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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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Nov 27, 2016

Welcome to the PE Umbrella podcast, episode 59. In this episode I am joined by Andy Vasily, a true fountain of knowledge and experience, all things Physed. In this bumper episode we talk about Andy's own goals, what he has learned so far this year and how we can help develop a growth mindset so we don't feel defined by our mistakes. Plus, I ask Andy the regular show favourites including his top warm ups, resources and favourite use of tech in the PE classroom! Note pad and pen at the ready to prepare for some Physed knowledge bombs... Come and join us both 'Under the Umbrella'

Nov 20, 2016

Welcome to episode 58 of The PE Umbrella Podcast. This week I delve right into step four from 'The Five Steps to a Winning Mindset', as highlighted by Professor Damian Hughes in his latest bestselling book. This episode is all about 'Practical Language'. I stress the importance of not only 'simplicity' when giving instructions, but the practicality of the language we use with the students we teach. I reflect on my own language when teaching and highlight case studies when my language has been too abstract, and examples when I have perhaps got it just right. During the episode I also answer the questions... - What is practical language? - Why is practical language essential for learning? This really is a short reflection episode that packs a big punch. It really did have me questioning my own teaching right now, as well as my past experiences. I am a notorious 'ranter' and having recently worked hard cutting down on my teacher talk time, this gave me another dimension to now consider that will impact greatly on the quality of my teaching. So before you begin, ask yourself...How practical is your language when teaching? So what are you waiting for? Come and join me Under the Umbrella.

Nov 12, 2016

In Episode 57 of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I delve right into the third step from 'The Five Steps to a Winning Mindset', as highlighted by Professor Damian Hughes, but with a slight twist. Initially, my focus was going to be all around 'Emotion', but after digging deeper into the book, I decided to base my reflection around 3 key points that contribute towards delivering a powerful lesson and creating a purposeful learning environment. These 3 areas are... CONNECTION ATTENTION INTENTION This episode is a brain dump of sorts, as I reflect on my own practice in these areas as well as ask you, the listeners, questions about your own teaching. How are you forging and building relationships? Do you honestly show an interest in your students? How do you get the attention of your class? Is there an intention and purpose to your teaching? All of these questions arise from this episode and as always I hope there is at least one golden nugget of information you can take away and think about. Please do get in touch and share your own experiences and thoughts because I love hearing from you!

Nov 5, 2016

Welcome to the PE Umbrella podcast, episode 56. In todays show, I am joined by Physed Teacher and founder of @PEPEPtalk Bob Knipe, AKA Coack K! During this packed episode, we delve into the meaning behind The PE Umbrella, how we can continue stoking the fire in our practice and discover the origins of PEPEPtalk. Plus, I delve into the regular show favourites with Bob, including his class management tips, favourite resources and must have warm up activity! So what are you waiting for? Come and join us both 'Under the Umbrella'

Oct 30, 2016

In Episode 55 of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I delve right into the second step from 'Five Steps to a Winning Mindset', as highlighted by Professor Damian Hughes This episode is all about 'Thinking'. Did you know that in any given day our brains make up to 10,000 trivial decisions? Exhausting work! As I began thinking about thinking I devised a series of key questions to build this episode around and uncovered more along the way. - As teachers, do we think enough? - Are you guilty of over thinking? - As teachers, do we challenge our students to think enough? Is it important? It was immensely enjoyable recording this episode as I was able to pick apart scenarios from my own teaching practice and verbalise inner feelings that others may, or may not be able to relate to. For one, I know I am still paving my own path towards clarity in my teaching and working on living in the moment when I am teaching. As John Wooden said himself: "Don't let yesterday take up too much of today" Please do get in touch and share your own experiences and thoughts on this topic, I'd love to know your opinions. So what are you waiting for? Jump out of the rain and join me 'Under the Umbrella' for some Physed chat!

