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    Professional Growth 2018-19

    Question Finger 1 by Josh Tasman This year I have found it very challenging to find a focus area for goal setting – a collection of data – conversations for growth and/or reflection and to make a meaningful change based on this focus point.  I feel I have not been unproductive, but as the deadline to ‘show’ something looms, I am still not sure what singular thing I will talk about in my end-of-year discussion with my Principal. As I ponder why this may be the case, I think back conversations I have had with others about purposeful professional growth.  This blog post from @imsporticus (Kicking over the Ladder) resonated very heavily…

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    The weakest Links

    1418857855 by woyln qdlxk CC BY NC This weekend I have been traveling as a coach with my High School Cross Country team.  The competition that we had entered was a 5K race for Boys and another for our Girls.  There are Individual accolades for the top 10 runners but the main event is the Team Championship.  This is made up of the first 5 finishers across the line from each school – as they come across the line, the place that each runner places is added together, and the team with the lowest score wins.  If you have athletes that come in 5,7,9,15,20 then you add up those figures (56) and that…

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    Explicitly cuing students for success

    The last few weeks I have been overdosing on Dr Ash Casey.  I have been revisiting his book on Cooperative learning in Physical Education and Physical Activity (Casey and Dyson) and Casey’s new blog post series about model-based instruction has also had me reflecting heavily on my practice and what I am doing in my classroom.  What models am I using?  And how effectively (how do I know this?)?  What am I doing to be inclusive and to offer responsibility and roles to my students?  I have also been re-reading Don Hellison’s TPSR book for PE and this has also made me think about the way in which I am…

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    Community problem solving + Mindfulness + Life Movement

    For the past number of months, I have been training diligently building to the Beijing Triathlon that raced yesterday.  I have not raced in an Olympic Triathlon for some time – I hadn’t been able to find an event that fitted with all the many things busy families do – and so when this one popped up in our town, it was a no-brainer to enter! I have been training and loving the motivation that it has brought to my life.  I have been reading No Sweat by Michelle Segar which seems to sum up the importance that everyday movement has but that it has to be habitual and fit…

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    Curriculum Flow – Writing Rubrics

    Odd one Out by Mark Freeth CC BY This year I am determined to write meaningful rubrics that can be used for each Strand over the year and then to use them with my department – get feedback that drives effective modification where required – and then set them in stone for a year so we can focus on the tasks and student learning as well as the deficits in our professional base and prioritise this over the continual re-writing of documents. In my last post, I wrote about the Professional conversations that we have been having in our Department about the Philosophy of PE at ISB in the MS.  And…

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    An Aha moment – curriculum flow

    Rafting on the White Nile by Maciej CC BY SA A few years ago when I was a little more adventurous and young enough not to know any better, I took a series of Whitewater rafting trips along different amazing rivers in Africa.  The thrill of being at the mercy of fast moving water and having to work collectively with a bunch of strangers who were all as terrified as I was had a lasting impact on me.  My biggest concerns about my own safety were that the team would not be as committed to my individual safety as I would like them to be; that there would be hidden rocks…

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    Checklists, Rubrics and more…. How might this look for a PE teacher?

    It has been a very unsettling year for me so far.  I have come from a place of feeling very secure in my own understanding of Physical Education and the Middle Year’s Program (MYP) with a evolution from teacher to presenter in this field.  I enjoy knowing that I have worked hard and tried a lot of new pedagogical model ideas out in my quest to really hone in on how students learn tactically in game play as well as delve more deeply into the social and emotional learning that we must be mindful of in our performance environment.   The focus should and always is about student learning in…

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    Professional Learning Part 5 – Lessons 3-6

    Redux 2016 – Summer Olympic Sports by Charos Pix CC BY NC SA I am really excited for lesson 3 where we will look at setting up student focused skill pull outs.  I am planning to use a Must, Should, Could priority system where students will play another series of games and then complete a Heat Map of court usage from a observational partner who is watching one of our Pyramid games.  The student will map for 2 minutes where their partner is moving on the court and then for 2 minutes make a note of where most of their shuttle shots landed/were hit.  I am hoping that between the…