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A Peer-to-Peer Approach to Promoting Healthy Relationships and Equality

Monday, March 26, 2018
How student voice can build a school culture that works to stop sexual violence When students speak up about sexual violence and harassment, their peers listen. That’s what Ophea and three partner organizations Draw-the-Line, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, and White Ribbon, along with support...

Reconciliation at School: Understanding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Health & Physical Education

Monday, February 5, 2018
When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission completed its six-year investigation in 2015 into the Canadian Indian residential school system, it released a series of reports that documented how to move forward to address Canada's colonialism. Physical education and sport were important components...

Being Active Really Adds Up

Monday, November 6, 2017
How a more flexible approach to Daily Physical Activity supports student health & their readiness to learn. According to the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth, children aged 5–11 should be getting at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day....

Barrier-Free H&PE

Friday, September 29, 2017
Inclusion means every student can succeed. “That’s not fair!” It’s a refrain that teachers—especially at the elementary level—hear often, but what students often fail to understand is that, when it comes to learning, fairness doesn’t necessarily mean everyone follows the same rules or gets the same...

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...

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