“When it comes to learning, brains work like torches. It’s not enough to just turn them on, they have to be pointed towards a target”
Hello and welcome once more to The PE Umbrella, home of course to The PE Umbrella Podcast, and as always, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to visit the ONLY Primary and Elementary Physed podcast in the world, dedicated to providing you value and actionable takeaways on a weekly basis!
This week I am so excited to bring you episode 57, the third instalment in my ‘5 Steps’ series in which I reflect on my own teaching practice in comparison to ‘The Five Steps to a Winning Mindset” by Damian Hughes. Through doing this, I hope to highlight things I am currently doing well, but equally, I hope to pick holes in areas that I can improve upon. In case you missed the first and second of these reflections, you can catch part one ‘Simplicity – episode 53’ and part two ‘Thinking – episode 55’ by following the links.
During this episode, I set out to discuss the third step…
However, having read, re-read and read some more the relevant sections of the book, it became clear to me that simply covering emotions was not specific enough, thus I zoned in on three components of excellent coaching that stood out in my mind after reading the chapter. These are…
I use this episode as a brain dump and open discussion about the three areas, their importance in creating an outstanding learning environment as argued by Damian in the book, and reflect on what, if any of them I currently feel I am doing. All the while I seek to challenge you, the listener by asking a number of questions to hopefully get you thinking about your own teaching practice and areas that apply to you.
I mean, how much time do you generally invest in building up strong relationships/connections with the students you work with? I don’t mean quick ‘Hello’s’ in the morning, I’m talking about strong relationships in which you show your students you care by showing a genuine interest in them. I always thought my ‘Hello’s’ and ‘How are you’s?’ were enough, and when relationships with my students weren’t where I wanted them, I questioned the whole use of it anyway, Perhaps it’s just nonsense. However, get the connection game right and your students will jump through flaming hoops for you, get it wrong and it can feel like you’re doing the same! That was me! It’s so easy to get caught up in your own life, but building connections is an investment of energy and time that pays back many times in many ways…just give it time. After all, it doesn’t matter how great of a teacher you are, without empathy and personal skills, there is only so much progress you will make with a class. How do you build your connection?
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I for one can’t wait for you to listen to this weeks episode, and I hope you find even the slightest bit of value and logic in what I am saying. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback (whether positive or negative). Be sure to tweet me @thepeumbrella! So what are you waiting for? I’ll see you ‘Under The PE Umbrella’
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