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 … Continue reading The right tool, for the right job.

Be more fox.

A 'temporal landmark' is a way to navigate our lives. Certain important dates, such as a birthday, the New Year or an anniversary, are prominent and stand out from the ceaseless march of time. Daniel Pink in his book When describes them as 'a chance to start again by relegating our old selves to the … Continue reading Be more fox.

Kicking over the Ladder

I've come to a decision to kick over the ladder. From my very first day in teaching a ladder was placed before me. The first rung of that ladder is the classroom teacher. Above that, the Middle Leadership rung, with its fork to either pastoral or academic responsibilities. One step further up is the Senior Leadership roles of … Continue reading Kicking over the Ladder

Constraints Led Approach – Cognitive Dissonance

Over half term I had the pleasure to attend a seminar on Research and Practice Design in Elite and Development Team Games Programmes at Sheffield Hallam University. The three presenters Vanda Correria, Mark O'Sullivan and Danny Newcombe shared their current research and practice which has been influenced by an ecological dynamics framework. Vanda shared her experimental … Continue reading Constraints Led Approach – Cognitive Dissonance

#Relearn 4: Connections

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 … Continue reading #Relearn 4: Connections

Still drowning, only better.

"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 … Continue reading Still drowning, only better.

Getting it Wrong

This week I was asked by the coach of the U15 School Rugby Team to come and work with his forward pack, specifically on improving their realignment and support lines in open play from the breakdown. I planned for a small sided games approach, 8 v 8, with constraints on the playing environment that would … Continue reading Getting it Wrong

Physical Education: 5 New Social Media platforms for PD

With a new academic year fast approaching, professional development may be the last thing on your mind. However over the course of the year you may want some support. In the hectic and relentless world of teaching, it can be difficult to find the time for new ideas or supportive critique from within your immediate … Continue reading Physical Education: 5 New Social Media platforms for PD

Developing better PE Teaching

I'm sat in the back right hand corner of a crowded classroom. It is filled with other PE Teachers, who like me, are eager to learn. To develop and refine our PE teaching. The session begins. As soon as the first App is flashed up on the interactive whiteboard, and the enthusiastic instructor starts their … Continue reading Developing better PE Teaching

Sharing our failures #2

This is my second post about sharing failures within PE. This was born out of a discussion with the online PE community about ultimately what we wanted from our PLNs. Some of us felt if we were to get anything useful we needed to get beyond a culture of self promotion and backslapping and start … Continue reading Sharing our failures #2