How did PE teacher Adam Llevo go from an ordinary English classroom to preaching innovative teaching methods in places like China and Saudi Arabia?
We’ll share a little bit of his incredible story here!
Adam’s love of physical education enabled him to embark on a global tour with a strict goal in mind: to share his passion, along with the technology needed to be physical in the modern world.
In fact, he has not limited himself to PE, although it is his field of expertise; he is happy to teach in all subjects!
When he isn’t in the classroom teaching his students, Adam is collaborating with experts from around the world on projects, or creating inspiring content through his blog and social media centers.
Adam has been awarded a Google Certificate as a Certified Educator, Innovator, and Trainer. It is an on-paper recognition of his goals, expertise, and interests, but even without those Adam had been using his experience to ease some difficulties of teaching by working smarter, not harder.
Today, he’s a shining example of teaching done right, as in PE, so in other subjects as well.
But how did he start? And what are his driving ideas?
Adam has shared these with us.
Today, he’s a shining example of teaching done right. But how did he start? And what are his driving ideas? Read more about Adam Llevo here. #teacherpreneur
Looking for Ideas – SOLO
Back in the day, Adam was looking for ideas to apply to his PE teaching practice.
He had been teaching at Runshaw College, one of the top colleges in England, for several years, so he was acquainted with working at an “outstanding” place of education. After that, he left for China, where some of the practices he saw seemed outdated.
Adam then decided to do his best to try and teach better methods in PE teaching to as many educators as he could reach.
Of course, there were numerous methods to test: one size does not fit all! He had to incorporate the best of everything to suit his needs.
He put an emphasis on his students – what would benefit them most?
A convenient thing happened – as he entered a new school, he stumbled onto SOLO: the Structure of Observed Learning Outcome taxonomy model.
It sparked Adam’s interest, so he decided to try it at once.
He started reading about the work from Pam Hook, simultaneously researching the topic on relevant media…
Voila! One of the hallmarks of his work was established, and he proceeded to generate content of his own on the topic.
One of his first projects was to begin using his SOLO method in his class, with the example of the Olympics.
He would show them a video, and after watching it they would write down something they knew about the topic (unistructural).
After that he put them in groups of three or four; they had to appoint one person to go and read all the notes that were on the board he placed in the classroom, and pick three of them (multi-structural).
Then, on a piece of paper they had to place the notes in a triangle, and draw lines between each of them. They had to write at least one sentence about how the notes were related (relational).
Then finally they had to write at least three sentences with the first one beginning with “The Olympics made me think about…” (Extended Abstract).
Those were the basics, but they helped him pave in the model into all of his following classes.
Last Year’s Successes
When asked about his last year’s most successful project or product, Adam Llevo mentions interactive hyperdoc.
“Over the past 12 months, one of my most downloaded products has been an interactive hyperdoc, which teachers can use within their own lessons. It is basically an interactive lesson plan for students learning about the heart. Since November 17, it has been downloaded over 400 times by practitioners from all around the globe.”
Way to go, Adam!
Being a major advocate of GSuite’s integration into teaching methods of today, adopting such a useful concept was only natural. Today, he wants to share his vision with his fellow colleagues.
So, the majority of Adam’s income came from running workshops, and attending both local and international conferences. He keeps his workshops in places that his topic is most familiar with – schools, universities, colleges, and places where PE has the most impact on young people.
Adam’s Tips for Teachers
“Start sharing what you are doing in your classrooms!”
Adam says that, whether you have a blog, social media, or some other content-generating platform, you should always start by giving your resources for free.
By sacrificing the possibility of immediate profit, you allow yourself to build up a brand.
To further clarify this, he devised a three-step process for this:
1. Join social media and interact with other like-minded individuals.
How important is this actually?
Without a linking point between your audience and yourself, you have no way to enable the flow of information; social media is just that link.
Not only can you connect with your audience, but with people from your niche as well.
In this age of digitalization and global connection, social media interaction is a key component to a successful business.
And, of course, you gain a launching pad for the next step:
2. Share free content
Yes! Don’t withhold important info just so you can charge for it later.
To form the skeleton of your brand and your product/service, you have to have something to attract your audience in the first place.
Don’t worry about ‘wasting’ quality and imaginative content now: so long as you’re committed, you’ll keep finding inspiration.
3. Build a brand/following
The final step is where you form your recognizable brand, and place it on the market.
Your following, or your audience, should at this point be able to recognize you in your field of expertise.
Observe your community, and adapt the flow of your content to suit the interest of the ever-growing number of its members.
Another way to establish communication and relationship with your following is to build a mailing list.
Never be afraid to share your content with people; they are here because they are interested in it.
But an even more important thing is to ask them what they want to know and see from you in the future.
And about ebook material that helped him?
“Loved reading The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Start With the Why by Simon Snick. I listen to a lot of audio books and the one I have recently listened to is the 7 Day Start-Up by Dan Norris – A must if you ask me to get that 1 idea off the ground, great recommendation by Jarrod!”
Thank you, Adam! Keep up the good work.
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