With so many amazing resources available to physical educators, it can be difficult to decide which ones to use. To help you get started, ThePhysicalEducator.com has put together a list of our all time favourite resources. Enjoy!
Jo Bailey is a physical educator currently teaching at D.C. Everest High School in the USA. She is the NASPE 2013 Midwest Teacher of the Year, the current President of Wisconsin Health and Physical Education, and a Google Certified Teacher. Jo makes our list of recommended people for all of the amazing insight and ideas that she brings to the online #physed community.
Blue Jay Bridge is a physical educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Blue Jay’s awesome work at Henry G Izatt Middle School has had him featured on CBC Canada as well as ParticipACTION. In 2013, Blue Jay was nominated in the “Best #PhysEd Teacher Twitter Account” category at the first annual #PhysEd Awards. Having met Blue in person, I can attest that he is a great guy and is truly passionate about physical education.
Collin is a physical education specialist currently teaching in Oregon. He is the Oregon SHAPE President Elect and a contributor to PHYSEDagogy.com. He has an incredible amount of insight when it comes to systematic analysis of one’s own teaching, an important tool to help you improve your own practice, and he brings a lot of creativity to the #physed community.
Ashley Casey is currently a course coordinator for the MA in Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy at the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom. Ash is featured on our recommended people list for his great efforts in bridging the gap between what is happening in research and what is happening in physical education programs around the world. Dr Casey is also a dedicated moderator for the UK portion of #pechat.
Terri is a physical educator at Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton, California. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and a current member of the SHAPE America Board of Directors. Among her other accolades, Terri is the 2016 Pleasanton Unified School District TOY, the 2008 SWD Elementary PE TOY and the 2007 CAHPERD Elementary PE TOY. Terri makes our list of recommended people for all of her incredible work in promoting standards-based physical education and physical literacy development for all!
Sarah Gietschier-Hartman is a physical educator based out of St. Louis, MO where she teaches middle school physical education. With a focus on standards-based instruction and assessment, Sarah is a true rising star within the #physed community. Being a part of the PHYSEDagogy team, Sarah has started to share her idea with greater detail through through high-quality blogging.
Ross Halliday is the Head of PE and Sport at an independent school in Melbourne, Australia. Ross brings a great energy to the online #physed community as well as a ton of great insight into what makes for great PE. His blog, MakingPEFizz.com, is a perfect collection of reflections from a teacher who is striving to be the best he can be.
Aaron Hart is a part-time faculty member in SUNY Cortland’s Physical Education Department and the Direction of Educational Programs for US Games. However, neither of those reasons is why Aaron makes the list here. Aaron is one of the most passionate and genuine physical educators I have ever met. He cares about physical education and, after 17 years of teaching, continues to work hard to raise the bar for physical education everywhere.
Nathan Horne is an amazing physical educator currently teaching at the International School of Singapore in Singapore. Nathan is also the founder of iPhys-Ed.com, a website dedicated to pushing the boundaries of Physical Education in the 21st Century. Nathan makes our list of recommended people for all of his work within the #physed community (he won Best YouTube Channel award at the 2013 #PhysEd Awards).
Adam Howell is a physical educator currently teaching in Hood River, Oregon. Originally from Michigan, Adam exploded onto the #physed scene with his amazing #PHYSEDagogy interview videos. Since then, Adam has continued to create great work and advocate quality physical education. His #PHYSEDagogy series has turned into a blog/Google Apps video resource and Adam is also a #pechat moderator.
Kelly Ann Parry is currently a lecturer in Physical and Health Education at the University of Wollongong in Australia. Kelly makes our list of recommended people for all of the amazing work she has done to promote proper use of the Teaching Games for Understanding model in physical education and for her dedication as a moderator of the Australian portion of #pechat.
Matt Pomeroy is a physical educator currently teaching K-8 physical education in Merton, Wisconsin. Matt is extremely passionate about what he does, and constantly shares his passion (and teaching resources) with fellow educators via social media. In early 2014, Matt’s exceptional work was featured on CNN in an article focused on what quality physical education looks like in the 21st century.
