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Society depends on educators to be a positive guiding force in our children’s lives – often playing simultaneous roles as educator, parent, counselor, and caring friend. For educators to fulfill these vital roles, we need to develop resilience both inside and outside the classroom by supporting their mental, emotional, and physical well-being. 

What are some strategies you can use to do that?

Join the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project on June 1, 2021 from 16:30 – 17:30 PT for “Modelling Well-being as Educators”. 

This one-hour webinar will focus on practices of sustainable well-being for educators, including increasing knowledge of physical activity and how it supports mental well-being, and prioritizing mindfulness and self-compassion as a way of awakening our own well-being to be present for the work of showing up for our students.

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This webinar will be presented by Lisa Baylis. Lisa has been sharing well-being strategies for the last 20 years. A natural born connector with an innate ability to make people feel valued and heard, she is an instructor, a counsellor, a facilitator, and a mother. 

Lisa is the author of Self-Compassion for Educators: Mindful Practices to Awaken Your Well-being and Grow Resilience, which merges self-care, mindfulness, and self-compassion. She has a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education. Currently, she is a high school counsellor in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

This webinar will be held virtually on GoToWebinar. It will also be recorded, and made available on the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project website following the presentation.

Developed in consultation with Indigenous communities and educators, and with leadership from I·SPARC (Indigenous Sport, Physical Activity & Recreation Council), the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project is excited to announce a new workshop available to B.C. educators: An Indigenous Approach to Getting Started with Physical Literacy!

This virtual workshop brings Indigenous perspectives that honour the First Peoples’ Principles of Learning to physical literacy theory. Educators have the opportunity to learn some practical ways to start developing their students’ physical literacy, and engage with other Indigenous communities in a storytelling method, to incorporate physical literacy in and around their school.

Interested in attending this workshop? We have several open registration dates coming up this spring and summer!:

  • May 7, 2021 — 13:00 to 14:30 PT
  • May 21, 2021 — 13:00 to 14:30 PT
  • June 21, 2021 — 15:00 to 16:30 PT

REGISTER INDIVIDUALLY

This workshop is also available for schools and districts to schedule for their educators:

SCHEDULE THIS WORKSHOP FOR YOUR SCHOOL/DISTRICT

*Priority will be given to educators working in First Nations schools or B.C. public schools with a high population of Indigenous learners.

The 2020/21 school year has brought many unknowns and unique teaching situations as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced adjustments, both big and small, throughout the classroom.

How can you create an effective quality movement opportunity for you and your students to support positive mental well-being? 

Join the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project on April 22, 2021 from 16:30 – 17:30 PT for the webinar “Delivering Physical and Health Education During COVID-19”. In this session, learn some tips and tricks on how to deliver an effective P.E. class while adhering to COVID-19 guidelines.

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This webinar will be presented by Lisa Manzini. 

Lisa is a passionate physical and health educator who has taught elementary physical and health education in Squamish, B.C. for the past 25 years. She is also the former president of PHE BC, where she worked on collaborative teams and presented workshops both nationally and provincially, focusing on improving the quality of physical and health education within B.C. and Canada. 

She holds a Master in Education Leadership from Vancouver Island University, where her thesis focused on connecting physical literacy, physical activity, health and fundamental movement skills to cross-age teaching in early primary physical education classes.

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This webinar will be held virtually on the Zoom Webinar platform on Thursday, April 22, 2021 from 16:30 to 17:30 PT.

A recording will be available on the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project website following the event for those who are unable to attend.

Looking for games and activities to promote physical activity and develop physical literacy in your classroom, but having trouble finding things that align with the B.C. Physical and Health Education Curriculum? 

PLAYBuilder might just be the answer to your search. 

With over 700+ games and 100+ activities for Grades K – 7, it’s a time-saving, free and easy-to-use tool for B.C. educators. To gain access to PLAYBuilder, all you have to do is register using your school email address.

PLAYBuilder is already an important resource for hundreds of teachers in B.C. To date, PLAYBuilder has close to 400 users across over 180 different schools

You can sort content based on an activity, a lesson plan, or even a collection, making lesson-planning for your school year quick and simple. There are even COVID-safe activities available!

Examples of PLAYBuilder activities include:

Alphabet Balance

Participants try to make their bodies into the shape of letters of the alphabet.

Setup: Participants spread out around the playing space.

