“Something that gets the children moving, engaged and active from the moment they arrive!”
“If we want our kids to be competent in moving and being active, they need to have the confidence to do that. If they have that confidence, they can be competent”
Hello and another warm welcome once more to you, The PE Umbrella Community, to the ONLY Primary and Elementary PE Podcast!
This week we are up to episode 31 and I chat with Elementary PE teacher, tech enthusiast and www.iphys-ed.com founder Nathan Horne. Having taught in a variety of countries around the world, I was able to dive into a deep discussion about all things Physical Education and tap into the wealth of experience that Nathan possesses. Of course, we talk about ALL things Primary PE, including the drop off in children’s participation rates, the best use of tech and the best warm ups, games and resources that we MUST be using!
I was delighted to have had this chance to chat with Nathan, who I respect massively for his contribution to the physical education world through his social media, fantastic website and the ‘Fundamental Movement’ podcast in which he features heavily. I was able to weave in extra questions around our discussion due to his openness and honesty and I respect how he freely spoke his mind, particularly when we spoke about his ‘favourite warm up’, his answer certainly had me questioning my teaching and opened my eyes to another way to look at things. So come and join me ‘Under the Umbrella’ by clicking play right here, or subscribe to the PE Umbrella on iTunes to listen at your own leisure whenever you choose.
What I Learned: Don’t get swept away by the shiny object syndrome! There is always a latest APP or game that takes the internet by storm, such as the recent tic tac toe (noughts and crosses) video that went viral and it is oh so easy to get caught up in this storm and do it immediately. Having spoken to Nathan we are both very clear that things like this should be approached with caution instead of with open arms. We should be asking ourselves two simple questions:
Does this add value, meaning or purpose to my lesson?
Can I accomplish what I want to without it?
Nathan put it quite simply. If so many teachers were taking this activity and using it the day after in their own classrooms, it begs the question, what were they planning on doing had they not seen it? I am all for taking excellent resources from online circles but absolutely approach with caution. Acknowledge and make a note of the game, resource or app (I use a little note pad) and come back to it should the need arise. Especially if you believe that it ADDS VALUE and PURPOSE to your lesson!
Nathan Website – www.iphys-ed.com
Favourite warm up – GET THE CHILDREN MOVING – see the ideas from Ben Landers (the PE Specialist) HERE
Favourite PE Activity – Bench Ball – Check it out Nathan’s blog on assessing in the invasion game HERE
Other Must Have Resources – The Fundamental Movement Podcast
Twitter – @penathan
Email – Nathan@iphys-ed.com