After four productive years of working at West Virginia University (WVU), I am now moving on to a new chapter. I wish to thank all of the faculty and staff at WVU for supporting the growth of my career during my time there. I now begin a new role as Associate Professor in Coaching Education at Ohio University (Athens, Ohio) where I will I will be Director for the online Masters in Coaching Education. I am really excited about and looking forward to this new opportunity. If you need to contact me, direct message me and I will send you my new email address.
The research on the Sport Education Model (SEM) in Physical Education (PE) is considerable and now provides a stable set of achievable outcomes that can be derived from implementing the model. Despite these developments, utilization of the SEM in PE is not consistently applied by PE teachers in schools, particularly where teachers are true to the model. This is in juxtaposition to the overwhelmingly positive view of the SEM by academics based in Universities. Thus, the intention of this current study is to investigate reasons why the SEM is perceived in this way by academics and how it is being employed by PE teachers in schools.
To help us shed some light on the potential reasons for this misalignment and uncover strategies that can be utilized to bridge this gap, and encourage greater utilization of the SEM in schools, we are recruiting physical education teachers from around the world to participate in a ‘Twitter’ chat. The Twitter Chat will be led by Dr. Shane Pill (@pilly66) and we will use the hashtag: #SECMChat.
This Twitter chat will be held on Wednesday/Thursday May 24/25th, 2017 at the following times: 7.00am-8.00am and 11.00am-12.00pm 4.00pm-5.00pm 9.00pm-10.00pm Australian Central Daylight Time (see graphics below for time conversation).
Note that participation in this event will generate data that will be used in a subsequent research study and published in peer reviewed journal publications. By agreeing to participate in the Twitter chat, you agree to consent to the Tweets you submit to be used as part of this study. However, during publication tweets will be paraphrased to protect your privacy. West Virginia University's Institutional Review Board acknowledgement of this project is on file.
I hope that you will participate in this Twitter chat, as it could be beneficial in understanding how PE teachers are using the SEM in their practice. Should you have any questions about this Twitter chat or the associated research project, please feel free to contact Stephen Harvey at +1 (304) 293-0849 or by e-mail at Stephen.Harvey@mail.wvu.edu.
Last week me and a number of my physical education colleagues attended the 2017 SHAPE Convention in Boston. There was a significant amount of build up to the conference. This was in the form of planning my own sessions, looking at sessions I wanted to attend, debating about how the snowstorm was going to affect things at the conference, and speaking to colleagues face-to-face on social media about the conference. I was pretty well planned for this conference and was really looking forward to it, and it did not disappoint. Like many others I wanted to reflect on my experience of the conference, which lead to the following MAIN reflection, that the conference was where handshakes turned to hugs (term courtesy of Andy Milne, National Health Teacher of the Year, 2017, @carmelhealth).
Handshakes turned to hugs for many reasons. First, I started the conference on Tuesday presenting netball with what came to be termed as a 'British Invasion' with @misslynchpe a young professional from Bournemouth, England, who is currently a Doctoral student from the University of Alabama. We met last year in Minneapolis, and decided to run the netball session with Teaching Games for Understanding. It was an inspired move. Our meetings on Skype and emails prior to the conference had been pretty business-like, as was the meeting we had on Monday before the presentation, the day before the conference started. However, we connected through doing this session and as the session went on, I learned that Shrehan is an incredibly talented physical educator. She inspired me throughout the meetings we had, during the presentation, and then throughout the week. What impressed me most was how she made connections with everyone she met, be it teachers, professors, administrators, other graduate students. The way she straddled the gap between theory and practice as she took an interest in everything going on around her was particularly amazing. And guess what? Our initial handshake on Monday turned to hugs on Friday.
After our presentation, I played the infamous game of Paddle Zlam, brought to SHAPE Boston by Justin Schleider, (@SchleiderJustin). Although I was already presenting with a number of physical educators on Thursday in a session on Game-Centered Approaches (GCAs) I had through Twitter or Voxer. However, I was intentional at this conference in reaching out to and meeting additional physical educators I met in that space. Through informal conversations and playing Paddle Zlam with my partner Craig Kemmlein (@coachkemmlein), I connected on a much deeper level with him and a number of others - Dave Gusitsch (@WstprtWellness), Kari Bullis (@BullisKari), Nick Endlich (@NicholasEndlich), Andy Milne, etc. And guess what? Handshakes turned to hugs.
My final experience was presenting with a small group of incredible people and physical educators on Thursday in a session on GCAs - Jorge Rodriguez (@PhysEdNow), Seth Martin (@smartintahoe), Lynn Burrows (@Lovepeme), Mel Hamada (@mjhamada), and Matt Pomeroy (@Physed_Pomeroy). We have been working together on Twitter and Voxer for about 18-months, and my idea to get more traction going in GCAs such as Teaching Games for Understanding/Tactical Games. We started getting our session planned over Voxer way back in December, 2016 and were still tweaking it as we had dinner the night before. While we may not have covered as much ground as we had wanted, it was truly inspirational to be around those physical educators who really are leaders in the field. Not only are these educators some of the best people you would ever want to meet, they showed me how they has taken an idea (like a GCA) and completely ran with it after being intentional about how it might impact their students. Indeed, this was the biggest message I think people who attended our session to take home: that students matter, and to reach students GCAs were an excellent way to motivate our young learners and teach them skills beyond psychomotor skills. The vibe in the room made me feel awesome, and glad that I originally conceptualized this session. We took the picture below and immediately after the session began to talk about how we may extend this session for next year, which is how great these people are! And guess what? Handshakes turned to hugs.
