077: Character building PE with Jim Harte

Jim Harte is Physical Education Teacher at Cypress Woods Elementary School in Palm Harbor, FL.
Jim has over 37 years coaching and teaching experience. His programs have been recognized for Creativity and Innovation in PE and Recess.

Jim’s personal coaching and teaching philosophy is to develop the whole individual with a special emphasis on sound fundamentals and a principled foundation.

Jim has held a Florida teaching certificate for over 35 years. He has taught in both public and private schools. Physical Education programs created by Jim have won three international character-development awards and Jim was featured as a speaker at the Character Education Partnership International Character Forum in San Francisco in 2010. Jim has won several “Teacher of the Year” and “Coach of the Year” awards.


Jim earned a BS in Physical Education in 1980 from Quincy University in Quincy, IL. Over the years he has obtained numerous coaching licenses including USSF A and NSCAA Advanced National Diploma as well as a KNVB coaching certificate obtained in Holland. Further training includes the FranklinCovey Seven Habits signature training as well as FranklinCovey “Leader in Me” educational development training. This combination of soccer, education, and character training and experience makes Jim unique.

Jim Harte has a 36-year high school coaching career. He holds several FHSAA coaching records including most state championships (6), best coaching record in Final Four games (15-5), and most games coached (913). His career coaching record is 554-259-100 (Wins-Losses-Draws)
Numerous young people have been helped into college, pro, and international playing careers by Harte. He has also mentored many players that now have established coaching and teaching careers.

Jim is Founder and President of Marauder Soccer Camp, Inc – founded in 1981. He is a member of the Clearwater Central Catholic High School Hall of Fame.

Jim has been a fixture on the Tampa Bay youth soccer scene for almost four decades. He is currently works for the West Florida Flames. Prior to Flames Jim spent almost 20 years in leadership roles in several other local soccer clubs.
Jim was on the FYSA ODP State Coaching staff for many years including serving as state team head coach as well as instructor for state F, E, and D License courses. He is currently TOPS soccer Director for West Florida Flames Eastlake.

In July, 2018 the Tampa Bay Times named Jim Harte one of the top 50 coaches in Tampa Bay history – all sports, all levels. Jim was selected #19.

Jim Harte’s Marauder Soccer Camps


3 Schools of Character awards:

We won 3 International Awards – 2009, 2010, and 2011.  These were programs I created modeled after practices we were using in my summer soccer camp:
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Mark reflects. LF011


Mark Taylor creator and host of the Learning on Fire podcast reflects on the wisdom he has found by interviewing his first 10 guests.

Everyones story and journey is different but we are starting to see common threads that connect all of the people interviewed who are living life on their terms.

Thanks to all of those who have shared their wisdom so far and I look forward to what is yet to come.

Our aim is to find out what are the most important learning and educational moments that shaped their lives?

Taking the focus away from grades and test scores to an understanding of what real learning is all about.

Think of this podcast as a half hour conversation where the interviewee shares the most important things they have learned in life that they would wish to pass on to the next generation.

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Create Education 3D Printing – NAPE 003

Create Education invited Peter Cansell and Mark Taylor from the National Association for Primary Education to the TCT Show held at The National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, UK to discuss how 3D printing is inspiring children in schools.

Paul Croft a Director of UltimakerGB the UK & Ire operations for Ultimaker and the Founder of the CREATE Education Project.

Sonya Horton produces the educational content for the Create Education Project.

The CREATE Education Project brings together game changing technology with inspirational content and creative minds. This collaborative platform is designed to provide FREE resources and support to help educators to introduce and embed 3D Printing technology in the classroom. These include professional development resources, lesson resources, project ideas and inspiration. Contributors and community members are provided with a network of people embracing the same passion for sharing and improving access to education.

In order to ensure everybody has the opportunity to benefit from 3D printing and other exciting tech we reached out and asked educators and industry leaders what the challenges were and how can we make the best of the opportunities. We aligned these with our core values and CREATE Education Project was the result.


