October 14th – Movement Journal #4 (Teaching Summary)

This week, Fiona, Sienna, and I were in charge of doing the teaching summary for chapters 4 and 5, “Planning for Instruction” and “The Instructional Process.”

What really stood out to me was this practice of proactive planning and thinking ahead before creating a unit plan. Instead of asking ourselves, “What am I going to teach tomorrow?” educators are encouraged to ask, “What sports/dances/games am I going to teach this year?” By taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture of a school year as opposed to an individual PE class, educators set themselves up for success as the plan for instruction.

The chapter looks at working backwards:

  • Examining Curricular Documents
  • Developing a Yearly Plan
  • Developing a Unit Plan
  • Establishing Objectives

When I was reading the chapters, I was pleasantly surprised that curricular documents were emphasized as we are at a point in the program where we are all trying to figure out where to even begin in lesson plan making.

When I looked at the BC curriculum for PE 4, I realized that physical educators are given a lot of freedom on the content they choose to teach throughout the  year. Here is an example of how I planned using the new curriculum:

Big Idea: Personal choices and social and environmental factors influence our health and well-being.
Core Competency: Examine and explain how health messages can influence behaviours and decisions.
Content: factors that influence self-identity, including body image and social media
Activity: A unit on looking at commercials and advertisements targeted to inform and misinform consumers (e.g. Coca Cola ads, yogurt commercials)

Lesson planning is still a work in progress, but it was helpful to try it myself, knowing I have freedom on the actual content/activities but have the curriculum as my guide.

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September 9th-Movement Journal #1

This is me joining in on the Secondary Programme's flash mob on Tuesday!
This is me joining in on the Secondary Programme’s flash mob on Tuesday!

When I think of PE, I remember it as a minor subject in my elementary school, only an hour-block once a week. From grades 4-7, each grade level was assigned a single sport to learn and play all year (kickball, T-ball, volleyball, and basketball).

I remember being not-so-athletic back in grade four and would dread PE because kickball meant running and if I struck out, I let my team down. One day, I was up on the plate, the ball was rolled to me, and I actually kicked it far! I was ecstatic and started running to first base, only to trip on a jagged rock poking from the ground, resulting to the biggest gash on my knee. Needless to say I could not participate in PE after that because I was always on the sidelines. Even when my knee healed, I shied away from participating whenever possible and developed a sense of disconnect with my physical well-being (both education and activities) even in the later years.

This Tuesday, a colleague and I happened upon a flash mob at the Martha Piper Plaza, which turned out to be the Secondary Programme’s Dance Play flash mob. It was so amazing to see people moving and dancing and having being fun. The energy was so contagious, we decided to join and it just made me think that this is what was essentially lost for me in anything related to physical literacy: FUN.

I hope to gain more knowledge in class on different ways I can make my future PE classes fun and full of energy, at the very least have my students not dread PE. I can’t wait to learn from my peers especially during Group Teach sessions!

Meghan’s Fun Facts Blog Post! September 9th

“The Journal of School Health revealed PE teachers are so biased against fat children they automatically assume they are less clever and have fewer friends than fitter pupils.”


Hard facts:



  • 42 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2013
  • The fasting growing areas are the low to middle income countries with emerging economies, particularly in urban areas.


In Canada:


  • The fastest growing provinces are Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia



Global reasons:

  • Increased intake of energy dense foods that are high in fat and sugar
  • Increase in sedentary nature of many forms of work, modes of transportation and increased urbanization

What can we do?

  • Limit energy intake from total fats and sugars
  • Increase our consumption of fruits and vegetables
  • Engage in regular physical activity (60 minutes a day for children, and 150 minutes a week for adults)
  • Support each other in our endeavors
  • Educate ourselves and others