Using research informed ideas within my teaching has always been something I have tried to do however it can be difficult to access research material unless you are directly involved in academic work through a university. I feel as teachers we should be aware of what current research is suggesting about Physical Education. The Association for PE do provide a termly publication for their members called “Physical Education Matters” which has many ideas, some of which are research based to inspire and enhance delivery of the subject. For an additional cost they also offer the journal “Physcial Education and Sport Pedagogy”
However if you like me are looking for a free option!! You must check out Dr Ashley Casey’s (@DrAshCasey) blog where he is undergoing a major project, reviewing a research paper a week from the 98 published in “The Major Theme’s in Physical Education” book edited by Professor David Kirk. This really is narrowing the gap between research and practice and can stimulate some excellent discussion from around the globe. This insight into what research tells us about our subject has certainly helped me to reflect upon my own practice and I am grateful to him for the work he is putting into this blog.
After a very productive departmental meeting I thought I’d share a few thoughts and ideas that we are looking to develop. There have been loads of good things going on in the department and we are now looking to formalise these as well as develop a few more. In order to do this one of my colleagues came up with the idea of recording video footage/snippets of lessons to upload and share with everyone else. We’re lucky to have staff iPads so this will be a relatively simple process! Using video will be a quick way of sharing ideas and discussing people’s thoughts on a variety of teaching and learning strategies.
We then took this a step further by suggesting it would also be useful to share other resources we create be it lesson plans or ideas for conditioned games etc. either as word processed files, presentations of via apps such as explain everything. To enable this we have created a file in Google Drive to share all of our departmental documents, many of which are created with the google apps suite. We are fortunate that the school has adopted google apps for education, giving each member of staff a google drive account with 5GB of online storage. Within the main departmental folder we have a variety of folders, with one being specifically designated for teaching and learning ideas. Here we will have a variety of sub folders for different activity areas, examination subjects such as GCSE, a folder for starters, plenaries and ideas for integrating ICT. Ideas created or discovered can then be placed within this folder which is immediately shared with all, giving access at anytime from anywhere.
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes…