2017 ACHPER Tas Conference Speakers

Mick Walsh
Positive Education and Wellbeing Coach, Author & Presenter
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Mick Walsh
Positive Education and Wellbeing Coach, Author & Presenter
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Building Staff Wellbeing

The state of staff wellbeing in schools is quite unhealthy nationally with high numbers on stress leave and absences soaring. And the recently released Riley report has indicated that the same situation exists amongst leadership teams. While there has been little research into the influence of staff wellbeing on student wellbeing, anecdotally in schools there seems to be a strong correlation. This is supported by the neuroscience findings on mirror neurons that would suggest that people imitate the expressions and moods of others around them.

Mick will share practical self-supporting Positive Education activities he created to build staff and student wellbeing and participants will explore a number of them. Delegates will receive a booklet containing 18 evidence based activities and be shown the wealth of similar online activities on the website learningcurve.com.au

Activities include numerous mindfulness approaches, wellbeing fitness challenges, character strengths, mirror neurons, growth mindsets, skills of resilience, active constructive responding, the third space, empathy, social connectedness, flow, elements of wellbeing, overcoming negativity bias, changing perspectives of reality and becoming their best possible self.

Mick explains that by believing and accepting that by lifting their own efforts to learn and apply new approaches that they can grow their brains’ abilities in all areas of their lives. It’s about encouraging staff to believe that learning is a process of improving, rather than continually proving, and providing them with the tools to do so.

Exploring the Elements of Wellbeing

Your wellbeing is a combination of the six equally important elements and looking at each one in isolation does not show how healthy your state of wellbeing is: the good news is that you can develop all of them to be happier.

When they are all healthy, research has shown that people report they are leading more meaningful and fulfilling lives.

They are: Strengths and Emotions, Skills and Achievement, Relationships and Optimism, Positive Engagement, Meaning and Purpose and Exercise and Health. Mick developed these elements from the research of Martin Seligman and Chris Peterson who created the PERMA model of wellbeing.

His intention has been to make the elements more descriptive and easier to understand for students, parents and teachers.

Recent research has indicated that while over 90% of teachers believe that developing the whole student is an integral part of their roles, under 30% of them feel confident in their capability to do so. Teaching wellbeing is outside their comfort zones.

Mick will lead delegates in exploring each of the six elements of wellbeing to build their confidence to develop them in both themselves and their students.

Activities include Tell Me More, Others Matter, Three JOYs, Five Minute Holidays, Gratitude Letter and Optimistic Stretching.

Andy Hair
Physical Literacy Coach
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Andy Hair
Physical Literacy Coach
Andy Hair is a well-recognised presenter and online contributor to the PhysEd community within Australia and globally. This will be his second Achper State Conference appearance. Andy has presented live across Australia for the past 5 years and has presented via online platforms throughout 7 countries. In February 2017 Andy has been invited to present at the California State PhysEd Conference in San Diego. He is author of mrhairphysed.weebly.com & co-author of Asquaredphysed.com.

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Cricket - Lifting the levels of engagement

Cricket Australia has been working hard on developing a highly engaging and inclusive resource that focuses on developing the child as a whole. Come and enjoy this highly active session that will not only give you some new tools to use in the classroom but we will also show you how cricket can be a great tool for mindfulness in the classroom.

Arron Gardiner
Acting Assistant Principal/PE Coordinator
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Arron Gardiner
Acting Assistant Principal/PE Coordinator
I am a Phys Ed based in Geelong, Australia. I believe education is the passport to the future. It is my responsibility as an educator to create opportunities for each child to step into the future with the skills required to achieve their goals. As a teacher I strive to continue learning because to teach, is to learn twice. When we stop learning - we stop living. I always reflect on my teaching and life experiences so that I can better prepare for what is ahead. I believe that all children are different and they all learn in different ways. That is why I strive to teach children how they learn best and that there are many pathways to take to find that door of opportunity.

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Cricket - Lifting the levels of engagement

Cricket Australia has been working hard on developing a highly engaging and inclusive resource that focuses on developing the child as a whole. Come and enjoy this highly active session that will not only give you some new tools to use in the classroom but we will also show you how cricket can be a great tool for mindfulness in the classroom.

 

Collaborative planning strategies to help give you time back to get the mind and body right

This session will give you an insight into how to break down the four walls of your PE classroom by engaging with other professionals to take a unique collaborative approach to planning that is guaranteed to amplify tour teaching.

Work life balance can be a tricky thing, and there is no teacher busier than the PE teacher. This session is going to introduce you to some strategies that will open the doors to collaborative planning and assessment that will hopefully help reduce the stresses of everyday teaching and allow you to concentrate on the thing that's most important, teaching the children.

