The Importance of Creating a Full Value Contract with Your Students

In advance of a new school year, is your classroom environment set, with behavioral expectations and social contracts laminated and proudly displayed so that students know exactly what they need to do in order to meet your pre-set expectations? Has your 'classroom cathedral' already been built, ready for new inhabitants? No, mine neither. I don't …

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Health-related App Analysis Assignment through the Lens of Behavior Change Theories

People often look for new sources of health-related information, which are often aimed at behavior change. As you probably know, apps (i.e., applications) are software that can run on mobile devices. With increasing smartphone ownership, many users actively seek health information and app developers have responded by producing thousands of health-related apps. Nearly all smartphone …

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How to Align Strength Training for Sport with a P.E. Curriculum

Strength and conditioning is one of the fastest growing fields in high school athletics. Many have recognized that stronger, faster, and safer athletes have a better athletic experience; additionally, students who participate in a coordinated strength training efforts have additional opportunities to improve health & wellness, forge relationships with peers, and receive mentorship from dedicated …

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My Why

“I didn’t have the best upbringing, but I didn’t have the worst.”  This blog post reflects (either verbatim or in spirit) conversations I have with my students from time to time.  The sharing that occurs in my health room is cyclical and reciprocated.  Like most of you, I share (appropriate) stories that help to create …

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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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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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