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Three Cheers for Ontario’s Healthy Schools!

Monday, June 5, 2017
students cheeting
Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification helps everyone come together for the health of the school community. Hip hip, hurray! As Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification approaches the end of another school year, there’s a lot to celebrate. This year 174 schools have been certified as either Gold,...

Little Bodies Need to Move!

Monday, May 1, 2017
How an integrated approach to H&PE in kindergarten is serving Ontario’s youngest students Kindergarten students have a variety of backgrounds, interests and temperaments, but there’s one thing they’ve got in common: “They never stop moving,” laughs Colleen Walsh, a Registered Early Childhood...

How to Assess for Student Success

Friday, March 31, 2017
Students in gymnasium
Supporting Physical Literacy Assessment   The goal of the Health and Physical Education (H&PE) curriculum is to support students in developing the skills and knowledge they’ll need to be active and healthy throughout their lives. Imagine if every student felt confident, supported and reached...

Teaching Human Development & Sexual Health with Confidence

Monday, March 6, 2017
teaching in front of classroom
Human Development & Sexual Health (HD&SH) is a key component of overall health and well-being that affects us all. Due to the diverse family structures, cultural and religious values, sexual orientations and gender identities of students, there’s no doubt it’s a topic that needs to be...

Supporting Student Learning in Stages 2 & 3 of the Inquiry-Based Learning Process

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
secondary female student in gymnasium throughing ball
Asking questions and searching for answers is a fundamental part of being human. A young child curiosity knows no bounds. Whether it’s “why?” or “what’s that?” they constantly look for answers from the trusted adults in their lives. As children mature, however, an important shift takes place...

Secondary Focus Courses Promote Lifelong Healthy Living

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
teacher with group of students outside pointing to the field
How focusing in can lead to big-picture thinking. When it comes to being active we all have our preferences. Some may enjoy a fast-paced game of competitive soccer, while others may enjoy hiking in the woods. Now, based on new expectations set out in the 2015 H&PE curriculum, Ontario secondary...

Safe & Savvy Online

Friday, October 28, 2016
Teacher with student on tablet in classroom
Fostering Good Digital Citizenship in a Wireless World Whether we’re looking up a recipe, getting directions, sharing a photo on social media or doing online banking — there’s no question: we’re living in a digital world. As adults, the digital world has become vital in our daily lives when being...

Great Learning Begins with Great Questions

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Young students playing in gymnasium
Supporting Student Learning in Stage 1 of the Inquiry-Based Learning Process Great questions can lead to great discoveries... and all it takes to get started is a little curiosity. In inquiry- based learning, teachers start by helping students to formulate questions that are meaningful and...

New to H&PE? We’ve got you Covered!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Teacher talking to class in gymnasium.
Teaching H&PE for the first time this school year? This is an exciting time to learn and grow within your professional field, and promote lifelong healthy, active living with your students. Alongside the excitement this new opportunity holds, you may have some pressing questions; where do I...

Youth: The Leaders of Today

Friday, July 29, 2016
Youths volunteering at a community centre.
How Educators Can Help Students Get Engaged in their Communities According to Sarah Butson, program manager at the Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI), “Youth aren’t the leaders of tomorrow. They’re the leaders of today.” As a group, youth are passionate about a range of issues and have energy...

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