I think my biggest thing for everyone at this conference (and I think other bloggers have said this since SHAPE Boston) is that we take time out to reach out to people. I feel incredibly lucky and inspired by everyone I met at SHAPE, which includes people not on social media and/or in this blog. We are all physical educators, whether an 'academic' or physical education teacher or school administrator. We know from Aaron Beighle (@AaronBeighle) that with students, its about relationships. And building those relationships so handshakes turn to hugs might be the biggest gift in life we all have. But that comes from taking the time to get to know people, being warm and connecting on the same level. For me as a 'academic', taking time to reach out and connect with practitioners comes easy, and I'm not so sure all us 'academics' do that as intentionally as we should. I know I put myself out there last week, and will continue to do so. Will you join me in doing the same?
Contact me on Twitter: @drstephenharvey or Voxer: sharve7402
Here are the links to the various resources from the two sessions delivered at the 2017 SHAPE America Conference.
Session 1: An introduction to netball through Teaching Games for Understanding (Tuesday March 14 2017 - 1.00-3.00pm)
b) Netball Resource Document:
Session 2: Perspectives of Teachers' Change to a Game-Centered Approach (Thursday March 16 2017 - 1.45-3.45pm)
b) Resource Document:
Note that if you want to join our TGfU Voxer group, download the app and create an account, and then go to the link below:
Additional information on Voxer PE and Voxer PE groups can be found at the link below:
The following information is from the two presentations myself and Phil Edwards did at the USA Field Hockey Coaches Forum in December, 2016. Here are some free access articles that might be useful.
Link to Prezi: https://prezi.com/u3prcpns2n3i/from-practice-to-performance-a-games-based-approach/
Dilemmas faced when using Teaching Games for Understanding:
Free access to paper on questioning:
Dilemmas faced when using questioning:
Join us on Twitter on Wednesday 16th November 2016, 8pm EST
Myself (@drstephenharvey) and Rick Thomas (@HealthandPE20) would like to announce the start of a monthly West Virginia Physical Education Twitter Chat, or what we want it to be known as, #wvpechat. Twitter is a microblogging service that was established in 2006. While it began as a site for people to send and receive brief messages of 'what they were up to...' in no more than 140 characters, which are public on the internet. Messages, known as 'tweets' can also include weblinks, pictures, GIFs and videos, and members can also 'tag' other members Twitter 'handles' in tweets and as part of pictures, GIFs and videos. Twitter members follow each other, gaining updates on what this person is 'up to'. Another feature of Twitter is the ability for members to include 'hashtags' on messages, such as '#wvpechat', ensuring that these members can keep abreast of 'news' related to these specific hashtags. Since Twitters inception, educators have began to create a number of specialized hashtags, and use these hashtags to host chats centered around these hashtags. These 'Twitter Chats' are synchronous in the sense that tweets appear at the same time or concurrently allowing participants in these chat to follow a specific line of focused discussion on a topic. Usually, these Twitter Chats are moderated by educators for educators. The use of a moderator (or more than one moderator) allows the discussion to stay on track around a set of questions on a specific topic area. A brief YouTube video describing how a Twitter Chat works can be seen at the end of this post.
Myself and @HealthandPE20 recently hosted two presentations on using social media for continuing professional development and learning (CPDL) at the West Virginia Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Conference in Glade Springs on October 20th. At these presentations we overviewed some of the benefits of using Twitter for CPDL and held a pilot Twitter Chat using the #wvpechat hashtag. At the conclusion of the presentation, we challenged the participants to 'do something' related to our presentation in the 30 days after the presentation. @HealthandPE20 and me also took that challenge to establish a regular monthly #wvpechat beginning in November 2016. After the conference presentation, I posted a vote on Twitter using the #wvpechat hashtag and the majority of votes requested we focus on 'Assessment in Physical Education' (see picture at the end of this post).
Consequently, me and @HealthandPE would be grateful if we could gain a decent showing at the Inaugural #wvpechat on the 16th November 2016, 8pm EST. I will prepare a list of questions we will discuss on the evening on this blog, and via the #wvpechat hashtag before the event. If you have any questions, contact me (@drstephenharvey) or @HealthandPE20 with your questions. Before the #wvpechat remember to:
We look forward to having you participate at the Inaugural #wvpechat Twitter Chat to help us inspire everyone in West Virginia to live a healthy and physically active lifestyle!!!
Questions for #wvpechat on 16th November 2016 - Assessment in Physical Education
Q1: What is the importance of assessment in #physed?
Q2: How do you currently assess ur students in #physed?
Q3: Who usually conducts ur assessments in #physed?
Q4: To what extent are ur assessments ‘authentic’?
