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The #PhysEd Book Club: UNESCO QPE Guidelines

A couple months ago, UNESCO released an interactive PDF publication called “Quality Physical Education Guidelines for Policy-Makers”.

The publication, available for free online, is an absolute goldmine of information and advocacy materials. However, at 85 pages long, it’s doesn’t fall under the category of “quick reads”.

That being said, I thought that the QPE Guidelines publication would be an amazing way to resurrect The #PhysEd Book Club!

The #PhysEd Book Club was an idea that I had a while back that involved reading different books/publications as a community and discussing them as we went along. Originally, I had wanted to make this a monthly exercise. Life being life, that quickly didn’t pan out the way I had hoped.

Despite this having not worked out the first time around, I think this is a initiative that is worthwhile! Here’s how we will go about it this time:

The #PhysEd Book Club Structure

Slack

First off, we will be using Slack to organize our conversation. I realize that not everyone is on Slack yet, but I really feel it is a platform worth exploring as a community. I’ve created a #bookclub channel to help us keep all of our discussions organized. If you haven’t requested an invite to the Team #PhysEd Slack community, you can do so by clicking here.

Schedule

To help guide our reading/discussion, I thought it might be interesting to keep a schedule for our reading. The UNESCO document is divided into four parts, so here’s what I’m thinking:

May 4th-10th: Part One (Pages 10-17)
May 11th-17th: Part Two (Pages 18-29)
May 18th-24th: Part Three (Pages 30-61)
May 24th-31st: Part Four (Pages 62-85)

Although it might seem ridiculous to dedicate a whole week to just a few pages, I thought doing so would ensure that a) the goal remains very attainable for everyone and b) that we have plenty of time to dig deeper into some of the topics that we will come across.

Alright, I think that’s it for now. Let’s try out this structure and see how it goes!

Thanks for reading and happy teaching!

Joey Feith is a physical education teacher from Canada and the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com.

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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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