The Standard you walk past…

June 13th, 2020If you hadn’t heard, my role as an educator in 2020 has changed. I’ve moved (by choice) from leading a PDHPE faculty in a NSW Department of Education high school into a corporate role with School Services as a Teacher Quality Advisor. (* Side Note – I would prefer the title of my … Read more The Standard you walk past…

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Dear Colleagues

  Today I sent an email to my faculty, overviewing my past few busy professional learning days. It occured to me that it was “long enough to be a blog post……” So here it is 🙂   Dear colleagues, ( *Blog note* I always have problems with a suitable salutation when I’m in a rush….) … Read more Dear Colleagues

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Part 1: First Steps to New Thinking.

This post is the first in a series of posts about my faculty’s journey toward implementing the NSW K-10 PDHPE syllabus, released earlier in 2018. The aim of this series is twofold – blogging always helps me reflect on what I do, so it’s a therapy for me. The second reason is that should you … Read more Part 1: First Steps to New Thinking.

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I love it when a semi hatched plan comes together

Ever since I started PE teaching I think I’ve tinkered with a way to make practical skills observation authentic and manageable. I always seemed to end up with reams of paper and time intensive teacher centered activity as the result. With the advent of mobile technology, I’d hoped that the solution would be closer, but … Read more I love it when a semi hatched plan comes together

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To have a comeback, you have to have a setback

I had a bit of a set back today. On reflection, I can pin it to a few things. Me, thinking that something like a school sport afternoon would be easy to plan for and carry off. I planned activities and decided to follow a routine that normally sees me through most practical PE lessons … Read more To have a comeback, you have to have a setback

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Newton’s First Law

“An object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force”(That pretty much sums up my view on teaching – every now and then we need some unbalancing to shift us out of our inertia as … Read more Newton’s First Law

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Future focused learning space? Lose the desk.

I was pretty excited this year – I was getting my own room for the first time in about 30 years of teaching. It was an old Art room, at the arse end of the school campus. No-one wanted it, but I saw the potential of making it into a space that kids would be … Read more Future focused learning space? Lose the desk.

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Meddling from the back seat

I wrote the majority this from the back seat of our family car, returning home after our annual trip north to visit friends at Crescent Head. I’m in the backseat because both my sons have wanted to sit in the driving seat on the way home – Dom is a “P” plater, and Matt is … Read more Meddling from the back seat

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This game is unplayable in its current state

When a game become unplayable in its current state, the frustration felt by players is proportional to their level of investment in it. I’m both a player of games, and a player in the educational sector of my state. It’s surprising how similar these settings have been lately. Recently I’ve been playing Battlefield 1 on … Read more This game is unplayable in its current state

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Uplink – Mystery Bag Challenge

Today I gave two students in my Year 10 Physical Activity and Sport Studies elective class the Mystery Bag Challenge. In the bag was a collection of balls (soft throwing balls, aero tennis balls, and AFL ball and a Handball), 2 hoops, some marker domes, 2 tennis racquets and some bibs. While another two students warmed … Read more Uplink – Mystery Bag Challenge

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