Christina Polatajko
HPE/ICT coordinator - Newbury PS
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Christina Polatajko
HPE/ICT coordinator - Newbury PS
Christina is a very passionate Primary Physical Education teacher in Melbourne, who always looks at ways in making a difference with student learning and development. She has a high interest in incorporating ICT in Physical Education and how it can benefit student knowledge, engagement and practice. Christina is a part of the #aussiephysed group where the group has flourished around the country through our networking on Voxer. She believes that to become an outstanding educator you need to get out of comfort zone and challenge yourself. Christina loves turning her gym into a ‘big classroom’ and making sure her students feel safe and are ready to achieve their personal best.

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You have the POWER to make PHYSED great

As an educator you have the POWER to make PHYSED GREAT. You have the POWER to make a difference for your students through the use of ICT.

You have the POWER to challenge your students by explicit teaching. You have the POWER to create a safe, positive and an engaging learning environment for your students. Join this POWERFUL session which includes hands on activities from games, learning intentions, success criteria, driving questions, ICT and much more.

David Genford
Teacher
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David Genford
Teacher
Junior Jack Attack

David will be joined by Regional Bowls Manager Simon Morrison who travels around the state helping to promote the sport of bowls. Junior Jack Attack is aimed at Primary School students but can be used for early secondary and a lead in for later secondary students who may go on to visit a local bowls club.

The Official blurb;

Bowls Australia have an exciting participation product called Jr. Jack Attack, aimed at bringing the sport of bowls to kids around the nation.
Jr. Jack Attack is designed to enable school children to participate in an engaging format, which is both fun and inclusive.

Importantly, it can be conducted on a range of surfaces including greens, carpets, concrete, wooden floors and just about anything else that is flat, eliminating the restrictions of requiring a bowling green to introduce new audiences to the sport.

Having identified the limitations of children using full-size bowls that have been designed for adults, the Jr. Jack Attack initiative comes in the form of a kit that includes a carry bag, 32 light-weight rubber bowls, eight jacks, 50 cones, a target score mat, eight stepping mats, activity cards, and clubs who purchase two kits will also receive a complimentary scoring wedge, providing all the tools for a whole school class to participate concurrently.

Alli Williamson
Positive Education Coordinator
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Alli Williamson
Positive Education Coordinator
Positive education - evidence based wellbeing approaches for teachers and students

Positive Education brings together the science of Positive Psychology with best practice teaching to encourage and support individuals, schools and communities to flourish. We refer to flourishing as a combination of ‘feeling good and doing good’. Positive Education focuses on specific skills that assist students and teachers to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

Participants who attend this workshop will take away:

• A clear understanding of Positive Education, it’s origin and it’s impact on academic performance and well being outcomes

• How Positive Education supports teacher and student wellbeing

• The PERMA+H roadmap to flourishing

• Practical skills and resources that can be applied to support the well being of your students and staff immediately

• An understanding as to why HPE specialists are the best equipped professionals in the department to lead a Positive Education revolution in our schools

• Tips from the front line of early adopting Tasmanian schools

Jackson Hills
General Manager, Tasmanian Football Council
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Jackson Hills
General Manager, Tasmanian Football Council
The Next Generation of Australian Rules Football in Tasmanian Schools

The North Melbourne Football Club's Next Generation in Schools (NGS) program is a joint initiative with AFL Tasmania which aims to inspire passion and participation for football amongst boys and girls across the state. The NGS program offers a range of primary school programs that will allow AFL School Ambassadors to engage all students from K-6 in our great game.

David Webster
Acting Assistant Principal Rosny College
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David Webster
Acting Assistant Principal Rosny College
Less time on Excursion Paperwork = More time on Learning

Using the power of Google Drive (Forms, Sheets and Add-Ons). Mandated Excursion paperwork and Risk Assessments can be completed, signed off, and stored in less than 4 minutes. This reduction in time spent on paperwork means comfort from the Principal that protocols are being followed, students are safe, but most importantly there is more time for teachers to spend time on teaching and learning.

Kaylah Rataj
HPE Team Leader Reece High School, OET Executive member
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Kaylah Rataj
HPE Team Leader Reece High School, OET Executive member
Outdoor Education in a public High School - Where to start?

This session will focus on Outdoor Education in public high schools. The main focus will be to give some practical tips, links to the curriculum and a snapshot of a Reece High Schools current journey.

The session will conclude with a facilitated discussion around strategies for including Outdoor Education as both an elective subject and as part of the HPE curriculum.

Mark Munnings
Director of Education Outdoors and Sustainability
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Mark Munnings
Director of Education Outdoors and Sustainability
Active Reviewing in the Outdoors

Are you tired of asking your class a question and only having the same two or three students respond and engage with the question or topic? You may like to try some active ways of getting your students to discuss their opinions, suggestions, thoughts and feelings on any topic. 6 simple, practical reviewing techniques that you can take away and use with your students on Monday.

Katherine Littlewood
Lecturer Industry Fellow RMIT University
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Katherine Littlewood
Lecturer Industry Fellow RMIT University
Katherine Littlewood has been a teacher of Health and Physical Education for over 20 years, in both Government and Private secondary schools. Katherine has also developed a range of curriculum materials for both the secondary and tertiary education sectors and is the author of several Health and PE textbooks. She is currently working at RMIT University in Melbourne, as an Associate Lecturer and Industry Fellow, working in the area of teacher education.

