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Personal statement on teaching PE
I chose to teach PE because I loved being active outside, especially with a ball. I have always been good at organizing people and I take great pleasure in enabling people to become more physically engaged in the world. As a PE teacher my focus is making the physical activity challenging for all abilities and creating learning environments where students supported each others' learning. I believe that learning through doing, within a reflective process, is the key to worthwhile education.
Learning in PE to me looks like students engaged in tasks with a similar focus but adapt to their personal needs and choices. The Youtube clip is a playlist from teaching games in an elementary PE teacher education course using TGfU and Sport Education approaches which I see as an application of complexity thinking to the teaching and learning process.
- Occupation: Associate Professor
- First name: Tim
- Last name: Hopper
- Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Principles guiding course design
Drawing on Indigenous learning principles the course will create the conditions for Kamúcwkalha (the felt energy indicating group attunement and the emergence of a common group purpose). Learning in the course will be developed around principles of active learning, social constructivism and situated learning. Readings will set up students to learn in course experiences. Attendance in all classes is needed for the learning of each student and the class as a whole, however classes will be video recorded and posted to allow increased access and connection beyond course hours. In particular three Indigenous teaching and learning principles* will guide the learning processes of the course:
- Take responsibility for learning but put the learning of your peers before your own learning (Celhcelh);
- Create work that will benefit seven generations to come (Emhaka7);
- Find one's own passion and use it to energize the community (A7xekcal).
*See Sanford, K., Williams, L., Hopper, T., & McGregor, C. (2012). Indigenous principles informing teacher education: What we have learned. In Education, 18(2), 1–12. http://www.ineducation.ca/index.php/ineducation/article/view/61
The Youtube clip below captures my understanding of learning as a multifaceted concept that develops in different based on teacher and student intents. Critically to me is creating the conditions that afford students with the opportunity to learn in ways they are ready to learn. Learning then happens at different rates and at different times and is best nurtured within collectives where learning spreads from one person to the another.