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  • BLOG: Project Based Learning: Where to start? 

    23rd Mar 17

    Well-executed Project Based Learning includes much more than just ‘doing projects'. Teachers move through a design process based on specific principles backed by proven methods and practices. This field-tested methodology allows teachers to conceive and implement a coherent problem-solving process that brings out the best work in students and addresses key standards in the curriculum. 

    Kelly Pfeiffer from Dubbo School of Distance Education and Thom Markham, founder of PBL Global provide an insight on how to execute PBL in the classroom and how The Big Issue Classroom can play a role in the project.

  • VLOG: The PE Flip

    16th Mar 17

    Flipped learning can be described as an inverted classroom which allows for lower order tasks to be undertaken outside of the classroom and in class, take the time to analyse, evaluate and create without students feeling lost.  Flipped learning comes in many forms such as setting a magazine or Journal article for homework or create your own video and tailor it to the needs of your students.

    In ACHPER's first Vlog, Suzie Tjin from Somerville House has transformed her popular Flipping the HPE workshop at ACHPER's 2017 International Conference in January, into a video to assist teachers in applying flipped learning in the classroom.

  • BLOG: Too hot to learn - why schools need a national heatwave policy

    2nd Mar 17

    Many parts of Australia have been experiencing a long-running heatwave, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees in some areas. So what impact is this having on schools? And is it time for the government to roll out a national policy on heat protection?

    In this article, Brendon Hyndman from Southern Cross University outlines five key action areas from a recent review he conducted of what a national school heat policy could look like.

  • BLOG: Need a map to navigate the AC:HPE? Try the Spectrum!

    16th Feb 17

    The Australian Curriculum for Health and Physical Education (HPE) has been a long time in the making and while some may suggest that it is not perfect, educators and curriculum writers have achieved something which is commendable. In saying that, it does present some challenges for educators to meet its aims.

    In this blog, Brendan SueSee from the University of Southern Queensland offers some teaching styles from Mosston & Ashworth’s Spectrum of Teaching Styles to help HPE teachers meet the descriptors and elaborations from the ACARA document.

  • BLOG: Summary of #achper2017

    25th Jan 17

    The 30th ACHPER International Conference held at the University of Canberra from January 16-18 2017 provided 320 teachers, researchers and health, sport and recreation professionals from across Australia and overseas with a dynamic and highly engaging professional learning experience.

    The conference theme – Participating in an Active and Healthy Life – Valuing the Participant Voice – prompted us to engage with people as learners and actively seek their voice to inform our work and improve the achievement of learning outcomes as well as their lives. 

  • 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.

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