Janice Atkin - Professional Learning Officer, ACHPER NSW

Using virtual escape rooms to engage students in their learning

Using a virtual escape room to increase engagement An escape room is traditionally a room where people (usually in teams) work together to solve puzzles. The use of clues assists participants to solve each puzzle to help them escape the room. They each have different themes. Patricia Raikadroka from Merrylands HS shares her steps for …

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Tips on relaxing and recharging over the holidays

How to . these holidays In our day-to-day jobs, we regularly have to juggle many competing demands. This has been especially true this last term during the COVID lockdowns. As teachers, we often put other people’s mental health and wellbeing needs ahead of our own. However, it’s important that we take the time to prioritise …

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National HPE Day – 1 September 2021

National HPE Day – what have you got planned to celebrate our learning area? Health & Physical Education (HPE) Day is a nationwide initiative that highlights the importance of HPE in the Australian Curriculum, and its influence on the learning and development of children. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a parent, caregiver, teacher or principal …

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The Paralympics … a perfect opportunity to start changing the conversation around disability

Paralympics – a great opportunity to have a conversation about disability and social inclusion “I think most people aren’t aware that their communities aren’t even accessible to the 15 per cent of the community that have a disability.” Ellie Cole, Australian Paralympian swimmer As teachers we have the opportunity to use Paralympics as a stimulus to …

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A ‘crowded curriculum’? Is it that simple?

A ‘crowded curriculum’? Sure, it may be complex, but so is the world kids must engage with Shutterstock Chris Hickey, Deakin University The Australian Curriculum is going through a review process with proposed changes released for public consultation at the end of April. When Australian state education ministers commissioned the review in June 2020, the terms …

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Are you in the process of selecting your senior subjects?

Thinking of choosing a health or PE subject in years 11 and 12? Here’s what you need to know Shutterstock Brendon Hyndman, Charles Sturt University and Vaughan Cruickshank, University of Tasmania This article is part of a series providing school students with evidence-based advice for choosing subjects in their senior years. From kindergarten to year 10, …

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Teaching respect through a reflection on the Olympics

Teaching respect – Olympics reflection Teaching respect in the classroom is a task that teachers must do almost daily. In PDHPE, it is core learning in both the way we interact with others in social situations, but also they way we act and respond on the sporting field. The Tokyo Olympics, as always, have presented …

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More than just gold medals – creating quality discussions

More than gold medals – sharing the right messages to influence our students The Olympic spirit of Pierre de Coubertin was originally described as the notion of taking part, rather than only focusing on elitism and obtaining medals. Represented as the pinnacle of human performance, one would expect the Olympic ‘legacy’ to result in an increase in …

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Revision activities for Stage 6 PDHPE Core 1

Using COVID as a case study for revising Core 1 Original image source: The Guardian Australia  If any good has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic it has been the daily updates on case numbers and the increased visibility of epidemiology at work. Given the high profile of epidemiologists in the media, COVID-19 provides a …

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Want some ideas about how to bring the Olympics into your lessons? We’ve got you covered!

The Tokyo Olympic Games are here. The Games are one the best sporting spectacles in the world, and many of us will be watching day and night.  The Games embody many aspects of physical activity, health, achievement and personal growth. For schools, it presents a great opportunity for reinforcing the learning that has been happening in …

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Using Google Forms for instant assessment when teaching remotely – A tutorial by Luke Adams

Luke Adams presented a video tutorial workshop on how to use Google Forms to provide instant feedback to students. This tool could be a valuable addition to your remote learning toolkit over coming weeks. Revisit the video now to go through the steps to setting it up for your classes.

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Analysing the food environment – new digital tool

No, it’s not just a lack of control that makes Australians overweight. Here’s what’s driving our unhealthy food habits Shutterstock Gary Sacks, Deakin University and Sally Schultz, Deakin University Public health experts have long argued that when it comes to preventing obesity, we need to stop blaming individuals. Our new online tool, released today, confirms we …

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On-demand professional learning for Stage 6 teachers

On-demand professional learning for Stage teachers Stage 6 conference recordings – on sale now for a limited time Stage 6 virtual conference 2020 – All session recordings Purchase access to all of the recordings and materials from last year’s Stage 6 virtual conference for just $140. On-demand webinars available as part of the bundle PDHPE …

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Re-imagining physical education to increase engagement for all

Workshop series: Re-imagining physical education to increase engagement for all This series of workshops will support teachers and faculties to review current practices related to physical education and explore innovative new ways of presenting learning that reinvigorate their programs and increase levels of engagement from students. The first workshop is planned to be rolled out …

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Sex education begins at home

Parents, your kids are watching you. Sex education begins at home Shutterstock Katy Thomas, University of Tasmania In recent days, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Australians the treatment of women is not “of a scale that any government can simply change, it is something we must change as a society”. And as a society, we …

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Join our ACHPER NSW blogging team

Join the ACHPER NSW blogging team We are very excited about providing our audience with content directly from teachers, researchers and other experts in the field. Do you fit this bill? Have you got great ideas, research or resources to share with our audience? Well why not join the team creating content for the ACHPER …

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Sexuality education could counter what kids learn from porn, but teachers fear backlash

Sexuality education can counter what kids learn from porn, but some teachers fear backlash when tackling ‘risky’ topics Shutterstock Sharon O’Mara, La Trobe University and Kirsty Duncanson, La Trobe University Thousands of women outlined stories of sexual harassment at private school parties in a petition launched by Chanel Contos recently. Contos is calling for better …

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How do we make assessment in PE relevant?

How do we make assessment in PDHPE relevant? Where are we now? Kyle Sutton recently published a reflection on PDHPE assessment based on reading the AIESEP Position Statement on physical education assessment.  Within this reflection he made some extremely valuable points about where assessment has been in this key learning area and where we could be …

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