Our highlights from the ACHPER International Conference – Dan Jackson and Steven Thompson (SEDA, Redfern)

Our highlights from the 30th ACHPER International Conference 2017 held in Australia’s Capital from January 16-18 include presentations and workshops from: Phil Morgan, Kelly Bell and Hayley Dean, as well as Matthew Donaldson. There is nothing we like better than three days of professional development to kick start the year!

First Highlight- DADEE Program

The first of our highlights from the ACHPER International 2017 conference include the keynote Empowering Girls through Physical Activity and father involvement. This presentation was given by Phil Morgan from The University of Newcastle. Phil reviewed all the studies produced that seek to improve female involvement in physical activity and noticed that the word “Dad” only appeared three times and two of those were in his own articles! He then created his own intervention that used fathers to improve their daughter’s physical activity levels.

Essentially he made the daughters their father’s personal trainers and got them exercising together. He called it the DADEE program. The results were huge and Phil decided to include more than just increasing physical activity levels, his intervention also looked at the daughter’s wellbeing. So as part of the intervention he taught the fathers to interact with their daughters using emotional mirroring and both the daughters and fathers were taught to use their “gender glasses” to see through our societal “pinkification” of girls.

Further details about Phil Morgan’s research can be found here:
https://www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/philip-morgan#publications

Second Highlight- Formative Assessment

The second of our highlights from the conference was the workshop Practical formative assessment strategies in Health and PE: What does formative assessment look like?, which was run by our very own President of ACHPER NSW- Kelly Bell (Nagle College, Blacktown South, NSW) and Vice President- Hayley Dean (Road Safety Education Officer, Department of Education NSW).

This workshop was packed full of useful classroom strategies and resources which demonstrated the importance of learning intentions, success criteria, effective classroom discussions, and student ownership for effective formative assessment and feedback. Many of us even left motivated to re-explore Dylan Wiliam’s five formative assessment strategies and Eric Mazure’s flipped classroom publications, which became additional readings due to the jam packed nature of this session, with over fourteen separate strategies explored.
The workshop was engaging from the outset, immediately participating in tactile activities using post it notes, mini whiteboards and balls. Following on were activities including collaborative mind-mapping, jigsaw, and taboo cards as well as kinaesthetic strategies including donut debates and basketball questioning.

The big crowd pleasers though were the group based ICT tools such as Kahoot and Twitter which present as wonderful tools for engaging the modern ‘technologically literate’ students.

All of Kelly and Hayley’s strategies were extremely suitable for the practical PDHPE environment (and for our Health and PE colleagues across the country and internationally). They generated meaningful discussion within the group regarding how these methods and activities could be used to gather information about our students in order to modify teaching and learning activities to improve student attainment.

This short 90 minute workshop made us want to attend their workshop again at the ACHPER NSW Stage 6 Conference on May 12 and 13, 2017 at Bankstown Sports Club. See the below link for more details and look out for the registration details soon to be released.
https://www.achpernsw.com.au/conferences/stage-6-conference/

Third Highlight- iBooks

The third of our highlights from the 30th ACHPER International Conference was a short presentation given by Matthew Donaldson from Presbyterian Ladies College, NSW on iBooks. This presentation was of great interest to us because we just love technology. Matthew made our highlights from the ACHPER International Conference because he spent 10 minutes showing us how to create great interactive iBooks that include: videos, PowerPoints, widgets, quizzes and more. He recommended the use of iBook Builder or iBooks Author to create these, and hopefully one day soon we will.

Fourth Highlight- Networking

Finally, we cannot forget to include the networking that always occurs at conferences. So the last of our highlights from the conference is the people. While down in Canberra we managed to meet many advocates of health, physical activity, physical education, wellbeing, coaching and leisure/recreation including teachers and academics from across the globe. The personal connections with past and current teachers we work with and the chance to speak with new people who are doing innovative things in their schools was inspiring.

Highlights from the conference can also be found here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ViHI667sJws&feature=youtu.be
https://storify.com/achpernational/achper2017

So, there we have our highlights from the 30th ACHPER International Conference. Just writing this gets us excited for the upcoming Stage 6 Conference for PDHPE and CAFS teachers to be held in May. Hope to see you there.

Daniel Jackson
Capacity Building and Innovation Portfolio ACHPER NSW
SEDA College, Redfern, NSW

Steven Thompson
SEDA College, Redfern, NSW

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