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

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Thinking “why”, not “how”

In the years that I’ve tried to lead doing new or interesting things at school the same lesson always comes back to me – you can’t just “build it and they will come”. What I mean is – you can’t just build a Moodle, or grant access to Google Apps, or start an Edmodo class, … Read more

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The Fog of the platform wars

In most wars, both sides think they are fighting for truth, justice and the ultimate success over the other side. A lot can get lost in the “fog of war”. Collateral damage can result when the conflict spills into areas it was never meant to go. Innocent people get hurt, areas can be made uninhabitable … Read more

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“..know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em..”

WARNING  – HONEST LANGUAGE I made a self diagnosis this week. I’m worn out. Jaded. It started with a symptom that I like to call “a case of the non specific shits”. I felt listless and grumpy, prone to fits of blah, with no easily identifiable source. I mean things shouldn’t have been that bad. … Read more

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My near (teaching) death experience

I’ve always prided myself on being prepared for lessons. This week though I found myself in a situation from which I was able to extricate myself relatively painlessly, with the help of an interactive white board (IWB), my DER laptop and some fast thinking. For some reason I thought I had Year 9 Outdoor Recreation. … Read more

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Jonesy 101

surfing the Web 2.0 wave

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