Professional Development

  • Professional Development,  Teacher Reflection

    Taking the time to consolidate the learning

    The new academic year has begun and with this comes a look at where to place some intentional focus for my own learning this year. Last year we used a pilot program to create teacher-driven goals that were supported with data that we were asked to collect from our students and colleagues/peers and to spend time identifying area/s for growth (or extending ourselves). I spent time reading articles, refining my craft, reflecting and reaching out to my PLN and trying new things and talking to my students about what I was trying to do and getting more data and feedback. Today I have taken time to fill out a pre-goal…

  • Meaningful PE,  Professional Development,  Teacher Reflection

    Constantly on the Move…

    The PE Institute held in Asheville, NC offered me opportunities to connect and listen to some new PE and Health people and leaders in the Physed field in the USA and Canada. I hope to unpack some of the ideas and reflections that are resonating with me as I go back to work at ISB in Beijing this week. I have blogged in the past about chaos and order and about how I really struggle with some big issues in my present workplace. I am a planner, I like to really think about what I am teaching; why I am teaching it and have a very rough guide of the…

  • curriculum,  Game Centered Approach,  peer coaching,  Professional Development

    PE Institute 2019 Asheville – Workshop Notes – Striking and Fielding – a game centred approach

    This blog post shares resources with participants who came to my S&F workshop on Monday 22nd July in Asheville, NC, USA. All notes and references can be found in this Google document. It is view only. Please do contact me if you cannot get access. https://bit.ly/326gZGn Please do share and use these notes if they are useful to you, all resources are listed below. Please do give credit and let authors know if you use their work beyond your own professional practice. Resources: Breed, Ray, and Michael Spittle. Developing Game Sense through Tactical Learning: a Resource for Teachers and Coaches. Cambridge University Press, 2011. Collard, Mark. “Chicken Baseball – Energetic…

  • curriculum,  feedback,  Game Centered Approach,  peer coaching,  Professional Development,  Research

    PE Institute 2019 Asheville – Workshop Notes – Use of Coaching Cards for Observation.

    This post is a place for me to share resources with participants from the PE Institute who came to my Use of Coaching Cards for Observation in MS HS PE classes. This workshop will run on Monday 22nd July 2019 in Asheville, NC, USA. All the resources below are Google Documents – you have access to them as View only. Please do use them and share them as you see fit. The research/conversation/layout of my session is here: https://bit.ly/2RKu8A1 There are several tasks we will work through. Task 1 is driven by me. Task 2 (Moose, Tiger, Zebra) notes are here: https://bit.ly/2FISANt Task 3 Coaches Questions are here: https://bit.ly/2xnlFJE Resources…

  • Meaningful PE,  Pilot ISB PD,  Professional Development,  Quality PE,  Teacher Reflection

    Challenge – final reflection

    This year, my professional goal has stemmed around trying to unpack the Challenge for my students in my learning opportunities and to consider whether I am challenging all of my students as they start wherever they are and (hopefully) move forward along a continuum of learning that is relevant to them and includes Movement Competence and Social Interaction. I have not set up my year with very robust scientific research… I have used surveys from Tripod to measure where I was initially (through the eyes of my students) and also in May 2019 to see if there was any growth. I shared the results of the survey with my students…

  • Meaningful PE,  Pilot ISB PD,  Professional Development,  Teacher Reflection,  Twitter

    Professional Growth 2018-19 Part 3 – Challenge in PE

    What does it mean to Challenge yourself as a student in your PE classes? What are we asking of our students? How are we offering a safe place for them to be challenged? How are we arming students with grit and resilience and the ability to push beyond a comfort zone to test themselves in a relevant way in our classes? Twitter regularly has threads of people who really did not enjoy their PE (or are not enjoying PE) and as I scroll down and read I am constantly disheartened by what I read. How truly awful to have had a teacher who could create lifelong aversion to movement. Or…

  • curriculum,  Meaningful PE,  Professional Development,  Quality PE,  Research,  Teacher Reflection

    PE Proposal #2

    Wealth by Reiterlied CC BY SA It takes a village to raise a child – this saying has come back to me after a week of amazing conversations from Beijing to Saudi Arabia – social media and our #Physed village have come out in full support.  My most favourite conversations are ones that are not affirming but rather ask a lot of questions or share research that allows time for more discussion and more questions.  I really value these interactions and have found it very reflective as I consider both the scheduling chats (how will we make this new timetable work for our PE students and staff?) that I have…

  • Professional Development,  Research,  Uncategorized

    Proposal for Scheduling – a call for research, experience and questions…

    Image by M W from Pixabay Next year our Middle school schedule will change.  Our Leadership team has done a very thorough job of research into scheduling; interviewing with other schools about what they do and Why they do it (and How they make it work); forming a working group to look at different angles; surveys to parents, teachers and students and meeting with scheduling guru’s and reading a lot of literature around what is best for kids and how we might make that work at our school. The knock-on effect for us in PE and Health in the MS is that we have some changes from our current model and we now…