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24
Nov
2017

Grey Areas

I remember deliberately having grey areas on my timetable. I know this because that’s how I shaded them in. Th...

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10
Nov
2017

One becomes Two

Perhaps, given my assertion in the second blog of this series that “direct instruction has a meaningful and im...

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27
Oct
2017

From tiny acorns

“Mighty oaks from tiny acorns grow” or as Geoffrey Chaucer (1374) wrote “"as an ook cometh of a li...

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13
Oct
2017

First steps

The adage suggests that the first step is the hardest. Perhaps it is. The problem, from the perspective of this blog...

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29
Sep
2017

Where to start? Finding a pedagogical place for a pedagogical model

Where to start? There are a dozen pedagogical models. More, depending on how you define and delimit them, and each o...

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15
Sep
2017

Direct Instruction is a model too

Direct instruction has a poor reputation. Regardless of the language used to describe it – command style, teac...

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01
Sep
2017

Step away from the multi-activity curriculum

#Physed and #Physeders get a raw deal. We’re poorly represented in the media, often blamed for our nation&rsqu...

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15
Aug
2017

A New Blog Series: Forthcoming

I made the decision, in late 2012, to blog about research and the PEPRN blog was born. In October 2015, after nearly...

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09
Feb
2016

Participation that doesn’t cost the Earth

How much plastic is in your store cupboard? How much of your equipment eventually goes to landfill? Looking back on ...

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02
Feb
2016

Self-directed activity

In the field of sport pedagogy in Germany there has been an increasingly loud call, one that I would argue is being ...

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26
Jan
2016

Actively Engaged Learning Community

At the heart of this chapter is an aspiration to create a learning community involving teachers and academics. Indee...

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19
Jan
2016

Sink or Swim together

Ben and I first broached the idea of this book last decade and then spent some time ‘gathering’ chapter ...

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20
Oct
2015

Time to breathe

I will therefore hit pause and pick up the new blog in the new year. I feel that the combined effort of reading, blo...

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13
Oct
2015

Taking Tactical Creativity into Your Practice

Throughout his book Memmert has advocated for the need to help players to be more tactically creative. He wants teac...

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06
Oct
2015

Teaching Tactical Creativity

Memmert sets out to “demonstrate how teachers and coaches can foster tactical creativity in different basic ta...

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29
Sep
2015

Assessing Tactical Creativity

Tactical creativity (the stuff of legends) currently exists as an ethereal and fragile notion or die and yet to gain...

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22
Sep
2015

The six Ds of Tactical Creativity

In the previous blog we touched on the six Ds of Memmert’s Tactical Creativity Approach (TCA), i.e. Deliberate...

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15
Sep
2015

Teaching Tactical Creativity

Memmert borrows the words of Sidney Crosby, a twenty-three year old hockey player, to try and explain how some playe...

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08
Sep
2015

Thinking differently not just well

There are many people who advocate a game-centred approach to teaching and coaching. Well-established approaches (su...

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01
Sep
2015

Being divergent

School, it seems, prepares us to assemble the facts and bring them together to find a solution. In other words, it r...

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25
Aug
2015

Creating Creativity-Supporting Environments

The very notion of creativity is one associated with uniqueness, originality and/or intuition. It is about finding t...

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28
Jul
2015

Walking the Talk

The sense (one I share with authors) on concluding this book is one of disappointment. Not overriding disappointment...

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21
Jul
2015

The Sound of Silence

What isn’t being said? It seems, moving through Rossi and colleagues’ book, that paying attention to wha...

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14
Jul
2015

Staffroom Micropolitics

What has emerged from this series of blogs is a very real sense that new teachers are not free to simply be who they...

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07
Jul
2015

Creating spaces of possibility not expectation

What are emerging teachers learning when they go into schools? Are they learning how to teach or how students learn ...

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30
Jun
2015

Hiding in plain ‘site’…

There is a certain order of things, it seems, when it comes to the workplace. There is a state of equilibrium, a &ls...

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23
Jun
2015

And the Oscar goes to…

Strategy, it seems, is not left on the playing fields of physical education but is significant in departmental space...

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16
Jun
2015

Keeping up appearances

Wanted: Teacher of Physical Education.  Key Skills: Must share the same interests in traditional male sports...

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09
Jun
2015

Significant dimensions of workplace learning

The Japanese have an expression “a man (sic) is what room he is in right now”. Put more simply this mean...

