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Finding Balance in Precarious Times

Thursday, September 3, 2020
How educators, students and families can prioritize well-being in the times of COVID-19 As we prepare for a return to in-person learning in Ontario schools this fall, educators, parents and students have plenty of questions and concerns—and health and safety is first and foremost among them. How...

What Kids are Taking Away from Ophea’s Daily Physical Activity Challenges

Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Whether it’s learning movement skills in Health and Physical Education (H&PE), outdoor play at recess, or getting active during Daily Physical Activity—the 20 minutes of physical activity mandated by the Ministry of Education—a regular school day is packed with activity. But there’s nothing...

How Intentional Teaching Practices Can Build Student Motivation, Competence & Confidence in H&PE

Tuesday, April 7, 2020
This article is the second of a four-part series that takes a deep dive into different areas of research shown to be connected to effective curriculum implementation. Each article shares feedback from teachers, students, and education system leaders on what’s working, what’s needed and what’s next...

How effective H&PE professional development can impact student learning

Monday, February 3, 2020
When it comes to professional development in education, there’s rarely enough time or funding to go around. That’s why making the most of the resources available is a must. “It’s a complex system with competing priorities at every level,” says Joanne Walsh, Ophea Curriculum Consultant, long-time...

Celebrating Ontario’s Healthy Schools!

Monday, June 3, 2019
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 274 schools have been certified as either Gold, Silver...

How to Assess for Student Success

Friday, September 28, 2018
Girl with dodgeball
Supporting Physical Literacy Assessment   Through a joint position paper called “Addressing Quality Assessment to Support the Development of Physical Literacy Skills in Health and Physical Education,” Ophea and OASPHE—Ontario’s two provincial subject associations for H&PE —have brought forward...

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...