#ScopeVlog: My Daily #PhysEd Reflection
by Joey Feith
In 2016, I want to make sure that I’m doing a better job reflecting on teaching and sharing those reflections with others in hopes on accelerating my professional growth.
I also want to make sure that I’m doing a better job at sharing my unique teaching environment so that others understand why I’m able to do what I do.
Finally, I want to do a better job at staying connected with Team #PhysEd because the reality is that I freakin’ love you all and you’ve all helped me be the best I can be when it comes to teaching (and life)!
I considered doing this in a lot of different ways (weekly newsletters, daily blog posts, more regular Twitter/Facebook updates), but none of those felt right: they didn’t provide the right intimacy (meaning you couldn’t see/hear the emotions in my words as I wrote them), they required more energy than I usually have by the end of most teaching days (I’m getting older…), and they provided me with too much opportunity to shape/edit my thoughts.
So, I’ve decided to start vlogging.
If you’re unfamiliar with this very awkward-to-say term (“wait, did you say blogging or vlogging?”), a vlog is basically a video blog where the vlogger shares their day with anyone willing to watch.
By no means am I the first person to think of vlogging as a physical educator. Vicky Goodyear has produced a series of fantastic vlogs to help teachers reflect on their use of instructional models in physical education. I also recently learned that Ben Pirillo has done some vlogging in the past. I only know this because one night I spent an absurb amount of time checking out and going through his awesome YouTube channel.
That being said, here’s what you can expect from my particular brand of vlogging:
1. I’ll be using Periscope, the awesome live-broadcasting platform, to share my vlogs. I hesitated on which video platform to use for a while, but I finally went with Periscope because it created the less friction and made it easiest for me to share a new vlog everyday.
2. I’ll only be vlogging during weekdays and will also share what I taught that day. That means I’ll let you know what outcomes my students were working on mastering, what activities I selected/designed to help them master them, and how each lesson went. Yes, that includes the lesson that crashed and burned. If I’m going to be showing you exactly how my days go, that means you’ll be hearing about the good ones and the bad ones.
3. I’ll be using the vlog to share anything I’m excited about at any particular time. This could involve apps I’m digging, gadgets I’m playing around with, people I’m enjoying learning more about, and anything else that is inspiring my teaching. I won’t ever share something without giving it an honest review and I won’t ever hold back from sharing things that might seem odd to most (like my Nerdwax addiction).
4. I’ll be using the vlog to answer any questions you may have. If there is anything you’d like me to go over or talk about, feel free to let me know on Twitter by using the #ScopeVlog hashtag (you can also reach me on Voxer, although I don’t check my Voxer messages quite as often).
As I write this, I’m twenty vlogs deep into this new adventure. I have to say that, at this point, I’m so excited when I wake up in the morning because I can’t wait to share that day’s vlog! Also, the reflection aspect of the vlog has already had an impact on my teaching. Finally, vlogging has given me new energy, motivation and enthusiasm when it comes to my work with ThePhysicalEducator.com and the wider #physed community.
So, if you want to catch the vlog, be sure to follow me on Periscope at http://periscope.tv/joeyfeith. Expect a new vlog every day between 4-5:30 PM ET. If ever you miss a vlog or want to rewatch a past one, you can find an archive of my vlogs at https://katch.me/JoeyFeith/c/scopevlog.
I hope you enjoy the #scopevlog and decide to be a part of the whole experience! Thank you all in advance for joining me on this ride and for helping me be the best I can be for my students and school.
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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