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How I Teach: Nathan Horne

One of my favourite blogs to get ideas from is Lifehacker. Of all the posts they put out, my favourite series of blog post has to be the How I Work in which Lifehacker has leaders in the tech/design industry share facts on how they get work done. I was thinking of how cool it would be if we had a similar series that highlighted various members of the #physed network. So, without further ado, I give you the first post in ThePhysicalEducator.com’s How I Teach series:

Name: Nathan Horne
Where Are You From: Tasmania, Australia
Where Do You Teach: Singapore
One word that best describes how you teach:
Energetic

What apps/tools/resources can’t you live without?

My iPhone/iPad/MacBook trio are essential to me. I use them all interchangeably throughout my teaching day.
The apps and software that I get the most use out of are iMovie, iPhoto, Google Drive, TweetDeck, TGfU Games for PE, Easy Portfolio, Easy Assessment, CoachNote, Laola and Dropbox.Technology really helps me to stay on top of things in my PE Program as well as develop innovative ways to deliver it to the students.

What do your #physed classes look like?

Lots of movement, fun and laughter. There is plenty of sweating here in Singapore as we don’t have an inside space. Our “gym” is open air and the temperature is a constant 35°C with 95% humidity. I really try to create a learning environment where the students are responsible for their own thinking. I try to do this through the use of open ended questions. I don’t like to give the answers to the students without them having thought about it first and tried to come up with the answer themselves. I am a huge advocate of the TGfU approach to PE and it really guides my whole program. I am lucky that in the IB Primary Years Program that I have a large amount of freedom to develop and explore an innovative PE program.

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

That I teach all day everyday outdoors in a equatorial climate. Singapore is only 1° North of the Equator and it is either extremely hot or pouring with big fat torrential rain. This means my PE program needs to be extremely flexible to cater for the extreme weather conditions that I face. Sometimes lessons have to change midway through due to the weather so I need to be ready to switch up the focus of the lesson quickly and keep the kids engaged and active.

What’s the best teaching advice you’ve ever received?

Probably from my Mum, who is a classroom teacher. She had a particularly tough year where a child in her class died in a boating accident. She told me when I was deciding on University to not choose teaching as a career. The luckiest thing in the world is that I didn’t listen to her and I pursued my career as an educator. I think maybe she knew I was stubborn and was trying to play mind games with me. Thanks Mum!

Where can people find you online?

On Twitter: (@PENathan)

Talking about Inquiry and Technology in PE on my website: www.iPhys-Ed.com

Blogging about my school’s PE program: www.issphysed.weebly.com

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Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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