Blogger of the Month
Dr Sergio Lara is a Reader in Sport Coaching at Leeds Beckett University. He completed his Phd in Positive Youth Development and out of that work has set up the iCoachKids project which is looking to transform the experiences of youth sport through the way coaches are trained in the EU. The website itself is full of useful information for youth coaches, such as the 10 Golden Rules to Create Positive Sport Experiences for Kids and the excellent Coaching Children Literature Review which all school sport and youth sport coaches should read. On top of that Sergio has created a MOOC that is free and accessible on his youtube channel which covers important topics such as coaching philosophy, positive pedagogical climate and safeguarding children in youth sports.
Top 10 Articles of the Month
What is a quality Health and Physical Education program in your context? by Shane Pill offers PE Teachers some reflective questions that will help enable departments to gain more or further insights that assist in the work of connecting children to the value of the continuous pursuit of engagement in physical activity.
Ticked, Conflicted and (eventually) Motivated is a response by Doug Gleddie to recent research on negative experiences of PE ands how it affects adults engagement in physical activity and sport later on in life.
Coherence: Good Physical Education Depends on Our Purpose(s) of Life. is a philosophical post by Nate Babcock who suggests we can only get to the core of a ‘good’ PE curriculum when we can clearly define what is the ‘good life’ as one naturally supports the other.
The Daily Mile – Cracking the obesity crisis or papering over the cracks? is a think piece on the Daily Mile phenomenon by Dave Collins who warns of it being used as the ‘sole’ initiative in preparing children for life long physical activity.
Planning based on needs and not tradition is from the new PE Blog from Loughborough University, which questions the use of ‘tradition’ as an answer to pedagogical and curriculum choices within PE.
How to Play Our Way to a Better Democracy is a New York Times article that gives an overview of a chapter from Jon Haidt and Greg Lukianoff new book ‘Coddling of the American Mind’. The chapter is about the decline of children’s physical free play and it’s impact on them as functioning adults and builds on the work of Steve Horwitz Cooperation over Coercion: The Importance of Unsupervised Childhood Play for Democracy and Liberalism and Dr Peter Gray Decline of Play and the Rise of Psychopathology in Children and Adolescents. It raises some interesting ideas about the educational aims of free play within a PE curriculum.
- Cuts in PE and PSHE prompt pupil health fears
- Fixing the PE problem
- Make phys. ed. a priority to avoid ‘embarrassing’ gym classes
- Game Centred Approaches with Dr Stephen Harvey
- Physical activity risks at school. What exactly is cotton wool?
- Encouraging everyday activities and lifelong fitness
- Change and challenge
- AIESEP 2018 In Review
- Build a Better You
- Change Takes Time
- Negative memories of gym class may impact adults’ lifestyle
- Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong
- Fall in strength and fitness of 10-year-olds, study shows
- LAMPE Cases
- Too many kids in #physed
- G5 Adventure Challenge: Human Hungry Hippos
- Dress For Success: Changing How We Approach Having Students Change For Physical Education
- First Days of School Routine
- How to Play: Hit My Wicket
- The New FMS Skill Posters
- Getting Out of My Comfort Zone
- Teaching Team Building is Easy as 1-2-3…4!
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Can the Right Music Make Striking Balloons Almost Magical?
- October’s PUMPKIN DICE LATTE Fitness Challenge
- Ask More, Talk Less
- Appropriate & Inappropriate Uses of Fitness Tests in School Settings
- Why I Hate the Term “Trials”
- Yoga and Well-Being in PE
- Assessment of Games and Sport in Middle and Secondary School PE
- Andy Milne Guest Blog; Music in PhysEd
- Your Simple Little Athletics Survival Guide
- Sport England launches £13.5m drive to boost secondary school PE
- Failing to succeed
- Athlete-Centred Coaching and Game Sense Coaching
- Even Steven’s?
Tech in PE
- The Ultimate Rubric App
- Technology and Coaching; means to an end, or an end in itself?
- Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) into the Digital World
- Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science
- I am finished tasks by Chris Horner
- Hot Topics in #HealthEd (2018)
- Food Labels
- How can I be a proactive independent learner in GCSE PE by Christian Fallick
- BTEC Sport Unit 22 – Private Sector
Research in PE
- Informed Shorts: Is ‘Hip Hinge’ Really a Fundamental Movement?
- Duty, Habit, and Meaning: Different Faces of Adherence
- Today’s children are the least active ever — (physical) play must make a comeback
- Jigsaw Puzzles and River Banks: Two Ways of Picturing Our Future
- Can a teacher-led RCT improve adolescent girls’ physical self-perception and perceived motor competence?
- The feasibility of fundamental movement skill assessments for pre-school aged children
- Tolerance, Noise and Covariation in Skilled Action
PE Podcasts and Videos
- Should my team focus on development or winning on game day?
- The Magic Academy Vlog with Dean Clark
- “I want to make myself unnecessary” – a conversation with Peter Prickett
- Learning to control with
- Student choice is essential with
- Meaningful Experiences in Physical Education, and Sport with
- PE Memories with
- Getting better feedback
School and Youth Sport
- Your child has lost confidence – what can you do as a parent?
- Egoic Dream Killers
- Maybe it’s the drills
- Are you a Blockbuster Coach, or are you a Netflix Coach?
- Does sport and physical activity build self esteem?
- System based sports coaching
- How Your Child Becomes a Better Athlete When You Volunteer
- What is the real problem with grassroots sport?
- Transforming football: values and communities
- The conversation afterwards……
- To coach elite child footballers, size – not age – matters
- Two methods to break down complex sports
- Unfiltered: ‘Youth sports is supposed to be innocent … we need parents to stay outta the way.
- Fundamentals, technique and skill – working definitions
- What Is The Ultimate Key To Effectively Coaching Kids?
- Coaching the Mental Game & Self Esteem — working with children
Other Articles of Interest
- Revel in the joy of doing things you will never master
- Work Capacity – The Concept
- Why you should stop yelling at your kids
- Teresa Bejan on Civility
- Those Who Can Do, Can’t Teach
- How to motivate older kids without using rewards, punishment or fear. (No, really.)
- How to effectively build and leverage a personal learning network (PLN)
- The Monarchy of Fear
- This is how to manage your kids’ screen time. Put your phone away