On Dodgeball

blogEntryTopperThere's a Google Form survey going around on Twitter these days asking teachers to share their thoughts on the use of human targets in physical education class.

I'm not sure what sparked this survey to be made, but I know that it was made by good teachers who I trust, so it was most definitely made with the best of intentions.

The thing is, the existence of this survey bothers me.

The reason is that I can't figure out why are we still talking about whether or not dodgeball (or other human target games) should be played in physical education class! Read More...
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How I Teach: Bart Jones

blogEntryTopperThe more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from an amazing teacher (I’m serious… wait until you see his teaching schedule) from Iowa:

Name: Bart Jones
Where Are You From: Aurelia, Iowa
Where Do You Teach: Van Meter Community School District
One word that best describes how you teach: Passionate Read More...
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Lil' Help? Not Coach X

blogEntryTopperIf you are new to “Lil’ Help?”, the advice column for physical educators, the idea is that members of the #physed community could submit issues that they have with their own teaching (things that we know we could be doing better) anonymously and then invite the community to analyze these issues and provide possible solutions.

Using a combination of the blog’s comments functionality (which allows for more characters than Twitter), we should be able to get a good discussion going around some of these issues.

That being said, here is the latest issue I’d ask you to tackle (submitted anonymously by a member of our community):
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Physical Literacy: Live Every Adventure

blogEntryTopperWhen people ask me why I teach physical education, I tell them that my goal is to provide each and every child that walks into my gym with the experiences, skills, and knowledge they need in order to discover and develop their own physical literacy.

That response is usually followed up by the question "what's physical literacy?"

Whenever I get asked what physical literacy is, I explain that it is the ability to feel confident and competent in a wide variety of activities, taking place in multiple environments, which will allow individuals to engage in health-enhancing physical activity throughout their lifetime.

Now that answer is usually met with either a blank or slightly confused stare.

Here's the thing: as physical educators, we all know what physical literacy is. But when we define it as I did with the definition above, we're simply stating the "what" and the "how" of it.

This blog post, along with the campaign associated to it, is about focusing on the "why". Read More...
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Introducing #PEChat Workbooks

blogEntryTopperNow that 2016 is here, it's time to try something new with #pechat.

Before the holiday break, I got to moderate a #pechat on designing a standards-based curriculum. The chat went a little all over the place, and somehow we (the #pechat participants and myself) wound up unpacking a SHAPE America grade-level outcome in real time over a series of quickly made graphics and tweets.

Getting to build something together like that was one of the best moments I have ever had a chance of experiencing as a #pechat moderator. On top of that, it gave us something that we could take away from the chat, something tangible. Read More...
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#ScopeVlog: My Daily #PhysEd Reflection

blogEntryTopperIn 2016, I want to make sure that I'm doing a better job reflecting on teaching and sharing those reflections with others in hopes on accelerating my professional growth.

I also want to make sure that I'm doing a better job at sharing my unique teaching environment so that others understand why I'm able to do what I do.

Finally, I want to do a better job at staying connected with Team #PhysEd because the reality is that I freakin' love you all and you've all helped me be the best I can be when it comes to teaching (and life)!

I considered doing this in a lot of different ways (weekly newsletters, daily blog posts, more regular Twitter/Facebook updates), but none of those felt right: they didn't provide the right intimacy (meaning you couldn't see/hear the emotions in my words as I wrote them), they required more energy than I usually have by the end of most teaching days (I'm getting older...), and they provided me with too much opportunity to shape/edit my thoughts.

So, I've decided to start vlogging. Read More...
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How I Teach: Crystal Gorwitz

blogEntryTopperThe more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from one of the most energetic, positive and accomplished teachers I've ever had the chance to meet. Read on to learn more about this amazing teacher from Wisconsin, USA.:

Name: Crystal Gorwitz
Where Are You From: Hortonville, Wisconsin
Where Do You Teach: Hortonville Middle School
One word that best describes how you teach: Enthusiasm Read More...
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Spikeball in #PhysEd

blogEntryTopperLast spring, I was lucky enough to attend the 2015 SHAPE America National Convention & Expo in Seattle, WA.

