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Masterclass – Planning engaging movement lessons

June 23 @ 3:45 pm - 5:15 pm AEST


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

Masterclass #3 2022
Planning engaging movement lessons

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.

In our third Masterclass for 2022, Emily McLachlan continues the discussion on ways to increase 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 changing the way you plan and sequence your lessons and units of work can have a positive effect on increasing student motivation.

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 23 June 2022
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


June 23
3:45 pm - 5:15 pm AEST


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02 9787 5141
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