What is the purpose of Physical Education? What competencies should a student that has journeyed through Physical Education possess? How do you cater for the variety of individuals that are present in your Physical Education class? I believe that one of the primary functions of Physical Education is to develop the students attitude and skills… Read More Guest Post: Reimagining Physical Education by @jeffjgiles
In Complexity Thinking in PE, Richard Tinning and Anthony Rossi write ‘In the face of messy, unruly, boisterous classes of school children and the expectation to deliver predictable, explicit, educational outcomes, teachers of physical education are likely to reduce complexity and have their pedagogy shaped by more practical contingencies rather than by complexity thinking.‘ They… Read More Poles Apart
Homeric Hymn to Hephaestus (Greek epic C7th to 4th B.C.) : “Sing, clear-voiced Mousa (Muse), of Hephaistos (Hephaestus) famed for inventions (klytometis). With bright-eyed Athene he taught men glorious crafts throughout the world,–men who before used to dwell caves in the mountains like wild beasts. But now that they have learned crafts through Hephaistos the famed… Read More #Relearn: Craftsmanship
What is coaching about? I’ve often asked this question both of myself and others. Although the many answers I’ve heard and thought make sense, they just don’t feel right. Transfer of knowledge and skills? Identifying, analysing, and controlling variables that affect performance? Influencing positive behaviour? Helping others achieve their goals? All good answers, but rationalising… Read More What is coaching about?
I was a PE Teacher when I was twenty-two. Hard to believe. Sister was a teacher. Uncle too. Me and him were teachers at the same time, him in Larnaca and me here. I think he was pretty proud of that. I know I was. Some of the old-time PE Teachers never even raised their voice. A lot of… Read More No Subject for Old Teachers
Every time is different but also the same. New faces with new stories. Old hands with a retelling of theirs. Al and Mark prodding, poking and provoking. Connections and dialogue building out of them. This time I took on the role of listener rather than story teller. The new faces had some good stories to… Read More #Relearn 4: Connections
“Ten years of practice without reflection, is just one year of practice repeated ten times.” Today marks the second birthday of Drowning in the Shallow. Drowning in the Shallow is essentially a metaphor for how I was feeling when I first started blogging. Drowning, because I was increasingly becoming aware that it was impossible to… Read More Still drowning, only better.
I have always thought that the career of a full time PE Teacher has a sell by date. The energy required to be the catalyst for movement in children is physically draining, especially in a constrained environment like a secondary school. Fulltime teaching PE into my 60s is not something I can see happening. One… Read More Reconnected
Relearn continues to challenge my thinking. I listened to many stories at Coopers last Wednesday night. Of Chris’s journey of setting up a high performance coaching structure in a new sport. Of Tom’s honesty of not always knowing what is best for the athletes he has a responsibility for. Of Danny’s relentless pursuit of a… Read More #Relearn 3: Perspective
Meaning in Movement, Sport and Physical Education by Peter J. Arnold has been a influential text on my practice as a Teacher of PE. I often speak to colleagues about the three dimensions of movement that Arnold proposes in the book; education about movement, education through movement and education in movement as a framework for… Read More Meaning in Movement