How schools, families, and community can work together to support healthy active living.

With a revised curriculum for Health and Physical Education has come not only new expectations to help keep learning current and connected to students real lives, but Ontario teachers also have a new set of five Fundamental Principles of which to guide their teaching. These Fundamental Principles can act as a self check for teachers to personally evaluate their instructional practices and teachings. In order to support the understanding of these Fundamental Principles I’ve had the pleasure of supporting Ophea (the provincial subject association for Health and Physical Education) create a variety of tools to share the Fundamental Principles including a series of conversation starters videos which teachers can use to self-check and promote best practices.

This past week the first of five videos was released. The topic is on Fundamental Principle number one, “Health and physical education programs are most effective when they are delivered in healthy schools and when students’ learning is supported by school staff, families, and communities”. Check out what some leaders in Ontario H&PE have to say, and how they bring this Fundamental Principle to life in and out of the gym and health room.

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