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'
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!
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'
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @ryansporting
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 email@example.com or by tweeting me @ryansporting
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'
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'
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'
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?
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'
In this Episode of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I share my equipment list that absolutely MUST be in any primary school PE cupboard. With the PE funding in full flow there are no more excuses for having a sub par PE cupboard that lacks equipment. However, the equipment, or lack of it, is still a barrier to high quality PE in many primary schools. In this episode I take you through the bare minimum 'must have's' for your school PE cupboard and explain why it is essential! I would love to hear your thoughts on any items that I have missed and what your own 'must haves' are too so please get in touch! What are you waiting for? Come and join me 'Under the Umbrella'
In this reflection Episode of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I talk about the game of Four Square. A staple of playgrounds of Elementary and Middle schools across America during recess, this fun, fast paced and adaptable game surely has a place across the pond here in the UK? I break down the fundamental rules of the game, share my experiences of using it for the first time this week and offer my views as to whether it needs to be introduced into more UK schools! I would love to hear your own stories and views on this game, so shoot me a tweet @ryansporting or email at ryanellis.peumbrella.com. What are you waiting for? Come and join me 'Under the Umbrella'
In this Episode of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I reflect on the impact (positive and negative) that rewards can have on the motivational drive of children. Specifically, I discuss the implications of using contingent 'If-then' rewards and the outcomes of doing so. I delve into 3 elements that drive intrinsic motivation and share thoughts on how, as teachers, we can incorporate them into our PE lessons to nurture self directed, intrinsically motivated children, and not disengaged, compliant externally motivated individuals. How do you manage this at your school? I would love to hear your own views on my reflections so what are you waiting for? Come and join me 'Under the Umbrella'
In this interview episode of The PE Umbrella, I am joined by elementary PE teacher, tech enthusiast and the founder of www.iphys-ed.com Nathan Horne. He has taught around the world and experienced a diverse landscape of education that is often changing. In this episode we talk about the 'true' aims of primary teachers, share opinions on the inevitable physical activity drop off that lots of our children suffer from and as always, he shares his favourite warm ups, games and resources. It was a real pleasure recording this episode and 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'
In this interview episode of The PE Umbrella, I am joined by Primary PE Co-ordinator, rugby enthusiast and co-author of 'Sport Education in the Primary Games Curriculum' Ryan Forwood. As the first PE co-ordinator that I have interviewed, I discuss the implications of the PE budget and how Ryan himself is using it at his school to ensure maximum impact. He shares his must have activities, resources and explains all about a 'Sport Education' approach to Primary PE and how you can try it out too (including a FREE give away!) You simply don't want to miss this in depth, knowledge filled episode with plenty of actionable advice for you to take away! So what are you waiting for? Come and join us 'Under the Umbrella'
Today, I bring you another superb resource ready for the Summer term and a spot of Tennis. The Aegon Tennis Activity Packs 1 & 2 are filled with brilliant warm up games, skills and activities that will ensure you have enough ideas for a whole terms worth of tennis! This high quality resource is highly accessible and is simply a MUST HAVE for all Primary teachers and PE specialists. In this episode I share with you my TOP 3 activities from these packs, but there really are so much more as I only really scratch the surface! / What are you waiting for? Come and join me 'Under the Umbrella' today , and head over to www.peumbrella.com to download the FREE PDF of the Aegon Tennis Activity Packs so you can start your own unit of work this week!
In this episode of The PE Umbrella, I am joined by Primary Education student Rob Shaw. Specialising in Primary PE, Rob has a vision of becoming a PE co-ordinator and is also a voting member of the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA). It was incredibly refreshing to hear the views of somebody starting out on their journey as a teacher and their opinion of the Primary PE landscape as it currently stands. As always, we chat ALL things Primary PE as Rob shares his favourite resources, fun warm up and go to activity! What are you waiting for? Come and join us 'Under the Umbrella'
In this Episode of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I reflect on the importance of celebrating small wins to help contribute towards positive classroom management and progress. If harnessed correctly and performed consistently, this is the leading factor driving motivation in children!