It’s no big secret that the event was an incredible success and one that I’ll never forget (I’m pretty sure there’s even a Twitter picture of me riding a mechanical bull somewhere that shows just how memorable #SHAPESeattle was for me). I got to hang out with some of the best physical educators of my generation, attend incredible sessions that are still impacting my practice and meet amazing vendors promoting some of the coolest and most innovative physical education equipment that is available today.

One of those vendors was Spikeball. Read More...
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The #PhysEd Podcast #015

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LIVE from the 2015 National PE Institute in Asheville, North Carolina! Join Joey and Nathan as they describe their experience at this amazing event and chat with some of the most incredible leaders within the #physed community! Read More...
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Backwards Designing The Ideal #PhysEd Teacher

blogEntryTopperEarlier this year, the faculty here at St. George's School of Montreal did an activity to help us practice our backwards design skills. We were presented video clips of three different individuals who demonstrate the qualities, beliefs, and work ethics that we hope our students will develop during their time at our school and continue to develop throughout their adult lives. Read More...
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Rob's #PhysEd Story

blogEntryTopperFor about a year now, I’ve been sharing the story of a man named Rob.

I’m not going to lie, the video I’m sharing with you has HUGE emotional value to me. The following 2:41 took three weeks to figure out how to put together, create graphics, set animations, and rehearse. I shared it last year at the 2014 National PE Institute, and now I am sharing it with you. Read More...
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#PEPics: Equipment Storage

blogEntryTopper#PEPics is a weekly photo/video challenge that is organized by ThePhysicalEducator.com. The purpose of #PEPics is to help provide a little visual insight into all of the amazing things that are taking place within the gyms of the amazing members of the online #physed community. Each week, a theme is announced for that week’s picture/video entries. On the weekend, a blog post like this one will be created to showcase some of the amazing entries over the previous seven days. This past week’s theme was “Equipment Storage”. Enjoy the post and be sure to participate in next week’s theme: “Student Learning”! Read More...
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How I Teach: Jessica Shawley

blogEntryTopperThe more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from a SHAPE America National Middle School Teacher that I had the pleasure of meeting at #SHAPESeattle:

Name: Jessica Shawley
Where Are You From: Othello, Washington (Washington State, USA)
Where Do You Teach: Moscow Middle School in Moscow, Idaho
One word that best describes how you teach: Energetic Read More...
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The Great Unpacking: Preface (Part IV)

blogEntryTopperThis is the fourth part of the preface to our new blog post series: The Great Unpacking. If you haven’t read parts one, two, or three you’ll want to start there before continuing to read here.

In the last part of The Great Unpacking’s preface, we took a look at how to determine your evidence of learning based on your unpacked standards/grade-level outcomes. Doing so allows us to track our students’ progress towards mastering the learning objectives we’ve identified and, in turn, the content blocks, GLOs and the national standards. All of this will help us make sure our students are on the right path towards developing into physically literate individuals.

Today, we’re going explore how to select appropriate assessment tools in order to truly collect the evidence of student learning that we are setting out to collect. Read More...
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How I Teach: Andy Hair

blogEntryTopperThe more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from an incredibly enthusiastic physical educator from Australia who I had the honour to meet at #SHAPESeattle:

Name: Andy Hair
Where Are You From: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Where Do You Teach: Leopold Primary School
One word that best describes how you teach:
Energetic Read More...
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The #PhysEd Book Club: UNESCO QPE Guidelines

blogEntryTopperA couple months ago, UNESCO released an interactive PDF publication called “Quality Physical Education Guidelines for Policy-Makers”.

The publication, available for free online, is an absolute goldmine of information and advocacy materials. However, at 85 pages long, it’s doesn’t fall under the category of “quick reads”.

That being said, I thought that the QPE Guidelines publication would be an amazing way to resurrect The #PhysEd Book Club! Read More...
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Thank You!

blogEntryTopperThis is a blog post that I have been wanting to write for a while now.

The past 10 months have been amongst the best of my life. I’ve been so incredibly blessed to have lived so many amazing experiences and to have reached some seriously important milestones in my life.

Here’s the thing: I realized that I took action, worked hard, and stayed committed to my goals even in the toughest of times. However, I also realize that I would have never been able to do that were it not for all of the incredible support, encouragement, motivation, and inspiration that I receive on a daily basis from the people I surround myself with.

