Teacher Reflection

  • 30-Day Challenge - Writing,  Meaningful PE,  Teacher Reflection

    Day 13: Tingly feelings

    One of the big conversations I have enjoyed as I have unpacked LAMPE‘s Meaningful PE and the pillars they have shared is to try and explain what is meant by Delight. Delight is not the same as joy or fun and it is important to try and distinguish between the difference. Kretchmar’s writings mention fun regularly, this is how he has explained fun: “Things that are fun are often temporary, and they are usually not meaningful.  Fun can be used like a band-aid, something that covers over a sore but doesn’t affect a lasting cure. Fun is used by physical educators to mask what could be a distasteful experience. One involving effort,…

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    30-day Challenge

    I am currently working on a 30-Day Challenge for my MS students. Matt Cutt’s YouTube TED talk (3m27s) really spoke to me – and in our current Social Distancing and a major change to eLearning, I wanted to try and see if it might bring some inspiration. I am hoping that it will give students a chance to do something New or to Refine something that is personally relevant to them. The lovely thing about it – is the 30-days. 30 Days is just long enough to get involved in something – to be obsessive about that chosen thing to give it your best effort. One month is long enough…

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    Looking for Sticks

    What shared memories will you build during this time of such change to our regular lives? When we see workplaces reopen, schools resume and fewer people rushing to buy toilet paper, what might we hang onto and make part of the new ‘normal’?  What will we be truly grateful for and what might we just let go of entirely? As I venture out of doors, after a day of eLearning, I see more people out moving and playing with their families.  Local ovals (sports fields) are dotted with small groups kicking a football, walking their dogs and throwing a frisbee.  I see people jogging, walking and cycling. My once quiet…

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    e-Learning and self-care. Collaboration away from work. Some further thoughts.

    These past few days, as the Coronavirus continues to move and more people are infected, a lot of schools have now closed and suspended in-person to learning and have been asked to educate children via e-Learning. This has precipitated many people coming together to collaborate and prepare for eLearning and to consider how best to proceed. After writing my first blog post on my experiences in eLearning, I have talked to more people and had the opportunity to do more reading and thinking and reflecting and would like to share a few more ideas here. The start can be the most exciting but then reality sets in and possibly with…

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    6 weeks and counting…

    On the 24th Jan, our family flew from Beijing to Japan to celebrate Chinese New Year with friends. While we were away, the Coronavirus took greater hold in China and the USA cut travel and then the rest of the World did the same. Our return flight to Beijing was canceled, and with limited resources, we made the decision to fly home to family in Australia. Six weeks later, we are still here. Our International School has had to quickly transition from a vibrant Beijing school community together in-person to a supportive, challenging eLearning environment and to gather data as well as forge ahead in unprecedented learning times. We have…

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    Elearning #1 Wellness resources

    This is a list of possible Activity sites, apps or useful sites that may be useful for students during this time of eLearning as a break from computers – there is a variety here to allow people to pick and choose based on their circumstances and environments and time and personal preference. The important thing is that we are moving and that we are being mindful of our wellness at this time. Your health and wellbeing can be affected at any time, but a prolonged time away from your usual routine, your friends, family, environments, and habits can affect our emotions and wellbeing. Please remember to be kind to yourself…

  • APPEC,  Leadership,  Meaningful PE,  Professional Development,  Teacher Reflection

    Legacy

    ” I’m Just a PE Teacher” How many of you have been in a situation where you have defended yourself with this statement. At PHASE-AP recently, Carlos Galvez and I hosted a conversation with a room full of people talking about how we can add-on to what we do to advocate for PE at various levels. We shared the common feelings that PE teachers have – feeling marginalised, left out of ‘core’ teacher conversations, left in the Gym, far away from the epi-centre of the school and staffrooms, not valued or understood by parents, administrators and other teachers. Pushed into coaching roles and not given the time to teach. Left…

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    Multi-sport athletes

    At our Middle School Back-to-school-night, we run things a little differently. Staff are invited to submit a proposal to engage in a 15 minute TED talk style sharing with parents. Twelve staff then share in 15-minute talks with parents and parents choose which of these they are interested in listening to. This style of sharing allows us to share a range of topics with parents and colleagues and gives a chance to really think about what we believe in as Educators in this community. Two years ago, I gave a talk about why PE is the most important subject. This was born of the focus that PE is not just…