How I Teach @meljhamada

How I Teach: Mel Hamada

The 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 is from a another great teacher from the International circuit:

Name: Mel Hamada
Where Are You From: Australia
Where Do You Teach: UNIS Hanoi (but soon Yokohama International School)
One word that best describes how you teach:

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

Gadgets: Android Nexus Phone, iPad, 27 inch iMac. Apps: Coach’s Eye; Twitter; DropBox

What do your #physed classes look like?

Organised Chaos. Students are always athletes and peer coaches. Lots of activity and when it isn’t your turn, you are actively peer coaching or assisting another person’s athletic pursuits. Never a moment where there isn’t something to be done!

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

I am in a state of great change in my teaching – moving away from the ‘coach’ and sharing knowledge to the person who shares information for curious minds to trial and error and grow from mistakes and hone in heavily on students as peer coaches, coaching through observation, video analysis and hard work.

I am super passionate about the nature of Feedback and how to best offer multi modalities to students who learn and gain from visual, oral and audio feedback. I am relying more heavily on real time video analysis and screencasting to provide these multiple feedback layers to students.

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

Don’t take things personally! Keep providing amazing opportunities for students but don’t be surprised if others don’t see the same value that you do for the time that it takes to put amazing things together for students. Work hard! Be curious about new ideas and embrace change. (and Keep Running as a role model for your (female) students!)

Where can people find you online?

Twitter: @mjhamada
Apps: Mobile Attendance & PE Activities (learn more at www.


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

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