Rethinking ‘Broad’ & ‘Balanced’ in PE

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Alex Sporticus   I dislike the guiding principles of ‘broad‘ and ‘balanced‘ when it comes to thinking about the PE curriculum and the selection of activities and sports within it. They are vague, they don’t help the design process and they don’t really apply to an individual subject but to a school curriculum (for a […]

Binary Fictions vs. Complex Realities

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Dare Sohei   why & how so many “logics” are poisoning us into monsters, a furiously incomplete discourse on furiously incomplete discourses   this will be a ramble. i like rambles. #deathjazz this week we got the pereniall christo fascists wanting to overturn roe vs wade thing again, because their idea of heaven-on-earth is a […]

An Island of Adjustment

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Medicating with Movement

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Jenn Pilotti   I am having one of those weeks, a week where a lot of the people around me are upset, or anxious, or depressed. A week where there is a sense of heaviness encompassing the people I interact with regularly, which makes me feel like I am being held down under a thick, […]

Curiosity Part 3: Kill the Cat

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Austin Einhorn   LINKS TO PART 1 & PART 2 It’s hard to foster curiosity in athletes when you are an incurious coach. Athletes and coaches are submerged in an incurious culture where the norms are repetition and monotony rather than exploration and learning. What’s worse, sadly, is that many people think machine-like repetition is learning. When I look […]

20 Mistakes Made in 20 Years of Teaching Physical Education

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Alex Sporticus   Physical Education is not inherently good. Children and young people will not automatically improve their movement, health, academic success or their pro-social behaviours just by participating in the subject. To achieve that we need to become more intentional with how we shape PE, what we fill it with and how we offer […]

What Compels You to ‘Do’?

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Christine Ruffolo   The idea for this post first came in the summer of 2021, down time for most teachers here in the States.  When you have a secured income (our salary is split evenly between the twelve months), and are given the gift of time and freedom of what to do with that time, […]

Meaningful Experiences in PE

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Alex Sporticus   Guiding Principles of Meaningful PE Movement has the potential to enrich human existence and Physical Education can be a site that contributes to this by creating meaningful experiences of movement. Meaningful experiences are those that hold ‘personal significance’ to the learner. PE Teachers who subscribe to the creation of meaningful experiences, are […]

Learners Always Win

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Toxic Teaching

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Ramon Castellanos   [ALTERNATIVE TITLE: HOW MY PRACTICE CHANGED ONCE I STOPPED TEACHING]   “We teach best what we most need to learn.” – Richard Bach At some early junction in my life, and really not that long ago, I considered my primary trade craft, that of being a teacher. The job was teaching others […]

The Woke Industry is Watching

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Dare Sohei   a living ramble   those who are new to seeing human nature as it really is, go through a developmental process that mirrors all wisdom tradition processes. the cliche dark night of the soul is a real developmental transformation in the nervous system and belief infrastructure of a human.   people who […]

Teaching Others, Teaching Self

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Movement as a Way of Enriching Life

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Alex Sporticus “It is our vision and not what we are viewing that is limited.” Nick Sousanis, Unflattening.   A key part of the PE Teachers role is to improve the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed that will allow children to access different forms of movement both in the present and in their future. That […]

Lessons from Teaching in 2019

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Steph Lee As a teacher and educator, daily self reflection is crucial. Instead of making a new year resolution, I decided to review all my lesson plans of 2019 and summarise them. Transmit Insight, not Information The more you know, the smarter you are and thus the better teacher you can be? Nope. Information can […]

A Curious Cultural Experiment

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Christine Ruffolo   For many reasons and convergences of fate, I recently took on the assignment of coaching high school volleyball.  It was a sport I knew very little about and had the least experience coaching and playing.  It was also a position to lead JV2, traditionally known as the ‘freshman team’.  I was the […]

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 […]

Shaping the Game

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Alex Sporticus   At the heart of a games based approach to teaching is the challenge to the centrality of learning isolated and decontextualised techniques that will ‘allow’ the child to play. Instead of starting with the practice of the prerequisite techniques, the starting point is the game and play itself. It is through play that […]

Silent Coaching

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Alex Sporticus   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 […]

On Teaching

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Michael Ryan   I think we often mistake teaching for being told what to do by someone. Is explicit instruction good teaching?  If one can take a person from A to B, in a simple step-by-step manner, then they are usually considered a great teacher.  Although, in my experience, this style tends to creates dependency […]