I am a full-time teacher with a passion for (and degree in) educational psychology. This means that I am a rabid consumer of research on teaching. However, after spending a couple of successful decades working with students, I am that teacher who greets each “new” idea that is spawned with both curiosity and a healthy dose of skepticism.
Among the educational ideas that have gained momentum in recent years are the concepts of Mindset, Rigor, and Grit. While all of these ideas may have merit, as with all shiny new objects that attract our attention we need to proceed with caution and think about whether and why these concepts fit into our personal pedagogy.
Being willing to implement the hot new thing is admirable, but not if it is done feet first with our eyes closed.
The use of Heuristic Practices and specifically Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU) within learning environments has been an ever increasing methodology applied by teachers and coaches for over 20 years.
“Baseball legend Yogi Berra famously said; 99% of the game is 50% mental.Meaning physical talent is only part of the picture when it comes to success in sports.A strong and calm mind is also essenti...”
What does success look like in Physical Education? by @ImSporticus Perhaps why there are misconceptions about Physical Education is because we can’t universally agree on what success looks like in our subject.
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