Q1 And Done: Quarterly Reflection by ThePhysicalEducator.com

Q1 & Done: Quarterly Reflection

On December 1st 2016, I relaunched ThePhysicalEducator.com.

My goal post-relaunch was to run the type of website that I’ve always wanted the site to be. One that provides teachers with a wealth of resources and ideas, that points teachers in the right direction when they need help, that brings innovation to the field of physical education, and that challenges the status quo of what people believe can be done in #PhysEd.

Basically, I wanted to start making legitimate efforts in helping physical educators be the best teachers they can be.

To get things started, I needed to focus on creating content that brings value to ThePhysicalEducator.com’s readers/viewers. So, I created an intense editorial calendar and, for the first time since the website was originally launched, I stayed disciplined and stuck to it.

The result has been over 30 blog posts, 12 new game videos, and several teaching resources (both free and premium) that were created to help bring new ideas and energy to your teaching.

Since I am now planning my content on a quarterly (3 month) basis, and since March just ended, I thought it would be cool to look back and share all of the content I made for you this past quarter.

Let’s get into it!


Blog Posts

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The #MaxYourDays Mural Project

What’s in this post?

In the post, I share how I introduce the purpose of my physical education program (“to develop physically literate individuals”) to my students and their parents. I also share a mural project that I started at my school in order to celebrate each member of my school’s community unique physical literacy journey.

Who should read it?

Anyone who is unsure as to how to change the culture surrounding physical education at their school, how to introduce the concept of physical literacy to their school’s community or who is looking for ideas for physical literacy advocacy.

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#PhysEd Learning Roadmaps

What’s in this post?

In the post, I share how I break down each grade-level outcome that gets focused on in my units into four levels of mastery in order to create student-friendly, qualitative rubrics. These “Learning Roadmaps” are essential to the assessment and grading that happens in my program.

Who should read it?

Anyone interested in learning more about how to make rubrics or who is looking for physical education rubric templates.

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The 2017 National PE Institute

Why I’m Excited For #PEInstitute 2017

What’s in this post?

In the post, I share why I’m so excited to be a part of the 2017 National Physical Education & School Sport Institute in Asheville, North Carolina.

Who should read it?

Anyone interested in awesome, summer professional development opportunities or who would like more information on why the National Physical Education & School Sport Institute is such a great place to be!

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Physical Education Curriculum Mapping

What’s in this post?

In the post, I share the full process behind how I created/maintain the most important document I’ve ever used in my teaching: my physical education curriculum map. The post goes through everything from sorting through the content within SHAPE America’s National Standards and Grade-Level Outcomes, to pairing similar outcomes into unit blocks, to determining appropriate activities to help students master those outcomes, to mapping it all out into my school calendar.

Who should read it?

Anyone interested in how to create an annual physical education curriculum map, standards-based instructional design, or physical literacy.

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Get Reading With Pocket

What’s in this post?

In this #ScopeVlog, I share one of my all time favourite apps: Pocket. Pocket is a “read it later” style app (e.g. it allows you to quickly save content you see online for future reading), and is one of the most important tools I use in terms of staying on top of the crazy amount of content that gets shared everyday online.

Who should read it?

Anyone who feels overwhelmed by all of the great content they stumble upon online and who wishes they had a system that helps them stay on top of it!

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Simple Assessment With Plickers & Magnets

What’s in this post?

In this blog post, I share how I have been using Plickers and my Assessment Magnets system in my teaching in order to quickly check in on my students learning and to help students reflecting on their progress in class. The assessment magnets have been a huge hit amongst teachers within the #physed community!

Who should read it?

Anyone who is looking for assessment tools in physical education, who would like to learn more about how to use Plickers in PE, or who is curious about these Assessment Magnets they keep seeing pop up on social media.

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Paper & Pencil In #PhysEd

What’s in this post?

In this #ScopeVlog, I share the app that gets the absolute most usage in my teaching: Paper. Paper is a drawing app that I use for so many things during my lessons: helping make learning visible, introducing the What/Why/How, explaining assessment sheets, analyzing student performance, etc.

Who should read it?

Anyone who is looking for a great app for physcial education or firepower to help when writing technology grants for their PE program.

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Live From #PhysEd: My Television Setup!

What’s in this post?

In this blog post, I share how I use my big screen TV in physical education. I go over all of the details on how the TV was installed in my gym and share a ton of apps that I love to use in my physical education lessons.

Who should read it?

Anyone who is looking for examples as to how to integrate technology in their teaching or who is looking for examples of television setups and PE-friendly apps when writing technology grants.

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Mini-Coaching In #PhysEd

What’s in this post?

In this blog post, I share my Mini-Coaching system that I use for meaningful peer-assessment in my classes. I also share a few different examples of the peer-assessment tools I’ve created for my students and how the system fits into our physical education activities.

Who should read it?

Anyone who is interested in learning more about purposeful peer-assessment or who is having difficulty assessing large physical education classes.