Oct 22, 2016

Welcome to the PE Umbrella podcast, episode 54, in which I am joined by my first EVER repeat guest Aaron Beighle. As a quick reminder, Aaron is a Physed Teacher, teacher trainer and author with a number of years experience under his belt! In this episode, we deviate from our standard Q+A format and simply discuss some of the finer points about classroom management. The discussion itself is formed largely around an article that myself and Aaron both read online titled: "Good Classroom Management is Nothing to be Proud of" This somewhat controversial title sparks us into action and allows us to get our teeth stuck into a number of talking points including... Does Classroom Management Matter? Should I worry about class management and will it impact my teaching? Can I really be a great teacher without the ability to control a class of children? Should we be changing what we do as teachers as a result of poor student behaviour? So what are you waiting for? Come and join us both 'Under the Umbrella' for insights, knowledge bombs and golden nuggets of information!

Oct 15, 2016

In Episode 53 of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I embark on the first of what will be a series of episodes that explores the 'Five Steps to a Winning Mindset' as described in Damian Hughes latest book. During this episode I explore step one, Simplicity, and how the worlds best leaders and teachers are able to articulate instructions and directions in their simplest form. I reflect on my teaching week gone by and highlight my concern over my own teacher talk time and how I intend to minimise 'pointless talk' going forward. As a result of this podcast, I will be conducting a teaching experiment this week to see if I am able to explain my activities in 140 characters or less, as Professor Hughes urges leaders (teachers) to think like they tweet...this will be documented over twitter and subsequently on the show notes page at www.peumbrella.com. After all... 'It's not about how many balls (instructions) you can throw, It's understanding how many your children can catch'. I would love to hear your own views on my weekly reflections and if you have similar experiences, so what are you waiting for? Come and join me 'Under the Umbrella'

Oct 8, 2016

Welcome to the PE Umbrella podcast, episode 52. In this episode I am joined by Physed Teacher and IronMan competitor Andy Hair. In this bumper episode we discuss a whole host of physed topics including goal setting, risk taking and teaching philosophies. Want to hear how Andy incorporated skateboarding in his curriculum? Want to play 'Finding Nemo' as an ice breaker? Then look no further! Plus, I ask Andy the regular show favourites including his top warm ups, resources and class management advice! So prepare yourself for action and grab a note pad and pen as Andy drops knowledge bombs galore! Come and join us both 'Under the Umbrella'

Oct 1, 2016

Welcome to the PE Umbrella podcast, episode 51, in which I am joined by Physed Teacher, teacher trainer, author and all round fountain of knowledge Aaron Beighle. In this episode we dive into a whole host of topics including how to find a better balance as a physed teacher, specialist PE teachers, top tips for managing a class and we even find out how Aaron would start a lesson with a class he has just met for the first time... Plus, I ask Aaron the regular show favourites including his top warm ups and other great physed resources that we all need to go and check out! So what are you waiting for? Come and join us both 'Under the Umbrella'

Sep 24, 2016

Welcome to the half century episode of The PE Umbrella podcast, Number 50! For the first time in the short history of The PE Umbrella I welcome a dance specialist to the show. In this episode I talk to Caroline 'The Dance Lady' Newman, A specialist from Wiltshire, England that delivers CPD, Cheer and Fun Fitness Sessions across a number of Primary Schools across the region. During this episode we discuss key points including, Why is Dance an important part of the physed curriculum? How to structure a unit of work on Dance? What is her favourite warm up to use in her Dance sessions? All of this and more can be found in this weeks episode so what are you waiting for? Come and join us both 'Under the PE Umbrella'

Sep 10, 2016

Welcome to episode 49 of the PE Umbrella Podcast! In this episode, I share with you my Physed Masterclass, detailing what I consider to be one of the best PE lessons that I've ever taught. I breakdown the build up, warm up, skill progressions and main focus of the session with the hope of inspiring you to take snippets of it to use yourself. As an accompaniment to the new PE Umbrella Academy YouTube channel, the podcast audio allows you to not miss a thing! If video is your thing, head on over to The PE Umbrella Academy YouTube channel to watch the Masterclass there! So what are you waiting for? Come on over and join me Under the Umbrella'

Sep 2, 2016

Welcome to the PE Umbrella podcast, episode 48! In this episode I am joined by PE development and Technology specialist Naomi Hartl. In this episode we delve into her favourite uses of tech, must have warm up (IT IS SUPERB!), reflect on her best lesson ever as I gear up for the launch of The PE Umbrella Academy YouTube channel and discuss her highlights from PEInstitute16, including her keynote to finish the conference. Have you or your students found your tipping point yet? Well let us help nudge you ever closer as we share knowledge bombs in this killer episode! What are you waiting for? Come and join us both 'Under the Umbrella'

