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

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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

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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

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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

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Who owns a PLN?

Failed at the first hurdle! In my last post I said I was going to commit to a more regular contribution in this space. A combination of being time poor and an increasing reluctance to bother has meant that hasn’t happened. So it was a truly epic case of Eduheartburn that has made me get … Read more

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“Tomorrow gets me higher”

I’m making an effort to blog more often. In fact, my aim this year is to set a goal of one post per month and just reflect on what I’ve experienced in the job, rather than just lobbing something out there when that something happens. Mind you, I have a habit of taking tangents, so who … Read more

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Evolution

  creative commons licensed (BY) flickr photo by kevin dooley: http://flickr.com/photos/pagedooley/1856663523 I was reflecting the other day on why I hadn’t written a post for so long. Partly, I realised, because I haven’t had a lot of time to sit down and construct something. I also acknowledged something that had been a nagging thought in … Read more

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Marking and feedback in PE

I recently wondered about the sorts of thing PE teachers did when it came to marking and feedback as part of their day to day work. So, harnessing the the #pegeek tag and Google Forms, I created a survey for PE teachers worldwide to respond to. I then turned the data I received from the … Read more

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Looking Forward, looking back

I haven’t written much lately – I’ve honestly been smashed off my feet being back at school after a time away at PLANE. I did write a couple of posts earlier in the year about some ideas that I’d used in my teaching – an Inquiry approach for my senior class (“No Spoons”) and a … Read more

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Testing is…testing

I was flicking through the Sydney Morning Herald whilst Mr12 played cricket this morning, and came upon this letter to the editor: The article referred to by the letter writer is here My first reaction was that pretty much all the concerns the author mentioned could be easily argued as pitfalls of any testing, not just fitness … Read more

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