New Zealand Physical Educator

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Vol. 45, No. 3, October

Teachers' Questions Answered
The following two questions have come in that have similar connections. We have chosen to address the two together.Q Dear Shazza and BrucieWe have an EOTC week for all year 1 -8 students towards the end of the term 4. 1 am in-charge of putting a low...
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From the PENZ Chief Executive
As the curtain closes on 2012, we reflect on a "topsy turvy' 'year, to quote from Lisette's editorial that provides us with a glimpse of some of the challenges we face in Physical Education at the present time. A high point of the year was without doubt...
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Cartwheels to the Future?
Last month a Sydney grammar school banned cartwheels, headstands and handstands. Being 'upside down' is no longera viable position for young people at that school. Our 1 987 physical education syllabus writers thought rotating and swinging were pivotal...
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Using Electronic Learning Logs to Improve Teaching and Learning
This account is a personal learning journey with my Level Two Physical Education class to create learning logs electronically (via e-mail) in Achievement Standard 91328 (demonstrate understanding of how and why biophysical principles relate to the learning...
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We Nearly Went Under
The 1974 Commonwealth Games Conference at Lincoln College of Agriculture was a great success. It was well attended with people coming from around the world; the balmy January weather was a wonderful additive and the quality of the presentations from...
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Sport New Zealand's Young Peoples Survey
Generations change. So what is the future of sport and recreation in New Zealand - rugby and netball? Or snowboarding and surfing? Something else entirely?To answer these and other key questions Sport NZ has surveyed over 17,000 students in primary,...
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Kubb - the Viking Game
The Aim of the GameThe aim of the game of Kubb is for one team to knock over the King after having knocked over all the Kubbson the opposing side of the pitch.Should a team knock over the King before knocking over all the opposing Kubbs, they lose!Setting...
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FOR THE RECORD: An Encyclopaedia of Historical Aspects of New Zealand Physical Education
FOR THE RECORD: An encyclopaedia of historical aspects of New Zealand physical education Bob Stothart with Jan Culpan ISSBN 978-0-473-21959-8What is a 'phys-edder'? Why do we have learner swimming pools? What is the origin of the 'flutter board'? What...
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Conference Welcome
Kia ora ko u to u katoa.Welcome to Rotorua Boys'High School and I trust you will enjoy these few days in both our school and in the city of Rotorua.When I was invited by Mr Paterson to say a few words at this opening stage of your conference my first...
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Ruminations and Reflections: Physical Education New Zealand Conference 2012
The conference began with a rousing and most inspiring powhirri where the senior stu dents fro m Rotorua Boys'High School and dignitaries from the local Iwi welcomed all on what was a cold Rotorua morning. The Principal of Rotorua Boys High School, Chris...
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PENZ Awards 2012
The Board, following a request from members, decided that all awards would be made at the awards ceremony to be held during the heart of Conference. Delegates were joined at the ceremony by a group of guests invited to the President's Lunch. The guests...
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Restoring Te Reo Maori Means Listening to Our Youth
In the 1890s some two hundred Maori leaders petitioned Parliament to ban Te Reo Maori from schools (Ewing & Shallcrass, 1 970, p. 30). This was reluctantly agreed to by Members of Parliament despite protestations from many Pakeha educators at the...
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Creative Unit and Lesson Planning through a Thematic/integrated Approach to Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU)
AbstractThe Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) approach developed by Bunker and Thorpe (1982) involves a different approach to the traditional/technical model of teaching of games. The focus of the model is placing the student or athlete in a game...
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Vol. 44, No. 2, June

