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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...

Everyone in the Game!

Monday, July 4, 2016
Students in wheelchairs with other students and teacher taking part in a phys. ed class.
“Inclusion is not bringing people into what already exists; it is making a new space, a better space, for everyone” - George Dei, 2006 Taking part in daily physical activity is a vital part of any child’s development. It not only helps children to develop physical literacy—the ability to move with...

Three Cheers for Ontario’s Healthy Schools!

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
students cheeting
Ophea’s Healthy Schools Certification helps everyone come together for the health of the school community. Hip hip, hurray! As Ophea’s new Healthy Schools Certification approaches the end of its first year, there’s a lot to celebrate. To begin with, 182 schools registered, and the level of student...

A Holistic Approach to Mental Health

Monday, May 2, 2016
students in school hallway
How the H&PE Curriculum is Fostering the Well-being of Students from Grades 1–12 Mental health depends on—and is connected to—so many things. From having a supportive social environment, to making healthy choices about substance use, to eating nutritious foods and getting enough exercise and...

How Inquiry Supports Student Learning in H&PE

Monday, April 4, 2016
students playing soccer outdoors
Traditionally, a teacher is defined as one who imparts knowledge—but any modern educator can tell you that a special kind of magic happens when, instead of giving students the answers, educators help them to seek information and draw conclusions for themselves. Inquiry-based learning is a process...

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