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A 30,000 Foot View | Jace Ferguson


Rethinking Physical Education & Sport | Justen OConnor
Why do so many PE programs adopt the game TGfU categories as the dominant way that games and sports are delivered? Is this the most effective method to engage our students and help them become physically active for life? In this episode I am joined by Justen OConner from Monash University as we discuss his recent paper "Rethinking the classification of games and sports in physical education: a response to changes in sport and participation" Full Article is available at
May 31, 2022
What is Skills Based Health? | Sarah Benes & Holly Alperin
Skills-based health education is “a planned, sequential, comprehensive, and relevant set of learning experiences implemented through socio-ecological and sociocultural perspectives and participatory methods, in order to support the development of skills, attitudes and functional knowledge needed to maintain, enhance or promote health and well-being of self and others across multiple dimensions of wellness” Holly Alperin has over 20 years’ experience in both public health and education and holds an Ed.M. in Policy, Planning and Administration from Boston University, a B.S. in Health Education/Health Promotion from Central Michigan University, and is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES). Currently, at the University of New Hampshire she is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology’s Health and Physical Education teacher preparation program. Prior to UNH, she worked for 16 years with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in a variety of roles that supported schools in their efforts to strengthen policies and increase capacity around school health education and programs, school nutrition programs, and improving professional development for educators. Through work at the local, state, national and international levels she supports the implementation of a skills-based health education program and collaborates with schools and communities as they create a culture of health and well-being for all young people. Ms. Alperin’s research interests include skills-based health education, creating a culture of health and well-being in schools that ensures safe and equitable health education experiences, and enhancing school-based physical and health education programming. Ms. Alperin currently serves in a variety of volunteer roles including the Publications Committee and Health Education Council for SHAPEAmerica and as the past-vice president for health education of the NH Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. She lives in Atkinson, NH with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys the beach, outdoor adventures, skiing with her family, and taking time to enjoy a good book. Sarah Sparrow Benes received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and Teaching in 2010 and her Ed.M in Human Movement in 2006 from Boston University. She is on track to earn her Master’s in Public Health in 2021. She went to Boston University from the University of Connecticut where she earned her B.S. in Athletic Training. Sarah worked as a graduate assistant athletic trainer and an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Boston University before transitioning to teaching full time and running the Physical and Health Education Programs for 6 years. Dr. Benes is now at Merrimack College as Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Health Sciences. She has taught a range of courses from curriculum and teaching methods, student teaching practicums, health education for elementary educators to, more recently, health behavior theory and introduction to public health. Dr. Benes developed and led the first short-term study abroad course in the School of Health Sciences taking students to Scotland as part of a course comparing public health in the US and abroad. Dr. Benes’ research interests include skills-based health education, physical activity in the classroom, and enhancing school-based physical and health education programming. Dr. Benes is currently on the Board of SHAPEAmerica and she has served as Chair of the Health Education Council of SHAPE America. She has done curriculum development with many districts in Massachusetts, has conducted skills-based health education professional development in multiple states across the country and internationally and has many health education presentations and publications. She currently lives in Natick, MA with her husband, two daughters and a yellow lab! She enjoys reading, hiking and going on adventures with her family.
April 09, 2022
This Is Not Your Parents' Health Class | Andy Milne
Health Advocate and 2017 SHAPE America National Health Teacher of the Year, Andy Milne shares his ideas on how health education has changed over the years. He encourages the teaching of life skills and advocacy to help younger generations make smart choices and live healthy lives. Andy is a passionate teacher with over 24 years of experience in education and was awarded the SHAPE America National Health Teacher of the Year in 2017. This award was recognition for his engaging teaching ideas and commitment to delivering a personalized curriculum that best suits his students' needs. He seeks to develop health skills that his students will need to navigate a life of healthy living, improving not only personal health but advocating for the health of others. Andy shares his passion for education and innovative teaching methods at conferences across the country, via social media, and through his global teaching blog. In 2017 he launched a fundraising initiative that provides financial support for teachers in need of professional development opportunities. Originally from London, England, Andy has taught on four continents and currently teaches at New Trier High School, residing in Barrington where he lives with his wife Caroline and two young sons, Harrison and Jack.
January 25, 2022
An Introduction to Teaching Games for Understanding | PhysEdcast Learn
This episode is something a little different. Rather than interviewing a leader in the PhysEd world, Nathan shares his knowledge on Teaching Games for Understanding. This is the first in our PhysEdcast Learn series where we will break down topics and provide listeners with some professional learning on the go. In this episode, Nathan will cover What TGfU is, how to implement it and where to find resources to help you on your TGfU journey.
October 25, 2021
Healthying Physical Education | Mikeal Quennerstedt
Mikael Quennerstedt is Professor in Physical Education and Health at Örebro University, Sweden. Quennerstedt has worked as physical education teacher in Swedish compulsory school, and as a physical education teacher educator at Örebro University since 1994. His work focuses on teaching and learning in physical education from a Swedish didaktik research tradition, as well as health education from a salutogenic perspective. In his research, questions of health, body, gender, artefacts, subject content, learning processes and governing processes within educational practices has been prominent. In recent years he has also been passionate about exploring questions about education, digital technologies and health. Recent publications include themes such as professional development, indigenous knowledges, social media, wearable health technologies, power in group work and teaching dance in physical education using exergames. Mikael is associate editor of the international journal Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and an editorial board member of the journal Sport, Education and Society. Social media Twitter Research blog Google Scholar page
September 12, 2021
A Different Way of Seeing | Megan Hale
Megan Hale is a blind college student-athlete who breaks down barriers and leaps over hurdles. Born with Leabers Congenital Amaurosis, a rare eye condition that affects the retina. She does not let that get in the way of her love for sports.  Finding a Camp in Saratoga, New York called Camp Abilities, Megan found her calling and never looked back. She joined the high school track team as a middle schooler and continued it through high school. Now she’s working with the Capital Region Nordic Alliance and Microsoft Soundscape to make Trail Orienteering accessible for the blind.   A recent graduate of Hudson Valley Community College Megan has earned her associate's degree in Physical Education and is moving on to SUNY Brockport for her master's in Adapted Physical Education. Megan and her guide dog Hero show no signs of stopping any time soon. Megan recently started a YouTube Channel called Blind Physical Education which I highly recommend subscribing to -
July 17, 2021
Movement, Pleasure & Pedagogy | Dr. Susie Stevens
Our guest's Twitter bio reads: "Ph.D. in pleasure. Yes, you read that correctly. Board Director Physical Education New Zealand. Lecturer. Volunteer. Educator. Doing some cool projects. Cheeky." Dr. Susie Stevens is all of these things and more. This episode was one of the most fun I have ever recorded. Alongside the laughs come some pretty deep and insightful messages around changing the way that we look at teaching physical education.
May 20, 2021
The Role of Health in Physical Education
What is the best way to teach health in schools? This complex issue is one that the physical and health education community has been struggling to find an answer to for some time. It is my hope that this podcast will provide you opportunity for thought, as we explore the role of health in physical education. And consider whether physical education teachers even have a responsibility to teach health at all? Join me for this very special episode of the PhysEdcast, featuring Mikael Quennerstedt, Holly Alperin, Sarah Benes and Andy Milne as we explore the role of health in physical education. References Armour, K., & Harris, J. (2013). Making the Case for Developing New PE-for-Health Pedagogies. Quest,  65(2), 201–219. Benes, S., & Alperin, H. (2019). Health Education in the 21st Century: A Skills-based Approach. Journal of  Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 90(7), 29–37. Gray, S., MacIsaac, S., & Jess, M. (2015). Teaching “health” in physical education in a “healthy” way  (Abordar la «salud» en la Educación física de forma «saludable»). Retos, (28), 165–172. Haerens, L., Kirk, D., Cardon, G., & De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2011). Toward the Development of a Pedagogical Model for Health-Based Physical Education. Quest, 63(3), 321–338. Mong, H. H., & Standal, Ø. F. (2019). Didactics of health in physical education – a review of literature.  Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 24(5), 506–518. Nutbeam, D. (2008). The evolving concept of health literacy. Social Science & Medicine, 67(12), 2072– 2078. Quennerstedt, M. (2008). Exploring the relation between physical activity and health—a salutogenic  approach to physical education. Sport, Education and Society, 13(3), 267–283. Quennerstedt, M. (2018). Healthying physical education - on the possibility of learning health. Physical  Education and Sport Pedagogy, 24(1), 1–15. Quennerstedt, M., Burrows, L., & Maivorsdotter, N. (2010). From teaching young people to be healthy to  learning health. Utbildning & Demokrati – Tidskrift För Didaktik Och Utbildningspolitk, 19(2), 97– 112. Schenker, K. (2016). Health(y) education in Health and Physical Education. Sport, Education and Society,  23(3), 229–243.
