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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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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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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Cavete ergo discipulus – let the Professional learner beware

I have been watching PE Twitter recently with the jaundiced eye of a seven year user. (I don’t want this to become a “back in the day” rant, so I promise to watch my step). I still find enough joy in my stream to keep me hanging around, but I’ve noticed something happening that disturbs … Read more Cavete ergo discipulus – let the Professional learner beware

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How resilient ARE you and your faculty?

I’ve had a interesting week. A proposed change in whole school focus, hosting a TeachMeet, taking a group of Year 10 students on a camp and managing a whole school voice survey. An extraordinary week, actually, and I still had my day job of leading a high school PDHPE faculty of 5. So today, when I … Read more How resilient ARE you and your faculty?

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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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