James Gee, in his excellent book Good Video Games and Good Learning, believes there are two divides in video games and learning: *The First Divide:* On one hand there is break everything down into bits and pieces each bit in its proper sequence (drill and practice theory). On the other hand there is practice the… Read More Game Sense as Explicit Guided Discovery
My very first lesson as a qualified teacher was also nearly my very last. I was teaching Olympic Gymnastics to 34 Year 11 boys; rings, pommels, parallel bars, vaulting and floor work. Thankfully I had the chance to tweak my lesson as I had the opportunity to watch Noel, a very experienced member of the… Read More Opening the door to more.
Ensuring children turn into adults who lead a healthy and active lifestyle is the Gordian Knot that PE teachers have a shared responsibility for solving. Part of the solution involves developing competence, but much of the debate about competence is binary. As explained in my last post, either it is everything, or it is nothing. As PE Teachers… Read More Competence: Climbing Frames not Ladders
Every week on Twitter I see people engaged in a debate about the importance of ‘competence’ as a key factor in of ensuring lifelong movement. The debate generally involves two competing positions; competence is not a key factor or that a very narrow view of competence is a key factor. I don’t think this is… Read More Competence: A Debate
It’s performance management season again and I’m really beginning to despise it. Not for what it is trying to do, but what it has become. There is a pernicious idea that has taken hold in my experience of performance management that more is always better. No matter what you may have done last year, no… Read More Role Models
Do we teach for joy and delight? These words from Scott Kretchmar have been ringing in my head since I first heard them on Andy Vasily‘s podcast with him a few weeks ago. Fun and Delight are two human experiences which can be realised through movement. To Kretchmar fun is a shallow and fleeting distraction,… Read More Towards the Deep End
Advocate. A person who publicly supports, champions and recommends a particular cause. In the last few months I have increasingly seen and heard that we should be an advocate for PE. Both in the online and the real world space that I exist in. In a recent twilight CPD session we were encouraged to actively… Read More Advocate
18 months on from my initial post about the different domains of learning in PE and my thinking on them has been refined. I am aware that once you accept a ‘theory’ and then use it to make decisions it becomes difficult to find fault and challenge it. It can lead to ‘theory blindness’,… Read More 4 domains of learning in Physical Education – Refined
I felt my frustration rising. I had watched this group for a while now. There was a lack of willingness to put in any meaningful effort into the task. All the individuals in the group were not working at a level that was needed for learning to occur, let alone just get some benefit from physical activity. At… Read More Trying to overcome Loss Aversion in PE
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?