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02
Jun
2015

Searching and re-searching the stories of our field

The “toxic jock” is a story that is frequently told in the media. It is one of oppression and belittleme...

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26
May
2015

What is professional, workplace learning?

Most people would struggle to win an argument that insisted that what happens in the workplace of a lawyer, a doctor...

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19
May
2015

Learning to be a teacher

One of the undisputed ‘truths’ of teacher education is that learning to be a teacher requires the learne...

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08
May
2015

Hopes and Olympic dreams

I'm sure at one point in many of our lives we have all dreamed of playing at the elite level. Whether that is in spo...

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01
May
2015

Run Marianne, Run

When Forrest Gump ran for the first time there was a perception that he couldn’t but he would be the exception...

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24
Apr
2015

The boy who ‘used to’

Sometimes we make our own decisions and leave pursuits of our past in the past, for example when end our competitive...

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17
Apr
2015

Fitting in when you don’t know the ‘rules’

We’ve all watched documentaries (I would have thought) that see explorers journeying deep into the jungle to m...

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10
Apr
2015

Finding value in running…again

We often focus on what we can’t do and where the risks are and forget that greater competence, confidence and ...

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27
Mar
2015

Running before she can walk…

Why do we have running or sustained running lessons in schools? To improve students’ fitness? Their endurance?...

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20
Mar
2015

Balancing the drive to well with ‘down time’

Even model students need our help. It is easy to get caught up with those who struggle and it is equally easy to ass...

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13
Mar
2015

Reformulating the acceptable stories about women and sport

Girls are girly and they don’t play aggressive and explosive sports like football. They might throw like a gir...

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06
Mar
2015

“I learn about things I can’t use in my life”

How many kids walk out of their lessons and leave experiences and say “but…”? We need to help you...

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27
Feb
2015

This girl can...well could

Our focus on “our sports” (as teachers and families) and on traditional sports acts as a very real barri...

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20
Feb
2015

All for one…

Sometimes we don’t often get the time to speak to the parents of the students we teach. The role of specialist...

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13
Feb
2015

Who decides what ‘at risk’ means?

A student misses two coaching sessions in a season, would you question their commitment to the team? If these sessio...

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06
Feb
2015

Sexual harassment and cyber bullying

Many of the activities that occur in school and sports clubs are public but increasingly they are also occurring in ...

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30
Jan
2015

Whose needs are being served?

As parents, coaches, and teachers we’re often faced with a dilemma as to how much we encourage young people to...

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23
Jan
2015

Making educational decisions based on preconceptions

The previous blog explored the pedagogical case of Deshane whose life and the conflicting things he witnessed on a d...

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16
Jan
2015

Challenges on the inside and outside

The previous blog explored the pedagogical case of Patrick, a seven year-old boy with autism. He is isolated from hi...

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09
Jan
2015

Meeting the needs of all learners

The previous blog explored the pedagogical case of Kate, a six year old who was doing well in most areas of school e...

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19
Dec
2014

Kate - recognising the problem

The previous blog explored the case of Sophie and, through the lenses of physical activity, motor development, exerc...

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12
Dec
2014

Sophie – active but not physically

The previous blog marked a change of direction (and a change of book) for the blog. Drawing on the twenty chapters (...

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05
Dec
2014

Putting Humpty Dumpty back together again

The previous blog, the last using papers from Routledge’s four-volume book ‘Physical Education’,...

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28
Nov
2014

Change as a ‘belt and braces’ endeavour

The previous blog highlighted how we make inferences about particular situations. Indeed, it suggested, and in speci...

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21
Nov
2014

Inferences and conclusions

The previous blog considered the dominance of sport in the PE curriculum. It questioned how this ‘one way&rsqu...

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14
Nov
2014

Believing doesn’t make it real

The previous blog built on previous work and presented findings from a review of research on sport education to argu...

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07
Nov
2014

Evidence of change or developing the evidence base.

The previous blog explored how what we do and what physical activities we participate in are shaped by the culture i...

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31
Oct
2014

The impact of colonialism

The previous blog explored the fundamental elements of the Sport Education model and asked us to consider what the k...

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24
Oct
2014

A sport education

The previous blog considered the idea of how physical education encourages us to consider why we are ‘sporty&r...

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17
Oct
2014

Why #physed?

