Janice Atkin - Professional Learning Officer, ACHPER NSW

ACHPER NSW and Sporting Schools Plus

Have you received a Sporting Schools Plus grant? ACHPER NSW provides Professional Learning to build school and teacher capacity to delivery quality PDHPE and build the physical literacy of your students. The Sporting Schools Plus grant enables your school to access the highest quality professional learning and support for you teachers and whole school community. …

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PL on the go #1: Behaviour management

Listen to a conversation with Dr Jeff Thomas, a lecturer in the Master of Teaching and Graduate Certificate of Education at the University of Tasmania. Jeff’s research and teaching interests include the relationship between engagement and classroom behaviour, and reengagement approaches for disengaged students. This podcast first published on Teacher Magazine website.

A balance at exam time

Students who study any subject within the PDHPE Key Learning Area know about the importance of balance. This can be easily applied to the preparation that goes into sitting any exam for students. Below are some simple strategies for students to adopt before, during and after exam time. Studying                                                                    Develop a realistic study timetable …

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Learners need endless feedback, more than they need endless teaching

“Learners need endless feedback, more than they need endless teaching”. (Grant Wiggins)   Trial HSC Examinations across NSW have either just finished or about to begin. Students prepare for their trials, they sit them, teachers mark their exams and give them back their results, students spend about one minute looking at their marks. This is …

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Drawing from the well – taking care of the care taker

As the end of the term draws to a close, you probably have one eye glued to the calendar as you will yourself into the holidays. Often at this stage of the year, fatigue is battling with the seemingly never ending lists of tasks to be completed – you’ve been working hard on reports, registers, …

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How can schools and parents balance screen-time and green-time? Part 3

As earlier stated, digital amputation is not a solution. Teaching our kids healthy media habits is critical. This requires action on behalf of schools, parents and health professionals, which in turn requires learning and upskilling because parents and educators are the first generation of raising and working with digital natives. Put simply, you don’t know …

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Why we need to teach kids to balance screen-time and green-time – Part 2

// Mind-wandering mode Time unplugged and in nature allows our students’ brains to enter what neuroscientists call ‘mind wandering mode’ which is also considered the ‘default mode’ of thinking. When our students are outdoors, they’re away from their screens (hopefully) and therefore they’re not processing the multitude of sensory input that screens offer (sounds, animations, …

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