Q5: What e.g.’s of ‘authentic assessment’ do u currently use that u can you share w’others?
The research on game-centered or 'Tactical' approaches to teaching in Physical Education (PE) only exists in isolated instances. One potential reason for the lack of utilization of game-centered or 'Tactical' approaches may be the perceived lack of pertinent assessment tools available to teachers when teaching using these approaches.
To help us gain content and face validity for game performance assessment rubrics for utilization by physical educators when teaching using a Game-Centered Approach (i.e., Teaching Games for Understanding, Tactical Games Model, etc.) we are recruiting physical education teachers and university professors from around the world to complete an online survey to assist with the validation of assessment rubrics in the following activity areas: a) basketball, b) soccer, c) frisbee, d) floor hockey, and, e) volleyball. This project is being conducted by Dr. Stephen Harvey, PhD, an Associate Professor in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at WVU. Each survey will involve completing responses to up to nine (9) drag and drop content validity questions, three (3) short answer face validity questions, and eleven (11) demographic questions on an online survey platform called Qualtrics. The various surveys for each activity area are hosted at the following web link, and will each take 10-15 minutes to complete:
Floor Hockey: http://wvu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_1If7W59YXo2Wz3L
Your involvement in this project will be kept as confidential as legally possible. All data will be reported in the aggregate. You must be 18 years of age or older to participate and be either a university professor, a current licensed physical education teacher or a pre-service teacher enrolled in a teacher education program. Your participation is completely voluntary. If you are a student at West Virginia University completing this form, your decision to participate will not affect your grade, nor will you receive any extra credit for participation in this study. However, all participants will be emailed a final copy of the validated assessment rubric. Note that you may skip any question that you do not wish to answer and you may discontinue at any time. West Virginia University's Institutional Review Board acknowledgment of this project is on file.
I hope that you will participate in this survey, as it could be beneficial in developing a range of game performance assessment rubrics for utilization by physical education teacher’s when they use are using game-centered or 'Tactical' approaches in their practice. Should you have any questions about this survey or the associated research project, please feel free to contact Stephen Harvey at +1 (304) 293-0849 or by e-mail at Stephen.Harvey@mail.wvu.edu.
Dr. Stephen Harvey.
An overview of the presentation given to USA field hockey level 1 course participants on Sunday 24th January 2016.
The research on game-centered or 'Tactical' approaches to teaching in Physical Education (PE) is equivocal. Further, small sided and modified games have been part of the PE teacher pedagogical repertoire for a very long time - there was the 'minor games' initiatives of the 1970's, the modified sport initiatives of the 1980s and the principles of play movement in the late 1960's/early-1970's (see, for example Worthington, Wade, etc). Despite these developments, utilization of the Tactical Model in PE in schools only exists in isolated instances, particularly where teachers are true to the model. This is in juxtaposition to the overwhelmingly positive view of the Tactical Model by academics based in Universities. Thus, the intention of this current study is to investigate reasons why the Tactical Model is perceived in this way by academics and how (if at all) it is being employed by teachers in schools.
To help us shed some light on the potential reasons for this miss-alignment and uncover strategies that can be utilized to bridge this gap, and encourage greater utilization of the Tactical Model (or a version of this) in schools, we are recruiting physical education teachers from around the world to participate in a ‘Twitter’ chat. This will be led by XXX who is on the following Twitter handle: @XXX
This Twitter chat will be held on XXX at the following times: 7.00am-8.00am and 11.00am-12.00pm 4.00pm-5.00pm 9.00pm-10.00pm Australian Central Daylight Time. Note the time conversations below for major countries and cities to help you figure out which session to attend.
Note that participation in this event is will generate data that will be used in a subsequent research study and published in peer reviewed journal publications. By agreeing to participate in the Twitter chat, you agree to consent to the Tweets you submit to be used as part of this study. West Virginia University's Institutional Review Board acknowledgement of this project is on file.
I hope that you will participate in this Twitter chat, as it could be beneficial in understanding how physical education teacher’s are using the Tactical Games Model in their practice. Should you have any questions about this Twitter chat or the associated research project, please feel free to contact Stephen Harvey at +1 (304) 293-0849 or by e-mail at Stephen.Harvey@mail.wvu.edu or Twitter: @drstephenharvey
Here is the link to the Google Folder with all materials related to this event. I will post more information on this blog reflecting on the event in due course but post physical activity data below:
Physical Activity Data
Invasion Game Session
The average Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) of the four participants was 35% with 10% of that MVPA Vigorous.
Striking & Fielding Game Session:
The average Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity (MVPA) of the four participants was 13% with 4% of that MVPA Vigorous.
Here is a link to the Teaching Sport Concepts and Skills book I spoke about today (I will put a chapter of the elementary invasion games chapter in the above dropbox by end of the day on Tuesday 5th Jan, 2016):
Here are some more publications and curriculum resources:
Here is a link to the Physedagogy Website where you can see links to the Phys Ed Summit, which offers 24-hours of free professional development for physical education teachers:
Please take a moment to complete the brief survey below about your experiences of the workshop.
Thank you for your participation.