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Team #PhysEd Lift Group

If you’ve never heard of Lift before, it is one of my favourite apps.

Lift is a service that helps you improve your life by building better habits. The concept is pretty simple: you add habits to your Lift profile and can “check in” to those habits every time you perform them. You can then receive and/or give props from people who are building the same habits as you.

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Checking into my Exercise habit

Since the last time I talked about Lift, the service’s team have added two great new features that I wanted to mention today.

Lift for Web

When Lift launched, it did so as an iPhone app. As an iPhone user, I was obviously pumped about this. However, there are a lot of members of the #physed community who do not own an iOS device. That being said, Lift is now available as a web-based service. That means that even if you do not have an iPhone, you can still create and manage a Lift account from the Web. You should really check it out.

Lift Groups

Lift Groups is the main feature I wanted to talk about here. In a nutshell, Lift Groups allows communities to support each other’s goals and habits. When I learned about the Groups feature, I thought this would be a great way to get #physed teachers to support each other in developing great teaching habits.

Team #PhysEd Group

So I went ahead and created the Team #PhysEd Lift Group. The habits in the group focus on helping you continuously develop your teaching skills so that you can be the best teacher you can be. Here are the habits the Team #PhysEd Group will focus on:

Read One Education Article

Stay up-to-date with current trends in education by reading one education article per day. This can include news articles, journal articles, or even blog posts. Don’t limit yourself to physical education only: broaden your horizons by getting great ideas from classroom teachers and see how those ideas could be adapted for your gym.

Lesson Plan

Always be prepared for your lessons by taking the time to prepare and/or review your lesson plans on a daily basis. Learn from what happened last class, adapt your teaching strategies, and make sure your students are getting the most out of their physical education class!

Teacher Reflection

For each lesson you teach, take the time to reflect on one thing that went great and one thing that could be improved upon.

Share or Connect Online

Keep building your personal learning network (PLN) by taking the time to connect and share with fellow #physed teachers online. Sharing with the greater #physed community will allow your thoughts/ideas to be challenged and will help you develop them more efficiently.

Although I realize that some of the group’s habits are things we do on a regular basis anyway (e.g. lesson planning), I wanted to make sure I threw a few easy ones in there to get you to check in to Lift on a daily basis (something that takes some getting used to).

Joining the Team #PhysEd Group

So what do you think? Are you ready for the next step? Here’s how you can join the Team #PhysEd Lift Group:

1. Learn more about Lift here: http://lift.do
2. Still interested? Good! Create yourself an account.
3. Once you have an account, search for and add a few personal habits you’d like to develop (you can view mine here)
4. Visit the Team #PhysEd Lift Group‘s page and click “Join Group”

Lift is truly an amazing service that has helped a lot of people improve their lives. I hope you take a second to learn more about it and I’m really excited to see some of you in the group!

Thanks for reading and happy teaching!

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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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