• Professional Development,  Research,  Teacher Reflection

    Endurance Athlete – as a woman

    This past week, the name Stacy Sims has cropped up on my radar. First was as I ran around the lake one early morning, as I listened to the Purple Patch Podcast and then as I had a virtual coffee with a former colleague as we chatted about inspiring media and this TedTalkX came up (Stacy Sims) and then as I chatted to my coach, Adam, he mentioned to me that he had listened to a webinar from Sims, and I knew that the stars were aligning for a reason. I have been much more reflective on how much nutrition and my hormone cycle dictate my training success. I have…

  • ACHPER,  Game Centered Approach,  Professional Development,  Teacher Reflection,  Twitter

    ACHPER Victoria October 2020 – Game Sense Presentation

    A big thank you to ACHPER Victoria for allowing me to be a part of their ‘Teachers in Action’ series this October. It is great to have an opportunity to learn with others in Australia and be part of some professional conversations around so many different topics. It has allowed me to think more deeply about Why I use Game Sense and to re-read some great resources and feel more fresh about this great model. This blog post is a place for me to share the resources I will be using for this presentation. Those attending or those who are looking for more information can find it here: Google document…

  • Professional Development,  Research

    Physical Literacy – continually evolving lifetime

    Physical Literacy is a term that has bounced onto the scene but with so many other terms or focus points in our society – it can be challenging to decide what PL is and how we might define it within our communities and contexts. This article suggests that Physical Literacy has been adopted into the Physical Education curriculum under a Health-focus or policy bias. The different educational curriculum in different countries has used the term Physical Literacy to then create checklists that focus on fundamental movements, skills or activities but may then be excluding other criteria or discussion about how to create Physically Literate members of our community. (Jurbala, 2015…

  • online learning,  Professional Development,  Teacher Reflection

    (almost) Back and Ready to go.

    The time has come. I have been actively burying myself in other tasks, worries and focus areas, but it is time to focus – school is going to start soon and I really need to be ready to go. I have been really enjoying having some 1990s alternative music on my running playlist and this song by Republica somewhat sums up some of the ways I have been feeling and thinking – being back, being ready to go, shouting it out that we are going to make it! But mostly about my mental state – I am trying to put aside the negativity and anxious feelings that sit next to…

  • Teacher Reflection,  Twitter

    Pondering the right questions. Teaching PE and Health 2020-21

    What is PE? What is Health? What is essential? What are our constraints? What is practical? In an exchange of ideas with a few people today, it became more clear to me that as we go back to school or prepare to return to a new academic year, that for many of us, we will not be able to teach PE the way in which we have previously and that for me this means I need to have clear in my own head the questions that rattle around confusing me and muddying the water of clear focus of how to best plan for the start of teaching PE and Health…

  • Professional Development,  Teacher Reflection

    Starting school – opportunities for PE to shine.

    Happy Summer! It may be a Summer that is usual for you – or maybe something totally different. Maybe some things are the same but others not-so-much. When we start school in a few weeks time (whatever that looks like depending on where you are…)it will be really important to spend some time connecting with your students and your colleagues as the journey of the Summer months may be radically different and may have affected people in new ways. This may be a return to a new normal and we need to be ready for the very many ways that could look. This past few weeks I have been fortunate…

  • Teacher Reflection

    End-of-Year Professional Reflection 2020

    2020 hasn’t been the easiest of year’s to work with – with bushfires in Australia that really affected my emotional health to Covid-19 and the closing of school and the completion of Semester 2 through eLearning while living with my family in my parents home in Australia – it has been a weird year. I have been asked to complete an end-of-year reflection for this 2019-2020 academic year. I would like to do that but also to include a few other significant learnings that I believe will take me forward as an Educator at ISB for (hopefully) years to come. Firstly, the Tripod framework has been adopted by ISB to…

  • 30-Day Challenge - Writing,  eLearning,  Teacher Reflection,  Twitter

    Finishing Strong

    eLearning can suck the marrow from a love of teaching and being around young people all day. This week has been a long week, but with the close of our academic year remaining online, it has been important to regroup and try to reach out to my students who have not engaged in any form of PE eLearning since we started in February. I want to be clear that I am not in any way judging my students or blaming them, I am frustrated because I feel I cannot reach them, my emails go unanswered, my content goes unread, parents are not responding, and I feel sad that I have…