  • Teacher yells out different letters of the alphabet.
  • Participants try to make their body into the shape of that letter.
  • Encourage the use of different levels. For example, participants may lay on the floor to create the shape or stand up.
  • Teacher may ask them to spell a short word or try guessing their letter for added fun.

Stick Together

Participants connect various body parts together.

Setup: Participants spread out in the playing space.

  • Teacher chooses a locomotor movement for participants to use each round (e.g. walking, running, leaping, jumping, hopping, galloping, crawling, sliding, skipping).
  • When teacher yells out various body parts, participants must connect the said body parts together. For example, if the teacher says. “Knee and elbow,” participants must connect these two body parts together for five seconds.

 

Quick to React

Participants practice jogging and sprinting by listening to the signals.

Setup: All participants line up on the end line.

Safety: If inside, make sure students have ample room to slow down, so as not to collide with a wall.

  • When teacher says jog, the participants begin jogging.
  • When teacher says sprint, they turn around sprint as fast as they can back to the end line.
  • Repeat a few times, with rest periods in between.
  • Change approximate distance each time.

Interested in accessing more activities like these, to keep your students moving? Register today and gain access to the PLAYBuilder platform.

If you have any further questions about PLAYBuilder, get in touch with us at spapl@sportforlife.ca

 

No matter where you are in your physical activity and physical literacy journey, the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project workshops are a great opportunity to learn with and alongside fellow B.C. educators. 

Since the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project hosted its first workshop in August 2020, we’ve seen a steady wave of active participation and engagement from educators throughout the province. 

So far, we have hosted 31 workshops with over 400 participants across the province; this includes six school-based workshops, 15 district-wide workshops, and 10 regional workshops, spanning all four of our currently available workshops: 

Getting Started with Physical Literacy

If you are wondering what physical literacy is and how you can incorporate it into your K-7 instruction, this workshop is for you! Gain an understanding of the theory behind this approach and learn some practical ways that you can develop your students’ physical literacy, starting with your next class. 

Making Physical Literacy Work for your Class

Learn fun activities based on the principles of physical literacy and see how easy it is to include these in the gym, classroom or playground. Learn the “how to” and find out how to include this approach in your K-7 physical education planning.

Holistic Model for Educators

Presented by I·SPARC, this Holistic Model for Educators online professional development workshop is for Indigenous Educators and Educators working in B.C. schools with high populations of Indigenous learners. The Holistic Model was developed in consultation with Indigenous communities across Canada and is based on the medicine wheel’s core values and teachings.

Physical Activity and Physical Literacy for All (Diverse Abilities)

Wondering how to adapt your K-7 physical literacy instruction to meet the needs of all your students? Learn how to modify activities for students with diverse physical and intellectual abilities. Get great hands-on tips and ideas to include all your students in activity and physical literacy.

With another 10 workshops currently scheduled for the coming months, the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project team looks forward to engaging with even more educators as they build their capacity, knowledge and confidence in delivering the B.C. Physical and Health Education curriculum in the areas of physical activity and physical literacy, and their links to mental well-being. 

Are you next?

Learn more about our available workshops, and schedule one for your school, district or region on our website

Have you attended a workshop with us? The School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project is a prototype, and all participants are welcome, and encouraged, to provide feedback.

From classroom to classroom, the abilities of students vary. How can you adapt your K-7 physical literacy instruction to meet the needs of all your students? 

On March 2, 2021 from 16:30 to 17:30 PT, join us for “Physical Activity and Physical Literacy for All (Diverse Abilities),” the second presentation in our free webinar series for B.C. educators, to learn how to modify activities for students with diverse physical and intellectual abilities. Get great hands-on tips and ideas to include all your students in activity and the development of physical literacy from physical literacy expert and leader in the diverse ability space,  Karen Natho.

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Working for seven years at the Niagara Children’s Centre, Karen Natho (BPHE, BSc, MSc) led the creation of the service of Recreational Therapy for children with special needs in Niagara. She worked directly with the four school boards to support access for students with disabilities within the classroom, and  taught physical education classes, running various activities at the Niagara Children’s Centre School. Her research and activities in this area have been funded by the Ronald McDonald House Charities, United Way and Canadian Paralympic Committee.

