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The PE Umbrella | Podcasting ALL things Primary Physical Education

Ryan Ellis here, the founder and host of the PE Umbrella, a Primary Physical Education podcast that discusses all things PE. Interviewing inspiring practitioners from the primary education sector, I will be sharing the latest in excellent practice and discussing what makes PE and Sport such an important tool to engage and enhance the learning of children (across the curriculum) so they are ready to leave school with a solid platform to lead a healthy lifestyle and enjoy lifelong physical activity! I will share insights into what makes the top practitioners of today tick, asking about their favourite PE resources, what activities are a must have in the locker for any teacher and success stories about WHAT REALLY WORKS! All in all, the PE Umbrella is about inspiring YOU in YOUR own teaching practice and providing you with the tools, ideas and resources to take ACTION! So come and join me under the PE Umbrella!
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Aug 28, 2017

Welcome to episode 85 of The PE Umbrella podcast! This week I am delighted to bring you a new game creation of my own, made up using a combination of wonderful existing games. I have always found it pretty hard to 'completely' switch off from 'work mode' and during my recent 3 week holiday, I had the urge to create a new game ready for my return to the Holiday Camps that we run at Sporting Influence. As such, 'Yoda Rescue' or 'Capture the Yoda' was born! I have trialled this game out several times now on my return to the activity camps, tweaking it as I go and in this episode I bring you the most successful version to date. Taking you through step by step, I explain how to set the game up, how to introduce the rules and which progressions to add. To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of Yoda Rescue. Simply find it on the podcasts page or type 'Yoda' into the search bar and the episode will pop right up.

So what are you waiting for? Come on over, and join me under The PE Umbrella!

Aug 6, 2017

Welcome to episode 84 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella this week are two exceptional practitioners in their field, Bryn Llewellyn, former teacher, deputy head and acting headteacher and now the founder of Tagtiv8 and also Andy Daly-Smith, a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University with a particular focus on physical activity and behaviour science in young children. This episode has a key focus on Physically Active Learning as we share opinions, research and tips on how we can endeavour to make this common practice in our schools. Topics discussed include: - What do we mean by Active Learning (AL), What does it actually look like? - Why is AL important from a physical perspective? - What are the wider benefits of AL? Why should teachers bother? - How does Tagtiv8 provide a pathway to achieving this? - What impact are we seeing from Tagtiv8 and other studies? - What does the wider research into AL say, both in the UK and around the world? - What are the current barriers to AL in our Schools? Can we overcome them? So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella for some in depth Active Learning chatter and advice!

Jul 2, 2017

Welcome to episode 83 of the PE Umbrella Podcast. In this reflection episode, I put the education world to rights about the emphasis it has on 'measurement' and how, in my opinion, all it seems to be achieving is churning out robots at the end of it. Let's drop the measurement and data driven education system and instead look at helping children find their inner genius, develop confidence and work on life skills/knowledge that really matters!

Inspired by Jamie Oliver and his 'Made by Dyslexia' video. Catch it HERE!

Jun 18, 2017

This is episode 82 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Children's Health Educator and former Team GB Olympian Peter Bakare. During this episode, we discuss... - How Peters early PE experiences shaped his career path. - How his experience as an athlete impacted on his subsequent career choices. - Where the most alarming gaps are when it comes to Children's Health Education. - Nutri Troops, what is it and how will it make a difference? So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella!

Jun 11, 2017

This is episode 81 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Evolve Regional Manager and PE co-ordinator, Chris Lincoln. During this episode, we discuss... - How Chris lives what he preaches and serves from a full vessel! - How Evolve are impacting schools across the country. - How Chris had staff signing up to do Tough Mudders! - Where has children's imagination gone? - What I could expect from my first day in Mr Lincolns. - What Chris has learned about himself and the physed profession in the past 6 months. - What his worst experience of teaching PE was and what he learned from it. So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella!

May 29, 2017

This is episode 80 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Middle School Physical Education teacher, and woman of many talents Jessica Shawley. During this episode, we discuss... - How Jessica lives what she preaches and serves from a full vessel! - What I could expect from my first day in Mrs Shawley's Physed class. - What Jessica has learned about herself and the physed profession in the past 6 months. - What her worst experience of teaching PE was and what she learned from it. So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella!

May 20, 2017

Welcome to episode 79 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Middle School Physical Education teacher, Stephanie Sandino. During this episode, we discuss...

- How Stephanie lives what she preaches and serves from a full vessel!

- What I could expect from my first day in Stephanie's Physed class.

- What Stephanie has learned about herself and the physed profession in the past 12 months.

- Why Stephanie fosters the 'Red Rubber ball' outlook and how she helps her students find theirs.

In addition to this, we discuss the show regulars and find out what her top instant activities are and her top class management tips. So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella!

May 13, 2017

Welcome to episode 78 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is K-6 Physical Education teacher, Mike Ginicola. During this episode, we discuss...

- How Mike lives what he preaches and serves from a full vessel!

- What I could expect from my first day in Mike Ginicola's Physed class.

- What Gamification means to Mike and how it benefits his class.

- How he fosters Growth Mindset both personally and in his classroom.