Talk to any physical educator who has used technology in their teaching and you will be talking someone who, at one point, has been inspired by Jarrod Robinson. Jarrod is the original PE Geek and has been raising the bar for what can be done with technology in physical education for years now. On top of being a physical educator, Jarrod is a celebrated speaker, author, and app developer.
Amanda Stanec is a physical education consultant currently living in St-Louis, Missouri. Originally from Nova Scotia, Amanda has taught physical education at the elementary, middle school, high school, and post-secondary levels. She is a huge advocate for physical literacy through quality physical education and sport. In 2013, Amanda was crowned as the “Best #PhysEd Teacher Twitter Account” at the first annual #PhysEd Awards.
Andy Vasily is an incredible physical educator currently teaching at Nanjing International School in China. He also maintains an award-winning blog (2013 #PhysEd Awards – Best Teacher Blog) and was the visionary behind the PEPLC movement. Andy makes our recommended people list for all of his dedication to sharing high quality content with the #physed community and for his hard work in revolutionizing the way physical educators collaborate online.
Numbers is Apple’s iWork solution to creating spreadsheets. I use the app on a daily basis to create, maintain, and update my gradebooks in physical education. Numbers allows you to view spreadsheets as tables or as forms. Because it syncs with iCloud, you can also access any documents you create from your iCloud account (or, if you own it, on the desktop version of Numbers).
Coach’s Eye is my preferred video analysis app. I quickly allows me to capture a video of my students performing and then analyze that video to help my students understand how they can improve. I can easily create a screencast of any video I capture and share it with whoever I need to share it with. However, the main selling feature for me is that the app is stable, rarely (if ever) crashes, and is quick to use.
CoachNote is an interactive whiteboard that allows you to quickly and beautifully illustrate plays, tactics, and strategies on a variety of sport playing surfaces. Plays can be broken down into different slides so that they can be taught one step at a time. Also, plays can be recorded, with a voiceover, to later be watched and/or shared as a video.
Yoga Studio is a great app to help you teach yoga in your physical education classes. The app offers a variety of yoga lessons in video form. The videos are divided into different categories (e.g. relaxation, balance, strength), different durations (e.g. 15 minutes, 30 minutes, 60 minutes), as well as into different degrees of difficulty (e.g. beginner, intermediate, expert). If you have no yoga experience but want your students to try it out, check out Yoga Studio!
BaM Video Delay is one of those apps that does one thing extremely well. The app uses your devices camera to playback video without recording (which saves space on your device). The video can be played back in real time… or with a delay. I’ve used this app with my iPad mounted on a tripod during my track and field units. For example, students performing the high jump could perform their event and then walk over to the iPad and view their performance without anyone having to control the device.
FitStar is a personal trainer app loaded with a ton of great workout videos. The app allows you to follow along with tips and encouragement provided by former NFL star, Tony Gonzalez. During the workouts, you will be encouraged to provide feedback after each exercise. This data will be used to tailor your next workout to meet your needs. I’ve used FitStar in my PE program as an after-school fitness club activity. My students loved it!
One of my all-time favourite apps, Day One is a journalling app that allows you to store a variety of information within each entry. Aside for photos and text, the app will automatically collect your location, the weather, and your activity level (iPhone 5S and newer). Day One is beautifully designed (I love the sounds within the app), and makes it easy to save your daily reflections. I’ve actually started using Day One as my professional reflection tool since it is so nice to use.
Paper has quickly become one of the only apps I use on a daily basis in my teaching. The app allows me to create quick sketches and drawings to help my students better understand the skills, concepts and tactics we are learning in class. Paired with my Apple TV-powered television, Paper has basically replaced the whiteboard in my gym!
Apple TV allows you to watch, stream, and download iTunes content on a TV screen or projector. However, my favourite feature has to be Airplay Mirroring, which allows you to mirror your iOS device/Mac’s screen onto your TV or projector. This is great when you are using iPads in PE and you want to quickly show the class something that is on your screen.
Ever get annoyed with all of those cables and gadgets just floating around in your bag? The Cocoon GRID-IT is an awesome tool to help you keep all of your things organized! It’s a well-built elastics system that doesn’t take up a lot of room and has saved me a ton of frustrating “where is that cable!?” moments.
