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  • BLOG: Strength Focus – Using positive psychology in sports coaching

    3rd Aug 16

    Sport is a great platform to build optimism and resilience in students which can potentially provide greater performance in the classroom and in other aspects of their life. Positive Sports Coaching™ is an approach that has been developed to use the science of positive psychology which focuses on strength development and athlete well-being.

    In this Blog, Matthew Scholes from Positive Sports Coaching™ provides an overview of the positive outcomes of this approach within Australian schools, and also highlights the role it has played in enhancing the confidence and well-being of both the coaches and athletes.

  • FEATURE ARTICLE: Advancing the great Aussie game

    28th Jul 16

    Researchers from Flinders University schools, led by Sport, Health and Physical Activity lecturers at the School of Education, provided their knowledge and expertise in the game of Australian rules to compile one of ACHPER's newest resources, Advances in Australian Football.

    In this feature article, authors examine what readers can expect to learn in this text, including where Australian rules football has come from to where it is now from a range of angles.

  • BLOG: 10 Links We Like

    21st Jul 16

    July 2016's 'links we like' - articles of interest.

  • BLOG: Can we improve gender relations through sport in schools?

    22nd Jun 16

    In HPE and sport, there is a common theory that boys will dominate the physical activity component of a lesson with little regard for the strengths and abilities of girls.  Luckily in the 21st century, girls’ ability in this area is starting to become more prevalent.  In this Blog post, Roy Kirkby from Korfball Australia discusses how gender relations can be improved through HPE and sport activities in schools, ensuring they include equality and equity.

  • BLOG: Active Transport… what’s getting in the road?

    8th Jun 16

    The 2015 Progress Report Card on Active Transport was delivered in November 2015 which scored Australia a ‘C’ for Active Transport – this is a 42% decline in active transport participation rates in children over the past 40 years. 

    In this Blog post, Dr Natasha Schranz and Charlotte Vincent from Active Healthy Kids Australia and the University of South Australia provide an insight into why such a decline in active transport has occurred and what opportunities are available in helping children to become more active.

  • BLOG: 10 Links We Like

    2nd Jun 16

    June 2016's 'links we like' - articles of interest.

  • BLOG: How NOT to run - views from a graduate teacher

    11th May 16

    Lizzy Motteram from Caulfield Grammar School is a second year graduate teacher who is keen to think outside the box and try new things when it comes to starting the school year. Whilst most standard lessons consist of brainstorming and then completing the task, in this Blog Lizzy questions whether students are more likely to remember the lesson if they are able to have fun, learn with each other and are all on the same playing field.

  • BLOG: Differentiation and a ‘non-versus’ approach

    4th May 16

    When in a learning environment, each students' circumstances and contexts will differ from one another. With this in mind, teachers and coaches should observe what they undertake in the teaching environment and whether it is impairing or facilitating the learning. 

    In this Blog, former Physical Education teacher and current Education Project Manager at Tennis AustraliaDr Mitchell Hewitt argues that "there is a no one size fits all approach” when it comes to teaching styles. 

  • BLOG: 10 Links We Like

    27th Apr 16

    April 2016's 'links we like' - articles of interest. 

  • BLOG: Live Strong: Close the Gap

    6th Apr 16

    Thursday, 17 March 2016 saw the tenth anniversary of the Close the Gap campaign for health equality. To celebrate, Oxfam Australia is launching a brand new education resource, created in collaboration with ACHPER National, and on behalf of the Close the Gap campaign, entitled Live Strong: Close the Gap.

    The resource enables teachers and students to increase intercultural understanding and awareness of the social determinants of health, and inspires young Australians to take action in their communities in support of the Close the Gap campaign.

  • BLOG: Unpacking a simulation pedagogical approach to HPE

    30th Mar 16

    A continued growth in external teaching and learning (especially in tertiary education systems), presents challenges and opportunities in providing pre-service teachers with real-life Health and Physical Education (HPE) ‘practical’ experiences. 

    Dr Brendon Hyndman from Charles Darwin University has investigated the use of simulation pedagogy as a method that can reproduce strong interactions that occur within practical HPE classes.  By using GoPro Technology Innovation, Brendon is assisting externally enrolled HPE students by providing them with access to simulated learning via ‘point of view’ angles that are important during the practical classes.

  • BLOG: 10 Links We Like

    9th Mar 16

    March 2016's "links we like" - articles of interest. 

  • BLOG: Coaching to Create Thinking Footballers

    25th Feb 16

    Hawthorn Football Club has won the past three AFL Premierships and is regarded by many to have the game’s most elite decision makers, readers of the game and kick executors under pressure. It’s no coincidence that Game Sense coaching is often mentioned when hearing coach Alistair Clarkson talk about coaching methods.

    Dave Reynolds from the SANFL explores how coaches can develop not just the technical movement models of possession skills (kicking, handballing, marking etc.), but all facets of ‘on-the-ball’ and ‘off-the-ball’ tactical play to create thinking footballers.

  • BLOG: Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility: Thoughts from NZ

    10th Feb 16

    If Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) is the answer for physical education, then what is the question? Does TPSR work in the realities of schools and does it make a difference? These are all great questions that Barrie Gordon from Victoria University in New Zealand explores in relation to schools in New Zealand.

  • BLOG: Future of Coaching in a Changing World

    3rd Feb 16

    An average 21 year old in western society has spent a parallel life in playing video games, leading to the notion that video games are a central part of many people’s lives today. What is it about gaming that captivates the human mind and how can they be aligned to the game centred approach in PE and Sport?

    Amy Price from St Mary's University in London discusses how the principles of ‘good digital game design’ can be used to re-shape the use of the game centred approach in teaching and coaching.

  • BLOG: Resilience and Emotional Regulation in Children

    3rd Dec 15

    Emerging literature in the resilience research has a particular focus on encouraging children to adopt strategies that facilitate emotional regulation.

    In this blog post, Sarah Tillot, PhD Candidate and Lecturer in Health at the University of Wollongong, outlines some self-regulation strategies that can be adopted for children to firstly manage their emotions, then apply techniques to solve the problem. 

  • BLOG: Nature Games

    18th Nov 15

    Thinking outside the square in physical education can lead to student driven resources being utilised by school communities beyond our own domain.

    Anne Goodman from Wanguri Primary School in the Northern Territory, provides a tiny speck of what is possible as it highlights what Physical Education teachers can achieve by empowering our students.

  • BLOG: The Next Evolution in the Coordination of Health & Education

    10th Nov 15

    Launched in 2014, the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model was established to bring the education and health sectors back together. The aim of this model is to highlight the core beliefs of a successful education which is supported by the necessary components around school health.

    Sean Slade, Director of Outreach, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) and Core Group member in the development of the new Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model discusses the development of this newly established model.

  • BLOG: Life Learning Through Positive Education

    14th Oct 15

    Positive Education is a new educational paradigm which aims to assist young people to thrive despite life challenges they face. It is not surprising that a vast majority of schools from public and private sectors within Australia and around the world, are seeking more information about this program.

    Dianne A Vella-Brodrick from the University of Melbourne identifies the key opportunities in using the Positive Education program in schools.

  • BLOG: 10 Links We Like

    7th Oct 15

    October 2015's "links we like" - articles of interest

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