All of this plus all of the show favourites are crammed into this awesome episode! So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join us Under the Umbrella! 

Apr 23, 2017

Welcome to episode 77 of The PE Umbrella podcast! This week I bring you a wonderful resource episode and share with you a game born out of a recent activity camp I worked on...Ellis Ball! Inspired by Joey Feith on his recent appearance on the show, and mentions of 'Calvin Ball', a game with rules that are essentially made up as you go along, I thought I'd give the concept a go myself and the results were awesome! Ellis Ball was born and plenty of fun was had! So if you're approaching your Summer units and want to kick off your striking and fielding unit with a BANG, give this a go! You won't be disappointed. To assist you in your listening, head over to www.peumbrella.com and pick up the FREE accompanying PDF of Ellis Ball. So what are you waiting for? Come on over, and join me under The PE Umbrella!

Apr 15, 2017

Welcome to episode 76 of The PE Umbrella podcast! This week I embark on another reflection episode, mulling over a recent student essay that I read, suggesting that PE shouldn't be mandatory. I share my own opinions on why PE absolutely should be mandatory and challenge some of the 'negative' perceptions that the author has on the subject that I and many others love so much! Be sure to tweet me your thoughts @ryansporting or email me ryanellis.peumbrella@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing what you have got to say! So come on over, and join me under The PE Umbrella!

Apr 2, 2017

Welcome to episode 75 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Physical Education teacher from here in the UK, Kate Tiffen. As a teacher of 17 years, Kate has experienced working on both sides of the fence, both in State schools and Independent school, where she currently teaches. As the first Independent school PhysEd teacher I have had on the show, I was keen to find out 'How the other half live' and if the PhysEd side of things is all it's cracked up to be. During the episode I probe Kate about the value placed on PE as a subject in both sectors and what core differences she sees between the two. Do both provide a high quality Physical Education? Is the curriculum coverage the same? Is Independent PhysEd the pinnacle, or is there still more to be done? All of this as well as the show favourites are discussed during todays show, so come on over, and join us under The PE Umbrella!

Mar 18, 2017

Welcome to episode 74 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is top Physical Educator and Ironman athlete from Down Under, Sean de Morton! As a dedicated professional and creator of 'Aussie Physed' alongside his good friend Andy Hair, Sean is making a difference to the children he teaches on a daily basis by providing them with an outstanding learning environment in which to flourish. Alongside this he is an exceptional Ironman athlete and self proclaimed Irondad to his own children! During this episode, we discuss... - How Sean Lives what he preaches and serves from a full vessel! - What I could expect from my first day in Mr Morton's PhysEd class - What is Flipped Learning? - How to engage and motivate through the use of video. - His favourite warm up/instant activity. - Physed Expression Sessions All of this and more in yet another BUMPER episode of The PE Umbrella Podcast!

Mar 18, 2017

Welcome to episode 72 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is Former Primary Teacher, Personal Trainer & Founder of the Childrens Health Project, Ilse Fullarton! During this episode we talk about the ever changing landscape of Physical education and the ever growing need (in our opinion) to have a year round focus on health education with the children we teach. Ilse shares her own powerful story and talks us through The Childrens Health Project, a passion of hers born out of personal struggles, one of which can impact on thousands of the children we teach! Don't worry, we even had time to delve into how Ilse takes care of her own priorities both mentally and physically, on top of sharing her own best teaching practice, including favourite warm up and top class management tip! This episode really is bursting at the seams with knowledge bombs, So what are you waiting for? Come on over to join us Under the Umbrella!

Mar 12, 2017

Welcome to episode 73 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is non other than The Physical Educator himself, Joey Feith! As the creator of www.thephysicaleducator.com, Joey is and has been making a real difference to the lives of teachers around the world, as well as the students he teaches for years now! Sharing creative and innovative practice on a regular basis, Joey is held in the highest regard for many physical educators as he drives the profession forward through all of his endeavours. As a huge fan and advocate of his work myself, it was a real pleasure to have him on the show! During this episode, we discuss... - How Joey continues to produce amazing resources weekly. - How Joey Lives what he preaches and serves from a full vessel! - What I could expect from my first day in Coach Feith's Physed class. - The best lesson Joey has ever taught and why. - His favourite warm up/instant activity. - The best post he has shared since the relaunch of his awesome website! All of this and much much more in this HUGE episode! So be like Joey and get your note pad and pen ready... Come on over to join us Under the Umbrella!

Feb 26, 2017

Welcome to The PE Umbrella Podcast, episode 71! Today, I reflect on the use of 'Gamification' in a physical education setting. Does it add value and purpose or is it causing problems in the long run? Buckle in for some honest truths as I unpick what is truly going on. I'll see you Under the Umbrella!

Feb 12, 2017

Welcome to episode 70 of the PE Umbrella podcast. This week marks a very special episode as I welcome my older brother Rob to the show. The inspiration behind much of my own career path, Rob is a Secondary physed teacher of over ten years now and has experienced being head of years 7-13. In this episode I seek to understand how secondary PE teachers view what is going on in Primary PE and if it is good enough. The fact is, you may be triggered by some of what we discuss in this episode, but remember, we are not generalising the whole population, rather speaking from our own experiences. So sit back and enjoy a brotherly chat about all things physed Under the Umbrella!

