Blogger of the Month
This month it is my old friend Nick Hill who blogs at Nick Hill Coaching. Nick is a seasoned teacher of physical education and youth sports coach who has sought out a variety of different experiences from England to Chile and back again to better his practice. Even after all this, he is still seeking to improve his knowledge and skills and has started a blog series to share what he is learning on his coaching journey every Sunday evening. Nick’s current thoughts are on player-centred coaching, his understanding of the term and his experiences in trying to implement it into his coaching and the reasons why he uses it. I hope Nick continues to blog regularly as it will not only benefit his own practice through reflection but also his readers. As Nick says ‘one person teachers, two people learn…’
Top 10 Articles of the Month
- Effect of reducing player numbers & playing density? is another bite-sized chunk of digested research from Tim Buszard this time on the impact of changing player numbers within small-sided games.
- Do you have to be a hard coach to be successful? is a thoughtful reflection from Dan_Cottrell on coaching behaviours.
- Fitness testing in schools is a review of the current literature on fitness testing in school by DrJoHarris
- How Do Top Teachers Define “Success?” is an interesting piece from Larry Cuban on the intuitive understanding of what makes successful teaching by teachers, but isn’t necessarily implemented from an administrative point of view.
- The aesthetics of rock climbing is a long and beautiful reminder of the aesthetics of movement, something perhaps we don’t look to promote enough in our PE curriculums.
- Three things in sport more important than ball tampering from Kass Gibson makes a case for three things we should be more concerned with in cricket than ball tampering but aren’t.
- Five things to ‘get right’ when coaching youth sport is a nice reminder from Dr Stephen Harvey about how we can tweak our practice for the better when coaching children.
- The problem with physical education just focusing on physical activity and health/sport based curricula is a strong piece from Shrehan Lynch about whether our curriculum choices are elitist, racist, sexist, ableist, classist or even healthist.
- Using small-sided games to teach the overarm throw – A word of caution is a really good reminder from Dr Justen O’Connor about providing the right environmental conditions in practice for skill to emerge.
- Cognitive Bias – As Bad As Our Biases Would Have Us Believe? by Andrew Abraham is a good overview of cognitive biases that looks not just at the cons, but the potential positives that they might bring to coaching.
- What I would tell you about #ECISPE18
- Exposure, Movement, Game and set!
- The Importance of Community
- #ECISPE18 Let’s Change the Conference Game
- How will the role of PE teacher develop in the near future?
- The scourge of curriculum: genericism’s destructive power
- Five teaching tips we all need to take from the PE department
- Mode A + Mode B = Effective teaching and a rich enacted curriculum
- Do schools need to take the teaching of manners more seriously?
- What makes a Game?
- Movement Composition in G3
- #PEPics 2018: Visual Inspiration for Physical Education
- How to Plan an Awesome Field Day
- How Can We Build Each Student’s Confidence Within Their Personal Skill Set?
- Partner and Group Field Day Activity Ideas
- Should I Fitness Test in PE?
- Boosting girls participation – don’t pass up netball as the sport (plus my fave drills)
- Implementing CrossFit into the Physical Education Curriculum with Calum & Scott
- Lessons – A Book Review
- Why Become National Certified in Health Education?
- Adventure Challenge
- A guide to getting through your NQT year – 5 key tips to follow
- The Evolution of My Unit Planning
- Back to reality!
Tech in PE
- Crowd Funding Tech in PE with Bailee Sandsmark
- Making the most of Student Voice with Flipgrid in G5
- 10 Tools to Skyrocket Your Productivity as a Teacher
- Using Google Sheets New ‘CheckBox’ Feature For Attendance
- Using evidence-informed research in PE theory lessons
- Google form quizzes as retrieval practice homework
Research in PE
- A simple addition to practice…. include a defender
- In the zone
- Can Gee’s good (digital) game design features inform game-based sport coaching?
- Learning to Play Soccer: Lessons on Meta-cognition from Video Game Design
- Back to the Future – in support of a renewed emphasis on generic agility training within sports-specific developmental pathways
- Game Play: What Does It Mean for Pedagogy to Think Like a Game Developer?
- Nonlinear Pedagogy and its role in encouraging 21st C. competencies through physical education: a Singapore experience
- Mind-body Holism, Paradigm Shifts, and Education
- Physical Education in State and Private Schools in Britain in the Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Centuries: Elementary Schools and Other Schools
- How come young children seem to run around all day without getting tired? They are athletes!
- The Prevalence of Pseudoscientific Ideas and Neuromyths among Sports Coaches
PE Podcasts and Videos
- Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation in Junior PE with Ryan Ellis
- Insights from a Primary PE Co-ordinator
- What can we learn as coaches from Video Game Design
- Playing with a ‘clumsy pig’ using a ‘sandbox’ in a ‘fishtank’ – A conversation about games
- Skin in the Game
- How to Become a Transformational Coach
- Insights from a Primary PE Co-ordinator
- People are still looking for the drills and the activities…they want the cookbook
- Motor Learning, Variability & Coordination
- Skill Acquisition through Free(z)ing Degrees of Freedom
- Neila Steele | Mindfulness & Visualisation in Education
School and Youth Sport
- Athlete Centred Coaching
- Eureka – This Is Groundbreaking
- Can Youth Sports be Both Fun and Competitive?
- How to Get Your Dream Coaching Job: 6 Important Questions to Ask in an Interview
- Dinosaur or Cockroach – Adapted or Adaptable?
- So you want to be a Youth S&C coach? The 6 most important things you need to do…(Part 2)
- Bowling — back to base
- The leg-side game — making the batsman think.
- Squares…with a twist
- Is your praise having a positive or negative impact on your child’s sport?
- Fear, greed, broken dreams: How early sports specialization is eroding youth sports
- Why do we go to so much trouble to arrange so many school matches?
- I am Grateful
- Coaching, Interactions and The Workmanship of Risk
- Casting the Perfect Sports Coach: 10 Great Movie Coaches
Other Articles of Interest
- Very Stable Idiot Week 13: March 26 – April 4 2018
- Very Stable Idiot Week 14: April 2 – 8 2018
- Very Stable Idiot Week 15: April 12-18 2018
- Very Stable Idiot Week 16: April 16-22 2018
- Twenty-Four Hour Athlete
- How to hold useful meetings that people thank you for at the end
- How to Serve a Deranged Tyrant, Stoically
- A case study in team culture
- Everyone’s favourite psychology theory isn’t all it’s cracked up to be
- The Hubris of Biohacking
- Sport at its best when it transcends the single-minded pursuit of victory
- Stack Your Life and Start a Movement
- Teaching is bending us out of shape — in a good way
- In Youth Sports, there is no LTAD without STAE
- Does Repetition Aid Development?
- Utilizing Differential Learning in Basketball Training