I picked up this tripod mount for tablets earlier this year to help me use the BaM Video Delay app to its full potential. The mount can hold a variety of tablet sizes (it holds my iPad great) and I’ve found it to be very secure. The tripod mount even came with a 10′ USB extension cord so that I can leave my iPad plugged in for a whole lesson.
Although I never thought I would be a fan of a stylus, I absolutely love my Pencil! Paired with the Paper app (also built by FiftyThree), Pencil allows me to quick create sketches, mockups, and diagrams that I use in my teaching. Have Pencil connected to the Paper app gives me the extra mobility I need to quickly get ideas in front of my students’ eyes!
Daniel Pink’s “Drive” is a great book on what really motivates people in today’s day and age. Although the book is not necessarily written for educators (he does provide some insight as to how to apply the principles from the book into your teaching), I found that some of the major ideas in the book could be a huge help to any physical education program.
Spark by John Ratey and Eric Hagerman is probably the most recommended book I have ever read. The book helps us better understand the link between physical activity and academic achievement. If you’re looking for advocacy materials to promote the importance of physical education in your school, be sure to check this book out!
Outliers is one of the only books that I found so captivating that I had to read it in a single sitting (which made for a pretty long sitting, but it’s that good!) Malcolm Gladwell is so great at telling stories in a way that keeps the reader hooked. In Outliers, he goes over some great success (or unsuccessful) stories and takes a deeper look into what the factors that influenced that success (or lack thereof). I found the book helped me rethink the opportunities I provide my students with that may lead to them experiencing success in my class. You definitively want to check Outliers out!
Willpower provided me with a great amount of insight on how humans develop and regulate self-control. As a teacher, I found that the book (especially chapter nine) outlined quite a few strategies on how to help my students develop their willpower/self-control which, in turn, can help lead decrease behaviour management issues in class.
Brain Rules by John Medina provides readers with a ton of insight as to how we can optimize our brains for learning. I especially enjoyed the link that the author makes between exercise and brain function. Brain Rules is a fun read that I think every physical educator will enjoy and learn from.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the most influential books I have ever read. More of a personal philosophy book rather than a productivity one, 7 Habits will help you be productive in what you do while being proud of who you are. It’s an amazing book for anyone interested in leadership.
In The Talent Code, author Daniel Coyle helps us better understand the physiological and environmental factors that influence the development of talent. I found this book extremely insightful, especially in regards to the idea of “deep practice” playing a large role in the development of talent. The Talent Code is a must-read for all physical educators!
If you’re thinking of starting your own blog, or just looking to bring new life to your already existing blog, you need to read this book. I’ve read a lot of books on social media “tips” and creativity, but this one blows all of them out of the water. Austin Kleon is clearly super-passionate about his work and wants you to be the same about yours. The book is a short read, but one that will leave you feeling energized and ready to share your craft with the world!
It blows my mind when hear that not all teachers own “The First Days of School” by Harry K. Wong and Rosemary T. Wong! I bought this book in my first year of university and still look through every year. The chapter on rules, routines, and procedures is an absolute must-read for any physical educator wanting to master behaviour management.
Sometimes a book comes along your way just at the right moment in your life. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the challenges you face as a physical educator, this book is for you! Ryan Holliday does a fantastic job at helping readers change their mindset when it comes to facing adversity in their life and career. The book mixes anecdotes with actionable steps to help you change the way you think about obstacles in your life!
Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a documentary on one of the world’s top sushi chefs: Jiro Ono. Although the movie does feature a lot of delicious looking sushi, what I loved about the documentary was its focus on Jiro’s constant desire for perfection in his work. I found the film to be inspiring from and recommend it for everyone who wishes to continually develop as a professional.
Terri Drain’s YouTube video on Standards Based Instructional Design provides viewers with, hands-down, one of the best explanations of standards-based physical education that I have ever heard. For any of you who have struggled with teaching SHAPE America’s Grade Level Outcomes, you need to watch this video!
Dean Kriellaars’ keynote at the 2016 CAPHERD convention stands out as one of the most impactful presentations I have ever seen. Dean not only provdes us with a better understanding of what physical literacy is, he also shares how we need to be working together as communities to help raise physically literate children.
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