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The Physically Educated Individual

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Alex Sporticus   With every government initiative in education there are unforeseen consequences. The current drive to build character through sport (and other activities) is having, in my opinion, an unforeseen negative impact on curriculum PE. Staffing, finances, facilities and time are being redistributed from PE provision to school sport provision. Now this might not […]

Memory, Focus, & Learning

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Stephanie Lee   FOCUS. We can only pay attention to what we know exists. The relationship between memory and learning is a subject that is often thought of in a linear way. But building long term memories requires me to find many paths to learn AND feel. I do believe memory is the foundation for […]

Learning vs. Performing

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Christian Paev   How complete is your self-image? How does your self-image differ from reality? ‘Movement class’ is not about playing games, nor it is about cool movements. Our work is an educational process – one that demands you to be involved, for the sake of your own self-knowledge. The class is a place where […]

Asking Students Better Questions

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Alex Sporticus   RECTIFYING A WEEK OF INEFFECTIVE QUESTIONING The PE Teacher has four clear ‘verbal’ ways to shape the learning of their pupils within lessons; instruction, feedback, question and silence. A skilled PE teacher will use all four, all of the time. Making judgements on which one to use depending on needs of the pupil in […]

Coaching Feeling

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Jenn Pilotti   I was talking with a physical therapist a few weeks ago. He has worked with everything from professional athletes to seniors recovering from hip surgery. When I asked how he felt about working with athletes, he said, “athletes are easy. It’s general population clients that are difficult.”   I have heard this […]

The Learning Adult

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Jenn Pilotti     I was on a beach in Costa Rica recently, jumping and spinning, when the teacher gathered us up to look at the break down of an aerial cartwheel. She showed us how the head moves down while you jump up with one leg behind you, replacing the stationary leg with the […]

Competency as an Exploratory Framework

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Alex Sporticus   The ‘fallacy of perfected steps‘ is to suppose that one thing must be perfectly, and not just partially, mastered before one can move on to the logically next thing.   Ensuring children turn into adults who lead a healthy and active lifestyle is the Gordian Knot that PE teachers have a shared responsibility for […]

Feedback, Process, and Accomplishment

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Jenn Pilotti   As a coach or movement specialist, when do you give people feedback regarding their performance? Do you do it in the middle of the movement? Do you do it after? And after you have sussed out when what do you give feedback on? Do you give feedback on how the movement is […]

On Loneliness and Learning – The Four E’s

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Andre Miller   The story of the four e’s began for me around the time I was 10 or 11 years old. A few years prior, my parents began letting me walk to school. Frequently, they would have to go out searching for me an hour or two after school had let out to find […]

Learning the Impossible

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Jeremy Fein   If you were to walk into a juggling festival in the 90s…okay, wait. There is such thing as a juggling festival. And if you stumbled into one in 1995, you’d likely spot a crowd of people gathering around a juggler defying gravity to keep 5 clubs in the air. Fast forward to […]

Transitions – Effective vs. Efficient

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Jenn Pilotti In the movement disciplines, it’s easy to get hung up on specific aspects of a skill. What does the finished product look like? How does the person begin? What does the posture look like at the end? It’s as though the middle part takes care of itself, assuming the rest of the pieces […]

Learning, Freedom, and Motor Skills

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Jenn Pilotti You approach a tree that you used to climb as a child. As you look up at its branches, you wonder how your now somewhat larger body is going to navigate the branches and move upwards. You begin climbing, only to find yourself stuck, about three feet off of the ground. Feeling like […]

Slow, Breakdown, Play

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How do you go from “Woah, that looks cool ?” to “Oh, I think I can do that?” —————————————— I saw this movement somewhere in the murky depths of #movementculture yesterday and thought it looked fun. —————————————— So…1) Ensure your joints can do SLOW what you’re about to ask them to do FAST. Controlled articular […]

Learning Acrobatics and Developing Elasticity

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Movement overlaps. Brain work = joint work = speed, power, strength, and coordination work. We have structures and we have capacities. Our practice establishes the abilities of both. There is a general consensus that if your parts work better you’ll be able to perform better and do better things. But what exactly would you DO […]

Movement Translation and Empathy

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“Translation allows for otherwise separate entities to synapse and communicate.” I have been a teacher for thirteen years and a movement therapist for five.  As I toggle through the two professions, an unlikely blend has taken place.  I find myself teaching those that come to see me for pain.  Instead of jogging laps, students lead spinal […]

Constraints Based Learning

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  View this post on Instagram I got a question by email this morning about shoulder pain…until I have time to make a full video, here's an example of what you might play with in the meantime. I often call it "constraints-based exploration" with my students. —————————————- 1) First and foremost DO NOT move into […]

The World of Fighting Monkey Part 2

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Christine Ruffolo   **Part One of this series can be found here.   Engaging with your work demands a certain degree of ownership.  There must be a benefit to the challenge presented, beyond just a hard-to-apply confidence.  A task can serve as a test of will, a test of adaptability, and/or a test of inquiry. […]

A Feldenkrais Experience

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Christine Ruffolo In a top floor studio space that felt more like a cozy attic, I had a revelation. A soft-spoken yet commanding gal led me into my own body with an almost story-time cadence and tone. Knowing I was new, she crouched down to explain that Feldenkrais is made up of tiny, repetitive movements […]

Rediscovering Play

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Give a kid a list of tasks to do, and you’ll find yourself with one unhappy kid. Give an adult a checklist, and they transform into blissful busyness. One basks in all they have achieved, and the other laments all the other potential possibilities lost. A child isn’t ruled by numbers or fear of being […]