I share real life working examples that have seen an increase in positive behaviour by being proactive and 'catching the good' as opposed to being reactive and 'punishing the bad'. Follow some of my suggestions and stay consistent to help your own PE classroom management!
So what are you waiting for? Come and join me 'Under the Umbrella'
In this episode of The PE Umbrella podcast, I am joined by Ben Landers, known by his online name 'The PE Specialist'. Ben is a Physical Education teacher from South Carolina, and has been teaching K-5th grade for seven years! Running his website www.thepespecialist.com alongside his day to day career, Ben is a treasure trove full of phased knowledge. We open up this trove to chat ALL things Primary PE, as always including his top tips, must have warm ups, killer games and behaviour management strategies! So what are you waiting for? Come and join us 'Under the Umbrella' for an episode that is simply filled with actionable content for YOU to take away and try!
Today, I bring you yet another magnificent team game, ideal for both KS1 and KS2 aged children. Inspired by my time coaching at UKElite soccer, I have adapted this football activity and created a variation non sport specific that can be played as a result of a unit of work, or just as easily as a one off competition. This game is HERO WARS! Although the game centres around a 'tag' focus, there really are so many learning outcomes and discussion points that can be raised from playing it and strong links with traditional sports can be made. 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 this awesome game with your class NOW!
In this Episode of The PE Umbrella Podcast, I reflect on my teaching and whether or not it is promoting 'Learned Helplessness' amongst the children I work with.
Having recently read 'essentialism' by Greg McKeown, I was intrigued by the term 'learned helplessness' and actually, how prevalent it is, not only in education, but every day life.
I explore the meaning behind the term, how it relates closely to education and PE, and share ways in which we can ensure we are doing all that we can to stop our children taking the path of the 'I can't do it culture'.
So what are you waiting for? Come and join me 'Under the Umbrella'
Today, I share with you a resource that is not only what I believe ALL primary PE cupboards should have, but also one of the most under utilised by the schools that currently do have them! The equipment in question is a SPEED LADDER. They are a real hook to your lessons and give the children the opportunity to challenge themselves in Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) challenges. With uses in KS1 and KS2, come and see how you can dust them off this week to start your lessons with a bang. Fear not if your school doesn't have any, I provide you with an alternative that you can all access. So what are you waiting for? Come and join me 'Under the Umbrella' to grab your FREE downloadable PDF and put it into action yourself!
In this episode of The PE Umbrella, I am joined by PE teacher Adam Llevo. Originally from from the North West of England, Adam currently works as a PE teacher and athletic director in Saudi Arabia. In addition to this, he runs a successful blog and resource website www.mradampe.com packed full of great content. We delve into his vast experience to chat ALL things Primary PE including his top tips, favourite resources and how bin liners and basketballs exposed some children to an otherwise unaccessible sport! So come and join us 'Under the Umbrella' for an information packed episode.
In this episode of The PE Umbrella, I am joined by Rob Wilkinson. Rob is the Director of 'Moving Matters', a London based company who are responsible for delivering high quality PE to over 40 primary schools across the city. As well as sharing his top tips, advice and resources, we talk about the inspiration behind Moving Matters through research conducted in a document named 'Designed to Move'. This document holds stark truths about the possible future pathways for our children if we don't act on the current 'inactivity' crisis now. Moving really does Matter. So what are you waiting for? I'll see you all 'Under the Umbrella'
Today, I bring you a truly wonderful activity called Hula Hut Throwdown. Inspired by Ben Landers @thepespecialist, I have adapted his amazing game and created a variation that is accessible for most primary schools, but still keeps all of the excitement, engagement and inspiration of the original! The true beauty of this game is how inclusive it really is. Centring around a variety of 'roles' in a team, children of all ages can compete together and each play a part towards their teams success. So come and join me 'Under the Umbrella' to listen, and head over to www.peumbrella.com to download the FREE PDF.