The Future of (Physical) Education?

I have had the fortune of having a long enough summer break and now face the prospect of getting back to work. I am desperate to be able to teach in front of a group of children again. I miss all the little problems and challenges my job has when teaching a class: conflict resolution, […]

Teaching During Corona Virus Closures

I’m sure everyone is aware of the Covid-19 virus that is spreading around the globe.  I teach in an international school in Milan, Italy.  Italy has been highly impacted by the Covid-19 virus with the 3rd highest amount of cases at present (4th March).  Milan is situated in the region of Lombardy, which has had […]

Move Aside Dance…It’s Jump Rope Time!

Teach to your strengths! I’m a firm believer in teaching students key skills they need in order to develop themselves in my PE classes.  However, when it comes to creating a dance sequence or teaching dance techniques I am not a confident teacher.  I need to really push through my inhibitions in order to teach […]

Da Yuan – New Beginnings

After the death of Gengis Khan, his grandson who unified China gave himself the name of Da Yuan to signify a new beginning in the region.  Moving continent with my recently married wife – I feel the name Da Yuan resonates with me at this moment in time. Three years working in Mexico, working only […]

Assessment Choice for Movement Composition in Middle School

Movement Composition can be a difficult unit if you feel that the only way you can teach students to learn to control and master their body is through gymnastics.  In my unit I decided to introduce some new activities for them as well as include the traditional form of gymnastics.  The activities covered in this […]

Bliss

I find myself entering into bliss this week due the accumulation of a grueling schedule I know only exists in Mexico. Eighteen weeks have been spent in work with only TWO days from Monday-Friday being days off thanks to “Day of the Dead” and “All Saints Day”. No half term holidays, no bank holidays that […]

Cooperative Learning within Sports Education

Cooperative learning was something that I only had ever seen in an well established primary school visit when I was a student teacher, it was amazing to see the students read a book together cooperatively with the task sheet of asking the group questions to stimulate discussion and make predictions.  3 years later I still […]

Authentic Physical Fitness Unit

Creating authentic and meaningful physical fitness units is something that has challenged PE teachers for decades, everyone with own ideas and tweaks of what works and what does not work.  My objective for this unit was to: – Challenge pupil knowledge on physical and health related fitness – Expose pupils to real world jobs (Physical […]

International Activities

Our penultimate unit I chose to plan and implement “international activties”.  Being an international school, we need to include and expose pupils to international sports they may not have experienced before.  For a Mexican school we decided to teach the activities of badminton (U.K), modified hockey (U.K/Canada), ultimate frisbee (U.S.A) and baseball (U.S.A).  Thankfully my […]