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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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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Being a Maker in PE

There’s a lot of talk about the “maker movement” and “maker culture” at the present time. In a nutshell, it’s about using technology to learn as you create solutions to problems, or design blue sky projects. Think Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D printers, electronics and robotics. There doesn’t really seem to be a solid bridge between the maker … Read more Being a Maker in PE

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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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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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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 Thinking “why”, not “how”

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Skills and Tactics – from paper to practice

I’m working on a Year 10 PASS theory unit on Improving Performance. One of the topics we cover is using skills and tactics as a way to improve individual and team performance. In planning the learning for this, I wanted to made the learning real and visible, not just theoretical and abstract. I came up … Read more Skills and Tactics – from paper to practice

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#pegeeks Mythbusters

I’m teaching a unit on Improving Performance with my Year 10 students at the moment. They choose a sport they want to investigate (ideally the one they play at the moment) and come up with a personal improvement plan for themselves. The aspects of the investigation are up to them, but we talked through some … Read more #pegeeks Mythbusters

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GoPro in PE

I have played around with a few gadgets in class over the years to try and mesh tech and the outcomes of my PE programs. I played around with cheap GPS data loggers and found they could be useful for analysing player movement in a game situation, just like the pros., for a fraction of … Read more GoPro in PE

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