The list includes my family, my close friends… and all of you. Read More...
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#PEPics: Visuals

blogEntryTopperLast Monday, I blogged about the new format for the #PEPics photo/video challenge.

Basically, #PEPics will now be a weekly challenge in which you can show off your creativity and share photos/videos that will give others some insight into your #physed world. Each week, I will share a theme and encourage members of the #physed community to post photos/videos that fit with that theme to different social media platforms.

For the first #PEPics challenge under this new format, the theme was Visuals.

Let’s check out what people came up with! Read More...
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The New #PEPics

blogEntryTopperOver the past couple of years, I have organized an annual month-long photo challenge known as #PEPics.

The idea behind #PEPics was to have a month long schedule in which every day had a different theme. Physical educators were then invited to share pictures on various social media platforms every day throughout that month while trying to have fun with each daily theme.

Although I’ve always loved the idea of the #PEPics challenge, it never seemed to meet the ultimate goal I had for it: to get a glimpse into the gyms, lesson, and lives of the different members of the #physed community.

That being said, it’s time to switch things up! It’s time for a new #PEPics format! Read More...
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The #PhysEd Podcast #014

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LIVE from the Hemmingway Bar at the ECIS PE Conference in Munich, Germany. In this very special edition of the podcast, Joey & Nathan discuss all the action of the ECIS PE Conference and includes our first ever podcast guests. Read More...
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How I Teach: Doug Gleddie

blogEntryTopperThe more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from an amazing leader from Canada who (aside from raising the bar for #physed in this beautiful country of ours) is currently working hard on organizing the 2015 PHE Canada & HPEC National Conference in Banff, Alberta:

Name: Dr. Doug Gleddie
Where Are You From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Where Do You Teach: University of Alberta
One word that best describes how you teach:
Relationships Read More...
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The Great Unpacking: Preface (Part III)

blogEntryTopperThis is the second part of the preface to our new blog post series: The Great Unpacking. If you haven’t read parts one & two, you’ll want to start there before continuing to read here.

So where were we? Oh yes, we had just seen how SHAPE America’s national standards can be unpacked into grade-level outcomes (GLOs), how those outcomes can be broken down into content blocks, and how the content blocks can be split up into learning pieces. Now it is time to see how to determine the evidence of learning so that we can track our students progress towards mastering those learning pieces (and, in turn, the content blocks, GLOs and, finally, the national standards which will help us make sure our students are on the right path towards developing into physically literate individuals.)

Ready? Here we go: Read More...
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What Google Taught Me About Measuring Success

blogEntryTopperEvery now and then, you stumble across a piece of online content (e.g. video, blog post, infographic) that has a huge impact on you as a professional. Last year, I was learning more about Google Ventures (Google’s venture capital investment arm) when I came across a video on how Google sets objectives and measures success internally.

At 81 minutes long, the video isn’t a short one. However, it is totally worth the watch if you have the time.

Knowing you, you’re probably so busy being an awesome physical educator that you might not have the time to sit down for almost an hour and a half and watch a video on how to set goals à la Google. That being said, I thought I’d break the video down and give you some of the key points here. Read More...
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The #PhysEd Podcast #013

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In Episode 13, Joey & Nathan talk about weddings, being busy at school, awesome conferences, the future of professional development, the importance of advocacy, and what “raising the bar” actually means. Read More...
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How I Teach: Reema Kahar

blogEntryTopperThe more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from an incredibly passionate physical educator from India:

Name: Reema Kahar
Where Are You From: Surat, Gujarat, India
Where Do You Teach: Fountainhead School
One word that best describes how you teach:
Enthusiastic Read More...
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Team #PhysEd Slack Community

blogEntryTopperFor the past few months, Mike and I have been using Slack as our main tool for internal communications here at ThePhysicalEducator.com (which makes us sound way too serious… especially considering I’m wearing pyjama pants right now).

Slack is a communication service that was originally built for enterprise, yet is now seeing more and more people using it as a way to encourage meaningful discussion within their online communities. Read More...
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Crowdsourcing The SHAPE America Grade-Level Outcomes

blogEntryTopperA few years back, I was sitting at my family’s cottage on a rainy day and thinking about physical education (which goes to show the full extent of my geekiness).

I had just landed a new teaching job at a small elementary school on the south shore of Montreal. It would be my first teaching contract in a year, and I was pumped to get started.