April 08, 2021
A Sense of Games | Shane Pill
Shane Pill is one of Australia's leading coach educator's and developers, and thought leaders in physical education. Shane has been a mentor of mine as I develop my pedagogy around teaching purposeful games and it is always a pleasure to chat with him.
March 09, 2021
The Hero's Journey | Mel Hamada
How do we help our students see themselves as the hero in their own physical education journey? International school physical educator Mel Hamada shares her experiences helping students all around the world find meaning in movement as she strives for greatness in her teaching.
January 19, 2021
2020 Vision | A PhysEd Year in Review
Looking back on 2020 and looking forward to 2021. In this special year-end episode, Nathan revisits some of the highlights of this crazy pandemic year and looks forward to ways to use what we have learned to improve our practice in 2021.
December 31, 2020
The Future of #PhysEd | Jarrod "The PE Geek" Robinson
A deep dive into what makes "The PE Geek" tick and his vision for the future of physical education.  Jarrod and I discuss his philosophy of technology in PE as well as the positives and negatives to come out of COVID-19. Jarrod is a Physical Education teacher from country Victoria Australia, with a passion and enthusiasm for the role emerging technologies play within teaching and learning. He is first and foremost an advocate for lifelong movement and physical activity, however realises the power of 21st century technologies that can shape new age teaching pedagogies. Jarrod is known throughout the online community as “The PE Geek”, and authors a blog of the same name at which has proved to be an invaluable resource for teachers seeking effective use of 21st century tools in PE.  He has presented Nationally and Internationally for over 8 years, running workshops in over 30  countries. His major interests lie within mobile learning which he believes is the perfect fit for the outdoor minded PE Teacher. As a result he has begun his own mobile development company, “The PE Geek Apps”, which builds mobile applications for teachers on both Android and iOS devices. His mobile applications have also won numerous awards throughout Australia and Overseas. He is also the founder of the ConnectedPE Conference & ConnectedPE Community which is working to change the way that professional development is delivered.
November 10, 2020
You Can't Be What You Can't See | BAME PE
BAME PE, is a social change movement. They believe that physical education is for everybody. Therefore, everybody is welcome! In this episode, I spoke with Dr. Shrehan Lynch and Laura McBean about how we can start providing space for physical educators from minority backgrounds.
June 20, 2020
Let It Fly! | "Frisbee Rob" McLeod
"Frisbee Rob" McLeod is a motivational speaker and frisbee ambassador with 6 Guinness World Records and 13 World Championships in frisbee. In this episode we discuss what's possible with one of the cheapest pieces of equipment in your storeroom!
June 10, 2020
Playing with Risk | Dr. Mariana Brussoni
Remember when you were a kid and you played outside for hours unsupervised? Climbing trees, throwing rocks and exploring the great outdoors? In this episode of the PhysEdcast, Dr. Mariana Brussoni shares how risky play is beneficial to children and why we should let our kids take back control of their play.
April 21, 2020
It's All About The Game | Jack Rolfe
Jack Rolfe is the Founder of The Coaching Lab and creator of MatchPlay Cards. A learning and development business that is shaping how coaches are supported with resources and information.   Jack considers himself an explorer of the coaching world, racking up 60,000 miles seeking to learn from some of the greatest sporting environments out there including Arsenal FC, Eddie Jones at England Rugby and Pretoria Institute of Sport.
April 07, 2020
Finding The Fun | Dale Sidebottom
Dale Sidebottom has been referred to as the energiser bunny of the #PhysEd world. With his love of play, fun fitness, energy and passion for getting people moving, Dale has created of Jugar Life, Energetic Education as well as the top rating podcast Energetic Radio. Dale has created a unique blend of fun, teamwork, wellness and movement into his keynotes, seminars and conferences which he has presented in 20 countries around the world
March 30, 2020
Connecting with Culture | Scott Robison
Scott Robison is a physical educator and proud member of the Mvskoke/Creek Nation, but that wasn't always the case. In this episode, I chat with Scott about reconnecting with his indigenous roots and how he is working to deliver quality physical education experiences to his community.
January 20, 2020
The Best of 2019 | A Year in Review
A look back at the year of 2019, and a preview of what's to come in 2020!
