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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...

How to Assess for Student Success

Friday, September 28, 2018
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...

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...

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...

Teaching Human Development & Sexual Health with Confidence

Monday, March 6, 2017
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
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
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...

Great Learning Begins with Great Questions

Thursday, September 29, 2016
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...