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The Way of the Silent Coach

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Imagine this scene:

The pupils are silent as they file into the exam hall. Their names are checked,valuables left at the side and they quietly walk past the rows of desks and chairs till they find their own. Nervous tension fills the the room. The exam papers are distributed, instructions issued and timings written on the whiteboard. They hear the words ‘you may begin’ and they open their paper and start reading and writingfuriously. As soon as that happens a number of teachers and parents who just happen to be at the sidewatching, start shouting instructions at those who are taking the exam:

‘Jimmy read all the questions first and underline the command words!’

‘Jimmy start with the long answers. Get them out the way first!’

‘Bobby remember to write in full prose, show your depth of knowledge!’

‘Bobby remember to bullet point your answers, besuccinct!’

‘Frankie don’t leave blank…

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The PHYSEDagogy Podcast – Live from #PHYSedcamp & #DemoSlam

What an incredible experience with first class people in North Carolina!

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The PHYSEDagogy Podcast – Live from the National PE Institute 2015 #PHYSedcamp & #DemoSlam

Check out all the highlights from the first ever physical education edcamp and listen to what all our demo slam participants showcased in the two minutes before they got slammed and hear their thoughts on being a part of the National PE Institute.

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Bridging The Gap

I want my students to leave the education system with the ability to become their own nutritionist and personal trainer.

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When I was at school, the assessment process went something like this:

  • Teacher sets assignment
  • I attempt the assignment and turn it in
  • Teacher grades assignment and returns it
  • I throw assignment in the garbage unless it was a good grade (a rarity) and my mom pinned it to the fridge.

Most likely only two sets of eyes saw my work. Mine and the teachers. And that kind of stunk!
Tech UseThis image is an old one now, I took it from Twitter last year but I have it pinned above my desk at school to remind me that there needs to be a reason for the work that I ask my students to complete. To ask students to work hard on an assignment but then for it to be seen by only them and myself can’t be justified anymore.

“If students are sharing their work with the world, they want…

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VLOG 11: A models-based approach

Physical Education & Sport VLOGs

You may of heard of models such as Cooperative Learning, Sport Education, Teaching Games for Understanding, and Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility. This VLOG considers the bigger idea surrounding these models, a models-based approach. A models-based approach is a curriculum or program of study organised around these models rather than, for example, activities. What a models-based approach does is it allows physical education to exist in a number of forms and meet the broad ranging learning outcomes of the subject: sport, competition, tactics, social development, etc etc.. My question to you after watching this VLOG is to consider, would you organise your curriculum or program of study around different models, why? and what models would you choose.

Information linked to this VLOG

Kirk, D. (2012). “What Is the Future for Physical Education in the 21st Century?.” In Debates in Physical Education, edited by S. Capel and M. Whitehead, 220–231. London:…

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