#PEChat Season 8: Deep Dives Into Physical Education

#PEChat Season 8: Deep Dives Into Physical Education

If you’re unfamiliar with it, #pechat is a regular professional development event that takes place on Twitter. The event is in the form of a Twitter chat: a moderator asks questions on the platform and participants get to publicly share their answers, thoughts, and opinions as they learn from each other. All of this takes place around a hashtag (#pechat) which makes it easy for anyone to jump in and follow along.

As the first of its kind for physical education, #PEChat is getting ready for its eighth season. Last year, the chat focused on exploring the Danielson Framework for Teaching. Each bi-weekly #pechat focused on one of the components of the framework until every dimension had been discussed. You can find the summaries of those chats here.

This year, we’re going to do things a little different: we will be taking deep dives into important topics related to physical education. Here’s how it will work:

First of all, #pechat will be moving to a monthly format with each chat taking place on the last Monday of the month. The reasoning behind this was two-fold:

First of all, a full month will give us the time we need to really dig deep into these topics. As you will see, each chat will be prefaced by a month of learning activities that will help support a rich and meaningful conversation come the night of the chat. Think of each #pechat this season as being its own professional development course.

Second, the Twitter chat landscape has changed over the past few years and #pechat should/needs to evolve with it. There are so many great chats available to physical education teachers now that it can become difficult to commit to several of them every week. To make space for all of these other chats all while ensuring that #pechat can continue to thrive and bring value to its community, it just made sense to move to a one-chat-per-month format.

The schedule you see above is the schedule for the year (we’re skipping June and July so that everyone can rest during those months). Take a minute now to go add those events to your calendar! Alternatively, you can add the entire #pechat schedule to your Google Calendar by clicking this link.

The purpose of #pechat is to help you grow as an educator. Therefore, every #pechat is being aligned to best practices to ensure that you are getting the most out of it. Here is what will be going into each #pechat this season:

🎯Learning Targets

In order to make our learning intentional, we will be setting learning targets for each of the ten monthly chats. Targets play an important role in learning as they help make it clear what we will be working towards and help define what successful learning will look like.

In order to make sure that the targets set for each chat are meaningful to #pechat’s community, I will be inviting you to help me design them. Be sure to follow ThePhysicalEducator.com on Twitter in order to catch the invite to design the upcoming chat’s Learning Targets.

The learning targets for upcoming chats will be shared at the start of the month in a blog post that contains everything you will need to get the most of that month’s #pechat. You can also find them linked on the official #pechat page.

🗺 Learning Roadmaps

To complement each chat’s Learning Targets, I will be designing Learning Roadmaps to help you self-assess and set goals for your professional development.

Learning Roadmaps are qualitative rubrics that highlight what mastery can look like across the learning journey. You can learn more about how I design my Learning Roadmaps in this blog post.

Just as with the Learning Targets, I will be inviting the #physed community to help design each chat’s Learning Roadmap. Once they are designed, they will be made available on Twitter, ThePhysicalEducator.com’s blog, and the official #pechat page.

💡Learning Activities

To help you learn as much as possible as you get ready for the next #pechat, I’ll be sharing different learning activities on Twitter. These can include anything from reflection questions, relevant articles/videos, trivia, and other challenges. These activities are definitely not mandatory by any means: rather, they are there to simply serve as prompts for your professional learning and to help you get the most out of the month’s culminating #pechat. To find the monthly learning activities, just follow ThePhysicalEducator.com on Twitter and you will see me tweeting them out as the month goes on.

📅 Culminating #PEChat

All of this leads up to the #pechat that will be taking place on the last Monday of the month. Just as I have done in the past, I will be sharing the discussion questions in the days leading up to #pechat to help you prepare. On the day of, I will then actively moderate the chat from 8PM-9PM Eastern (i.e. be there with you on Twitter for the full hour). I will then continue to passively moderate to tweets throughout the next day (i.e. respond to your tweets on my own time) so that you can still be a part of #pechat whether or not the 8PM Eastern time slot works for you.

📓 #PEChat Summaries

Finally, I will be producing a Twitter Moment summary of each chat which will be available on the official #pechat page as well as ThePhysicalEducator.com’s Twitter profile. These summaries will be there for you to reference on a later date or to share with colleagues that you believe could be interested in learning more about the topics we will explore.

You can now find the summaries of Season 7’s chats that focused on the Danielson Framework for Teaching on the official #pechat page.

🤿 Time To Dive In!

So there’s your breakdown of season 8 of #pechat! I hope you are comfortable with the changes I am making and that you see how they will bring value to your professional development.

If you have any questions about #pechat or if you are looking to get more involved (I’m always open to bringing back additional moderator slots!), feel free to hit me up on Twitter.

I can’t wait to get this season going! Thank you all for making #pechat part of your professional journeys!

Thanks for reading! 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.