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Student Portfolios in Physical Education

Student Portfolios In #PhysEd

What’s in this post?

In this blog post, I share how I create and maintain student portfolios in my physical education program. The portfolios are an important piece in my overall assessment strategy and are an awesome tool to help share student growth with students/parents/administrators.

Who should read it?

Anyone who is interested in starting student portfolios in physical education, who wants to learn more about assessment in PE or who is unsure as to how to get the most out of their school Google Apps for Education (G Suite) account.

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How I Grade In Physical Education

What’s in this post?

In this blog post, I share how I produce grades in my teaching. I tie it all into my entire assessment strategy and show you exactly how I break it down for my students and their parents.

Who should read it?

Anyone who confused as to how to produce grades in physical education or who is looking to adopt a standards-based grading strategy.

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Twitter Chats For Beginners

What’s in this post?

In this blog post, I go over why Twitter is such an incredibly powerful tool for professional development, how to set up a Twitter account and how to join a Twitter chat.

Who should read it?

Anyone who interested in adding Twitter to their professional develop tool belt, but who isn’t quite sure where to start.

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Student Reflection In #PhysEd

What’s in this post?

In this blog post, I share why I believe student reflection is such a core component of my teaching and of overall physical literacy development. I also provide examples of what student reflection looks like in my teaching along with example of reflections my students have completed.

Who should read it?

Anyone who would like to make student reflection a bigger part of their teaching, but are not sure how to go about it.

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Teacher Pack: Chasing & Fleeing Games Unit

What’s in this post?

In this extensive blog post, I share every single detail that went into planning my grade three chasing and fleeing games unit. I start by sharing the backwards design process through which I unpacked grade-level outcomes. After that, I go into how I determined evidence of learning and created assessment tools to collect it. Finally, I go over the activities I used in my lessons to help my students reach the selected grade-level outcomes and explain how I assess through those very activities.

Who should read it?

Anyone who would like to learn more and standards-based instructional design, assessment, or chasing and fleeing (a.k.a. tag) activities.

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Quick Look Video Series

What’s in this post?

In this blog post, I share the first two videos of a new series I’m calling “Quick Look”. Quick Look videos share snapshots into the ideas, resources and systems that I use in my teaching. The first video focused on how I combine my QR Jump Rope Cards, Assessment Magnet system, and Mini Coaching system to create a student-centred learning environment. The second shares a simple bathroom key system I set up to help avoid decision fatigue in my teaching.

Who should read it?

Anyone who is looking for quick, simple takeaways that they can try out in their teaching.

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Teacher Pack: International Dance Showcase Unit

What’s in this post?

In this extensive blog post, I share every single detail that went into planning my grade six international dance showcase unit. I start by sharing the backwards design process through which I unpacked grade-level outcomes. After that, I go into how I determined evidence of learning and created assessment tools to collect it. Finally, I go over the activities I used in my lessons to help my students reach the selected grade-level outcomes and explain how I assess through those very activities.

Who should read it?

Anyone who would like to learn more and standards-based instructional design, assessment, or how to teach dance in physical education.

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Physical Education Teaching & Learning Resources

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QR Jump Rope Cards (Premium)

How do these help students learn?

Each card in this set of 15 QR Jump Rope Cards provides students with images and text that break down the skill. Each card is also enhanced with a QR code which links to a video of the skill being performed. Having easy access to this information helps students have the best possible understanding of each skill and begin work on mastering them.

How do these help teachers teach?

The QR Jump Rope Cards allow teachers to be in multiple places at once (well, in digital form) by helping students work independently. This gives teachers more time to focus on students who need that extra help and limits the amount of questions/explanations a teacher needs to repeatedly answer/deliver within any given lesson.

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Fitness Component Posters & Concept Cards (Free & Premium)

How do these help students learn?

The Fitness Component Concept Cards & Posters help students learn both the skill-related and health-related components of fitness by providing them with visuals that provide information on the components and that include icons designed to help them remember them.

How do these help teachers teach?

These cards and posters are especially great for English Language Learners (ELL). Each component’s unique icon design helps students quickly identify if that component falls under the skill-related or health-related category.

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FMS Manipulative Posters – Series One (Free & Premium)

How do these help students learn?

Each FMS Manipulative Posters helps students master a fundamental manipulative skill (Series One focuses on overhand throwing, underhand throwing and catching) by providing vector art representing of the skill, the critical elements of the skill, icons representing each critical element (which helps with recall and visual learners), and a QR code that links to a video breakdown of the skill being performed and that is annotated with text and the critical element icons.

How do these help teachers teach?

The FMS Manipulative Posters help teachers teach by arming them with stunning, student-friendly visuals for their students. Also, the posters help teachers have a clear picture of what mastery of the skills looks like by providing them with the critical elements to be assessed in their students’ performance.

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The ActivityDex (Free)

How does this help students learn?

