Your Teacher Narrative: On the Hook or Off?
Empowering ourselves to be the best educators that we can be requires us to deeply examine our own narratives in an effort to uncover any potential biases that we may hold. It’s these biases that can have a negative effect on our ability to reach each of our students in physical education, so it’s critical to be aware of them. In better understanding our own narratives and the narratives of others, we put ourselves in a stronger position to be more open to change and growth.
This keynote will unpack key skills and strategies that have a deep and lasting impact on teacher morale and well-being thus maximizing the effectiveness of our teaching practice and pedagogy. Does the narrative that you create for yourself let you off the hook or hold you 100% accountable for actions? This question will be explored during the keynote presentation.
The Power of Provocation
This workshop will explore the use of provocation in our teaching to help in creating strong emotional hooks that inspire students to find joy through movement and physical activity. We will delve into the the use of provocation on multiple levels in our teaching and the potential that exists for creating these strong emotional hooks in our lessons and units in PE. Physical Education is all about keeping students active in class, but at the very heart of how we design and engineer our learning environments must be a strong focus on getting students to be emotionally invested in their learning. Increasing levels of intrinsic motivation within young people helps to keep them engaged and more willing to put in the time, effort, and energy needed to strive for personal excellence. This workshop is all about deconstructing the use of provocation and the role it plays in our teaching.
Andy Vasily is a leading teacher who has taught at International Baccalaureate schools in 5 different countries over the past 18 years. He completed his teaching training at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Andy is currently a pedagogical coach at the King Abdul University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. He is also an international educational consultant and founder of the award winning blog www.pyppewithandy.com. Andy previously worked as a Child-Youth Counsellor at a young offender’s facility in Windsor, Ontario and it was through this experience that he first realized the stumbling blocks and injustices that many of these young people faced in their daily experience. As a direct result of seeing a need for change, he pursued a full-time career as an educator. Wanting to push his own understanding of teaching and learning to a deeper level, Andy made the decision to begin blogging in order to share his teaching practice and connect with other educators and top researchers around the world. The value that he saw in this exchange of vision and practical applications led to an enriched professional learning journey that he has shared with practitioners and scholars alike. Andy is an innovator in the area of education and has continued growing his commitment to student learning by bringing the global community together to create meaningful progress in the way students learn around the globe
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