How I Teach: Andy Hair

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 incredibly enthusiastic physical educator from Australia who I had the honour to meet at #SHAPESeattle:

Name: Andy Hair
Where Are You From: Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Where Do You Teach: Leopold Primary School
One word that best describes how you teach:

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

Apps: BaM Video Delay, IDOCEO, Twitter

Tools: iPhone, iPad, Mac pro (and thanks to Rene Bibaud a Pebble Watch)

Software: Whatever I can create using excel and Google Sheets to make PE teachers lives so much easier.

What do your #physed classes look like?

Students are active and engaged. Theyuse whiteboards to remind them what the lesson’s focus is. They also use digital leverage to self check their performance

The teacher (I) facilitates learning and uses as little instruction as possible. The teacher (I) works the room and focuses individually on students rather than expecting everyone to work at the same rate.

Different challenges for different champions.

What’s the most unique thing about your teaching?

When I teach I get into the zone of a child like mind. I try and think like a child and process the situation like a student rather than an adult.

I can then use my adult training to flip the classroom to increase the challenge or alter the goal and focus.

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

Focus and zero in on what you can achieve. Set yourself goals and break them down so that achievements are continuous and frequent. Don’t teach what you already know, teach with change.

My High School track coach once said “If you focus on the other athletes you will run to their speed but if you focus on the finish line you can break records”. I teach a similar way.

Where can people find you online?

Twitter: @mrhairphysed

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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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