When I got the job, the physical education consultant at my board had given me a bunch of provincial curriculum documents for me to go through. One of these documents was the “Progressions of Learning”, Quebec’s version of SHAPE America’s Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education (although the POL was released earlier than the GLOs).

When I had graduated from McGill two years earlier, the Progressions of Learning had not been released yet. I was blown away by how easy to understand the document was. It clearly laid out the objectives students were to reach based on our provincial competencies and provided a map to help teachers understand at what point in a students educational experience they should be mastering said outcomes.

That being said, the document was in a clunky PDF form which made it very hard to copy/paste outcomes from the document into other documents (e.g. lesson plans, unit plans, etc). Not being one to sit around and complain about the rain, I decided to start typing up the POLs into a Numbers spreadsheet document. This way, I could easily access/search the Progression of Learning document and copy/paste outcomes as I wished. Read More...
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Animated GIFs in Google Forms

blogEntryTopperRecently, I’ve been spending a lot of time toying around with animated GIFs.

For whatever reason, GIFs seem to be making a comeback these days. Then again, it kind of makes sense: GIFs allow you to bring some lightweight animation to your webpage, without the reader having to take action on the image (i.e. press play) and continuously loop which makes it easy to re-watch the action in case you missed it.

I was working on creating my own GIFs using a few different tools when it occurred to me that GIFs would be awesome in the Google Forms assessment sheets that I use in my classes. Read More...
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Numbers for iOS Gradebooks

blogEntryTopper***Head’s Up! This post is very GIF heavy. You’ll want to give it time to load or click on the GIFs to view the animations***

Although I use quite a bit of technology in my teaching, there is one tool that I absolutely could not live without: my Numbers for iOS Gradebooks.

The gradebooks that I build in Numbers for iOS allow me to stay on top of my assessment, to better understand where each of my students are at in their learning, and to provide the best possible feedback to my students at any given time.

A long time ago, I blogged about how I set up these gradebooks. However, a lot has changed since then (including several new releases of Numbers for iOS). That being said, I felt that it was a good time to share an update on how I currently set up my gradebooks. Read More...
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How I Teach: Osama Abujafar

blogEntryTopperThe more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from a very passionate physical educator currently teaching in the United Arab Emirates:

Name: Osama Abujafar
Where Are You From: I am originally from Palestine (born in Germany, raised in Jordan)
Where Do You Teach: I teach at Greenfield Community School in Dubai-UAE
One word that best describes how you teach:
Inspiring Read More...
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The Great Unpacking: Preface (Part II)

blogEntryTopperThis is the second part of the preface to our new blog post series: The Great Unpacking. If you haven’t read part one, you’ll want to start there before continuing to read here.

So where were we? Oh yes, we were about to see how to make sure our lessons and units are based on and aligned with each of SHAPE America’s national standards for physical education standards, as shown by Terri Drain in her awesome video.

Ready? Here we go: Read More...
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#PEChat Summary: English Language Learners

blogEntryTopperOne of the features of the new #pechat format is a follow up blog post that will provide readers with a summary of the chat, some of the main ideas presented during the chat, and an opportunity to elaborate on the chat. This is only the second of these new #pechat summaries and feedback would be greatly appreciated (in the form of comments below) to help us make sure that these posts are as informative and useful as possible.

#PEChat Information

Topic: English Language Learners in #PhysEd
Date: February 2nd 2015
Moderators: Ash Casey, Joey Feith, Adam Howell Read More...
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The #PhysEd Calendar

blogEntryTopperI was trying to catch up on my Twitter feed the other day and came to two realizations:

1. There is a lot of really cool conferences/workshops/events taking place around the world on a daily basis that aim to help physical educators improve their practice.

2. More and more, #physed professional development event organizers are using hashtags not only to connect attendees who are actually at their event, but also to invite teachers who could not make it to the event to be a part of the experience.

I got to thinking about all of these events and thought it would be cool if there was a simple tool to help us all be aware of any PD events taking places, to learn more about the people/organizations hosting these events, and to figure out what hashtags can allow us to be a part of the action. Read More...
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The Great Unpacking: Preface (Part I)

blogEntryTopperLast summer, I was catching up on some tweets when I came across a video that Ken Dyar (@KENetic_PE) had shared called “How to Design a Standards Based Lesson"

The video was created by Terri Drain, an elementary school physical education teacher, National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT), and California and South-West District Teacher of the Year (TOY).

