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Happy 2014! (2013 Year In Review)

Now that we’ve all survived our first week back at school, its time to get 2014 going!

Before launching myself back into blogging, #pechats, resources, and a bunch of new projects, I wanted to take a second to thank you all for an amazing 2013. I’m so very excited to be a part of this amazing community and I can’t wait to see what we can all accomplish together in 2014!

Some of my favourite moments from 2013 include:

– Launching The #PhysEd Podcast with the amazing Nathan Horne
– Hosting the first annual #PhysEd Awards
– Delivering my first keynote speech at the 2013 National PE Institute
– Getting to meet so many amazing members of the #physed community in person at #Fields2013
– Being awarded PHE Canada’s Dr Andy Anderson Young Professional Award at #APEQ2013
Redesigning ThePhysicalEducator.com and welcoming over 100 000 visits to the site in 2013
– Having my good friend Mike Cicchillitti get back involved with ThePhysicalEducator.com (let’s please get him tweeting… #tweetmiketweet)
– Hanging out and having an incredible chat with Andy Vasily right here in Montreal

This year I got a lot more blogging done than in 2012 (something I’m looking to increase even more in 2014). Here are some of ThePhysicalEducator.com’s most popular posts of 2013 (in order of popularity):

1. S.M.A.R.T. Goals Fitness Unit
2. #PhysEd QR Code Projects
3. 7 Habits of Highly Effective #Physed Teachers
4. iPad Assessment Workflow
5. More Fun With Google Forms

Here are some things I am truly looking forward to in 2014 (in no particular order):

– Continue to meet and be inspired by amazing physical educators from around the world
– Working hard to provide ThePhysicalEducator.com’s community with the best content possible
– Getting the Physical Education Games Database up-to-date and building new resources
Launching #PhysEd U
– Releasing one of the apps I’ve been working on
Speaking at a variety of amazing events including the 2014 DuPage County Institute in Naperville, Illinois; the 2014 UWRF Physical Education Workshop in River Falls, Wisconsin; the Saskatchewan Physical Education Association’s 2014 Conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; the 2014 National PE Institute in Asheville, North Carolina; the Teachers Association for Physical and Health Education 2014 Conference in Sydney, Nova Scotia; and more!

That being said, what I’m most looking forward to is getting back into my gym and doing everything I can to make sure that my students are getting a world class physical education experience. I’m not the teacher I want to be yet and there’s still a lot of work I need to do to get there. Regardless, I’m wildly excited to get to work.

Thank you all so much for an amazing 2013. I wish everyone an incredible amount of health, joy, and success in 2014.

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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