How I Teach: Ken Forde

The more I teach, the more I realize how lucky I am to be a part of the #physed community. Every day, I find myself being inspired and wowed by this group of amazing teachers from around the world. That’s why I’ve decided to take a second each week and highlight one of these incredible educators. This week’s post comes from a very passionate Canadian physical educator currently teaching in China:

Name: Ken Forde
Where Are You From: British Columbia, Canada
Where Do You Teach: Beijing, China
One word that best describes how you teach:

What apps/tools/resources can’t you live without?

Devices: iPad mini/iPhone 5s/Macbook Pro — Everything synced everywhere.

Apps: Dropbox, Google Docs + scripts + Google Drive, Coach’s Eye, Planbook, Evernote, Moodle, and AirServer

What do your #physed classes look like?

Hopefully you would see high levels of purposeful student activity, as well as consistent and constructive feedback from both me and other students. There are opportunities available for everyone to learn, and lots of non-traditional activities (Capoeira, synchronized swimming, Ultimate Frisbee).

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

This isn’t necessarily unique to me, but to a new generation of Physical Educators who are taking our subject more seriously than perhaps others have done in the past. We are beginning to recognize the true power of our subject and how much our students NEED it as part of their whole school and learning experience. I advocate heavily for our subject along with many others who now realize more than English, Math(s) or Science; Physical Education is at the core of education for our kids.

What’s the best teaching advice you’ve ever received?

P: “Right now you have the 2nd best job in education, enjoy it!”

Me: “What is the best job?”

P: “Principal!”

This was given to me on my practicum by my principal, who really loved his job but was still a Physical Education teacher at heart. This short conversation and others with him pop into my head regularly and looking back have been a big part of my career development.

Where can people find you online?

Twitter: @KenForde
Google+: +KenForde

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Joey Feith is the founder of He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.

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