“Karen’s experience working with various schools and school boards is a unique opportunity for B.C. educators to learn about accessibility and its implementation directly in their field,” said Drew Mitchell, School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project lead and Senior Director of Physical Literacy with Sport for Life. “She is one of Canada’s leading experts on adapted physical activity, and I look forward to hearing her thoughts on how we can make physical activity and physical literacy more accessible in B.C. schools.”

Karen is the Founder of the Brock Niagara Penguins, the leading ParaSport program in Niagara. Throughout Karen’s career, she has worked tirelessly to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities, ensuring all children are provided with equal and equitable opportunities. Karen spent six years directing Easter Seals Camp Merrywood into a leading residential camp for children and youth with physical disabilities. She was the regions lead presenter for the Canadian Paralympic Committee – Changing Minds, Changing Lives workshops, and has conducted multiple seminars with educators and practitioners locally and around the world pertaining to topics such as disability sport awareness, adapted physical activity and accessibility program design. 

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This webinar will be held virtually on the GoToWebinar platform on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 from 16:30 to 17:30 PT.

A recording will be available on the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project website following the event for those who are unable to attend.

Physical literacy is a term educators have likely seen in the B.C. Physical and Health Education Curriculum. But what does it really mean, and how can you incorporate it into your classroom? 

On January 21, 2021, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. PT, join us for “Getting Started with Physical Literacy,” a free webinar for educators that will answer those exact questions. Beyond explaining what physical literacy is, this webinar will also help you to gain an understanding of the theory behind the concept, and to learn some practical examples and resources that can help you get started in incorporating physical literacy into your class’s day-to-day activities. 

An expert in the physical literacy space, Emeritus Professor from University of Victoria’s School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, Dr. P.J. Naylor will be leading this fun and informative webinar.

“Dr. Naylor is a champion of physical activity and physical literacy, and has a wealth of experience working within B.C. schools. We are excited to have her kick off the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project webinar series by sharing her vast, local knowledge and experience with B.C. educators,” said Drew Mitchell, School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project lead and Senior Director of Physical Literacy with Sport for Life.

Dr. Naylor brings a very practical approach to the delivery of physical activity and development of physical literacy.  Her research incorporates socio-ecological and setting-based approaches to children’s physical activity and physical literacy, focusing on the environments where children live, learn and play like in school! She is passionate about implementation and scale-up science: how we facilitate the widespread use of effective strategies.

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This webinar will be held virtually on the GoToWebinar platform on Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. PT. 

A recording will be available on the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project website following the event for those who are unable to attend.

girl running inside

To keep with B.C.’s public health guidelines and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the School Physical Activity and Physical Literacy project will be modified for the 2020-2021 school year. The Ministry of Health has directed Sport for Life to postpone all in-person delivery for the time being. We will monitor how schools are able to support public health guidance and how the virus trends in the fall, and will re-establish in-person professional development opportunities when it is feasible and safe to do so. Online professional development will continue as planned and increased opportunities will be provided.

children running outside

Elementary Physical and Health Education:
Supporting Physical Activity and Physical Literacy

Available for credit and non-credit | EDCP 420

 

July 6–10, 2020 | online

Hosted by the UBC Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy

The Summer Institute introduced teachers to the Elementary Physical and Health Education (PHE) curriculum, content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, practical experiences, and professional responsibilities of a successful elementary school teacher. The course expanded elementary teachers’ level of confidence and competence when delivering the British Columbia (BC) PHE Curriculum.

During the one-week course, learners worked through modules on the BC PHE K-7 curriculum, the Indigenous holistic approaches to teaching and learning, creating equity, diversity and inclusion in PHE, quality physical education, assessment, physical literacy and the comprehensive school health model. Learners worked on their own and with others while being guided by leaders from BC school districts, Indigenous Sport Physical Activity and Recreation Council, and several BC Universities.

The goals of the Summer Institute were to support BC educators working in elementary (K-7) schools to be able to:
  • Increase their level of confidence and competence when delivering the BC PHE curriculum;
  • Implement activities to increase the number of minutes during the school day for students to be active;
  • Use physical activity to support student mental well-being;
  • Identify the value of physical activity for one’s own mental health and mental well-being; and plan to increase your knowledge of physical activity as a mechanism to support your own mental well-being; and
  • Learn culturally relevant and responsible pedagogies to advance an understanding of Indigenous ways of knowing and being in relation to physical activity, health and well-being.

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