Terri’s video has had probably the biggest impact on my teaching than any other resource I have been exposed to online. Read More...
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#PEChat Summary: The Flipped Classroom

blogEntryTopperOne of the features of the new #pechat format is a follow up blog post that will provide readers with a summary of the chat, some of the main ideas presented during the chat, and an opportunity to elaborate on the chat. This is only the second of these new #pechat summaries and feedback would be greatly appreciated (in the form of comments below) to help us make sure that these posts are as informative and useful as possible.

#PEChat Information

Topic: The Flipped Classroom Model in #PhysEd
Date: January 19th 201
Moderators: Ash Casey, Joey Feith, Adam Howell
Full Transcript: View the full #pechat transcript Read More...
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What?/Why?/How?

blogEntryTopperHere’s a quick trick I picked up from a video that Terri Drain, a Southwest District Teacher of the Year from California (who you will be learning more about over the next few weeks), created a while back. It might sound very simple, but it has already had a huge impact on my teaching and, more importantly, my students’ learning.

The idea here is start each lesson going over that day’s “What”, “Why”, and “How”. Read More...
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The #PhysEd Podcast #012

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In Episode 12, Joey & Nathan catch up after a busy couple of months of conferences and back to school. They also discuss Phase 2 of the #PhysEd revolution Read More...
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Twitter 101 & Pro Tips (Part 1)

blogEntryTopperHere is a real quick blog post to help any physical educators out there who are looking to jumpstart their professional development by joining Twitter.

If you are completely new to Twitter, or if you’re still getting the hang of it, I’ve put together a “Twitter 101” walkthrough (the presentation below) to help you get started on Team #PhysEd’s favourite social network. Read More...
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The Skillbook

blogEntryTopperFor the last few years, I have dedicated myself to helping physical education teachers get online so they could connect, share, and collaborate with fellow educators from around the world.

The goal was to help build a community of physical educators who were willing to help push each other to be the best teachers they could be and, throughout this process, raise the bar for physical education everywhere.

This process of building a vibrant, engaged, and geographically diverse community was part of the first phase of my overall vision of having every child everywhere get the high-quality physical education experience they need and deserve. Today, with over 10 000 teachers within our community (including some big-league thought leaders), I think it’s time to move onto Phase Two. Read More...
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The 2014 #PhysEd Awards Winners!

blogEntryTopperThe waiting is over. It is time to announce the winners of the 2014 #PhysEd Awards!

Before we get started here, I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and promote the awards. This year’s nominees are truly exceptional people, and I think it’s important that we recognize the effort these people put into making our community so great. That being said, so many of you contribute to our community on a daily basis. With each tweet, blog post, YouTube video, or podcast you produce, you’re helping raise the bar for physical education everywhere. I truly hope that you continue your amazing work and that, next year, we see even more new faces amongst the nominees.

Alright... here we go. The winners of the 2014 #PhysEd Awards are: Read More...
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Back To The Drawing Board

blogEntryTopperSo it’s been a while since I’ve updated anything on the blog and I thought it was time that I provided you with some updates on the different projects/initiatives that I’m working on.

New Teaching Position

Ok, so the reason I’ve been less than present lately is that I have started my new teaching position at St. George’s School of Montreal. My new school is amazing, yet very intense (in the best of ways). Everyone here is incredibly dedicated to our students and the school’s approach to education (aka the St. George’s Method) is very thorough.

The school uses the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework to ensure that students are not only acquiring new knowledge and skill, but, more importantly, understanding of various concepts that they can transfer over a wide range of experiences. Read More...
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The 2014 #PhysEd Award Nominees!

blogEntryTopperAfter carefully reviewing all of the nomination submissions, it’s time to officially announce the nominees for the 2014 #PhysEd Awards!

Below, you can learn more about each of the award categories and their respective nominees. Once you have made your selection for each award category (you can click on each nominee to learn more about them), be sure to cast you vote using the polling system!

The voting period will last from Tuesday August 11th to Friday August 22nd 2014. Help get the word out by sharing this post on your favourite social networks!