The previous blog considered assessment of game performance. Building on the theme of Teaching Games for Understandi...

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10
Oct
2014

Degrees of expertise

The previous blog explored the idea of “if-then-do” knowledge and how it is developed in games. The &lsq...

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03
Oct
2014

If-then-do

The previous blog asked how we might start to notice and then challenge the ‘things’ that hide in plain ...

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26
Sep
2014

Dead Dogs

The previous blog revisited a paper from the mid 1980s – one which owes in origins to work done in the late 60...

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19
Sep
2014

Getting purpose and process right

The previous blog looked at the idea that we need to stop once in a while least life pass us by. Drawing on work in ...

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12
Sep
2014

Purposeful silence and reflection

The previous blog looked at an expanded notion of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) model and argued that ...

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05
Sep
2014

Game On (for everyone)

The previous blog explored the development of a hybrid Sport Education and Teaching Personal and Social Responsibili...

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29
Aug
2014

Reinventing the wheel is a good thing

The previous blog explored the notion of health-related exercise (HRE) in education and argued that we’ve take...

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22
Aug
2014

“Start of level five…beep, beep, beeeeeeeep”

The previous blog sought to look beyond the apparent importance of techniques in physical education and club sports ...

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08
Aug
2014

Understanding the game in new terms

The previous blog argued that dance is a way of moving that has been looked at through a limited viewfinder. It has ...

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01
Aug
2014

“I Can’t Dance” as the expected response

The previous blog argued that, despite our best intentions, a multi-sport curriculum is not capable of achieving the...

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25
Jul
2014

Chocolate teapots

The previous blog looked at three pedagogical models (Sport Education, Teaching Games for Understanding and Cooperat...

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18
Jul
2014

Creating authentic learning experiences

The previous blog explored the idea of trusting our students to facilitate, support and thrive in a learner-centred ...

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11
Jul
2014

Learning to teach again and again

The previous blog looked at the pedagogical model, TPSR (Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility), and the impac...

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04
Jul
2014

Teaching ‘the unteachables’

The previous blog explored what I consider to be one of the seminal papers written about games teaching. It explored...

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27
Jun
2014

Turning games teaching inside out

The previous blog explored the recent report by OfSTED (the Office for Standards in Education) jn the UK which expre...

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20
Jun
2014

Nanos gigantum humeris insidentes – Not!

The previous blog asked if we are caught, like a rabbit, in the headlights of indecision. In other words, do we alre...

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13
Jun
2014

It’s broke: fix it

The previous blog explored research that originated in the US and France around teaching the content of physical edu...

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06
Jun
2014

Lost in articulation

The previous blog looked at the idea that teaching (and by this I don’t mean learning) is dependant on the coo...

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30
May
2014

Appearances can be deceiving

The previous blog considered the lens through which we view ‘good practice’ and subsequently the ways we...

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23
May
2014

Technically that was a good lesson but socially…

The previous blog argued that student teachers are almost forced into a culture of compliance and replication that s...

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16
May
2014

Needs must…

The previous blog suggested that we have focussed too much attention to the ology’s of physical education and ...

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09
May
2014

Eminently replaceable?

The previous blog explored the idea of bio-pedagogy and argued that we should stop being idiotés and instea...

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02
May
2014

Don’t be an idiotés

The previous blog explored the theoretical shift that occurred between the first and second drafts of Mosston’...

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25
Apr
2014

Let’s talk about pedagogy

The previous blog questioned the ‘truth’ behind the ideas we hold so dear. Like those who believed the w...

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18
Apr
2014

The assumptions we make…and defend

The previous blog asked if the things we say we believe in when it comes to education actually feature in our lesson...

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11
Apr
2014

What am I in this to achieve and for whom?

The previous blog explored aesthetics and embodied learning and blew the lid off the can that suggests that aestheti...

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04
Apr
2014

I gotta feeling

The previous blog looked at skill acquisition and skill analysis as two sides of the same coin that need to be devel...

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28
Mar
2014

Helping the village to raise each child

The previous blog explored the notion of socialisation and asked how much of what occurred to an individual, both be...

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21
Mar
2014

May the force(s) be with you

The previous blog looked at the idea of good pedagogy and argued that it means different things to different people ...

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14
Mar
2014

When does the end justify the means?

The previous blog looked at the inherent difficulties of pedagogical change and of stepping away from the “tra...

