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Masterclass – Planning engaging movement lessons

October 20, 2022 @ 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm AEDT

PDHPE Masterclasses

The ACHPER NSW Masterclass series explores new health and movement research. We offer 8 Masterclasses each year.

Masterclass #3 2022:
Planning engaging movement lessons
(rescheduled from June to October)

Research tells us that physical activity declines dramatically during late childhood and continues into adolescence (AHKA, 2022, p12). Researchers have looked extensively at the role motivation plays in choices related to physical activity.

Emily McLachlan continues the discussion on ways to increase the motivation and engagement of students in movement lessons through the lens of Self Determination Theory.

With a focus on PE, Emily introduces the concept of variety as being an additional requirement to support the basic psychological needs of students to support autonomous motivation to engage in PE.  She will discuss the importance of striking the right balance between:

  • satisfying the need for autonomy by providing choice and variety in lessons, versus
  • allowing students time to gain competence and confidence in their ability.

Join us to explore how building in a variety of lesson tasks and activating student choice can increase student motivation and participation.

Presenter:  Emily McLachlan, International Grammar School, Sydney; Doctoral Researcher University of Newcastle
Twitter @EmMcLachlanEdu

Emily approaches PDHPE with passion and innovation. She implements evidence-based teacher professional learning, establishes quality professional networks and leads teacher reflections to improve student and staff outcomes. Emily is a leader of flexible learning space design and creating physical learning environments that encourage movement in the classroom. She is currently studying a PhD at the University of Newcastle, investigating the unique impact of variety on adolescence autonomous motivation in physical education. Emily has been featured in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph, The Education, Education Matters and on Channel 7 and SBS for her innovative approach to teaching PDHPE.

Date: Thursday 20 October 2022 (rescheduled date)
3.45pm – 5.15pm
Live video conference – 1 hour presentation, followed by 30min Q&A


  • Free for ACHPER NSW/ACT members (login to receive the discount)
  • $25 non-members

Why not join ACHPER NSW? Our Teacher Membership is only $140 p.a. This includes free masterclasses – valued at up to $200 p.a.  JOIN NOW


October 20, 2022
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm AEDT


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02 9787 5141


02 9787 5141
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