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Our Recommendations Section

One of the questions I get asked the most is “what ____ do you recommend I check out?”. When we relaunched ThePhysicalEducator.com last month, we created a permanent section on the site where we can share all of our recommendations with you.

Today I would like to officially announce the Recommendations section and explain how we will be using it to share with you some of the tools/people we rely on the most to help improve our own teaching.

Recommendation Categories
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To help make navigating around the Recommendations section, we broken it down into six main categories:

People
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Just the other day, I was helping a fellow physical education teacher get started on building their own personal learning network. I was sharing with them the value of connecting with some of the online #physed community’s amazing teachers when they asked me who they should follow.

So many great teachers within our community have helped me develop and rethink my teaching, making me the teacher I am today. That is why the first category I wanted to create in the Recommendations section was the “People” category where I will be sharing extraordinary teachers who I believe to be an important part of any physical education teacher’s personal learning network.

I’m really looking forward to continue adding to this section as time goes by!

Apps
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Whenever I present my Physical Education 2.0 workshop, it seems that teachers cannot wait to learn about new and exciting apps that they can use in their teaching. That’s why adding an “Apps” category to the Recommendations was an absolute must.

Here’s the thing though: I won’t be sharing any apps in the section that I do not use on a daily basis in my teaching. The apps that you will find there are all part of my teaching workflow, so don’t be surprised if you don’t find a ton of apps within that category.

I’ll also be adding links to blog posts I write that share how I use those specific apps to help you get a better understanding of why they are part of my teaching (“why” being the most important question I ask myself when selecting new apps to work with).

Gadgets
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Apps aside, there are a few other gadgets that are part of my daily teaching/life that I love. I felt that the term “Gadget” was broad enough that it could include many sorts of things, so I hope you’ll be happy and surprised by the variety of tools that you will find there!

Websites
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There are so many web-based tools that I use in my every day teaching/life, that it was difficult to not just add 100 items to this “Website” category. Some of the sites you will find there also have their own mobile apps, but I tend to use the desktop version of these tools on a more regular basis than their app equivalents.

Speaking of websites, there are also a bunch of teacher blogs that I love to read. However, you won’t find those under this category. Instead, check out the “People” category to find teachers who I believe have absolutely amazing blogs.

Books
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Although I don’t make nearly enough time for it, I love reading books. In the “Books” category, you will find books that have had an impact on me as a teacher, a professional, and as a person. Only books that I have read and truly, truly enjoyed will find their way into this category, so I hope they can help inspire you as well!

Other Media
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The last category is a bit of a smorgasbord of media that I have found to be incredibly inspiring. In the “Other Media” category, you will find everything from movies, videos, podcasts, blog posts, and speeches that I would recommend to any teacher. There’s only one entry in there right now (the amazing documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi”), but expect more on the way soon!

So that is the Recommendations Section: a new feature on ThePhysicalEducator.com to help you discover people, ideas, and tools that can help inspire and improve your teaching. I’m really excited to get to build this new section as we move forward, and I really hope that you will find it useful!

Thank you 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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