#PhysEdU Online Physical Education Professional Development

Welcome To #PhysEdU

Back in October of 2013, I had just launched a new version of ThePhysicalEducator.com. At that time, it was the biggest redesign – along with the biggest changes – in the site’s short history.

One of the features that was supposed to launch with the new version of the site was something called #PhysEdU: a video-based, online learning academy through which physical educators would be able to access a variety of trainings that would help them grow as educators.

As I worked on #PhysEdU, I encountered a few issues:

First of all, I didn’t know how to host the site in a reliable way. At the time, the site was crashing a lot due to volume of resources that were being downloaded from it. My biggest fear was that a teacher would put their trust in me by signing up for a course only to not be able to access their lessons due to website instability. I wasn’t able to figure out how to ensure that wouldn’t happen, which caused me to hesitate and keep pushing off #PhysEdU’s launch.

The second issue was that – although I had been speaking at events, providing workshops, and sharing content online for three years at that point – I wasn’t sure that my content was “good enough”. Deep down, I still knew I had a lot of learning to do and I didn’t feel confident that people would be getting a maximum amount of value out of the courses I could put together. Also, I hadn’t yet figured out the perfect way to deliver content in a way that made it accessible and effective for my fellow #physed teachers.

Let’s jump forward to today. At this point in time, ThePhysicalEducator.com has gone from a small side-project of mine to a professional development resource that is used by teachers around the world. Over 400 000 teachers visit the site every year to access the resources, ideas, and content that I share through it.

Over the past five years, I have been working tirelessly to raise the bar for my own teaching and have invited you to be a part of that journey. My professional development path has allowed me to speak at a variety of professional development events around the world. This has required me to put in the work in regards to being an effective presenter.

That said, I am confident that the work I produce today meets the standard that I wanted to meet back in 2013. This is why I am so excited to (finally) announce the launch of #PhysEdU!

What is #PhysEdU?

#PhysEdU is an online professional development academy designed to meet the needs of physical educators. Its courses have been created to focus on components of effective teaching practices that will empower you to design high-quality learning experiences for your students.

#PhysEdU consists of three separate schools:

#PhysEdU School of Design

School of Design

The #PhysEdU School of Design focuses on the planning phase of purposeful teaching. Courses in this school will empower you to design effective learning experiences for your students in physical education.

#PhysEdU School of Innovation

School of Innovation

The#PhysEdU School of Innovation focuses on helping you bring innovative teaching practices to your physical education pedagogy. These best practices will help you ensure that you are helping your students go deeper into their own learning all while meeting the needs of today’s learners. 

#PhysEdU School of Growth

School of Growth

The#PhysEdU School of Growth focuses on helping you develop skills, knowledge, and understandings that will allow you to continue to grow as an educator throughout your career. This includes skills related to self-directed, bootstrapped professional development.

Why Sign Up For #PhysEdU?

#PhysEdU represents the very best of the professional development that I provide to teachers through conferences and events across North America. For the past nine years, I’ve been crafting my presentation style to be as effective and teacher-friendly as possible. Here are some of the things that teachers have said about the quality of my presentations and workshops:

With #PhysEdU, I’m now bringing online the professional development opportunities that I’ve worked so hard to create for my fellow physical education teachers. Here are some of the advantages of signing up for one of my courses:

Learn From Anywhere

#PhysEdU is hosted on Teachable, an amazing platform for online learning. Having the courses hosted online and available through the Teachable app (iOS) means that you can pick up and learn from any place and at any time. No more having to take time away from teaching, no more expensive conference fees: just you and the best professional development experiences I’ve ever put together!

Learn At Your Pace

Each #PhysEdU course is broken down into its own lessons. Each lesson is accompanied by a lecture video, a lecture blog post, and links to additional readings and resource materials that were created or curated to help you go deeper in your learning. This means everything you need to keep learning is right there at your fingertips and that you can take all of the time you need before moving onto your next lesson!

Learn Together

Each #PhysEdU course lesson also has a comments feature built into the Teachable platform. This allows #PhysEdU students to ask questions, share answers, and point fellow learners in the direction of helpful resources. Although you may be learning on your own from the comfort of your home, you’re never alone!

Learn With Me

With the launch of #PhysEdU, I will be scheduling time into my weekly calendar to ensure that I am playing an active role in the course lesson comments sections. Feel free to ask me questions about what you are learning or to clarify anything that may not have been clear. I’m happy and excited to be able to be a part of your professional learning!

Celebrate Your Learning

At the end of each #PhysEdU course, you will be able to print a certificate of learning that can serve as evidence that you took part in the course. This is a feature that was added not only to celebrate your learning, but also to help you should your supervisors or administrators require proof of your participation in the course.

How To Get Started With #PhysEdU

#PhysEdU is now live! You can learn more about the program, along with its schools and their courses on the official #PhysEdU page!

#PhysEdU is launching with one course: Standards-Based Instructional Design in Physical Education. This School of Design course was created to provide physical education teachers with a thorough look at the backwards design process that allows for learning to be aligned to educational standards and outcomes.

Here’s a look at the outline (and quality) of the course:

You can register for the Standards-Based Instructional Design #PhysEdU course on its course page. To celebrate the launch, you can use the PHYSEDULAUNCH promo code to save $20 on your registration until November 13th 2018!

I’m very proud of how the course turned out and I’m excited to be sharing it with all of you. A few weeks ago, I previewed the course as a 3.5-hour workshop at the 2018 SHAPE Colorado conference and it was met with awesome reviews! I hope you enjoy as much as the teachers there did!

Final Thoughts

Anyone who has spent any time with me over the past few years knows that I have been struggling with the launch of #PhysEdU. I’m blessed to be in a position where teachers turn to me for help with their teaching, and I take that role very seriously. Whether I am speaking at a conference or sharing a new online course, I feel the need to go the extra mile for the teachers I’m honoured to serve. I know that so many of you teach in difficult situations and I know that professional development money doesn’t come easy. I also know that any time out of your schedule is time away from your family, your health, and your teaching. If I am going to create something that asks for you attention, your money, or your time in exchange… it better be damn good.#PhysEdU might be five years late, I may have been too obsessed with the details of it, and I may have been terrified of finally putting it out there… but I’m launching it with the full confidence that it is worth your attention, your money, and your time.

Thank you in advance for having confidence in my work and for your support in every aspect of what I produce via ThePhysicalEducator.com. It is truly appreciated and I’m fired up to be able to continue to serve you for years to come!

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.

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