TWiPE #002: November 18-24 2013

There is a lot that takes place on a weekly basis within the online (and offline) #physed community. Some weeks, it can be difficult to keep track of all of the amazing ideas, events, and resources that are being shared.

To help you stay on top of all of this amazing content, we’ve decided to put together a weekly “This Week in #PhysEd (TWiPE)” post to highlight some of the ideas, events, and resources that really caught our eye over the past week (and share some of our own posts that you may have missed). The posts will be published every Sunday morning (Eastern Time), and we’re hoping TWiPE will become part of your Sunday morning reading ritual (it’s already part of ours!) That being said, here’s this week’s edition of This Week in #PhysEd! We’re still toying around with the format, so please feel free to leave us any feedback you may have in the comments below!

This Week’s BIG Idea!

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1. Teaching Games for Understanding #PEChat

On monday, physical educators from around the world got together during #pechat to discuss the Teaching Games for Understanding model.

The chat provided readers with a ton of great insight on how the TGfU model can be used in physical education. If you missed out on the chat, be sure to check out the Teaching Games for Understanding #pechat summary to catch up on all of the great ideas that were shared.

Three Things You Have To Check Out!

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1. “Our Authentic Fitness Unit“ by The HPE Blog

I loved this blog post by Steven Killeen on his latest fitness unit. In the post, Steven goes over the different tools his students used to assess their progress throughout the unit, as well as the different visual tools they used to enhance their learning.

These types of blog posts are my favourite to read and this one is definitively worth checking out.

2. “Technology in #SportEd – Documenting Student Learning & Achievement” by Nathan Horne

After last week’s amazing blog post in which he explained how he set up his Sport Education season with his students, Nathan followed up on that great post with another one to list the different tech tools that were used throughout the season.

If you’re looking for ideas on how to integrate technology into your teaching, be sure to check this post out!

3. “Movement Composition: Assessment For Learning” by Andy Vasily

I love how Andy always does such a great job at not only describing the experiences his students are living in his PE classes, but also how he always takes the time to showcase the assessment tools he uses with his students. He does just that in this post and even provides examples of completed student work.

Be sure to check out his amazing work!

Five Great Ideas

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1. “iMuscle2 Workout Series” by Matt Pomeroy

Matt is on some kind of incredible “Teacher of the Year” streak these days and his great work just doesn’t seem to end. Check out his latest unit that had his students creating workout videos using the iMuscle2 and iMovie apps.

2. “Creating an H&PE Space that’s Bully Free” by Heather Gardner

In her latest post, Heather goes over a variety of strategies that teachers can use to create a bully-free environment in physical education.

3. “Why Rip Wouldn’t Be Winkled If He Was A PE Teacher” by Ashley Casey

Ash’s latest blog post in his “Major Themes in #PhysEd” blog post series challenges the reader to question whether PE has adapted to the changing world in which it finds itself or if it has remained mostly the same for the last 20 years.

4. “ at #APEQ2013 Handouts

On Thursday, I was lucky enough to present twice at the Association of Physical Educators of Quebec’s annual conference in Montreal, Canada. I presented my Purposeful #PhysEd workflow as well as some ideas on supercharging your assessment with Google Drive.

5. “Making Learning Outcomes Explicit In A Movement Composition Unit” by Andy Vasily

The last item in this week’s edition of TWiPE is a picture Andy shared on Twitter that shows how he involves his students in breaking down the learning outcomes for his movement composition unit.


Joey Feith is the founder of Having taught elementary physical education for 10 years, Joey is now focused on helping physical educators grow their confidence and competence as teachers.

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