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07
Mar
2014

Knowing the difference between changeable and unchangeable practices

The previous blog looked back on a paper written nearly 40 years ago and asked if PE still stands on the outskirts o...

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28
Feb
2014

Are we still on the outside looking in?

The previous blog asked if the similarities of practice in PE are such that it is beyond the capacity of individuals...

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21
Feb
2014

Do ‘we’ have a pack mentality?

The previous blog explored the idea of ‘gamesmanship’ in the act of being a student. By being compliant,...

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13
Feb
2014

Playing the student game

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog explored the idea of...

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07
Feb
2014

“What do you see? Is it the same as me? I assume it is…”

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education   The previous blog talked about...

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31
Jan
2014

“Don't mention the war”: Gender as an acceptable silence in PE

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog looked at the streng...

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24
Jan
2014

I already believe…so good luck changing my mind

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog looked at how teache...

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17
Jan
2014

Round and round the merry-go-round

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog asked what the impac...

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10
Jan
2014

Be careful what you ask for – you might keep getting it.

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog looked at profession...

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03
Jan
2014

Is professional development as useful as more ice is to the Inuit?

Volume 3: Teachers, teaching and teacher education in physical education The previous blog suggested that what ...

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31
Dec
2013

2013 Blog Index

Blog 1 - The importance of what is said and what is done in the name of physical education Examines the incons...

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20
Dec
2013

Girls and Boys and hidden messages

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education The previous blog we considered peer-assisted learning (i...

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13
Dec
2013

Learning from our PAL’s.

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education The previous blog we explored the idea that many children...

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06
Dec
2013

Is student autonomy a precursor to lifelong physical activity?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education The previous blog explored the differing forms of instruc...

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29
Nov
2013

Choices in teaching and learning

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education The previous blog returned to a paper published in 1992 a...

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22
Nov
2013

Why Rip wouldn't be winkled if he was a PE teacher

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education The previous blog asked if our beliefs around the nature ...

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15
Nov
2013

‘Walking the talk’ around the nature and purpose of PE

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog I explored research arou...

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08
Nov
2013

Including rather than ‘fitting in’ students with Special Educational Needs

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog I suggested that game play is an inh...

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01
Nov
2013

The obvious one of the pass in the game

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we asked what learning theories info...

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25
Oct
2013

Experiential Learning as a community experience

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we asked what cultural experiences c...

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18
Oct
2013

I am the king of the jungle and you’re the dirty rascal

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored girls’ perceptions...

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04
Oct
2013

“I feel pretty, oh so pretty…” but don’t talk to the ugly sister

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we investigated the impact t...

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27
Sep
2013

Take care of the basics and the rest will start to look after itself

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we investigated the ‘muddy wat...

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20
Sep
2013

Why teaching and learning is far more complex than a “process-product” equation.

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we asked what types of exper...

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13
Sep
2013

Q: “What did you learn in PE today?” A: “how to stand in a queue.”

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Kirk’s discussions...

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06
Sep
2013

Get ‘em young and keep ‘em keen

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored one the first em...

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30
Aug
2013

Students’ rush in where teachers fear to tread: Sport Education as student-centred approach

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the idea that more is be...

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23
Aug
2013

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water”: Might multi-activity programmes be a good thing?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Flintoff and Scraton&rsq...

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16
Aug
2013

Why isn't PE taken seriously by girls when physical activity is on the rise?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the experiences of five ...

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08
Aug
2013

Being ‘normal’ in PE: Unrealistic measures of ability for disabled students

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we reconsidered Ennis’s notion...

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02
Aug
2013

I’m Sorry. I’m Sorry. I’m Sorry. But is sorry enough?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education In the previous blog we explored how ability has been asc...

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12
Jul
2013

Ability is a fixed concept, but shouldn’t it be fluid?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored the link between...

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05
Jul
2013

Tipping the balance: Should PE have a fair handicapping system?

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored the idea that ...

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28
Jun
2013

Knowing about something is not the same as doing it: Girls apparent engagement and disengagement in PE

Volume 2: Learners and Learning in Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored the ideas ar...

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21
Jun
2013

The ends and not the means of PE: Who decides which is important?

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored physical literacy that...

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14
Jun
2013

Life is learnt through what ‘I can’ do rather than just what I think

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education   In the previous blog it was suggested that ...

