As a former HPE teacher and teacher educator for 25 + years, I still enjoy the back to school excitement and anticipation the new school year brings. September is always a time of new challenges, opportunities, and renewed visions for what we hope to accomplish in our HPE programs to ensure our students lead healthy active lives long after they graduate from school.
This past month, I delivered a summer professional learning course at OISE, along with two of my colleagues Michael Sinukoff and Eva Roser, both HPE teacher leaders in the Greater Toronto Area. It left me feeling inspired and re-energized from the 50 teachers we worked with; some aspiring to teach HPE for the very first time while others are leading the way to quality HPE programs.
On our last day of the course, we were challenged by my husband, Ted. He’s an award-winning former HPE teacher, author, health and physical literacy champion, and world-renowned speaker who believes in maximizing teacher success, and unlocking the potential of ALL students to “reimagine” HPE and to actualize the principles of the UNESCO Quality Physical Education Document.
UNESCO (2015) states,
“Despite the recognized power of physical education, we are seeing a global decline in its delivery. This is helping to fuel a global health crisis – conservative estimates consider physical inactivity as accounting for 6 per cent of global mortality. This is the pledge inspiring these Guidelines – to mobilize stakeholders and resources in order to ensure the provision of quality physical education to young people across the world, regardless of their socio-economic situation, ethnicity, culture or gender.”
Are you feeling up to the challenge? Wanting some back to school inspiration? Here are four ways to get you started:
1. Sign up for Ted’s Morning High Five email series
Start the year with the inspiration, motivation, and information you need to reimagine HPE for your school. Ted shares strategies to dignify HPE in your community, best practices around the world and ways in which to get your stakeholders (e.g., parents, staff, administrators, community partnerships) on board with your vision for HPE.
2. Back-to-School Essentials
Check out innovative equipment that can inspire hours of physical activity, play and new games, such as Speedminton, disc golf, and much more for your HPE program this school year! Shop back-to-school essentials here.
3. Survey your students
Ask about what games, activities and sports they enjoy and clearly communicate the learning outcomes/goals of your PE program to your students, staff and parents.
4. Refer to the Physical Literacy Checklist
Use this checklist by PHE Canada to guide your teaching practice with respect to i) planning for student learning; ii) creating an environment for student learning; iii) using teaching strategies and skills for student learning iv) modelling exemplar teaching and professionalism
READY, SET, GO! Share what inspires you for Back to School below.