Posts tagged ‘Health & fitness’
Moving Ahead: School-based interventions to reduce physical inactivity and sedentary behavior is a recent and freely downloadable report released by the Conference Board of Canada. You do have to register with the Board to access the resource.
From the executive summary (page i):
- “Only 9 per cent of Canadian children and youth aged 5 to 17 get the recommended 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day at least six days a week.
- The school environment is an ideal setting to deliver interventions to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour among children and youth.
- Examples of interventions include additions to the curriculum, classroom activity breaks, environmental modifications, and promotion of active transportation.
- Comprehensive and sustained interventions may bring the greatest benefits in the long term.”
And from page ii
“This research found that the most effective and cost-efficient interventions for schools—regardless of a school’s size, resources, or population characteristics—include programs that are integrated into the existing school curriculum, including subjects besides physical education, as well as activity breaks embedded into class time.”
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For the first time, the grades from the ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth are compared to grades from 37 other countries across six continents. …. The consolidated findings show Canada has above-global average grades in physical activity infrastructure and programs, yet is trailing at the back of the pack in grades that measure physical activity and sedentary behaviour.”
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Improving Financial Literacy for Ontario Students. Selected from the news release: Ontario has published two documents detailing opportunities and topics related to financial literacy and how it is woven throughout Ontario’s elementary and secondary curriculum. An updated version of these will be published in the 2016-17 school year.
- Ontario developed this video for parents highlighting how teachers are integrating financial literacy into different subjects
- E-Me is a financial literacy app created in partnership with the ministry for Grade 7 and 8 students promoting best practices for safe and responsible online banking, available through the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play Store
- Explore the many online resources available on the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s Canadian Financial Literacy Database
- Make financial literacy learning fun by taking the Cranial Cash Clash quiz at GetSmarterAboutMoney.ca
Ontario Supporting Student Success and Wellness: Province Seeking Input on Well-Being in Schools . Selected from the news release: The province is consulting with a diverse range of partners in education, health care, youth justice, social services, business, arts and culture and the non-profit sector, as well as francophone partners and communities to incorporate their unique identities, cultural backgrounds and perspectives. The ministry is also working with Indigenous partners to co-develop supports and indicators of well-being for Indigenous students that can help inform the larger well-being strategy for all students.
People can read the engagement paper entitled Well-Being in Our Schools, Strength in Our Society, and submit their views by:
- Providing feedback via the Engagement Portal
- Organizing their own discussions on student well-being by using the Engagement Kit
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The April 2016 issue of the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (JOPERD) (87:4) includes an articles by Paul Rukavina and Sarah Doolittle titled Fostering Inclusion and Positive Physical Education Experiences for Overweight and Obese Students (p. 36-45).
This article discusses the challenges of overweight students ranging from labeling by teachers, attitudes of other students, to the ability and confidence the students. The article includes at inclusion strategies and has 5 tables including:
- Teacher’s concerns for overweight students in physical education
- Simple strategies for inclusion and positive social climate
- Complex strategies for inclusion and positive social climate
- Simple class strategies for skill development, gameplay and fitness
- More complex class strategies for skill development, game play and fitness.
TDSB teachers may contact the library to obtain a copy of this article.
- (416) 395-8289
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From the May 2016 OPHEA newsletter.
“Ophea’s new Inquiry-Based Learning in Health and Physical Education resource is a free online guide that supports elementary and secondary teachers in using inquiry-based learning to implement the 2015 Health and Physical Education Curriculum, Grades 1-12.
As a student-centered learning approach, inquiry–based learning supports students in developing critical and creative thinking, and interpersonal life skills in both health, and physical education. Ophea’s new guide provides an overview of this learning approach, with strategies for assessment and application, and includes ready-to-go sample inquiry plans and related implementation tools.
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Want to learn more about teaching physical education through inquiry? Attend our webinar on May 19, 2016 from 4-5pm to learn more about the inquiry learning approach, process and Ophea supports. For webinar details, click here.”
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On May 4 2016, the Ministry issued a news release announcing a discussion paper on student well being.
From the news release:
“Research shows that children who have a positive sense of well-being are more resilient and better positioned to make positive and healthy choices to support their life-long learning. Students cannot achieve academically if they do not feel safe or welcomed at school, if their well-being is at risk or if they lack the tools necessary to live active and healthy lifestyles, both at home and in the classroom. Children who have a positive sense of self are better equipped to meet the challenges of a fast-paced and increasingly interconnected world.
Informed by First Nations, Métis and Inuit ways of knowing and holistic perspectives of education, starting in the fall of 2016, Ontario will build on the release of the discussion document by launching an engagement process with its education partners to establish a common understanding of what promoting well-being means in schools and to develop ways to measure progress in promoting child and student well-being. In future years, the province will also seek feedback about enhancing well-being for children in the early years, as well as educators and staff.”
The Ministry page Ontario’s Well-being Strategy for Education includes the discussion paper and fact sheet for parents.Here are two images you can expect to see again: The Four Components of the Well-Being Strategy and the Four Domains of Well-Being
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An article by Caroline Alphonso in the April 6 2016 issue of the Globe and Mail titled Driving Children to School sparks Concern discusses the results of a report released by Metrolinx showing that more students are being driven to school as opposed to walking or biking.
From the Metrolinx news release:
“The study (smartcommute.ca/schooltraveltrends), conducted by University of Toronto Mississauga Professor Ron Buliung for Metrolinx’s Smart Commute program, uses Transportation Tomorrow Survey (TTS) data to examine changes in school transportation in the GTHA, from 1986 to 2011. The study shows that as the number of children and youth walking or biking to school has declined over a period of 25 years, the number being driven/driving has more than doubled. In addition, 56 per cent of 11-13 year olds walked in 1986, and 12 per cent were driven to school. By 2011, 39 percent of 11-13 year olds walked, and 31 per cent were driven to school.”
From the Globe and Mail article:
“Ron Buliung, a University of Toronto geography professor and lead researcher on the study, said parents are generally driving their children to school on their way to work because it is convenient. But walking to school not only has physical benefits, it has also been associated with improved academic performance and socialization.
The study was released by the regional transit agency Metrolinx and used data from a travel survey conducted every five years. The study suggests that patterns are established in childhood, and children who are active make more sustainable transportation decisions later in life.”
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