q and A at Oxford Univerity 

Blog Posts – posts that I keep going back to over and over again.

Physical Education

Youth Sport

Personal Development

 Making Sense of Physical Literacy by Nathan Horne  “We can’t be our best until you’re your best” from Mark Upton Does age bring wisdom
 Movement Educates by Nate Babcock  The $1,000,000 question… by Nick Hill  Academic and non-academic subjects by Andrew Old
 Using metaphors to think about the features of meaningful experiences from the crew at Meaningful PE The importance of context underpinning the purpose of learning and training by Ben Franks  Descartes was wrong: ‘a person is a person through other persons’ by Abeba Birhane
 Delightful Physical Education by Doug Gleddie  After 10 Years of Coaching Here’s What I Think I Know by Ross Williams  The Three Cs by Richard Martin
 Why PE teachers are the gatekeepers of the future health and well-being of students by Laura Davies  What we believe by the crew of My Fastest Mile  Education is an end in itself by Carl Hendrick

By @ImSporticus

Lecturer in PE, Sport and Physical Activity. Helping others to flourish through movement.

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