Useful Documents

I found these documents to be quite useful, and still do, to assist me with my pedagogy. Again, please if you have any questions, feel free to ask me through this website.

Core Planning Document

The foundation of the PE program

This document is essential to the PE program as it takes into consideration the PE curriculum and avenues of integration that can be done with the homerooms. Click on the image for access to the entire document. Or alternatively, for more information, please click on this link to go to the specific page dedicated to this document: 21-PE - Core Planning Document.

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Transdisciplinary Skills in PSPE

Addressing skills that go across all disciplines

Transdisciplinary skills are skills that are not specific to a single field - they go across all disciplines within the students' education. It is important to address these in your lessons and to attempt to hit the same skills that the homeroom is covering as well - integration. Click on the image to access the document.

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Creating a Central Idea

The gateway to the unit

The central idea is, as the name suggests, the big idea at the centre of the unit. An effective central idea is an enduring understanding, it relates and connect concepts and is timeless. This document is a combination of two different resources that will help you create your own central idea as you design your unit. Click on the image to access the document.

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Learner Profile in PE Award

Because everyone enjoys being awarded

There are 10 key attributes that the International Baccalaureate seek to develop in order for students to become responsible members of local, national and global communities. At the end of every unit the PE team decide on 2 students from each grade who have exceptionally embodied the specific learner profile for that particular unit. Click on the image to download a PDF version. If you would like an editable Office template, click here.

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Physical education – can purposeful inquiry occur? A framework for Inquiry-based learning in Physical Education

My Master's assignment to investigate whether inquiry-based learning in PE can lead to Praxis

A short summary if you do not want to read the whole assignment: 

  • My grade 4s experienced a health and fitness unit

  • They chose a factor that affects health and fitness

  • We pooled our research and wanted to solve "obesity"

  • Learner Profile: Thinker (use critical thinking to solve problems)

  • Praxis: Informed, committed action

  • My students achieved praxis by becoming personal trainers and training and teaching all of the Elementary School and grade 8 students and teachers.

  • Conclusion: Inquiry can occur in PE, praxis can occur in PE.

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Can technology be used to foster independent and empowered learning?

This is an action research project I conducted to investigate the role of technology in education.

A summary is below but you can click on the image to access the study: 

  • My grade 4s engaged in a Striking and Fielding unit.

  • I created a PowerPoint to help me teach the unit.

  • I laid out all the necessary resources and the students used the PowerPoint to help learn the skills. I was available at all times to help those that needed extra help.

  • I used the Spiral Model Action Research model throughout to help me improve the PowerPoint and ultimately, the unit.

  • My aim was to determine if technology, specifically PowerPoint, can be used to encourage independent and empowered learning.

  • Conclusion: Yes, it does, however, there are caveats that require further investigation. 

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Tabata Workouts for Kids By Kids

This was a side project led by 2 Grade 5 students who wanted to help keep people active during COVID-19.

Click on the image to access the book: 

  • As part of our inquiry into Health and Fitness, we were investigating wellness.

  • We were prepared to run workshops focusing on specific elements of wellness but before we could lead the workshops, COVID-19 hit and we transitioned online.

  • This was one way we were able to take action with our unit, creating Tabata workouts that can be done at home and compiling them into this book that is free for everyone.

  • Please download, share it with others, and keep the world fit and healthy during these strange times.

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