“Great teaching is not about how many teaching points you can throw, it’s understanding how many your students can catch”
Hello and welcome to episode 53 of the PE Umbrella podcast, and as always, thank you so much for visiting the webpage of the ONLY Primary and Elementary Physed podcast dedicated to providing you value and actionable takeaways on a weekly basis!
It is a great feeling bringing you a reflection episode after such a long and successful run of interviews in recent months. This particular episode was inspired after reading the book ‘The Five Steps to a Winning Mindset” by Damian Hughes, a past guest of The PE Umbrella on episode 47, and drawing similarities between what makes the worlds most successful coaches and leaders. After all, great teachers ARE leaders in their own right. As a little experiment, my intentions are to reflect on my own teaching and compare my weekly successes/failures to each of the ‘Five Steps’ in a series of episodes over the coming months and to determine whether (a particular step) is something that I need to be doing more of.
During this episode, I discuss the first of these five steps which is…
SIMPLICITY – Keep your message simple.
I delve into the importance of effective communication through short and simple instructions and pick apart a hockey activity I taught only this week, questioning my own ‘teacher talk time’ and whether it was a success. From there I highlight what I would do differently if I had to teach the same activity again and why I would make those changes.
Reflecting on my teaching is an important part of who I am and what I do. I regularly take a little time to just sit and think about what has been working and what hasn’t in my lessons and seek to broaden my knowledge and experience through further reading. It is important to always be moving forward and be adaptable in the way you teach a class. A great example of beautiful simplicity in action can also be found in episode 48 with Naomi Hartl as she explains her use of a 30-second timer for her teacher talk time! A must listen!
As a fallout from this weeks episode I am embarking on a twitter challenge this week, to see if I can ‘Teach like I tweet’ and explain an activity to my children in 140 characters or less! I will of course be using the spoken word and I intend to record some of my attempts! While a little extreme, I want to really challenge myself to accurately portray exactly what I expect without the ‘fluff’ that so often creeps into my explanations. This will be documented in the coming week on twitter so make sure you follow me @thepeumbrella and even join in yourself using the hashtag #tweetmylesson.
So the results are in…It was undoubtedly much harder than anticipated but I feel doing the challenge really helped me focus in on clear communication between myself and the children I teach. I posted some images of activities throughout the week on Twitter, trying to explain them in 140 characters or less. Below you can find those pictures and explanations for yourself. Who knows, perhaps they are clear enough for you to try out yourself!
“4v1. Outside players pass ball between them. Aim is to knock ball off middle cone. 1 defender protects the cone. Once hit swap def. #pegeeks“
“Tower Tag. If caught put hands high and stand on tip toes. Demolition team linked by bib, put both hoops over ‘tower’ to free #physed“
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