Aug 27, 2016

In this very special episode of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I am joined by Professor Damian Hughes. Damian is an the author of several best selling books including 'Liquid Thinking' 'Liquid Leadership' and 'The Five Steps To A Winning Mindset' to name but a few. On top of this, Damian has worked as a change management consultant and sport psychologist for Sale Sharks, West Bromwich Albion FC, France Rugby League, Warrington Wolves and the England & GB Rugby teams too! In this episode we stray in a completely new direction from past interview episodes and delve into the mindset of children in Primary PE. How much praise is too much? How important is goal setting? Should we rehearse visualisation techniques with our class? All of this and more is answered in this action packed episode! You simply don't want to miss this! It was a genuine pleasure to speak with Damian. He was such a humble and welcoming man, willing to share his wealth of knowledge & experience, describing in actionable terms how we can apply it in Physical Education. So what are you waiting for? Grab your note pad and pen because you will need it! I'll see you 'Under the Umbrella'

Aug 19, 2016

Welcome to the PE Umbrella podcast. In this episode I am joined by K-12th grade PE teacher and 7th-12th grade Health teacher Ryan Armstrong. In this episode we reflect on ALL things primary/elementary PE including his highlights from PEInstitute16, Pokemon themed warm ups and killer class management advice. The enthusiasm that Ryan has for PE is contagious and it was evident from the outset that he just LOVES what he does! During this podcast he shares so much actionable content that is relevant to your own teaching on a day to day basis. For example, Could you be contradicting yourself when using a whistle teaching PE? Come and find out in this episode and join us both 'Under the Umbrella'

Aug 13, 2016

In episode 45 of The PE Umbrella podcast, I am joined by PE teacher and lover of being physically active, Jo Bailey. In this episode, Jo talks about her PEInstitute16 highlights, why and how we can help children find their fun as well as regulars such as her favourite activities and best class management tips! As always, it was a genuine pleasure to talk with somebody with the experience and presence as Jo. Her knowledge and advice really is invaluable and I'm sure you will find yourself nodding along to what she talks about, just as I was myself. So what are you waiting for? Come and join us 'Under the Umbrella' and get inspired!

Aug 6, 2016

In this episode of The PE Umbrella, I am joined by K-8th grade PE teacher Adam Metcalf. In this episode we chat ALL things primary PE including his highlights from PEInstitute16, favourite uses of tech in PE, must do warm up activities and even class management tips! We even talk about his early career transition from a business accounts manager to becoming an outstanding PE teacher! It was a pleasure speaking to Adam as he shared his in depth knowledge with a real passion and articulated them in such an easy to understand way. You are sure to hear some content and advice that you too, can take away into your own PE classroom this week. So what are you waiting for? Come and join us 'Under the Umbrella'

Jul 26, 2016

In this episode of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I am joined by Early Years Physical Development Specialist, Tania Swift. As the director of B Inspired, a company specialising in training, tools and resources for teachers delivering early years PE, Tania has years of experience delivering CPD and workshops that improve the quality of provision in Early Years Physical Education. I feel that early years provision is sometimes overlooked for the 'shiny object' and 'cool' things that can be delivered to older children but in this episode we discuss the importance of a sound early years PE curriculum for laying the foundations towards a more physically literate life and boosting the enjoyment of physical education. So what are you waiting for? Come and join us 'Under the Umbrella' for some early years knowledge bombs!

Jul 17, 2016

In this episode of The PE Umbrella, I am joined by PE teacher Daniel Zito. Currently living and working in Melbourne, Australia, Daniel is a huge supporter of IPad education in the PE setting and Parkour enthusiast! In this episode we chat ALL things primary PE including the best use of IPads in the PE classroom, introducing Parkour in your teaching and even his #peexpressionsessions. You simply don't want to miss this! As always, it was a true pleasure to speak to Daniel, as somebody I have looked up to and followed on Twitter over the past year he produces such inspiring content and he shares an INCREDIBLE amount of ACTIONABLE advice and takeaways in this interview. So what are you waiting for? Come and join us 'Under the Umbrella'