And now, without further ado, here are the nominees for The 2014 #PhysEd Awards! Read More...
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How I Teach: Adam Metcalf

blogEntryTopperThe more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from a very passionate physical educator currently teaching in Illinois:

Name: Adam Metcalf
Where Are You From: Waterloo, Iowa
Where Do You Teach: The Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove, Illinois
One word that best describes how you teach:
Creatively Read More...
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The #PhysEd Podcast #011

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While both enjoying their summer in Canada, Joey & Nathan take a break for Episode #011 and share some exciting new beginnings while catching up on all that is happening in #PhysEd. Read More...
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The Next Chapter

blogEntryTopperFor almost five years now, I have been doing my very best to develop ThePhysicalEducator.com into a resource that can help physical educators find inspiration, resources, and connections that will enable them to become the best teacher they can be.

Through my work on this site, I’ve had to venture into different industries and pick up new skills that I never thought I’d ever need. I’ve tried to learn the ropes of social media and online community building, I’ve taught myself the very basics of web design, I’ve dabble in graphic design and animations, and I’ve even done my best to develop skills as a public speaker.

I love the work I do at ThePhysicalEducator.com (and I’m not stopping any time soon), but the work I do here would not be possible were it not fuelled by my absolute true passion: teaching young people how to develop their inner potential and adopt healthy, active lifestyles through quality physical education.

Today, I’ve got some exciting news that I wanted to share with all of you. But first, let me share how I got here in the first place: Read More...
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The #PhysEd Awards 2014

blogEntryTopperLadies and gentlemen, The #PhysEd Awards are back!

Last year, I decided I wanted to create an awards ceremony to celebrate the amazing physical educators who dedicate themselves to professional sharing through content creation.

As you know, it’s not always easy being a teacher. The amount of energy we pour into our work can be draining at times, so to think that there are physical educators out there who, even after having given their all to their students, take the time to share their experiences, ideas, and insight with the world is truly amazing. These incredible educators deserve to be recognized and that it why The #PhysEd Awards exist. Read More...
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How I Teach: Collin Brooks

blogEntryTopperThe more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from the Oregon SHAPE President-Elect and newest contributor to PHYSEDagogy.com:

Name: Collin Brooks
Where Are You From: I am originally from Longmont, Colorado. Born and raised Coloradan! However, I currently live in Bend, OR.
Where Do You Teach: I teach at RE Jewell Elementary School in Bend, OR. Bend is an amazing spot for outdoor pursuits.
One word that best describes how you teach:
Enthusiasm! Read More...
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Play With Purpose: An Introduction to the Game Sense Approach

blogEntryTopperInternationally, physical education has been critiqued as lacking in educative intent, direction or purpose. The critique stems from two observations of the common practice of PE:

  1. Lessons are overly focussed on movement compliance in performance environments where the teacher predominantly uses distinctly directive teaching- in other words, the “teacher says” and the students copy;
  2. Multi-activity program design where students progress through a series of movement experiences without time to develop competency or mastery in the units of work, and where there is no obvious connection or teaching for transfer of concepts and ideas from one unit to the next.
Many students consequently learn what they can’t do in PE rather than what is possible, there is a focus on being physical rather than the educative intent of learning to be physical and understanding movement, and PE and can inadvertently become talent identification rather than competency development. Read More...
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Elementary Wellness Month Activities

blogEntryTopperThroughout the school year, my school likes to organize themed months. From Nutrition Month to Reading Month, these themed months made our school environment a lot of fun and full of learning.

This year, I decided I wanted to organize my own themed month. After becoming obsessed with my Jawbone UP stats, my original idea was to organize different activities to help students track different statistics relating to their health. However, upon further reflection, I decided that “Quantified Self Month” didn’t have the right ring to it (especially considering that some of my students still can’t tie their shoes... which have velcro laces... c’mon kindergarten!)

That being said, I decided to go with “Wellness Month”. My new idea was to provide students with activities, tools, and prompts to help them develop healthy lifestyle habits. The month was a success and I thought it would be cool to share with you how it came to be! Read More...
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How I Teach: Ash Casey

blogEntryTopperThe more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from a great leader within the #PhysEd community who has done so much to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners:

Name: Ash Casey
Where Are You From: Yorkshire, UK
Where Do You Teach: Loughborough, UK
One word that best describes how you teach:
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