How I Teach: Doug Gleddie

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 an amazing leader from Canada who (aside from raising the bar for #physed in this beautiful country of ours) is currently working hard on organizing the 2015 PHE Canada & HPEC National Conference in Banff, Alberta:

Name: Dr. Doug Gleddie
Where Are You From: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Where Do You Teach: University of Alberta
One word that best describes how you teach:

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

I have been increasingly using Google Drive and all of it’s goodness – especially the shared documents. Here is the link to a shared Classroom Energizer doc as an example. Feel free to share and add some more!!

I am also getting more into using Ubersense to help teach teacher’s about skill analysis and assessment.

Finally, Twitter has opened up a world of quality PD and connections with other #physed folks from around the globe. #pechat #frickinawesome

What do your #physed classes look like?

Active, playful, differentiated, challenging, personal, relational. I prefer to avoid a lot of lecturing and use group work, a wide variety of discussion and creation techniques as well as media to change it up.

Always a work in progress!

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

I use a lot of scenarios, drama and experiential learning. In my work, I teach those who want to be teachers. Therefore, my philosophy is as follows:

First, I need to address students concept of the value of PE. From there, we can move to the process of identifying AS a teacher of PE. Finally, once there is a sense of value (even a little) and identity (I can DO this!), THEN, we can get to proper pedagogical techniques etc.

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

“Be yourself is all that you can do…” Audioslave


“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination ” Albert Einstein

Where can people find you online?

Twitter: @doug_gleddie
University of Alberta: Dr. Doug Gleddie Profile

Side Note (Joey): I’ve had a chance to meet Doug in person at the PHE Canada National Conference in Winnipeg. Not only is he crazy smart and passionate about physical education, he’s also hilarious. I know for a fact that Doug and the rest of the #Banff2015 steering committee are working around the clock to make sure that the upcoming PHE Canada National Conference will be one for the books. I’m so sad I won’t be able to be there, but I highly recommend you check out the conference page and see if you can make it. The theme is “A Physical Literacy Uprising” which is appropriate regardless of what side of the border (or the world) you are from. Also, Banff is probably one of the prettiest places you’ll ever get to see. And if that’s not enough, go there to meet Doug. He’s awesome.

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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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