Purposeful Planning: Unit Plans Part 1

Hello all! Today I will be starting off a new series of posts, how I plan with purpose and meaning behind my lessons and learning experiences with students. I think that a good place to start is to take a look at how I approach my units and design the learning experience surrounding my students.…

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The Physical Education Matrix: Establishing Quality Practices

With the global pandemic of 2020, hopefully we all have had some time to reflect on the qualities of a Physical Education program. 2020 has been an interesting year. We have seen the rise of distance learning, the loss of teacher-focused pedagogy and the birth of innovative 21st-century pedagogy, the creation YouTube PE/Fitness sensations like…

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#TINCANCHAT with Pat: Back to School After COVID-19

With many of us going back to school, I have teamed up with Patrick Hughes to put on a virtual chat!! In this chat we will have the chance to address hot topics, share some ideas and strategies to address the changing landscape of education and make some new professional connections with others! Our first…

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Purposeful Planning: eBook Out Now

Hello everyone!! I hope that we all are staying safe, active and healthy! Recently I have been working on developing my first ebook, Purposeful Planning: Unit Plans. In this ebook I unpack a TWO hour in-person PD session so that you can learn on your own and take it into your practice the very next…

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Purposeful Planning in a Virtual World Webinar

Hello everyone! I hope that things are safe and calm wherever you are in the world. This is definitely an interesting time that we are in as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us will see some drastic changes coming ina. very short time! Recently I worked with my good pal Dale…

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Kicking Off a New Chapter

Hello everyone! If you haven’t been following along, we have packed up our lil family and moved to Macao to become part of The International School of Macao (TIS) family. TIS is an Alberta accredited international school that offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program for the grade 11 and 12 students. Students have the…

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2018-2019 Year-In-Review

Hello everyone and thank you for taking a look at my reflections for the 2018-2019 school year. It has been a bit of a chaotic/struggling year (hence the lack of content-driven posts) and I am very excited to share what is in store in the near future. Before I address that, I wanted to reflect…

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Designing Meaningful Experiences Part 1: Unpacking

Hello PE/Athletics/Education world!! A couple of weeks ago, I shared an image on Twitter. It was something that I have been thinking about and struggling with for some time. When I was completing my Master’s degree in 2013, I came across the model of competition. It was a framework that would help promote and foster…

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Aligning Curriculum to Best Practices

Hello everyone! Apologies for the lack of recent posts, but things have been a tad busy in my world of physical and health education. Enough of my excuses, let’s get right into the topic of this post: using the curriculum to guide best practices in physical education. Before we get any further, let’s define the…

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Interview Feature on 30Seconds.com

Hello everyone! I hope that the summer has been great and that your batteries are recharged and ready to head into another exciting year! It is funny how things play out. I was sitting here, planning out a nice little “back to school” post when I received this notification that my interview with 30Seconds.com has…

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Facilitating Student-Created Outcomes: Revisited

Earlier this year, I wrote a post about a new practice I was trying out this year with my grade 10 Boys Physical Education class. This was the Facilitating Student-Created Outcomes  (SCO’s) where I explored how the process was created and the steps I was taking t to implement it in my class. Well, after…

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The Evolution of My Unit Planning

Recently in my career as a Physical Education teacher, I was looking for a way to connect my students to something more than just standards and outcomes. I was looking for a way to connect them to the motivation, confidence, competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and engage in physical activity for life. For years…

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Facilitating Student-Created Outcomes

One area of my professional practice I challenge myself and constantly reflect on is assessment. It is such a powerful learning tool that can not only provide timely and effective feedback but can completely enhance the learning experience of the student. Bottom line: it is one of the most powerful learning tools a professional can…

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Reflections of a Masterclass

Hello everyone!! I know, it’s been a while! I originally wanted to do a post about starting the year off on the right note but how engaging would it be to hear I’ve been playing “catch up” for eight weeks? This past weekend I had the opportunity to be a Masterclass presenter at ConnectedPE. This…

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2016-2017: Year in Review

Well, it’s that time of year again! The end of an another school year filled with excitement, growth, challenge and of course reflection. We all do it in the final days of operation and wonder “where did the year go?” and start planning out our summer adventures. But before I go on my first summer…

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What is #PhysicalLiteracy: My Journey

I know, I know. It’s been a while since I last posted, I swear that it is for a good reason #HereComesTheExcuses. Recently I was giving a presentation at a #teachmeet here in Dubai (you should follow this on twitter @dxb_pe) and I spoke about Physical Literacy and its role in assessment in Physical Education.…

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What is Your Purpose: Anthony De Giorgio

This year I decided to step outside of my comfort zone with my professional development and networking, I decided to fully embrace my use of Twitter. I have had my twitter account since 2010 but never really used it until I witnessed the potential that it has at the ConnectedPE conference. The way you can…

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Developing an Assessment Framework

Word Of Caution: This is a LOOOOONG post so better go get a coffee/water, maybe a snack and possibly have a bathroom break before we start. Assessment, everyones favorite topic! If you want to get a heated conversation going in your staff meetings or department, just say this magic word and watch the show. It…

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What is Your Purpose: Robert McLeod

Rob is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador with 6 Guinness World Records and 10 World Championships! He is frequently asked to come into schools to speak to students and run frisbee workshops. This year he will be on the panel at the YYC Fit and will be presenting at the Alberta HPEC/GEOC conference coming…

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The Art of Going Paperless

Just a fair warning, this may come across as an advertisement but I assure you that I am not receiving any funds for promoting these products. One can only wish right? In my first post I spoke about the professional challenge I took this year fully implementing technology throughout my professional practice. To be completely honest,…

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The PE Teachers Rant

So, I have been wanting to create this poster for sometime now. Being a Physical Education teacher is often filled with frustration because of the stereotypes that are associated with our awesome profession. Boooo stereotypes!! If you are not from the greatest nation in the world, you might not get the beauty of the rant.…

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What is Your Purpose?

I know what you are thinking, when did health and physical educators become so philosophical? Don’t they just roll out a ball and watch kids play while they finish their morning coffee and check sports scores? I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but that age-old stereotype is long gone and doesn’t have a place in…

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Reflecting on: #wellness 

Well, its that time of year again. Exams are right around the corner and it’s an excellent time for me to take a step back and really reflect on student wellness. It’s the perfect time to see where we are at and what support that we need to provide for our students. Why during exams…

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Leadership Lessons I Learned From Becoming a Parent

As Health and Physical Education professionals, each and every one of us hold a very important leadership role for our students. If you are really lucky, this leadership role may also transfer to your staff and your school community (if you read that with a tone of sarcasm then I know what you are thinking!).…

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Change: A Terrifying Word

Want to see highly educated professionals suddenly become afraid, just say “we are changing…” in a meeting. I have always found this reaction interesting. Why do teachers find change so intimidating? Why do emotions run so high when change is coming down the pipes? Is it because people see change as a chance of failure…

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A Year in Review: 2016

Well, here it is. As 2016 winds down and 2017 is gearing up and getting ready to go, this is an excellent opportunity to sit back and reflect on a very busy 2016.  When I think about my professional goals and development I can only think of one word that can describe it: change. For…

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