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Summer CPD 2013

Summer is here and life is good!

I hope you’re having an amazing summer so far and that you’re taking time to recharge and get ready for another amazing school year.

Summer is, by far, my favourite season. Don’t get me wrong, I love winter (even the cold ones here in Montreal, Canada). However, nothing compares to swimming in lakes/oceans, enjoying cosmic rays (safely of course), and filling your days up with adventure.

That being said, summer is also a great time to focus on developing your teaching skills. WIthout all the constant lesson planning, correcting, and grading, summer provides us with ample time to read, learn new things, and develop ideas before starting teaching again in the fall.

This summer, I’d like to help you discover people, content, and ideas that will allow you to do just that. After a great year of providing workshops for #physed teachers here in Quebec, I’d like to keep helping teachers get excited and feel motivated about their teaching.

I’m calling is Summer CPD (continuing professional development) and here is how it works:

Throughout the next couple of months, I will be putting together content that will (hopefully) inspire your teaching. This content will include blog posts (some long, some short), resources, videos, podcasts, and newsletters that are designed to spark new #physed ideas. Each bit of content will aim to do, at least, one of the four following things:

Explore

I want to help you explore all of the amazing resources that are currently available online. When I present my workshops, I’m always amazed at how attendees are sometimes completely unaware of some of the incredible resources/people/blogs I interact with on a regular basis. That being said, I’m also aware that a) I spend way too much time online, and b) the Internet can be really intimidating to people just starting out. I want to help fix that by sending you in the right direction to discover great new things.

Ideas

I want to share some of the ideas I have developed over the last year. These aren’t crazy, off-the-wall, “looks great on paper ideas”; these are tested, tweaked, and gym ready ideas you can start applying in your teaching right away.

Resources

I want to show you some of my favourite resources. However I don’t just want to talk about them, I want to show you them in action! If you can see how helpful and how easy-to-use my favourite resources are, you’ll definitively want to try some of these out for yourself!

Actions

Finally, for everything I want to share with you, I also want to help you create a list of next actions so that you know exactly what the next step is towards adopting some of ideas and be ready for the next school year.

What do you think? Are you ready to take some time this summer, sharpen the saw, and get excited about another year of teaching? If so, stay tuned to the updates I’ll be posting on this blog. If you really don’t want to miss out, make sure to follow ThePhysicalEducator.com on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram. You can also subscribe to The #PhysEd Podcast and The #PhysEd Newsletter for additional updates.

Ready? Here we go!

Happy learning everyone!

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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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