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November 13, 2013

As part of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach, games such as indoor curling can be used to illustrate tactics and strategies specific to Target Games.  What can players do to score? What needs to be considered when trying to prevent  scoring?  Consider these questions and others found in the Problem-Diagnosis Framework.  When teaching with lead up games like the ones found within this video, we can support skill development through a small-sided games approach....

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November 9, 2013

In partnership with CURLSASK, Introduction to Curling was developed to support physical educators, coaches, and community leaders with instruction to beginning curlers. Work through the eight progressions to delivering the stone, as well as view proper technique involved in sweeping.  Saftey considerations and modified games are also included.

Also included from CURLSASK is a suggested practice plan that can be used with more experienced curlers.  However, the visuals included would be a...

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November 4, 2013

Throughout physical education curriculum in Saskatchewan, the Active Living goal regularly focuses on personal fitness and creating personal FITT plans to improve on various health-related and skill-related fitness components. 

The Fitness Calculator is a easy to use tool that may start  students thinking as to where personal fitness levels are.  Of course, it is important that any time we work with students around fitness, it is done in a respectful and empowering way.  The hope is to

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October 26, 2013

Today's kids are the first generation with a shorter life expectancy than their parents. What would you do with five more years?  Every educator, parent, community leader, and coach should see this!

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October 26, 2013

The following article is from Active For Life's publisher and editor-in-chief, Richard Monette.

In late August I picked up a local paper in a coffee shop. Looking at all the “back to school” inserts, my heart sank. “Summer is coming to an end,” I whispered as I scanned the advertising for binders, calculators, and sharpies.

On the last page a little card intended for parents caught my attention: “How to raise a reader”. After reading it I realized that I could easily replace the word...

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October 26, 2013

Q: I think sports are great for teaching kids values like perseverance, commitment, and teamwork. I want to get my son started as soon as possible. He’s in kindergarten and some people have told me he might be too young. How do you I know if he’s ready?

For preschool and primary school ages, it’s important to make a clear distinction between “sports” in the competitive sense and what we might call physical “activities” and precursors to sports. Read...

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October 26, 2013

Check out these great visuals of the various concepts included in Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU).  Teaching conceptually allows transfer from one sport to another.  Essentially, if I understand the basic concepts of basketball, I too have an understanding of lacrosse for example.  Thank you to  @MissHartl and @ardishufnagel for creating and sharing this visual representation.  This is a great resource for both physical educators and community coaches.

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October 5, 2013

As part of the Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) Series, Physical & Health Education Canada has developed collections of videos to help provide visual portrayals of the movements discussed in the corresponding FMS handbooks.

The videos provide instruction in, and demonstration of, fundamental movement skills and competencies. More specifically, these short videos display children completing the selected fundamental movement skills from various angles, in addition to providing freeze frame...

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October 2, 2013

Body management activities are found throughout all grade levels in Saskatchewan’s physical education curriculum.  Body management should include dance and educational gymnastics, but may also include other options such as skipping or tinikling (traditional Philippine dance). 

Another option to tinikling is Jump Bands.  The elastic bands provide another way to development rhythmics as well as allowing all students to be involved and working at moderate to high intensity. 

Finding...

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September 25, 2013

Part of the Skillful Movement goal in physical education includes expanding students' awareness of what the body does, where the body moves, how the body performs the movement, and with whom or with what the body moves.  These understandings are referred to as the Movement Variables.  During elementary physical education (K-5) years, emphasis is placed on establishing a movement vocabulary and on the understanding and use of movement concepts from each of the four categories: Body, Space,...

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