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… Read More Game Sense: Reviews

The physically educated person

We want every child to build up their character and resilience by having access to a variety of activities to stretch and challenge themselves. Here are our #5FoundationsForCharacter to help young people think, develop and grow 👇 pic.twitter.com/gHlYxgIyl2 — DfE (@educationgovuk) February 7, 2019 With every government initiative in education there are unforeseen consequences. The… Read More The physically educated person

The Gift

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

Searching for a deeper meaning in movement

To love and teach movement because it is human and beautiful, full of its own meanings and its own absurdity, has been denied to us. We have had to struggle up-hill, like Sisyphus, to make movement something that it cannot be. Thus movement seems sometimes to fail us, not because of what it is, but because of what we have asked it to… Read More Searching for a deeper meaning in movement

What sport tells us about life.

  On Tuesday evening, just over 300 of the school community, gathered to reflect on and celebrate a year of school sport. An informally formal occasion, this was a chance to recognise and reward those pupils who have consistently demonstrated a sense of sportsmanship, reliability, a co-operative attitude towards staff and a record of loyalty and service to school sport. It is… Read More What sport tells us about life.

Poles Apart

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