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?
The parts of our PE curriculum that I find the most difficult to teach are establishing behaviours for movement (Affective Domain) and finding meaning in movement. Whilst basic sports psychology may have the potential answers for the former, I continue to struggle with the latter as it isn’t one that can be taught. It isn’t… Read More Movement Culture
The goal of this post is to state my current thinking with regards to Purposeful Physical Education. It is not meant to persuade you, the reader, that this is the ‘correct way’ or the ‘only way’ to approach Physical Education. It is a post to help clarify my thoughts. To see if my actions, judgements and… Read More Purposeful PE
This week on Twitter I asked the following question: Would the explicit teaching and automaticity of basic movement patterns then allow for the implicit learning of complex sports skills? — Sporticus (@ImSporticus) April 27, 2016 The responses have been varied, deep and complex giving me much to think upon, especially with curriculum design and content.… Read More The child as an agent of movement
Essentially I believe Physical Education to be about the learning of movement and all things associated with movement. For that learning to occur I believe we need to help students find the value in movement rather than just the fun in it. This post is an attempt to clarify my thinking behind why I favour… Read More Where is the value in fun?
Today, Tracey Crouch along with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have released their consultation document for a new strategy for sport. This doesn’t happen very often. The last broad strategy for sport, ‘Game Plan’, was released 13 years ago. If you have a vested interest in movement, physical activity, health and wellbeing, Physical… Read More A new strategy for Sport – A consultation
This is a guest post from my good friend Nick Hill from Nick Hill Coaching. We trained together as Secondary School PE Teachers and Nick has followed his passion, rugby and TGfU, to Chile. He recently attended The GAIN conference (The Gambetta Athletic Improvement Network), at Rice University in Houston. GAIN was founded by Vern Gambetta,… Read More Guest Post: 5 Takeaway messages from GAIN VIII via @NH_Coaching_
Movement, physical activity and sport have been important in my life as far back as I can remember. My earliest memory of moving was on the golden beaches of Finikoudes and MacKenzies in Larnaca on the island of Cyprus with my mother and grandmother. Running, jumping and hopping quickly through the sand, not able to stop incase… Read More From Pirates to Tough Mudder – A life in movement