Last year I was humbled to be approached by Rick Baldock from the ACHPER office. ACHPER is the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and provides professional development in many different ways to teachers in Australia and encourages Aussie’s overseas to take part too. I took time to write my first ever article and had it published last year in their magazine, this was a great way for me to share work that I have been doing with my students and it was professionally a great experience for me not just to write on my blog, but to write for a wider audience and a chance to hone and sharpen my own writing skills and to get feedback from others in our community on the work that I do and see how it is received in a wider context.
This summer I was invited to write a guest blog for ACHPER and I chose to go with the Goal Setting that has been a well discussed topic on this blog but also with others in other forums this year. I was lucky enough to be staying with my father, a wise and well practiced leader in the Australian Public Service, and he was kind enough to share his thoughts and I felt even more that the idea of ‘stretch ‘goals was and is vitally important for development of all students (and teachers) and that the conversations around our experiences is the most valuable to our growth.
Next April, ACHPER have their annual conference in Adelaide, Australia. If you are interested in running a workshop or such, you can take a moment to read this webpage and consider what you are interested in sharing. Submissions close soon, so start planning your professional development event! Or attending to meet some PE teachers and engage in some discussions about where our practice is heading. I hope to meet some like minded teachers and share some professional conversations as well as a laugh or two along the way.