Feb 5, 2017

Welcome to episode 69 of the PE Umbrella Podcast. This week, I am sharing with you my recent journey into the power of creation. What do I mean by that? Well, I have recently being creating specific resources for the work I am currently delivering and it has been awesome! By using the App 'Comic Life' I have breathed new life into my teaching resources and created ones that are teacher specific, student specific and some that are both. During this episode I share with you and discuss a resource that fits each of those categories and explain how I have used it and what benefits it has brought to my teaching. Make sure you head over to www.peumbrella.com and grab all three as they are on there for FREE! So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join me Under the Umbrella.

Jan 29, 2017

Welcome to episode 68 of The PE Umbrella podcast! Joining me Under the Umbrella today is middle school Physical Educator and PHYSEDagogy collaborator, Sarah Gietschier-Hartman! During this episode we discuss how Sarah keeps herself fulfilled outside of teaching with mind and body, before diving head first into her teaching experience, with knowledge bombs and actionable takeaways for you to try! New games - Check Favourite Warm up - Check Class Management tip - Check Top resources - Check Get your note pad and pen at the ready and come on over to join us Under the Umbrella!

Jan 22, 2017

Hello and Welcome to episode 67 of The PE Umbrella Podcast. This week, you have me all to yourself as I reflect and preview some changes that are coming to the podcast interviews in the coming months, testing out some of the content on myself first. I am a firm believer of: "Live What You Preach" During this episode I talk about my mind and body in particular, and how I keep myself fulfilled and in the best state of mind to teach the children I work with without hitting burnout. After all... "you can't serve others from an empty vessel" So come and join me Under the Umbrella and see how i try to keep my own vessel firmly afloat!

Jan 15, 2017

Welcome to The PE Umbrella Podcast, Episode 66. In this reflection episode, I discuss the beginnings of my journey to reshape my teaching pedagogy and take it down a co-operative learning based route. This week saw me dive in head first into using some key 'indicators' that define a co-operative learning classroom and use them with a year 1/2 class. What did I teach? What resources did I use? Why am I doing it? Jump Under the Umbrella this week to find out these answers and more!

Jan 8, 2017

Welcome to The PE Umbrella Podcast, Episode 65! In the first episode of 2017, I interview David Hazelgrove and Jonathan Moore, the brains behind SucceedIn, an online platform that is a one stop shop for all of your Primary PE needs. Providing a platform for the planning, delivery and assessment for your entire program of work, David and Jonathan explain how SucceedIn has helped transform the delivery of PE in many schools and why it can be a real asset to any primary teacher that has had little to no training in PE. Worry no more and dive in to see how SucceedIn can help you! I'll see you 'Under the Umbrella'

Dec 31, 2016

Welcome to The PE Umbrella Podcast, Episode 64! In this very special end of year review, I look back at my 'What I've Learned' moments from all of my guests over the past 12 months and condense them into my top 5! I share with you key takeaways that have helped shape my own teaching and views on being a teacher in positive ways, with the hope they do the same for you as we head into 2017! So note pad and pen at the ready... I'll see you 'Under the Umbrella'

Dec 23, 2016

Welcome to the PE Umbrella podcast, episode 63. In this episode I am joined by Jorge Rodriguez, PE teacher in Houston, Texas and host/producer of the stunning Global Physed Voxcast! In this phenomenal episode we talk about all things PhysEd including what he has learned about his teaching this year, his biggest takeaways from producing his own podcast, what a typical lesson looks like and what is his BEST LESSON EVER! Plus, I ask Jorge the regular show favourites including why PE, favourite warm up and top class management tip! I hope Santa brought you a note pad and pen because you're going to need it! So what are you waiting for? Come and join us both 'Under the Umbrella'

Dec 18, 2016

Welcome to the PE Umbrella podcast, episode 62. In this episode I am joined by Pete Charrette, a K-5 Elementary Physed teacher & 2009 GAHPERD Elem PE Teacher of the Year, Pete has 29 years teaching experience under his belt. Perhaps better known under the name of "Cap'n Pete", he is the proud creator of some 450+ resources for Physed on Teachers pay Teachers and a big advocate for driving physical education forward! In this episode we delve into some of Pete's favourite resources, top class management advice and his plans for delving into the TGFU model in his teaching during the new year! So what are you waiting for? Come and join us both 'Under the Umbrella'

Dec 12, 2016

Welcome to episode 61 of The PE Umbrella Podcast. This week, I dive into more reflections and delve into the world of language and motivation, dancing around both issues as I seek to suggest ways in which the language you use can impact your students. In the episode I cover thoughts around Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset concept and guide you towards The Physical Educator to become a YETI as well as share an inspiring 'Yet' story from the professional world of sport. I also question the use of 'Practice' as part of teaching vocabulary and voice how I think it can be seen as a negative and uninspiring way to look at doing things. I offer up alternatives and set you, the listeners a challenge ready to take up in your own teaching this week. So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join me Under the Umbrella!

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