In a recent blog, Mel Hamada, wrote about her perceptions of the culture of online Physical Education community. Mel felt that a lot of interactions within the community were about self-promotion, 'back slapping' and 'high fiving each other'. Sentiments I both share and am guilty of through this blog and on Twitter. Reflecting on this … Continue reading Sharing our failures #1
For my first 12 years of my career I have got every job that I have ever gone for. In the last year I have applied for 12 jobs and have not been called to interview for one. Utter failure on my behalf. Surely my self-esteem, my self-worth, my self-efficacy should be completely destroyed, right? … Continue reading Failing on the road to success.
Perhaps why there are misconceptions about Physical Education is because we can't universally agree on what success looks like in our subject. It is an area of constant discussion within my department, and an area I still haven't got clear in my mind. Let me start by expressing what my personal view of success in PE looks like. … Continue reading What does success look like in Physical Education?
It's late and I can't sleep. Need to get this out so I can clear my mind. Its election season and I knew I shouldn't have read the news on the way to work this morning. It is full of stupid political announcements designed purely for winning votes rather than improving education. I was in a positive … Continue reading The War on Mediocrity
The Marshmallow Test I have just finished reading The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel: Walter Mischel is a psychologist who specialises in personality theory and social psychology. The book details his life's work and research over the last 50 years, specifically looking at self control. My understanding of this is that self control and self … Continue reading Eating Marshmallows 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 … Continue reading Dissection of a school visit – (2) The execution
I really enjoyed True Grit by the Coen Brothers, a remake of a 1969 film of the same name with John Wayne starring. In the 2010 version of the film, a 14 year old girl named Mattie Ross, tracks down the murderer of her father, and brings him to justice when no one else would. … Continue reading True Grit
Common practice of successful departments: There are 4 exceptional departments in my school, and by exceptional I'm referring to exam results. Year on year with different cohorts they exceed expectations and deliver what can only be described as outstanding results and value added. Over the course of the last 2 weeks I have spoken to the HoD's … Continue reading Common practice of successful departments