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?
The communication we use as a PE Teachers or sports coaches can shape the behaviour of our students. Our four main methods of communication within PE are instruction, feedback, questions and silence. They all have their uses and contexts, but silence is a powerful and underused tool, one I have been trying to better understand… Read More Intuition through silence
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… Read More Getting it Wrong
I was going to blog on withdrawal from school sport as a possible sanction, but today something occurred that I have to get off my chest. Saturday morning school sport is one of the most rewarding elements of my job. My U13 team had just finished up the last game of the season and instead… Read More Through their eyes
The sound of tape being pulled and ripped off the roll. The smell of deep heat wafting around the changing rooms. Metal studs clanking on the changing room floor. The sight of my parents on the touch line and the strange mixture of pride and embarrassment I felt when seeing them. The feeling of slipping… Read More Saturday Morning School Sport
In a recent post I wrote about the Sutton Trust and Praise, specifically in PE. It was a long, rambling windy post where I finally got to my own practice at the bottom. This was what I thought: 1. Task associated Praise – (link my praise to the key teaching points of the task). Well done… Read More Finding Praise in PE
In my last post about my recent school visit I explained what I learnt to make it more effective. It’s easily been one of the best things I’ve done for my own professional development. Having a focus on what I want to improve, seeing another school doing it, speaking to people about it and watching… Read More Dissection of a school visit – (2) The execution
Please bear in mind this is a personal and anecdotal view. The current PE and Sport Premium for Primary School is getting a lot of positive press at the moment and perhaps it should. However from my point of view things have changed greatly with the new funding and I’m not sure for the best. The… Read More Why I miss the School Sports Partnership – a secondary school perspective.
Shaun Ellison wrote in his excellent book – Perfect Teacher Led CPD – ‘A school is only ever as good as its teachers.’ However it seems to me that people outside of the classroom, but have a huge control over what they think education should be, seem to forget this. Education it seems is always… Read More Transforming CPD
At school we regularly communicate with both students and parents about how we want them to behave at competitive school fixtures. We do this through weekly email updates, a Departmental Twitter account, articles in the Head’s newsletter, school assemblies and just generally talking to both sets of groups about our ethos and expectations. The internet… Read More A teachers concept of coaching youth sport.