Book of the Month

Each month #slowchathealth highlights a book of the month. Sometimes this will be chosen by myself but usually it will be based upon the recommendations of my PLN. Each month the blog post is updated so that the most recent book of the month is featured BUT you can find ALL of the books in this Amazon list.

Sex Myths

I traditionally start my Sexuality Education unit addressing myths about sex. I do this, even though some of these myths seem unbelievable - does anyone really believe that you can't get pregnant if you have sex standing up? However, in this era of medical misinformation, and influencers seeking views and likes, it's important for teachers …

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A Student Reminded Me That I Had Neglected Relationships Within The Building

Last week, I had a fantastic day at school, and I think it was because I did things that went against my daily routine.  I thought I had such a great morning routine that I had even written a blog post about it. My routine was THAT good.  I typically set an alarm for bedtime. …

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Outdoor education has psychological, cognitive and physical health benefits for children

Jean-Philippe Ayotte-Beaudet, Université de Sherbrooke and Felix Berrigan, Université de Sherbrooke There is a growing interest across Canada in outdoor education that is formally integrated into school. This trend has increased since COVID-19, particularly because open-air environments significantly reduced the risks of disease transmission. Outdoor education is an umbrella term that includes many approaches and …

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I Wrote A Letter To The Board

Regular readers of the blog, particularly those who read the #Microblog posts, will know that many health teachers are under attack from community members who have taken issue with elements of our curricula. Often these efforts are well-organized, well funded, and very vocal. Often these efforts are mis-informed, seek to intentionally mis-inform, and always seek …

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How to Sustain a Culture of Health and Wellness at your School.

A principal once asked me, “Adam, how will you still impact the culture to promote health and wellness after you are gone?” This was year two of my teaching career, and I had just begun to have my head above water with middle school students and classroom management. Looking back at that moment I feel …

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We need to share our impediments as teachers and fully disclose our struggles. We need to refrain from positioning ourselves as experts, most especially if we have secret challenges that keep us up at night. We need to speak of our shortcomings, mistakes, and battles as much as we speak of our triumphs. We also …

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Can Project Based Learning Create More Meaningful PE?

Why PBL? Project Based Learning (PBL) is a student-centered pedagogy that involves a dynamic classroom approach in which it is believed that students acquire a deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems. PBL often relies on students learning through inquiry, collaboration, and design thinking in order to achieve deeper understanding of complex …

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Blurring the Lines: Cross-Curricular Health & Wellbeing

Health and Wellbeing are universally understood concepts. While their specifics and definitions can be dissonant and intimately unique (not to mention everchanging) to the eye of the beholder, there are many commonalities that can be found between even the most diverse approaches to healthiness/wellness. These commonalities often form the basis of Health and Wellbeing education …

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