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Gamification in physical education

“The research tells us that PE needs to be done differently, and this is an example of PE being done differently,”  Shane Pill Associate Professor, from the Flinders Sport, Health, Activity, Performance and Exercise (SHAPE) Research Centre. Have you ever wondered why kids are able to sit in the one spot and spend hours-on-end playing

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Return to school from remote learning

18 October 2021 Five tips for teachers returning to school from remote learning. For many schools in NSW the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in their local government area also signals the long-awaited return to schools. School staff will need to support students in the transition back to the classroom, and at the same time manage

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Tips for success in teaching Stage 6 PDHPE

October 2021 Are you new to teaching Stage 6 PDHPE or just want to know the secrets of successful teachers? We asked Alison Pool, PDHPE teacher Prairiewood High School, to provide her top tips for achieving success when teaching Stage 6 PDHPE. 1. Understand the HSC Requirements. It is important to make sure you know

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Top tips for success in teaching CAFS

October 2021 Are you new to teaching CAFS or just want to know the secrets of successful CAFS teachers?  We asked Nicole Wheeler, presenter of ACHPER NSW’s Teaching Stage 6 CAFS for the first time workshop, to provide her top tips for achieving success when teaching CAFS. 1.Know the syllabus inside and out Ensure you

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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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Primary RFF teaching – Is it for you?

Reflections on the big switch – Lisa Quinn Have you ever thought about switching from your high school PDHPE teaching position to become a primary school PE specialist/RFF teacher?     High School Head of Department PDHPE Teacher Lisa Quinn transfers her skills to the role of a specialist PE Primary School teacher. Lisa has been

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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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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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Explicit teaching of PE to maximise the value of movement

Explicit teaching of PE to maximise the value of movement What’s happening at the moment?   In recent times, it’s been widely broadcast that there is a decrease in students valuing lifelong movement in Australia.  The key question is, ‘What is missing and how can we increase the impact of learning in PE?’  NSW Centre

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Teaching purposefully in physical education

Think back to your time as a student in PE (Physical Education). Did it usually involve the teacher putting out some equipment and then sending students off to go and play? For many of us, it is still the norm. Having been a PE teacher for over 10 years, I get it, the students just

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Australian Curriculum Review: Why your voice matters?

Australian Curriculum: Health and Physical Education review – How will it impact on NSW PDHPE teachers? In conversations I have had with teachers over recent weeks about the Australian Curriculum Review, I have noticed a lot of apathy about engaging with the consultation process. The reason given by many of these teachers is that NSW

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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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HSC revision bundles for PDHPE

HSC Revision bundles for PDHPE Do you want to give your students the edge when it comes to HSC revision? Use our pre-recorded webinars with your students during class revision time. We’ve done all the hard work for you by creating extensive revision activities in student friendly booklets for all Core and Option modules and

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HSC Revision bundles for CAFS

HSC Revision bundles for CAFS Do you want to give your students the edge when it comes to HSC revision? Use our pre-recorded webinars with your students during class revision time. We’ve done all the hard work for you by creating extensive revision activities in student friendly booklets for all Core and Option modules and

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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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How can you promote positive masculinity in your classroom?

With all the talk about consent and respect … or a lack of it … how can you promote positive masculinity in your classroom? With current discussions and media attention focused on consent and respect in relationships it seems appropriate to also explore the issue of toxic masculinity and how schools can work with students to challenge

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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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