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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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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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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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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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My life as a first year teacher – Reflections by Brooke Garland (Wellington HS)

My life as a first year teacher – Reflections by Brooke Garland (Wellington HS) – My name is Brooke Garland and I have completed my first six months as a graduate teacher out in Wellington NSW. I always knew that I was going to spend my first few years as a teacher out in a …

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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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Why we must teach kids to balance their screen-time and green-time by Dr Kristy Goodwin

Our kids are experiencing digitalised childhoods. Their plugged-in childhoods are impacting their health, development and even the ways that they want and expect to learn. Technology is changing so many things about childhood and adolescence. For example, we now know that today’s kids are leading more sedentary lives and one of the reasons (it’s certainly …

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How will your school take action against bullying?

Bullying remains a complex and critical issue within schools, with 1 in 4 students reporting that they’ve been bullied on a regular basis. [pexyoutube pex_attr_src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGY5eREAoPU” pex_attr_width=”760″][/pexyoutube] This infographic created from statistics from the Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study shows just what impact bullying is having on students in our schools.

How SAAFE are your PE lessons?

Although the health benefits of participating in regular physical activity are extensive, the majority of young Australians are not sufficiently active. The pandemic of ‘physical inactivity’ is not only influencing our health, but also our hip pocket, with global estimates suggesting in excess of US$50 billion is being spent on health care related to inactivity. …

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Improving performance in PDHPE and CAFS

Improving performance in both PDHPE and CAFS (and any other subject area) involves adopting a variety of different strategies to support and grow student learning. These strategies can be based around learning activities, groupings, types of assessment tasks, exam techniques or even feedback provided to students. Student feedback has been recognised as one of the …

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For students to flourish we must cherish teachers

“All young people are loved and safe, have material basics, are healthy, are learning and participating and have a positive sense of identity and culture.” This is the vision for the NEST action agenda – a national plan for child and youth wellbeing – for all Australia’s children. The Student Wellbeing Action Network (SWAN) was …

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Health on Facebook: Engaging critical minds

Social networking sites such as Facebook have become a popular way for people to source health information, specifically relating to diet and exercise. However many adolescents are unable to differentiate between the credibility and accuracy of the health advice offered. The results of a study by Stephanie Jong of Flinders University draws on two of …

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Quality health and physical education: why we need it in Australia?

Quality health and physical education: why we need it in Australia? UNESCO recently released their report “Quality Physical Education: Guidelines for policy makers”. This global report provides a robust, evidence based framework and guidelines for the development and delivery of quality physical education programs to all children and young people. Given Australia is moving from …

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The Importance of the Health and Physical Education learning area in schools

This Position Statement has been developed in ACHPER’s role as the leading professional association for the purpose of contributing to discourse on the importance of the Health and Physical Education learning area in schools. It is part of ACHPER’s responsibility to present its position for the benefit of members as well as for productive, ongoing …

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