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Curriculum PE Professional Development

The right tool, for the right job.

PE Teachers have an almighty tool shed of teaching styles, methods and approaches at their disposal to nurture the physically educated person. We can develop the quality and impact of our teaching by expanding the range of tools we have, picking the right tool for the job at hand, and learning how to use that […]

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Curriculum PE

A continuum of experiences in PE

What is success in PE? The answer to this question all depends on what role you think PE has to play in a child’s schooling and their wider education beyond. Whilst there will always be a lack of consensus, one idea that tends to unite people is that PE should contribute to children becoming physically […]

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Curriculum PE

Breaking the mythcycle

A mythcycle (Hedberg and Jönsson, 1978) is a common belief shared by a group, profession or organisation that what they are doing is the main reason for their success. In doing this they disregard any other reasons and any other ways of doing. People then on a daily basis look for confirmation that this myth […]

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Curriculum PE Opinion Personal Reflection

Physical Literacy: What is your flavour?

“Now what happens when you take a system apart, it loses all of its essential properties and therefore when you take a situation and by analysis reduce it to the problems of which it is composed you have lost all the essential properties of reality and essential properties of the parts.” – Russell Ackoff Physical […]

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Curriculum PE

Should competitive activities be part of the curriculum in physical education in schools?

Should competitive activities be part of the curriculum in physical education in schools? Answering this question is at the heart of the paper Competition in Physical Education: Avoid, Ask, Adapt or Accept? (Aggerholm et al, 2018) which I shared on twitter recently. It certainly developed an interesting thread, with most respondents being positive about competitions place within the […]

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Curriculum PE

Dotting the i’s

The new Education Inspection Framework was released in May and updated in September. OFSTED will use all the available evidence to evaluate what it is like to be a learner in your school’s provision. They will do that through four key judgements; quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development and leadership and management. What does […]

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Curriculum PE Opinion

Best in Show

Best in Show is a mockumentary that takes a comedic view of dog shows, by following a number of participants and their dogs through a prestigious competition. During the competition judges not only compare dogs to each other, they also judge each dog against the parameters of the idealised version of its breed. In other words, when […]

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Curriculum PE School Sport

Digital Video Games Approach: Cricket

As I discussed in my last post a Digital Video Games Approach is not ‘just’ gamification. It is a games based approach, using pedagogical principles, with the main learning outcome being in the cognitive domain, focusing on the developing participants meta-cognitive skills, such as planning, monitoring and evaluating their own learning. Pedagogical Principles of Digital […]

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Curriculum PE

A Digital Video Games Approach is not ‘just’ gamification.

A Digital Video Games Approach is not ‘just’ gamification. Both approaches try to answer the question “How do you get someone to learn something long, hard and complex, and yet enjoy it?” by using video games design as a potential source of inspiration. What are they? Gamification is an approach that applies certain video game […]

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Curriculum PE School Sport

Game Sense: Reviews

Game Sense is neither a ‘game-is-the-teacher’ or a ‘roll-out-the-ball-and-play’ approach to teaching (Pill, 2016). It is an explicit guided approach that is driven by four core pedagogical features (Light, 2013): Designing the learning environment Emphasising questioning to generate dialogue Providing opportunities for collaborative formulation of ideas/solutions that have time to be tested and evaluated In […]