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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All in a days work – Games and the Bee Gees

I enjoyed my work today. I had two lessons where I did something a little bit unconventional and the kids and I had fun. I even had a few “thank you sir” as students left the room. I ended the week on a buzz and it gave me confidence to take a few more chances … Read more All in a days work – Games and the Bee Gees

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No uniform? Learning doesn’t stop.

One of the perennial questions that often get asked, whether it’s in Twitter chats or in staff-rooms, is what do you do with students that don’t get changed? Personally, I reckon the whole point of a PE lesson is movement and participation of some sort. Writing lines, detention or even reporting (on paper) about what … Read more No uniform? Learning doesn’t stop.

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What’s in my tool kit? (2016 edition)

Wow – two posts in less than a week! I want to go back to the original purpose of this space – to share what I do, and the tools that I use to hopefully make my teaching engaging and meaningful for the kids, and fun for me as well. I mean, if you’re not … Read more What’s in my tool kit? (2016 edition)

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Fail Faster. It’s difficult, but necessary.

I’m working on a local regional project called Cloud School. The idea is that we offer on-line courses for kids that may want extension help in some subjects (Maths and Chemistry) or a chance to some interest based learning (Visual Design and Games Design) that their school doesn’t offer. I’m delivering on the Games Design course. … Read more Fail Faster. It’s difficult, but necessary.

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Well I didn’t expect that

Today used Kahoot as a quiz to wrap up a First Aid unit I was running with Year 9 PASS (Physical Activity and Sport Studies). I’ve used Kahoot before with classes, but purely as a summative exercise at the end of something to test what they’ve learned, in a fun, gamey and engaging way. And it … Read more Well I didn’t expect that

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Levels of Difficulty – Google Apps for Education

I’ve been playing with Google Drive at my school for a while now. Part of my role is to support other staff with using Google in their classrooms. I got to thinking today – how could I visually represent the degree to which apps have have an impact in my classroom? I wanted to show … Read more Levels of Difficulty – Google Apps for Education

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Dodgeball – threat or opportunity?

I was skimming through my Scoopit feed on Physical Education  when I happened upon an article about Dodgeball. I didn’t Scoopit, but instead tweeted the link, but with an invitation for #pegeeks to comment. My first thought after reading the article was that banning a game outright seemed to be pretty harsh. I thought the article relied … Read more Dodgeball – threat or opportunity?

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It’s game on in my classroom – Level 1

My previous post about an idea for a games based approach to my teaching has sort of developed. Sort of, because I know what I want, but I’m not sure how to do it properly. I want it to be a mixture of game play and popular media references. And I want to make it work online … Read more It’s game on in my classroom – Level 1

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Game on. Who’s with me?

Christmas saw Santa bring me Far Cry 4. I hadn’t played much in the way of these sorts of games in the past, and I’d just invested in a new gaming PC so I was keen to see what it looked like. Far Cry 4 is an open world action-adventure first-person shooter video game – you … Read more Game on. Who’s with me?

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