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Exploring DPA In Action LIVE!

Thursday, May 17, 2018 - 12:26
Andrea Haefele, Health and Physical Education Teacher with York Region DSB and Ophea Ambassador
group of students in classroom posing for picture

On May 4th, 2018, Ophea joined Andrea Haefele and Kelly Chatzinikolis for a Facebook Live session exploring Daily Physical Activity (DPA) In Action. The embedded recorded Facebook Live video is a follow up to the Making Sense of P/PM 138: Continuing the Conversation and Making Sense of P/PM 138: Let’s Talk Strategy webinars which took place in December 2017 and March 2018.

As educators, it is important that we provide opportunities for all students of all abilities to be successful in all areas of the curriculum. Knowing your learners is essential to program design and delivery. When educators understand the physical, cognitive and affective domains of all their learners, they can ensure that learning goals for each lesson are intentional and purposeful.

It has been 12 years since the Ministry of Education first released its original Daily Physical Activity Policy/Program Memorandum. There is now a refreshed policy that strengthens connections to student achievement and well-being

Here are some highlights of the refreshed P/PM 138, Daily Physical Activity:

  • Continue to improve cardiorespiratory fitness
  • Support and promote well-being & achieving excellence
  • Considerations for safety
  • Reporting and accountability
  • Increase physical activity & reduce sedentary behaviour
  • Flexibility to divide DPA into smaller blocks of time

The revised DPA policy also highlights the Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth. These guidelines are based on recent research that recommends, “for optimal health benefits, children and youth (aged 5–17 years) should achieve high levels of physical activity, low levels of sedentary behaviour, and sufficient sleep each day.”1 To support students, educators are now encouraged  to consider breaking up longer periods of sedentary time during the school day by building meaningful movement opportunities into instructional time.

In the recent Ophea Exploring DPA in Action Facebook Live, educator Kelly Chatzinikolis showcased how she has brought #DPAEveryDay to life. Kelly shares, “When a teacher is able to understand that quality physical activity leads to students who are happy, active and healthy, ready to learn, and supports students with developing positive mental health and positive relationships, teachers will choose to embed it into their instructional time.” During Ophea’s visit to Kelly’s classroom, students understood the learning goals for physical activity.

When introducing how physical activity would be integrated into the students’ school day, Kelly explained that she needed to teach her students how their bodies felt before, during, and after movement. “Some guiding questions that I asked my students were;

  • When is the best time for you to incorporate a movement break for you?
  • What are some physical and mental signs that your body tells you before, during, and after movement?
  • What types of physical activity can you do inside and outside throughout the school day?
  • How does physical activity play a role in your life outside of school?

Students understanding the learning goals for physical activity, and what they need to do to be successful at reaching these goals is essential to a quality DPA program.

It was amazing to see Kelly’s students demonstrating when their bodies needed a movement break, and choosing what physical activity they enjoyed doing. Kelly says, “It was a long but valuable process to teach my students the value of physical activity. Today, my students not only understand why their body needs movement, but more importantly they are able to embed it outside of the school day. It is great to see them transfer their learning into their lives where they are choosing to walk to school, play outside, and ride their bikes.”

Schools are welcoming, diverse, and happy places where kids go to learn, connect, and build healthy, active lives. Being physically active is beneficial for a variety of reasons, including that it’s fun, gets students involved, builds relationships, promotes positive mental health, and fosters creativity. The renewed focus on DPA is exciting for our students across Ontario, as it brings physical activity to the forefront of education. We all have a hand in this policy what does your #DPAEveryDay look like, sound like and feel like?

Access Kelly's Sample Action Plan.

Additional #DPAeveryday supports:

 For more resources, professional learning opportunities, and information to support you in getting kids active visit Ophea.net

 1Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. (2016). Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines For Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep. Retrieved from;" href="https://www.participaction.com/sites/default/files/downloads/participact...">https://www.participaction.com/sites/default/files/downloads/participact...