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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The Curious Case of Senior Secondary Health Education in Aotearoa New Zealand.

I am delighted that this week's blog post comes from a passionate health educator who has spent many years advocating for, and understanding the role of, health education within a wider context. Although written from a New Zealand perspective Rachael Dixon's writing will speak to a global audience of health educators. Tena koutou, tena koutou, …

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13.1 Ways Quarantine Life is Like Running a Half-Marathon

Comparing lessons learned during the pandemic with lessons learned from running,this outstanding blog post is also available as a podcast. In the month since I was asked to write this article, the world has pretty much been turned upside down. Originally, the premise of this piece was going to be based around 13.1 ways that …

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Getting #SexuallySmarter One Classroom Word at a Time

I’m an independent sex educator. I work with kids from kindergarten through college and the adults who take care of them. I meet with at least 100 different groups in any given school year and usually have pretty limited time to create a safe and welcoming learning environment before it’s time to really dig into …

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