It is essential to look at PE from a very different lens as we move forward in the 21st century. Times have changed so rapidly in education and with these changes, we are often challenged to think very differently toward the subjects that are taught in schools.
I have always believed that the art of teaching physical education must change to better reflect the needs of learners in the 21st century. I agree that keeping kids active is an essential component of our practice, but there are a number of other very important considerations we must reflect on when teaching physical education.
Giving our students a clear, concise, and consistent way of describing and defining success is paramount within any PE program and often times this means that we must teach outside the box of sport. We must foster and build upon our students' abilities to critically think, to find problems/obstacles, and to overcome these challenges. Arming students with the skills necessary to conquer adversity is what being successful in sport is all about. More importantly, teaching the skills necessary to overcome adversity not only helps our students in PE and in sport, but better prepares them for life, both in and out of school. If this isn't our ultimate aim as educators, I am not sure what is!
I am always on the lookout for innovative thinkers and am very happy to have made a great connection with Nathan Horne, the founder of i-Physed. Nathan is one of these excellent educators that not only thinks outside the box and outside the realm of physical education, he shares what he does on an ongoing basis in order to make others better at what they do. He recently put together an excellent presentation on 'Critical Thinking in PE' and took an in-depth look at using the TGFU model to better promote inquiry in physical education classes. I have embedded the You Tube presentation and recommend anyone reading this blog to watch it.
Excellent job Nathan, keep up the good work!