3D printing provides primary schools with a wealth of opportunities for engaging pupils right across the curriculum. This dedicated area of the CREATE website provides links to a wide range of resources, ideas and support to help Primary Schools in embedding 3D printing across the school at all levels and in multiple subject areas, using it as a tool to increase pupil engagement and attainment.



If you are new to 3D printing, the Primary Curriculum Guide provides a great starting point, but also take a look at the links below to all the content suitable for Primary schools. The site is constantly being updated with new resources, so why not bookmark this page so you always have instant access to everything you need.


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076: Headteacher view of PE


Peter Cansell is my resident education expert. He has great experience of teaching PE in primary schools, as well as being responsible for how it was integrated into his school when he was a Headteacher.

Peter has been in education professionally for 35 years, teaching in middle schools in Oxford, doing advisory work, teaching higher education and as a Primary Headteacher at Harwell Primary School. He retired from that post in September 2014, but has continued as Chair of OPHTA (Oxfordshire Primary Headteachers’ Association), was elected to become Chair of the National Network of Chairs of Headteachers’ Groups in June 2014 and was delighted to have become a NAPE council member. He serves on the editorial board for Primary First and now holds the post Information Officer. In January of 2015 he co-founded the Oxford School of Thought, an independent education think tank. He is a trustee and chairs the management committee of another charity, Full Circle, which is well regarded for its ground breaking intergenerational work.


Show Sponsor – National Association for Primary Education

Our aim is to achieve a higher priority for the education of children from birth to 13. High quality learning in the early years of life is vitally important to the creation of an educated society. Young children are not simply preparing for the future, they are living a never to be repeated time of life and the best way to learn is to live.

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Paul Philbert RSNO Principal Timpanist. LF010

Paul Philbert joins me on the Learning on Fire podcast and explores the most important learning and educational moments that shaped his life.

Our guest – Paul Philbert

Paul Andrew Philbert was born in London. It was as a singer that his musical abilities were first noticed, and on the advice of his preparatory school music teacher he auditioned for the Purcell School, a specialist music school, where over the course of seven years, he studied piano, violin, clarinet and, albeit briefly, trumpet and trombone. At the age of 15, having never really settled with any of these instruments, he took up timpani and percussion. He has never looked back.

He continued his studies with John Chimes & Kevin Nutty (both BBC Symphony Orchestra principal players) at Trinity College of Music, London, taking a one year break to assume the responsibility of President of the Colleges’ Students’ Union. Having completed his postgraduate studies he began working as a freelance musician in the UK and abroad. He has performed with many professional orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, the Philharmonia, the Hallé, BBC Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, Bournemouth Symphony, Birmingham Royal Ballet, English Chamber and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, to name but a few.

Music has taken him to the USA, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Spain, Italy, Norway, Bulgaria and New Zealand before he accepted the position of Section Principal Timpani with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) in Kuala Lumpur. Since then he has toured Singapore, Japan, Korea, China, Taiwan, Australia, Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia with the MPO.

Since his departure from the MPO in the latter half of 2012, Paul has continued to perform in both Asia, and Europe, and toured the USA, and South America. He was Principal Timpanist with the Orchestra of Opera North UK and is now the new Section Principal Timpanist with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Questions asked on the Learning on Fire Podcast Interview

  1. Who are you?
  2. What does your life look like now and how is it different from when you were growing up?
  3. What was valuable about your school experience?
  4. Which teachers do you remember and why?
  5. Who did you admire when you were young?
  6. What was it about that person that had such an impact?
  7. What was the best piece of advice you have ever been given and who gave it to you?
  8. What advice would you give your younger self?
  9. What does your future look like?
  10. What podcast, book, video, film, song or other resource has had the biggest impact on your life and why?

Resources mentioned

The Late Night Alternative with Iain Lee

Contact information 

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Twitter @philbertpauken


Show Sponsor

National Association for Primary Education

Our aim is to achieve a higher priority for the education of children from birth to 13. High quality learning in the early years of life is vitally important to the creation of an educated society. Young children are not simply preparing for the future, they are living a never to be repeated time of life and the best way to learn is to live.


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