Today we are lucky enough to feature a guest blog post by Jason Hahnstadt, PE teacher at The Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, IL. Jason is also a track and field coach at New Trier High School and the author behind The Flipped Coach blog.

Improving the PE Feedback Loop

Guest blog post by Jason Hahnstadt

After seven years in Physical Education teaching kindergarten through eighth grade and coaching all levels of high school, I have come to some conclusions regarding technology and education and how it all relates to today’s youth.

I believe that the purpose of Physical Education is to expose students to physical activity and exercise in a way that creates a positive experience so that they will desire more movement in whatever form they might choose.

Because students today are such lovers of technology, this new medium should be fully taken advantage of by Physical Education teachers. This begins with the iPad and iPhone, along with some revolutionary new apps like Coach’s Eye that are bringing about an amazing and affordable ability in the classroom and practice field to use video technology for immediate feedback.

Previously, I would watch a student perform a skill or strategy and then give feedback on what I saw. The difficulty with this was that students and athletes would have to take my description and then interpret it into a new movement form. This can be a difficult thing to accomplish without any visual example as a reference. With Coach’s Eye, I am now able to give them this visual evidence as well as an honest reasoning for my suggestions. My point is that video technology is the best way to demonstrate and analyze skill and strategies in physical activity and sport.

As an example, I will demonstrate with some video taken before feedback is given, followed by video taken after I have given feedback.

At this point I reviewed the video with the student and gave the feedback along with a demonstration of correct form. I then continued to take video to verify that my corrections were taking hold and the student was improving.

If the student was still struggling or wanted more improvement, I could easily continue the process of video evaluation and then reassessment.

The fun part of this was that as I was recording, I would also ask for volunteers to be video demonstrators. With these student’s, I would project their video to the entire class where we all could watch their video evidence of mastery of form. This provides a great incentive to be praised in front of all classmates as well as to critically analyze one’s own form for continuous improvement.

For the final product, I would take a video and use the narration and telestration feature within Coach’s Eye to create a “flipped” video demonstration of the proper way to execute the skill. This is now uploaded to The Flipped Coach Channel on YouTube where it can be used to demonstrate the proper skill execution to students everywhere!

Jason Hahnstadt

The Flipped Coach