For many kids, their introduction to sport and physical activity comes through the school. This can be either a good or a bad thing. A good experience can set them up for a lifetime of athletic achievement and physical activity. A bad experience can turn them away from sport. On this episode of the podcast award winning PE teach Greg Thompson joins us to talk about what makes for good PE, the art of progressing young athletes, using a games-based approach, and thoughts on constraints-led training.
The bottom line is that for a long time the American “non-system” has served us quite well. What has happened? The first thing that changed was the erosion of mandatory physical education to the point where today there is only one state that has mandatory physical education K – 12. The most obvious impact is that youngsters are no longer exposed to systematic physical activity. They are no longer taught basic movement or sport skills as part of an organized curriculum. What we failed to notice is that because physical education was no longer mandatory and that less physical education teachers were being hired. The physical education teacher made up the pool of trained coaches. Then there came an increased emphasis on academic achievement to the exclusion of physical education. Read more
It’s easy to complain about the state of sport, coaching, and physical education, but what are you doing about it? Kelvin Giles has dedicated his life to it after a career working at the upper echelons of professional sport. On this episode of the GAINcast, Giles joins us to share his experiences with structural problems in coaching and coaches education. More importantly, he discusses how we can address these issues both as individuals and s both individuals, and as a community. Read more
Everyone laments about the current state of physical education, but what are we to do about it? GAIN faculty member Greg Thompson has put it upon himself to find a solution. As a USSF A-License coach and a primary school physical education teacher, he joins us on this week’s episode to discuss his methods for building athletes from the ground up in schools. Read more
Learning to move is a lot like learning to read and write: you cannot write a novel without first learning the ABCs and how to string them together into words, sentences, and paragraphs. On this week’s episode Vern discusses physical literacy and how it fits into athletic development. Read more
Greg is a elementary school PE teacher in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It is hard to find a word to express this mans depth of knowledge and passion. If there is something more genuine than genuine Greg is it. In addition to teaching PE Greg also coaches soccer achieving USA Soccer A Badge, the highest level of certification in the US. I asked Greg to kickoff GAIN with a presentation on PE as the Foundation. Needless to say he knocked our socks off. He set the tempo for the whole program with his ideas. Read more