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07
Jun
2013

Tinkering around the edges is not enough: gender sensitive physical activity programmes

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored that through ‘ou...

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30
May
2013

“Mirror, Mirror on the wall who is the slimmest of them all?”

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the idea of valuing th...

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24
May
2013

Clean water, fresh food, a roof over your head, a job, and physical activity opportunities: The right to be healthy should include all the basics...shouldn't it?

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the ways in which bein...

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17
May
2013

Physical capital is worth more than the paper it’s written on and yet are we even aware of it?

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the argument that phys...

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10
May
2013

Health, Physical Activity and Physical Education: One way of squaring the circle

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the key issue that fac...

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03
May
2013

Challenges and pressing agendas: Thinking more about what we need to do and less about what we like to do

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored the idea that ac...

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26
Apr
2013

Changing the Sun: themes rather than activities as the centre of children’s learning

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored what it mean...

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19
Apr
2013

“A rose by any other name”: Problems of identity in physical education

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the idea that sports a...

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12
Apr
2013

Barking up the wrong tree: Games and Sports as the reasons why we work

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education   In the previous blog we explored how, in the ...

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05
Apr
2013

Imitation as the highest form of flattery, until something better comes along

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored a twenty-year old argu...

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29
Mar
2013

“PE is something to get through”: If it ain’t broke then why do so many kids not like it?

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the idea that we need ...

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22
Mar
2013

“It’s behind you!”: Looking forwards as an alternative future for physical education

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the idea that school i...

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15
Mar
2013

“It’s just not Cricket, old boy”: the place of school in preparing compliant young people

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored the highly contested p...

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08
Mar
2013

When is PE not PE? When it’s School Sport

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explore a paper written more th...

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01
Mar
2013

The Ghost of Physical Education Past

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Gard and Wright’...

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21
Feb
2013

If it’s said enough times does it make it true?: The need for critical pedagogy and personal inquiry around the obesity epidemic.

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Fernández-Balboa&...

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14
Feb
2013

A 21st century education: ‘New’ teachers and critical pedagogy for the digital age

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Fairclough, Stratton an...

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07
Feb
2013

The wrong horse for the life course?: Offerings in physical education aren’t representative of lifelong activities

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Evans and Davies’s...

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01
Feb
2013

Class dismissed! Working in a classless society where class is an invisible determinant of success

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Dodds’ idea that...

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24
Jan
2013

Hide and seek: teachers alone cannot plan for what students’ learn at school

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog we explored Arnold’s idea th...

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17
Jan
2013

The role of the teacher in moral education

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog I explored the idea that science h...

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10
Jan
2013

Movement is as much a part of physical education as its analysis

Volume 1: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education In the previous blog I explored the work of Sine Agergaar...

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03
Jan
2013

The importance of what is said and what is done in the name of physical education

Volume I: The Nature and Purposes of Physical Education Paper 1:  Agergaard, S. (2012). Sport ...

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31
Dec
2012

You're only as a good as your last game...

As a sportsman this is something that I heard all the time...especially as a young player. In the world of social me...

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06
Oct
2012

Is ‘once upon a time’ still a viable plotline?: storytelling as pedagogues

As I sit to write - be it this blog, a lesson plan, a presentation or a research paper - I like to think of the stor...

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14
Sep
2012

Physical Literacy in the Secondary School

By Margaret Whitehead I am pleased to report that there are five teachers who are actively looking at ways of eng...

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18
May
2012

The Chicken or the Egg? Changing expectations in order to change practice in schools

Practice are not created and developed by individual teachers but is subject to expectation and cultural histories...

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18
May
2012

The Chicken or the Egg? Changing expectations in order to change practice in schools

Practice are not created and developed by individual teachers but is subject to expectation and cultural histories...

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14
Apr
2012

Opening lines of communication in physical education

On the twenty-year anniversary of the scholar lecture at the Physical Education Special Interest Group (SIG) invisib...

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19
Jan
2012

Physical Literacy

I am delighted to say that Professor Margaret Whitehead has joined PEPRN and has created a physical literacy discuss...

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23
Dec
2011

A beginner's/teacher's guide to developing a virtual identity or How I learned to love my avatar (by Brendan Jones)

As a PE teacher you wouldn’t expect your students to sharpen their quills and top up their ink wells before a ...