The ActivityDex helps students better understand the idea that physical literacy is a journey that involves participating in a great variety of physical activities in multiple environments. The resources helps students discover new activities that they might be interested in trying out all while keeping things fun and exciting.

How do these help teachers teach?

The ActivityDex helps teachers track which activities their students participate in outside of school, which can help teachers make informed decisions when deciding which activities to include in their physical education curriculum. Also, the resource can help make introducing a new activity to students more exciting and fun.

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The Heart Rate Zone Viewer – Middle School (Free)

How does this help students learn?

The Heart Rate Zone Viewer helps students better understand heart rate zones by providing them with visual animations that represent their heart beating at different rates. Students simply select their age and the heart rate zone they would like to view, and the Heart Rate Zone Viewer brings them to a YouTube video showcasing that zone. The Viewer also helps students better understand the “220-Age” rule of thumb to calculate one’s maximum heart rate by providing them with a animated calculator visual that performs the calculation for them.

How do these help teachers teach?

The Heart Rate Zone Viewer provides teachers with an awesome visual resource to help introduce and discuss heart rate zones with their students. The Viewer can also be used by students independently from the teacher, which gives the teacher more time to focus on students who really need that extra help.

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Physical Education Games

 

Matball 

Game Category: Invasion

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Throwing & Catching, Passing & Receiving, Reducing Space

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Frogs & Fish

Game Category: Fundamental Movement Skills

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Hopping, Jumping

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Touchdowns

Game Category: Fundamental Movement Skills

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Passing & Receiving, Throwing & Catching

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Beaches, Bridges & Boats

Game Category: Chasing & Fleeing

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Chasing Tactics, Fleeing Tactics

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Builders & Bulldozers

Game Category: Health & Fitness

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Heart Rate Zones

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Cupid Tag

Game Category: Chasing & Fleeing

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Chasing Tactics, Fleeing Tactics

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Team Swarm Tag

Game Category: Chasing & Fleeing

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Chasing Tactics, Fleeing Tactics

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Pirates Of The Caribbean

Game Category: Chasing & Fleeing

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Chasing Tactics, Fleeing Tactics

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Chicken Noodle Tag

Game Category: Chasing & Fleeing

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Chasing Tactics, Fleeing Tactics

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Flag Tag

Game Category: Chasing & Fleeing

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Chasing Tactics, Fleeing Tactics

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Mr Wolf

Game Category: Chasing & Fleeing

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Chasing Tactics, Fleeing Tactics

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Everyone’s IT Frozen Tag

Game Category: Chasing & Fleeing

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Chasing Tactics, Fleeing Tactics

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Treasure Grab

Game Category: Fundamental Movement Skills

Skill/Tactic/Concept Focus: Dribbling (Feet)

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Social Statistics

With the relaunch of the website, I also relaunched ThePhysicalEducator.com’s social media presence. My goal with social media is to help out as much as I can and help get new content out to as many teachers as possible.

Here were my top posts for each of the social media platforms I’m active on through ThePhysicalEducator.com:

Top Tweet

Top Facebook Post

Top YouTube Video

Top Pinterest Pin


What’s Next?

Q1 and done? Nope! I’m just getting started!

Over the next three months, I’m looking forward to sharing more blog post, more games and more resources that will inspire your teaching!

My big goals include:

  • Working on the Standards-Based Games database to build up the different categories (I’d like to see them all be more balanced in terms of the numbers of games in each one) and make it easier to learn more about how the games can help students master different grade-level outcomes in an intentional, meaningful way.
  • Adding to the Skill Posters section. I have the next series of the FMS Manipulative Skill Posters almost ready to go as well as the first series of FMS Locomotor Skill Posters. Also, wait until you see the newly design QR Sport Skill Posters! ?
  • Launching something that was supposed to be launched in 2013 when I relaunched the site then but got placed on the back burner because I felt that the timing wasn’t right. The timing is right now. #mystery
  • Collaborating with more teachers on special posts and resources and just being an active member of our wonderful #physed community. I’m also hoping to help more teachers step up and start sharing their own awesome ideas and reflections.
  • Finding balance in and through all of this. That one has been challenging, but I know that I won’t be able to keep this up unless I take care of myself.

Relaunching the website has been a lot of work, but it has been incredibly rewarding to know that the work has been helping teachers bring new ideas to their teaching.

I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been able to support ThePhysicalEducator.com by purchasing content in the #PhysEd Shop. I was so nervous about launching an online store, so the fact that nobody has come after me with pitchforks has been really great. Running an online store is still very new to me, and I am taking actions in order to make sure that I make it as respectful and useful to you as possible. Thank you for being a part of this with me!

As a closing statement here, I’d like to ask you to share in the comments below if there are any topics you would like me to blog about or create resources for. ThePhysicalEducator.com’s mission is to help you be the best physical educator you can be, so knowing exactly how I can best serve your needs will go a long way in helping me decide what I should be focusing on.

It’s all just one big adventure! I’m glad we’re in this together!

Thanks for reading and happy teaching!

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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.