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The Theory of Fun or Don't Worry be Happy.....promoting social and emotional health through 21st C teaching and learning.

In these times, students are facing increasing levels of stress and anxiety around school demands, relationship and peer pressure, uncertainty about the future and social media, to name a few.

In this practical workshop we will explore ways to promote positivity and happiness, including activities and games for the health classroom as well as incorporating the principles of the Theory of Fun.

We will examine the importance of teaching and learning through holistic health education that addresses all the dimensions of health, in particular social and emotional learning.

Teachers will come away with ideas and teaching strategies that will help their students to consider a range of coping skills and resilience strategies that may enhance health and wellbeing. Importantly, the workshop will include ways to introduce fun into your health classes that will encourage 21st C learning through the development of higher order thinking by means of team work, critical thinking, creativity and problem solving.

Maurice Dawe
Educator Drug Education Network
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Maurice Dawe
Educator Drug Education Network
12 phrases that may indicate an unsustainable approach to drug education in schools.

The Drug Education Network (DEN) will join with ACHPER attendees to taste the distilled knowledge gained from 30 years of collaboration and partnerships with schools in educating our young people on the topic of drugs.

The Drug Education Network will call upon ACHPER State Conference attendees to jointly examine 12 common ideas and attitudes towards drug education in schools and deliver a curriculum linked and researched silver bullet straight into the heart of your concerns around drug education, the H&PE curriculum, and the young people we educate.

We look forward to your participation.

Fairlie Lamond
Education Project Manager
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Fairlie Lamond
Education Project Manager
Applying a constraints-led perspective and Mosston and Ashworth’s

This practical workshop will apply a constraints-led perspective and The Spectrum to explore differentiated learning and the development of movement techniques in a Game Sense approach with educative purpose.

The implications of these pedagogies will be informed by a variety of tennis activities from Tennis Australia’s Tennis for Primary School program.

Tennis for Secondary Schools: Exploring the alignment with the AC:HPE

This practical workshop will present a variety of play practices from Tennis Australia’s Tennis for Secondary Schools program and their alignment with the achievement standards and learning intentions outlined in the AC:HPE.

Nathan Weaver
PDHPE Teacher
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Nathan Weaver
PDHPE Teacher
High Intensity Interval Training – is it a HIIT for QPE or should we give it a miss?

The presentation would align with the following conference focus areas:

- Engaging and inclusive pedagogy

- Incorporating health into HPE

Current best practice requirements expect students to engage in MVPA for at least 50% of class time. Considering time available for QPE, this is often a difficult feat. The presentation aims to share new information regarding the potential efficacy of incorporating HIIT principles within a rich learning environment.

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Current best practice requirements for a PE class expect students to engage in MVPA for at least 50% of PE class time if any health effects are likely to be achieved. With the time available this has often proved a difficult feat for most PE settings as teachers of QPE are also required to teach movement skills, tactics, strategy, and have students develop numerous social skills that often require periods of time where students need to be sedentary for thinking and learning to occur. HIIT involves repeatedly exercising at a high intensity for 30 seconds to several minutes, separated by 1-5 minutes of recovery. Several recent studies have suggested that compared with MVPA; HIIT may result in a superior or equal improvement in physical fitness and cardiovascular health. This presentation aims to share new information regarding the potential efficacy of a PE model that incorporates the HIIT principles within a pedagogically rich learning environment whereby educative and health goals are met concurrently.

Todd Blackhall
Director of Outdoor Education
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Todd Blackhall
Director of Outdoor Education
Outdoor Education in Tasmania - an overview

I will present a session that combines an overview of the OET (OEA) and the new Australian Curriculum resource - Outdoor Learning.

Sandi Woodward
PE teacher
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Sandi Woodward
PE teacher
Jump Rope Workshop

Looking for ways to get kids (boys in particular) excited about skipping?

Come and learn fantastic new skills and tricks with the Waimea Wonders Jump Rope Team that will inspire both you and your students.

Sean de Morton
HPE Teacher
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Sean de Morton
HPE Teacher
Top 10 Games to harmonise tone in your classroom

You are invited to play powerful small games that will empower your students to develop strong connections to Values Education which will create a brave and healthy classroom environment. The session will help you inspire your students to take ownership of their learning and arm them with strategies to use within the school community and beyond to resolve conflicts and be good human beings.

Darren Perry
Curriculum Teacher Leader
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Darren Perry
Curriculum Teacher Leader
Janice Atkin
Education Consultant
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Janice Atkin
Education Consultant
This workshop will include two sessions. This first session will unpack the HPE achievement standards and explore what quality assessment in movement and health lessons for HPE looks like.

In the second session we will build on the work in the first session and include hands-on activities that look at how classroom teachers and PE teachers can work together to make a single assessment judgement for the learning area.