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22
Dec
2011

The stickiest situation since Sticky the Stick insect got caught on a sticky bun

My “go to” book of the year, the one that I have recommended to all my friends and the one I am now reco...

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21
Dec
2011

Teacher-as-researcher (Guest Blog)

My guest blog on the 'Education is Physical' Blog can be found at:  http://educationisphysical.wordpress.com/20...

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19
Dec
2011

How has physical education changed?

Some would argue that it hasn’t while others would say that it has changed fundamentally. I guess it depends &...

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18
Dec
2011

Finding the right forum for talking with teachers

I have been in higher education for a term over two years now and the one thing I continue to struggle with it findi...

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17
Dec
2011

Ten things I learnt this year...

In undertaking the 30 day blogging challenge I am faced with a conundrum for day two....a 'top tips' blog...I though...

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15
Dec
2011

One-in-ten schools 'failing'

Lead articles today in the Guardian ( http://goo.gl/mXik7 ) and the Telegraph ( http://goo.gl/76jCT ) - among other ...

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08
Dec
2011

How to plan a unit of work in cooperative learning?

The act of using Cooperative Learning (by ensuring that the non-negotiable elements of individual accountability, po...

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05
Dec
2011

The teacher them self

In considering my role as a teacher and now a teachereducator I have become increasingly interested in self-study. T...

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07
Nov
2011

In the name of Physical Education

I have had the pleasure of reading the 200 word reflective blogs of either our new students physical education exper...

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23
Sep
2011

When did fun become a four-letter word?

When did mentioning fun in physical education become likeswearing on prime time TV? I am struggling at the moment to...

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20
Sep
2011

Students and teacher responses to a unit of student-designed games.

Practitioner Summary: Thetraditional games persist in schools well into the 21st century andthe age-old problems of ...

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25
Aug
2011

The first time

On the final afternoon of my family’s recent trip toScotland I had the opportunity to reflect on how much of a succe...

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03
Aug
2011

How do you know…?

Since returning from Japan my reflections have centred onthe lack of evidence to support what we do in physical educ...

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22
Jul
2011

The global challenges facing physical education...

I have been fortunateenough to spend a few days in Tsukuba, Japan as part of summer school withcolleagues from Korea...

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30
Jun
2011

Reflections on Physical Literacy

The “container generation” have been both deposited and then carried around in their portable seats for ...

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27
Jun
2011

What is the best conference you have attended or CPD you have been part of? and why?

Since I have recently got back from AIESEP conference in Limerick I thought it would be interesting to share the con...

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25
Jun
2011

Play Time

After three days in Limerick, Ireland as one of a gathering of renowned, emerging and/or aspiring physical education...

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20
Jun
2011

Expected behaviour and practice?

Policeman, lawyer, scientist, teacher. The very names of these professions already tells us what to expect when we me...

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11
Jun
2011

Teachers and reserachers as collaborators: School and university collaboration

There is a large body of research that describes and explains the potential benefits of school/university collabor...

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07
Jun
2011

Research summary – Using video analysis in physical education

Ben Jones (@benpaddlejones) and I have just completed a research paper looking at his use video analysis in physical...

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28
May
2011

Talking research

Talking research I wonder if reading as an academic is worthwhile if the audience for most of my learning is me? ...

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10
Mar
2011

The question

I have been working with some colleagues on my reflective practice. As a result of these initial conversation I have...

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18
Feb
2011

The differing faces of education

What does your version of education or physical education look like? I ask thequestion as I have just read a paper b...

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23
Jan
2011

Teacher as researcher and the future survival of physical education

In the last year I've had the opportunity to visit and talkwith teachers and teacher educators in Spain, Ireland and...

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22
Dec
2010

An American in Paris

“Thanks for coming all the way from the Swiss Alps. Are the huskiesoutside?” This was the greeting I received from...

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15
Dec
2010

Primeval me

Primeval Me by Nalda Wainwright The cold weather gripping the country hasmade me very glad of the log burner in my...

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03
Dec
2010

A response to Ashley's Blog about Blogging

As physical educators’ we are well versed in thedesirability of ‘warming up’ appropriately. On con...

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26
Nov
2010

Reflection: from 'paper and pen' blogging to the web

A focus in the physical education and sport pedagogyresearch group has been on getting our new doctoral students to ...

