Blogger of the Month
Balbinder Singh is a PE teacher of over 20 years who blogs at Reinventing the Game. The focus of most of his posts are on games based approaches to teaching sports and trying to answer the question ‘what is the most effective way of teaching a game?’ His recent series of posts have been where does non linear pedagogy and the constraints led approach sit within his current practice and thinking. Teacher Influenced Constraints vs Skill/Action Scenario Constraints in PE (Constraints To Learning and Constraints Of Learning) and Deliberate without being Deliberate: Deliberate Emergence in Physical Education (PE) are deeply reflective and thoughtful explorations of this topic. Simplifying and Overloading in games learning for Physical Education (PE) is a very good posts that shares his thoughts on reducing or increasing the complexity to find the optimal ‘playability‘ for his students learning. When a lot of conversations on twitter about teaching styles and approaches seem to be polarised, Balbinder brings a nuanced and pragmatic viewpoint of a practitioner trying to make sense of the research and evidence and do what is best for his students learning. Are cones the enemy? Deliberate vs Emergent solutions in Physical Education is an example of this type of thinking and as a fellow teacher I’m grateful for him taking the time to share his thinking.
Top 10 Articles of the Month
6 Ways to Save Youth Sports from Ruining Kids is a an excellent article from Sean Smith writing for Simplifaster on how rather than bemoan the state of youth sports there are things that we can be doing to make it better.
Letting go… continues Mark Upton‘s fragmented thoughts about sports systems series with a reflection on letting grand of grand plans and focusing on collaborating together the engender the love of play, games and sports.
HOW Create a Team Culture… Rites, Rituals, Routines and Artefacts by Nick Hill on the power of building rituals and routines in the pursuit of building a positive culture in your team.
Aligning Beliefs and Actions by Ash Casey is the penultimate blog in his practitioner reproach series, which asks us to engage in the study of our own practice, to uncover of beliefs and to see if they are congruent with our words and actions.
Designing a Learning Space: Football Interactions is by Mark O’Sullivan who continues to share with us his coaching practice as he attempts to embrace and ecological perspective to skill acquisition within football.
Why Playing Tag Is an Awesome Way for Youth Athletes to Build Speed, Agility and Awareness developing speed and agility in young athletes doesn’t have to be complicated as this article explains.
The most effective teachers turn to their colleagues for advice (while weaker teachers don’t bother) is an article by Bradley Busch from Inner Mind on a piece of reproach that explores the behaviours of Maths Teachers – something for PE Teachers to consider.
How You Felt About Gym Class May Impact Your Exercise Habits Today is a NYT article by Gretchen Reynolds based on research “My Best Memory Is When I Was Done with It”: PE Memories Are Associated with Adult Sedentary Behaviour by Matt Ladwig and colleagues on the the impact of their retrospective enjoyment of PE on their present attitudes and intentions for PA, as well as present PA and sedentary behavior.
- Why Playing Tag Is an Awesome Way for Youth Athletes to Build Speed, Agility and Awareness
- Strategies for Encouraging and Developing Student Voice IN PE
- Summer of 2018 – Teaching & Learning in the Community… My Dash
- The First Year
- SHAPE America: Diversity Inclusion Equity
- Why Is the Beginning of the Year so Important?
- International Teaching – Is it for you?
- Would you rather…specialists and generalists in #physed
- Why PE should be full of dance
- Compulsory school sport is not just about physical fitness
- The need for inclusive PE is greater than ever
- 5 ways to make inclusive PE work
- Regular physical activity can reduce poor mental health.
- Class Management: Tips from the Trenches
- Why critical inquiry can be a game-changer for health and physical education teachers
- Planning a Year of PE Curriculum
- The Recess Equipment Dilemma: Part 1 – Frustration
- The Recess Equipment Dilemma: Part 2 – A plan that works.
- Flourish with Fitness – September’s Back to School Fitness Challenge
- Student Designed Games
- 10 Tips for New PE Teachers
- Developing Thinking Players
- Classroom Management/Building Community
- The Rondo Practice
- Athlete Centred Coaching is not “let the players make all the decisions”
- Part 1: First Steps to New Thinking.
- Cleats, Cones and Calisthenics
- And so September is Upon us
Tech in PE
- Using practical examples!
- 6 Essential steps to teach classification of skill successfully
- Deliberate Practice in GCSE theory PE
- GCSE results 2018: Physical education
- What is the most important piece of exam analysis for PE departments?
Research in PE
- What is differential learning?
- Improve creativity by applying the principles of differential learning
- Coordinating movements to strike a swinging ball
- Overview of Practitioner Research
- Context, cognitive load and anticipation
- Physical activity and academic achievement in children: A historical perspective
- Dewey, Interest, and Well-Being: Prospects for Improving the Educational Value of Physical Education
- Association between physical exercise and mental health in 1·2 million individuals in the USA between 2011 and 2015: a cross-sectional study
PE Podcasts and Videos
- “Carving nature at her joints” – A Conversation with Andrew Wilson on Ecological Psychology
- The Power of Play with Dale Sidebottom
- Dan Fallon | Lifelong Movements
- What Dr Suess can teach us about developing creative players
- Video Session: Problem Solving in Practice
- Mastering the Mental Game: An interview with Len Zaichkowsky and Dan Peterson
- New Research on Implicit Learning: Is it a More Effective Way to Acquire New Skills?
- High School Coaching- How we would do it differently
- Shared Mental Models vs Shared Affordances in Team Coordination
- Warren Berger: Improve Your Life by Improving Your Questions
- The Bridge Between Coaching and Teaching with
School and Youth Sport
- Cleats, Cones and Calisthenics
- How To Help Kids Conquer Their Biggest Triple Jump Fear
- On the Holistic Coaching Approach
- Clearing the Path or Preparing the Athlete for the Path
- How Do I Balance My WHY with the Demands of the Youth Sports Culture?
- Recognising and managing ‘The Chimp’
- 5 ways grassroots coaching made me better…
- Fit for the Test or Fit to Play for the Game
- Brave ways to start a coaching session
- Have you noticed the view?
- WHAT Create and Develop a Team Culture…
- Why is Abusive Coaching Tolerated in Sports?
- Culture… A family thing??
- Culture… what you do, not what you say
- ‘A Greater Game’ – bigger than sport itself!
Other Articles of Interest
- Taking a break from the old routine
- Preparing Teachers for the Unexpected
- UK Sport’s ‘no compromise’ policy finally comes up for debate
- The Psychology of Personality
- Will the government’s new ‘Move It’ exercise campaign move us or lose us?
- Raised on Rugby
- How to communicate when things go wrong- lessons from my train driver
- How the sale of Wembley affects grassroots investment – or not
- Worshiping the False Idols of Wellness
- Why Parents Should Let Their Kids Get Bored
- A Stanford psychologist on the art of avoiding assholes
- Which is the only country to protect in law the child’s right to play?
- University lecturer to tackle childhood obesity – through weightlifting
- Sore Losers (Does Being a Sports Make Us Unhappy?
- British economists prove it: Sports destroy happiness
- Is football a matter of life or death – or is it more important than that.