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  • BLOG: Do our kids have all the tools?

    1st Dec 16

    With the release of the second Report Card on Physical Activity of Children and Young People indicating a grade of D- again for Australia for both Overall Physical Activity and for Sedentary Behaviours, why as a nation are we still failing when it comes to our kids moving more? Do our kids have all the tools they need to be active for life?

    Dr Natasha Schranz and Charlotte Vincent from Active Healthy Kids Australia talk about the key message that came out of recent discussions with Industry and Academia from around the country about how we address this very serious problem we face as a nation.

  • BLOG: The DADEE Program

    24th Nov 16

    More than 80% of Australian girls are insufficiently active and are often marginalised in physical activity contexts at home, school and in the community. As such, girls have less opportunity, encouragement and support to be active, compared with boys.

    Professor Philip Morgan from the University of Newcastle and #achper2017 keynote shares how his research program 'DADEE: Dads And Daughters Exercising and Empowered' targets the father-daughter relationship as a key strategy to improve girls’ self-esteem and physical activity.

  • BLOG: Build it and they will come

    18th Nov 16

    The concept of modified sports has been with us for many years. Rules, equipment and playing spaces are commonly modified in an effort to scale the adult version of a sport to the needs of children. Despite widespread support for the notion of sports modification for children, a review of some prominent national and international sporting organisations suggests that despite good intention they still might not have truly grasped the importance of modified sport.

    In this blog, skill acquisition scientist and #achper2017 Keynote Damian Farrow suggests that if we are able to scale the game to be more appropriate for children, they will enjoy the game more and consequently learn more.

  • BLOG: Health promotion in schools - reality or pipe dream?

    9th Nov 16

    Australian schools have had pressure to solve a raft of societal and health issues. While this is unrealistic, schools can and do play a role in improving and/or protecting the health of all school users. A Health Promoting School attempts to balance the health curriculum and classroom teaching with supportive changes in the school environment, reinforcing health lessons with policy and practices.

    Brush up on your knowledge of the Health Promoting Schools Framework and read some important tips to consider when establishing a Health Promoting School in this week's ACHPER Blog post.  

  • BLOG: Safer Schools for All

    3rd Nov 16

    Approximately 1 in 4 Australian students aged 8-14 years reports being bullied frequently – that is, every few weeks or more often. Research has shown that a wide variety of factors influence the likelihood that young people will be involved in bullying as a target or perpetrator including individual (e.g. personality, social skills), family-based (e.g. exposure to family violence, learned problem-solving methods), school-based (e.g. peer influence, supervision during breaks), and cultural (e.g. acceptance of aggression).

    Keynote Speaker at #achper2017, Professor Donna Cross, talks about how schools need to consider the impact of the physical environment and involve students (as well as other members of the school community) in the evaluation and planning of physical features in the school environment to help prevent peer bullying, conflict and aggression.

     

  • BLOG: Creating a Formative Assessment Culture in your Classroom

    27th Oct 16

    Formative assessment provides students with specific, descriptive feedback so that they are able to improve performance or understanding. It has the biggest impact on student outcomes when it is embedded in each and every lesson, becomes part of the teaching and learning culture and feedback guides future learning. So how does one embed formative assessment in each and every lesson we hear you asking?

    We hope this blog post provides you with food for thought and encourages you to learn more about the place of formative assessment in Health and PE.

  • BLOG: Semantics: ‘physical education’ vs ‘physical literacy’

    11th Oct 16

    Many primary school teachers around the world are responsible for the implementation of physical education, some of whom have limited confidence, competence and time. With this in mind, it is timely that terms such as ‘literacy’ and ‘education’ are discussed to support teachers delivering pedagogy further. 

    In this Blog post, Timothy Lynch of Plymouth University (UK) discusses the results of a recent study by Lynch & Soukup (2016), as to whether physical literacy has offered further clarity to teachers or if it is a great way to promote physical education in schools.

  • BLOG: TravelSmart from the Start

    14th Sep 16

    The Department of Transport in Western Australia has implemented four behaviour change programs, one of which is TravelSmart to School. This program aims to create a healthy community by encouraging active transport to and from school, whether it be by walking, riding, scooting, skating or taking public transport.

    This Blog hopes to encourage our local communities to participate in physical activity for National HPE Day in 2016.

  • BLOG: 10 Links We Like

    25th Aug 16

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

  • 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.

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