In this episode, Dr. Tim Fletcher and I discuss key elements to consider when trying to engineer and construct meaningful experiences in physical education. Tim, an assistant professor at Brock University in Canada, has put loads of time and energy into researching how best to engage young people in physical activity through a meaning-making framework that has guided his teaching and learning over the past few years. He shares the specifics behind this framework and how he applies it with his pre-service teachers at Brock University. As well, we delve into the critical role that reflection and well-being plays in the lives of both teachers and students. Listeners of this podcast will have great takeaway value that will leave them thinking about their own practice and next steps to consider when moving their teaching and learning forward.


Tim Fletcher is Assistant Professor in physical education pedagogy in the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University, Canada. Prior to working in higher education, he taught high school health and physical education in Ontario for five years. His recent research has focused upon how future teachers might learn to foster meaningful experiences for learners in physical education and youth sport; this is the emphasis of the Learning About Meaningful Physical Education (or LAMPE) project, conducted with Déirdre Ní Chróinín and Mary O’Sullivan. Much of his work has used self-study methodology, including the text Self-study of physical education: The interplay of scholarship and practice (2014, Springer), co-edited with Alan Ovens. He is a member of the editorial boards of Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy and the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education. In 2014 he was awarded a Young Scholar Award from the International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP).

Connect With Tim

Twitter: @TimFletcher12 & @meaningfulpe


Themes Discussed:

Relevancy and Meaning in PE

Teacher and Student Well-Being

Five Elements of Meaningful PE

Physical Literacy

Curriculum and Assessment