January 01, 2020
A 30,000 Foot View | Jace Ferguson
Jace Ferguson is a physical educator and advocate for purposeful physical education. He is currently based in Macau and in this episode he shares his experience in trying to develop curriculum to enables students to succeed in developing their physical, sport and wellness literacy.
November 04, 2019
Ready Player One | Carl Condliffe
Carl Condliffe is a Health and PE teacher based in New Zealand who passionate about using technology to create authentic and meaningful learning experiences for his students. In this episode, we touch on how you can include elements of gamification in your teaching, as well as explore Carl's secret life as a semi-professional gamer!
September 27, 2019
The King of Spikeball | Skyler Boles
Skyler Boles is one of the greatest Roundnet players ever to walk the planet. He is the Senior Community Development and Education Specialist for Spikeball and travels the world teaching teachers and getting Spikeball equipment into schools everywhere. His energy is infectious and in this conversation we touch on his background as a tennis player, his role working for Spikeball and ways that you can use the equipment in your physical education programs. If you are looking for a Spikeball set you can get one at
August 05, 2019
The Forgotten Ones | A #PhysEd Story
What if your #PhysEd experience as a child was horrible? What if you were then asked to teach it? In this episode Kelly’s shares her memories of her physical education experience and how she now uses them to change #PhysEd for the next generation.
May 01, 2019
Meaningful Experiences in Physical Education | Dr. Tim Fletcher
Like me, Dr. Tim Fletcher, is an Australian living in Canada. He is currently an associate professor in physical education pedagogy in the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University, in St. Catherine’s, Ontario. In this conversation with Tim, we explore the Meaningful Physical Education project research and approach as well as reflected on our past experiences of Physical Education and how this shaped our teaching practices.
March 13, 2019
Let's Talk About Mental Health | #BellLetsTalk
A conversation worth having.
January 31, 2019
The PE Specialist | Ben Landers
Through his website,, Ben has been able to mentor hundreds of teachers worldwide and is a media wizard. In this episode we chat about the Conflict Corner, teaching procedures, and purposeful physical education.
January 15, 2019
Long Term Athletic Development | Rick Howard
Rick Howard is an expert in the field of Long Term Athletic Development, in particular how we can assist young people to have a happy, healthy and successful life through athletic development. In this episode we discuss LTAD, Fitness Testing and Physical Education.
November 29, 2018
Developing Physical Literacy through Dance | Melanie Levenberg
Melanie believes that through movement you can do more than just help people get fit – that you can foster community, positive mindsets and vibrant health. Her goal is to help people discover, practice and maintain a positive and playful mindset towards physical activity and lifelong active living. In this episode of the #PhysEdcast I chat with Melanie about the origins of DancePl3y and what you could expect if you invited them into your school.
October 08, 2018
“My Best Memory of PE Is When I Was Done with It”
A very special episode of The #PhysEdcast where I chat with Matt Ladwig from Iowa State University about the research featured recently in the New York Times and on Fox News. Matt shares the research where he and his colleagues have found that how we felt during gym classes years or decades ago may shape how we feel about exercise today and whether we choose to be physically active. While it's not new information, we chat about how this research can support the cause of advocating for quality physical education experiences and opening conversations with those outside the #PhysEd bubble.
September 06, 2018
Doug Gleddie | Unnatural Consequences
Physical Education is not a privilege to be denied as punishment. In this episode I chat with Dr. Doug Gleddie from the University of Alberta and we discuss how the missing of #PhysEd and recess are often used as punishment for misbehavior.
August 23, 2018
Dr Stephen Harvey | Game Centred Approaches
Dr. Stephen Harvey is an Associate Professor in Coaching Education at Ohio University. In this conversation, we cover Game Centred Approaches like Teaching Games for Understanding, Game Sense and Play Practice. Stephen is an expert in the area of coach & teacher education and you can find more detail about his research and publications at
July 09, 2018
Artie Kamiya | The Godfather of #PhysEd
A conversation with the man behind The Great Activities Publishing Company. Creator of The National PE & School SportInstitute. 2004 National Physical Education Administrator of the Year and the "nation's leading expert for K-12 health and physical education." Artie is wise, warm, generous and always puts others before himself. Sit back relax and enjoy a conversation with the Godfather of #PhysEd, Artie Kamiya.
June 19, 2018