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New H&PE Secondary Resources from OPHEA

From an OPHEA alertOphea’s new H&PE Secondary Resources support teachers in helping students acquire the physical and health literacy skills needed to thrive in the 21st century and lead a healthy, active life.

The comprehensive resources support quality implementation of the 2015 Health and Physical Education (H&PE) Curriculum: Grades 9-12 and provide:

  • Content that can be adapted to address diverse contexts, and student needs/interests
  • A variety of tools, samples, writable templates, posters, background information, and materials to use with students

The H&PE Secondary Resources include 6 interconnected yet standalone components:

  • Effective Planning in H&PE
  • Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) Sample Unit Plans
  • Movement Competence Posters
  • Approaches to Teaching Healthy Living
  • Focus Course Planning Guide
  • Assessment and Evaluation Tools

The H&PE Secondary Resources are available to educators from school boards  that have purchased access [TDSB has]. If you don’t have one already, TDSB teachers will have to create individual logins.

Check ’em out! Rowan

January 26, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

OPHEA: First Nations Inspired Daily Physical Activities

From OPHEA‘ s December 201 6 newsletter:

Ophea’s First Nations Inspired Daily Physical Activities (DPA) resource makes it easy and fun to incorporate DPA into school or community programs for primary, junior and intermediate students (ages 5-14). This free resource was developed in consultation with First Nations educators and includes 30 activity cards and related support materials that incorporate First Nations culture and traditions, as well as Ophea’s 50 Fitness Activities and Stretching Guide.

Access First Nations Inspired DPA resource!

The OPHEA website includes many additional resources supporting fitness and health.

Check it out! Rowan

January 3, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Phys Ed for overweight students

The April 2016 issue of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (JOPERD) (87:4) includes an articles by Paul Rukavina and Sarah Doolittle titled Fostering Inclusion and Positive Physical Education Experiences for Overweight and Obese Students (p. 36-45).

This article discusses the challenges of overweight students ranging from labeling by teachers, attitudes of other students, to the ability and confidence the students. The article includes at inclusion strategies and has 5 tables including:

  1. Teacher’s concerns for overweight students in physical education
  2. Simple strategies for inclusion and positive social climate
  3. Complex strategies for inclusion and positive social climate
  4. Simple class strategies for skill development, gameplay and fitness
  5. More complex class strategies for skill development, game play and fitness.

TDSB teachers may contact the library to obtain a copy of this article.


Check it out! Rowan

May 10, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Assess success in physical education

In the January 2016 issue of the OPHEA e-connection, it includes an article How to Assess for Student Success. OPHEA and OASPHE have released a joint position paper titled “Addressing the quality assessment to support the development of physical literacy skills in health and physical education” [one page or full document].  There are seven key messages:

  1. Physical and emotional safety is a precondition for effective learning in Health and Physical Education.
  2. Assessment is an educational process for the purpose of improving student learning.
  3. Assessment should engage students in learning, provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning over time and provide meaningful information for educators to make informed instructional decisions.
  4. Physical fitness assessment results/scores should not be used as a grade.
  5. Assessment should be used to support the development of the Living Skills.
  6. The assessment of Body Mass Index (BMI) is not the role of the educator.
  7. Assessments used should be inclusive, student-centered, personalized and consistent throughout the year.

You have to read the article for details. Check it out!


January 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

More outdoor time = Better health for children

The Canadian organization ParticipACTION has released The 2015 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

Highlights from the Report Card include:

  • Assigning a D Minus for Overall Physical Activity levels of Canadian childen.
  • Identifying the biggest risk and barrier to increasing children’s health as keeping them indoors.
  • Recommending “increasing children’s opportunities for self-directed play outdoors” in a Position Statement on Active Outdoor Play
  • Adding Physical Literacy as a new indicator:
    • It’s defined as “the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.
    • Downloadable poster format for schools to print and display.

To learn more about physical literacy, check out  HANDS UP for Health and Physical Literacy from OPHEA …”a three part illustrated video series that will teach children and youth about the importance of physical and health literacy in a fun and engaging way”.

Submitted by Judy C. Reference Librarian – TDSB Professional Library

June 17, 2015 at 8:00 am

OPHEA infographic on health and phys ed curriulum

OPHEA has created an infographic that represents the five fundamental principles of the HPE 2015 curriculum, those principles being:

  1. School, family, and community support
  2. Physical activity as the vehicle for learning
  3. Physical and emotional safety
  4. Student-centered skill based learning
  5. Balanced integrated learning with relevancy to students’ lives

The infographic is free, but you have to register to obtain access to it.

Check it out!


June 9, 2015 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Raising physically active girls

On Thursday April 30,2015, Sara Smeaton  wrote an article fro the Life section of the Globe and Mali (p. L 5) titled Ten rules for raising active girls.

Research shows that from an early age, boys demonstrate  superior active skills. Physical activity / literacy is important not only for lifelong positive mental health and wellness, but also academic success.

The ten tips listed below are recommended by  Dr Vicki Harber from U of Alberta and are directed to parents who want to raise active daughters.

  1. Be clear on non-negotiables like wearing seat belts  (include physical activities and allow for choice)
  2. Be aware of gender stereotyping – give girls the same opportunities you’d give boys
  3. Create a safe play space for toddlers – let them explore
  4. Do caregivers provide the same opportunities to be active
  5. Let boys and girls play together
  6. Provide  ample choices
  7. Expose kids to the outdoors
  8. Choose activities wisely – kids develop a wide range of sills indifferent environments
  9. This is not about you (the parent) – have fun and be happy
  10. Find active role models to connect with an mentor your children

Check out the article for more information, and if you are interested in Vicki Harber’s work you can Google her or read this article titled The Female Athlete Perspective: Coach/Parent/Administrator Guide.

May 4, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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