Last year I wrote a post regarding the development of expertise in teaching PE. I made the case that to become better PE teachers we needed to become more like a fox. Why? Hedgehogs view the world through the lens of a single defining idea; and foxes, draw on a wide variety of experiences and… Read More The path to expertise
James Gee, in his excellent book Good Video Games and Good Learning, believes there are two divides in video games and learning: *The First Divide:* On one hand there is break everything down into bits and pieces each bit in its proper sequence (drill and practice theory). On the other hand there is practice the… Read More Game Sense as Explicit Guided Discovery
Hello. My name is ImSporticus and I’m a secondary school PE teacher in England and this blog post is for other PE Teachers who are interested in making their physical education lessons more meaningful to the children they teach. Still here? Good, then I will begin. The mystery Every day PE Teachers are trying… Read More Advocating for Meaningful Experiences in PE
PE is in a state of crisis or so social critical theorists would have us believe. David Kirk believes that physical education is in crisis because the ‘dominant practice of physical education as ‘sport-techniques’ is resistant to change’. Andrew Hawkins believes that ‘philosophical dispositions and societal trends are conspiring to rob our profession of its… Read More Physical Education: The Antidote or the Poison?
The Equaliser My personal professional development focus this year is to try make my lessons more meaningful. Why? Partly because I believe the comfort and security the modern world provides us often strips meaning from movement and partly because negative experiences of movement at school can shape life style choices later on in life. To better… Read More The Equaliser 2
Guiding Principles of Meaningful PE Movement has the potential to enrich human existence and Physical Education can be a site that contributes to this by creating meaningful experiences of movement. Meaningful experiences are those that hold ‘personal significance’ to the learner. PE Teachers who subscribe to the creation of meaningful experiences, are influenced not just… Read More Meaningful Experiences in PE: Guiding Principles
As a novice teacher of PE and coach of youth sport I wanted to add value to the children I interacted with on a daily basis. I intently observed the more experienced teachers around me. I worked hard at imitating them and their behaviours. Over time I got better and better until I thought I… Read More The Gift
The art of teaching, at its very core, is constant decision making and problem-solving in a dynamic environment to assist the individual or the collective to flourish. As a secondary school teacher of PE I believe I am faced with two key puzzles to solve. The first key puzzle is how can I ensure I… Read More Affective Thinking: How can movement influence our feelings?
‘Going through the Gears‘ is a shared mental model that can help pupils to make decisions, communicate those decisions with each other, then reflect on the effectiveness of those decisions. The idea is that team (and individuals) performance improves if team members have a shared understanding of the task that is to be performed and of… Read More Going through the Gears
My very first lesson as a qualified teacher was also nearly my very last. I was teaching Olympic Gymnastics to 34 Year 11 boys; rings, pommels, parallel bars, vaulting and floor work. Thankfully I had the chance to tweak my lesson as I had the opportunity to watch Noel, a very experienced member of the… Read More Opening the door to more.