Creating Unicorns and ‘AHA’ Moments in Health and Physical Education (HPE)

Threshold concepts at Rototuna Senior High (RSHS)  have become integral in our course design, we are a senior school with years 11-13 only. The idea of threshold concepts has helped move students (and teachers!) away from course design that is solely focussed on assessment. Not that assessment is a bad word, it is important, however …

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In Support of Comprehensive Sexuality Education.

In #HealthEd three things guide your content. There is content that you legally MUST teach (state-mandated), there is the content that you LOVE to teach (those classic lessons that you enjoy) and, sandwiched in between those two is the content that your students NEED. That particular content is guided by data and reflects the behaviors …

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Growing Democratic Socialism Through School Gardens

Many of us have seen school gardens promoted by teachers, non-profit organizations and community groups but are those spaces ever really used effectively and do they focus on providing a student-centered space dedicated to promoting student voices and democratic socialism? Do school gardens ever really play an integral role in combating food deserts and other …

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The Oldest Fable – Everything Wrong with the Clitoris Narrative

It may seem hard to believe that our clitoris is designed solely for pleasure. With 8,000 nerve endings, we DOUBLE the penis, which only weighs in at a whopping 4,000. One may argue that vulva owners are as deserving or more deserving of an orgasm than penis owners. That’s one hard pill for society to …

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Health Advocacy Committee

https://soundcloud.com/james-robert-brook/health-advocacy-committee This microblog post was a featured post in #slowchathealth’s #microblogmonth event. You can search for all of the featured posts here. Please do follow each of the outstanding contributors on social media (including James Brook, the author of this post) and consider writing a microblog post of your own to be shared with the global audience of slowchathealth.com …

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How to Facilitate Deeper Connections to Physical Activity

In part one of this blog post, I discussed the importance of aligning the purpose of the physical education class to helping students form deep connections with their physical activity. Part two will discuss a system (ROAD) that a teacher can use to facilitate this process for students in PE  Record The first step in …

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Aligning to a Social Emotional Lens in Physical Education

Part 1: Aligning to a Social Emotional Lens in Physical Education According to Simon Sinek’s Golden Circle, a clearly defined purpose is at the heart of all goal-setting and system-building, and as a teacher the communication of this purpose to students and parents sets a clear expectation for how and what they will learn in …

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