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A Spectrum of Teaching Styles

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Alex Sporticus   “Teaching needs to be deliberate as we don’t want to succeed at random, but we want to gain a deeper understanding of our successes and failures.” (Mosston, 1966).   Mosston and Ashworth’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles (SoTS) offers PE Teachers, both novice and expert, a clear framework of teaching within the subject. […]

The Origin of Adaptable Polarity (Part 1) : Opposites

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Jordan Terry   Adaptable Polarity (AP) developed from the idea that we, as humans, need to adapt to all sorts of occasions in our lives. It, also, came about from noticing that the world we live in is continually moving and consistently inconsistent. This movement of life does however have a fundamental principle to flow […]

The Young Teacher

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Nick Konow   This is what I believe.  It is not correct.   A young teacher insists on the work, and that anything aside from performing said work, points to a lack in prioritization. This is the practice and spirit of teaching, as the young teacher sees it. Forgive him, for he is young and […]

The Bad & The Best

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Alex Sporticus   A couple of weeks ago, Edutopia published an article entitled 5 Fun Gym Games to Get Kids Moving. I found the subsequent commentary on the article, mainly via Twitter, absolutely fascinating. Whilst I could understand many of the points made from a range of perspectives, the conversations around the article made me consider how I’ve changed my thinking […]

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 […]