Jul 9, 2016

Episode 41 is the third and final part of my '8 Minute Musings' series of podcasts. During this episode, I discuss the concept of keeping and displaying school sport and athletics records from KS2 (8-11 years old) upwards. Inspired by a recent sports day at a private school that I worked on, my eyes were opened to the fact that every other state school that I have/still do work in do not have such a thing. In my opinion, keeping records can only be a good thing surely? I explain how I think they are of benefit, what I'll be doing to set the wheels in motion in some schools next year and how to keep it sustainable! So what are you waiting for? Come and join me under the umbrella and let me know if you too keep, or are planning on keeping school sporting records! Simply email ryanellis.peumbrella@gmail.com or tweet me @ryansporting

Jul 5, 2016

Episode 40 is the second of a three part series of my '8 Minute Musings'. During this episode, I discuss the statistics behind a recent Twitter Poll that I conducted. Primary Teachers, Do You Enjoy Teaching PE? I voice a breakdown of the answers I received and offer my take on what this means for the current state/future of Physical Education for our children. So what are you waiting for? Come and join me under the umbrella and share your opinions by emailing ryanellis.peumbrella@gmail.com or by tweeting me @ryansporting

Jul 3, 2016

In episode 39, the first of three special '8 minute episodes' I talk about the app BAM Video Delay. Although the app itself has been around for some time, I myself am still relatively new to the scene and finding ways to maximise its use in my classroom. After my interview with Jarrod Robinson in episode 19 in which he shared this as his MUST HAVE app, I knew I had to take the plunge. This week, I used it to great success in a year 4 cricket lesson teaching the 'front foot drive' batting shot. During this episode, I explain how the app works, the context in which I used it, why I felt it was of benefit, my setup and what I intend to do next. Whether you are new to this app or an old timer, I'd love to hear about your BAM video delay experiences too, so come on over and join me 'Under the Umbrella'

Jun 25, 2016

In this interview episode of The PE Umbrella, I am joined by Amanda Stanec. Born in Canada, her journey in education has led her to founding Move, Live, Learn, speaking at a number of physed and sport events in the USA and working as a Physical Education and Sport Contractor. In this episode we talk about Physical Literacy, the importance of motivation and goal setting, and share books and articles that are a must read! As always there is so much useful advice to take away and apply! So what are you waiting for? Come and join us 'Under the Umbrella'

Jun 18, 2016

In this interview episode of The PE Umbrella, I am joined by 1:1 health and PE teacher, presenter and iBook writer Andy Milne. Originally from England, his teaching journey has seen him teach across the globe before finally settling in the Chicago suburbs. In this episode we talk about the importance of health education, how writing iBooks has revolutionised the way he teaches and his top things to read, watch, listen and do this summer!. It was a real pleasure recording this episode with Andy and his enthusiasm is infectious! As always there is so much useful advice to take away and apply! So what are you waiting for? Come and join us 'Under the Umbrella'

Jun 11, 2016

On this episode 'Under the Umbrella', I bring you yet another tremendous activity that is perfect for our sunny summer afternoons and complements traditional summer sports perfectly! The game has a central focus on throwing and catching but you will soon discover there is so much more to it than that. I explain how the game is set up, how to play, draw out key teaching points and even sprinkle in a selection of excellent progressions for good measure. All of this and more is discussed 'Under the Umbrella' today so come and join me to listen, and head over to www.peumbrella.com to download the FREE PDF so you can start playing King Ball with your class NOW! Who will Reign Supreme?

Jun 4, 2016

In this Episode of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I reflect on the importance of 'Enthusiasm' as a key teacher trait and argue that true enthusiasm is only achieved if you Love what you are doing. I use the example of the famous quote" 'A fish will forever think it's stupid if it's judged by its ability to climb a tree' Why do so many people focus on improving their weaknesses rather than perfecting the things that are already their strengths? If we focus on our strengths, we are likely to be happy and more enthusiastic in what is is we are doing. This has certainly been the case for myself as I have transitioned from full time primary classroom teacher delivering the whole national curriculum into a primary PE adviser and specialist, my true passion. I explain why I no longer have the 'living for the weekend' mentality and urge you to be a fish that swims, not one that tries to climb trees. I would love to hear your own views on my reflections, so what are you waiting for? Come and join me 'Under the Umbrella'

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