I know it's been a long time between drinks but I have been busy working away at my latest project: the first EdCamp in Australia! EdCamp Melbourne will be held in late Feb 2014 and will be utilising the great facilities at the newly built Infinity Centre at Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School.
The website is now up and running, so please feel free to register at:
What is an EdCamp? From the website edcamp.org:
EdCamp is a form of unconference designed specifically for teachers and their needs.
What makes EdCamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences which have schedules set months in advance by the people running the conference, EdCamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions. Sponsors don’t have their own special sessions or tables, all of the space and time are reserved for the things the people there want to talk about. People could pay hundreds of dollars to attend another conference, or they could go to EdCamp for free.
Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, EdCamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend EdCamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.
In principle it's mission is to support free EdCamp unconferences for educators to exchange ideas and learn together. EdCamps are:
We are currently looking for more helpers to organise the nuts and bolts of the event and for some sponsors to jump on board to support our teachers in this event. If you know anyone that might fit this description please contact us!!
A great starting point if you are thinking of Flippig your PE classroom. The team at http://www.teachpe.com/ have put together an amazing collection of resources for teachers and sport coaches. I particular like their YouTube channel where there are numerous drills for a number of sports including soccer (95 videos), basketball (50 videos), badminton (22 videos), and much more. It also includes over 150 free weight exercises for you to try with your students.
Flipping your PE class involve students studying the topic by themselves usually at home using video lessons. In the classroom, students tries to apply the knowledge by solving problems and doing practical work. This way there will be less instructional time and more active time. Students generally find viewing videos 'not' homework and I have found a few of them actually explore extra drills and games they can do, which means using this for SEPEP would benefit the quality of the lessons. For more information about Flip Teaching, read about it on Wikipedia.
Here is a sample of some netball drills from the website: