Top 5s of 2018 – PE, Youth Sport and Personal Development


Our failure to give teachers the support they need to thrive in the classroom has a predictable consequence: they leave it. The brutal asymmetry between the presses we place on our teachers and the support we give them has led to an epidemic of burnout in the classroom and an exodus from the profession, far in excess of what we see in other European countries.” – The Teacher Gap by Rebecca Allen and Sam Sims.

At University when training to be a PE Teacher I was surrounded by like minded individuals striving to be the best teacher they could be. Professional discussion of curriculum, content, teaching styles, philosophies, assessment happened daily both informally and formally. A real community of practice. As soon as I qualified that community of practice disappeared instantly. Instead of thriving as a PE teacher it became about surviving. Instead of pushing practise forward and having uncomfortable debates of the purpose of PE, it was about mimicking others so I could fit in. For many years that is where I stayed until I found Twitter. Instead of waiting for a community of practice to find me, Twitter has allowed me to create and cultivate one that is far better than anything I have been offered in my career to date. This has had such a positive impact on my professional wellbeing, reviving me and seeing the challenge in the struggle of staying in the classroom and trying to make a difference. To all those I have interacted with over 2018 thank you for your wisdom, challenge, questions, ideas and support.

Tweeters – people who look to help, challenge or inspire my thinking.

Physical Education Youth Sport Personal Development
Tim Fletcher Dave Collins Brad Stulberg
Mel Hamada Mark O’Sullivan Relentless Optimism
Nate Babcock Jeremy Frisch Mark Bennett MBE
Shane Pill Andrew Abrahams Gretchen Reynolds

Mikael Quennerstedt

Vern Gambetta Michael Gervais

Bloggers – simply read everything they write.

Physical Education Youth Sport Personal Development
Mel Hamada at Tim Buszard at Skill Acquisition Research Shane Parrish at Farnham Street
Tim Fletcher at LAMPE Sergio Lara at iCoachKids James Clear at James Clear
Ash Casey at PEPRN Martin Bingisser at Hmmr Media Maria Popova at Brain Pickings
Shane Pill at Learning Through Sport Mark O’Sullivan at Footblogball Five Books at Five Books
Justen O’Connor at Health Physical Education Nick Hill at Nick Hill Coaching Aeon at Aeon

Books – those that in 2018 have shaped me professionally and personally.

Physical Education Youth Sport Personal Development
Good Video Games and Good Learning by James Paul Gee The Athletics Skills Model  by Rene Wormhoudt The Enchiridion by Epictetus
Movement and Meaning by Eleanor Metheny Inventing Ourselves by Sarah-Jayne Blakemore Aristotle’s Way by Edith Hall
The Grasshopper by Bernard Suits The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt Unflattening by Nick Sousanis
Conducting Practitioner Research in Physical Education and Youth Sport by Ashley Casey, Tim Fletcher, Lee Schaefer and Doug Gleddie The Playmakers Advantage by Leonard Zaichkowsky and Daniel Peterson Atomic Habits by James Clear
Meaning in movement, sport and physical education by Peter Arnold Zen in the art of archery by Eugen Herrigel Deep Work by Cal Newport

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

Physical Education Youth Sport Personal Development
Craig Harrison at The Athlete Development Show Sergio Lara at iCoachKids Dave Pizzaro and Tamler Sommers at Very Bad Wizards
Jorge Rodriguez at Global Physed Voxcast Rob Gray and Perception & Action Nigel Warburton at  Philosophy Bites

Risto Marttinen at Playing with Research in Health

Stuart Armstrong at Talent Equation Art of Manliness at Art of Manliness
Adam Levello at The Chargedup Education Podcast Russel Earnshaw at the Magic Academy

Massimo Pigliucci at Stoic Meditations Podcast

James Simms at The Teacher in Classroom 21 Martin Bissinger and Vern Gambetta at GAINcast Shane Parrish at The Knowledge Project


By @ImSporticus

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

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