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16
Nov
2010

What has been said about Models-based practice?

I have talked before about model-based practice (i.e.alternative approaches to teaching in physical education that p...

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01
Nov
2010

Challenges and Opportunities of using Game-Centered approaches to teaching, coaching and learning

Dr. Ashley Casey invited me to contribute a ‘blog’ about Game-Centered approaches to teaching, coaching and learning...

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26
Oct
2010

Working with alternatives pedagogies that work

A month ago in my blog ‘are alternative pedagogies good foryour teaching’ I proposed a series on Models-Based practi...

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12
Oct
2010

The Idea of Professional Development and its discontents

In his inaugural lecture at Leeds Metropolitan University Professor David Kirk developed a discussion around the p...

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05
Oct
2010

Professional Development: Needs for a new professional role

I must open this blog with an apology. In my last blog I promised that it was the first of a series of blogs about m...

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21
Sep
2010

Are alternative pedagogies good for your teaching?

The pages of research journals, professional magazines, websites and conference bookstands are filled with miracle c...

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09
Sep
2010

Schools and healthy lifestyles

Day four began with a Phys Ed session exploring perspectives on physical education. The first paper explored physica...

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08
Sep
2010

Practitioners researching their own practices

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31
Aug
2010

Physical Education: re-discovering pedagogy

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28
Aug
2010

“Red door and back!” : Bad Habits in Physical Education

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10
Aug
2010

Back to basics?

This blog has emerged out of a manufactured chance retweet on twitter. My preferred means of access my twitter accou...

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29
Jul
2010

Filling a gap (or just another brick in the wall)

Websites. We see lots of them every day; scores in a week, hundreds in a month (you get the idea) but what makes the...

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21
Jul
2010

Research into the use of technology in Physical Education

The dominant discourse in physical education over the last three decades has been focused on the staid pedagogical f...

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20
Jul
2010

Being a Piano Player

When I was a young rugby player someone said to me "there are two types of Rugby players: Piano Carriers and Piano P...

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16
Jul
2010

Student-designed games

I started working with student-designed games (SDG) last year and was excited by the depth of learning it engendered...

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24
Jun
2010

New ways to the problem of living

As those who follow me on twitter will know I have been at the 16 International Reflective Practice Conference this ...

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17
Jun
2010

The hardest part...

The hardest part...   And the hardest part Was letting go, not taking part Was the hardest part An...

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10
Jun
2010

The Appliance of Science

I received my iPad a couple of days ago and I keep trying to find reasons to use it. It is wonderful as a toy but I ...

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02
Jun
2010

Is it time for an anti-ablest pedagogy?

We traditionally have an ablest approach to teaching. We definitely have an ablest approach to teaching physical edu...

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26
May
2010

Teaching Games for Understanding

This approach to teaching put the game first. However this is not a playing games just to keep students 'busy, happy...

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18
May
2010

Does Continued Professional Development do anything?

I am just reading up about continued professional development (CPD) and it simply doesn't seem to achieve anything o...

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15
May
2010

Birth of the un-modern school?

In his book Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison Michel Foucault (1977) suggests that schools adopted thei...

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11
May
2010

Creating a virtual staffroom

As I have said previously, I have secured funding available to create a physical education practitioner research net...

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08
May
2010

I'm a teacher... get me into here!

This is the sentiment that I would like to inspire in the teachers in the local community. Continued Professional De...

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05
May
2010

The expertise of the practitioner

Teachers have suffered from bad press of late (and some would argue not just of late). Their professionalism has bee...

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27
Apr
2010

Physical Education is...?

I saw this argument discussed (or mentioned) on twitter and thought I would try and answer it. I am not sure that th...

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20
Apr
2010

Cooperation rather than just collaboration

A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life depend on the labours of other men, living a...

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15
Apr
2010

Action Research for the Reflective Teacher

Check out this SlideShare Presentation: http://www.slideshare.net/DrAshCasey/reflective-teacher

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13
Apr
2010

Making Cooperation part of your teaching

I have been interested in the use of cooperative learning in my teaching for a number of years. My interest grew out...

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07
Apr
2010

The action research cycle

I thought it might be useful to look at the action research cycle itself and use a technological example, which seem...

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03
Apr
2010

Finding a starting point for teachers-as-researchers

This first post is dedicated to a number of people: Kurt Lewin who first coined the phrase "action research" and...

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