• ACHPER,  Concept based learning,  Goal setting,  Professional Development,  Teacher Reflection,  TGfU

    Monkey on my back

    Snow Monkeys 16 by P.Fabian CC BY SA NC For many months now I have been mulling over some ideas that sit poorly with me.  I feel like I am a bit of a fraud but to be honest but I think I am a little hard on myself as a teacher. I am at a cross-roads and need to address the monkey on my back. At APPEC I had the opportunity to go to a few different workshops or listen to key notes and I feel that through these I can better articulate what has been making me feel uncomfortable but allowed me to articulate this better for myself.…

  • Professional Development


    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…

  • screencasting,  Teacher Reflection

    Screencast for Grade 7 Gymnastics

    This month I have written an article for the ACHPER magazine (Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation) and will follow up with a blog post on their blog on this fantastic teaching and learning tool.  As part of this work, I would like share some of the screencasts created for my students from their very impressive Gymnastics routines. Screencasting Article for ACHPER – Examples of my screencasts made for students. Grade 7 Gymnastics – Example of a very strong group performance and screencast Grade 7 Gymnastics – Example of a mid-level group including Feedback from @clarindabrown – can be found here.

  • feedback,  formative assessment,  Teacher Reflection

    Who appraises or offers you Feedback?

    Two Faced Justice by Johnson Cameraface CC BY NC SA The dreaded word around the MYP PE faculty and classroom is ‘reflection’.  Do we have to do another one – really?  It seems you can tell when the end of a reporting period is up as the students are madly reflecting on everything they have learned and teachers roll their eyes in solidarity – reflection time again – please spare us.  I read Jen Hatmaker’s blog post on being the Worst End of School Mom Ever and took some of this away as I thought about how I end each of my units and how I watch the slog over reflections,…