Teachers' Questions Answered
Q Dear Shazza and BrucieI am confused about the literacy credits in Physical Education. Can you tell me in which standards students can be assessed for literacy credits? Does it involve any extra work for teachers? If we are using alternative modes of...
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From the PENZ Chief Executive
We approach Conference 2011 with the excitement of anticipation knowing that we have an absorbing programme planned for participants. Simultaneously, the conference theme that questions the route ahead for Physical Educa tion can be construed as either...
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Ma Te Huruhuru, Ka Rere Te Manu (Adorn the Bird with Feathers So It May Fly)
The New Zealand Curriculum is quite clear in its vision of developing young people who will be confident, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners. Whether students will achieve this vision, in relation to physical education, is influenced strongly...
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Early Foundations for Expert Team Game Performances: The Educative Value of Games Teaching in the Primary School Context
Key words: Teaching Games for Understanding, Non-linear pedagogy, Constraining games, deliberate practice, deliberate play.The numerous game teaching variables available to the teacher through Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU), (Bunker & Thorpe,...
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Inclusive Physical Education
IntroductionJames (pseudonym) had been born without arms and with one leg shorter than the other. He was fourteen years of age when he arrived, midterm, to join my physical education class. On the day he arrived the students were working on a trampoline...
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Te Kapu Me Te Hoiha - Cup and Saucer
Intended outcome(s)The students could:* participate in a wide range of ngâ mahi a te rëhia (games and pastimes) activities and identify the factors that made the experience enjoyable (HPE 1 B2)* express their own feelings effectively and listen to those...
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Junior Physical Education: Four Secondary School Colleagues Provide Food for Thought
Think back to day one of term one. Sitting before you are wide eyed, fresh faced, keen and inquisitive year 9 students in their squeaky clean, new uniforms. They are waiting to see and hear what Physical Education is going to be like for them in 2011...
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Operation iPad 2!
Billy Merchant is a self confessed techno junkie who loves his gadgets. This enthusiastic and lively Head of Faculty of Physical Education at Paku ranga College is on a mission - called Operation IPAD2. So what was it that set his tail on fire to get...
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Billy's Top 10 Phys Ed Apps for the iPad 2
V1 Golf$6.49http://bit.ly/lwiX4ACAPTURE:* Record directly from the iPad 2* Trim, Edit Video* Playback in Slow-mo, frame-by frameCOMPARE:* Split-Screen Swing Analysis* Flip/Mirror, Zoom, Overlay Swings* Tour Pro Swing Library (300fps)* Full Suite of Analysis...
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Key Competencies and Outdoor Education - a Match?
'What are students saying?'IntroductionI am a secondary school teacher at Nelson College. In 2010 I was awarded a New Zealand Science, Mathematics and Technology Teacher Fellowship. This scheme is administered by the Royal Society of New Zealand. My...
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The Hope Embedded in the Johnson Report
The Johnson Report of the Committee on Health and Social Education: Growing Sharing and Learning (1 977) was the Tomorrow's Schools of its time. It purported to be a comprehensive report resulting from widespread, conflicting community concerns about...
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Three-Zone Pass
Young school children move from playing by themselves in the company of other children, to alongside and eventually to playing cooperatively with each other. When the children are at the later stage of this developmental process and they can perform...
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101 Classroom Games Review
101 CLASSROOM GAMES REVIEW Gareth Long, Harvey Grout, Stuart Taylor Human Kinetics. $28.50. ISBN 13: 9780736095I have been a Physical Education teacher in New Zealand and the UK for 8 years and have attended many courses, and read a multitude of books...
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Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility through Physical Activity (3Rd Edition)
TEACHING PERSONAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY THROUGH PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (3RD EDITION) Don Hellison. Human Kinetics $38.00. ISBN 13: 9780736094702One of the features we often claim in Physical Education is the ability to develop positive character traits...
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Vol. 43, No. 1, February

Physical Education - the Answer or the Ultimate Question?
42The Answer to Life, the Universe, and EverythingDouglas Adams' in his novel The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings demand to learn the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything from...
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PENZ National Conference 2010
Physical Education: Participation, Partnership, Performance, PleasureSamuel Marsden Collegiate School, Káfbri.'Wellington 5-7 July 2010The National Conference aims to reinvigorate your enthusiasm and encourage optimism in looking forward at a time when...
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Maxball
. . . It's a game much like dodgeball where the opposition are eliminated when they are hit by a ball, but wait there's more.AimTo eliminate all opposition from their playing areaRules* Each team lines up side by side along their en-zone line* The teacher...
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Teachers' Questions Answered
Cecil and Celia have taken off abroad on study leave, and so we welcome Shazza and Brucie who will be part of this regular section of the Physical Educator. We encourage all teachers to send in their questions relating to the teaching and learning of...
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An Educultural Approach to Classroom Management: Integrating Body, Mind and Heart
BackgroundThis paper explores the challenges of a demographic transformation that calls for a conjoining of two imperatives; healthpromoting education programmes, and access to basic and more meaningful culturally responsive pedagogies in schools. In...
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Haere Ra Primary Advisors
The end of 2009 saw the contracts of many of New Zealand's valued primary physical education (PE) advisors being terminated resulting in the loss of invaluable support for primary and secondary school teachers. PENZ recognises the outstanding work that...
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Keen as Mustard - Three First Year Primary Teaching Experiences
The first year teaching experience can be an exciting, scary, busy and even frantic time. As experienced educators, at times we forget what it is like to be in the shoes of a first year teacher. PENZ thought it would be a good idea to interview 3 beginning...
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'An Education' in Scholarship: Loss of Innocence or Physical Education Coming-of-Age?
As I write this, it is the summer holidays and our students are hopefully outside enjoying physical activity in the glorious sunshine. The hard work of preparing for the Scholarship physical education examination is forgotten amidst the excitement of...
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Bullying and Hazing/initiation in Schools: How Sports and Physical Education Can Be Part of the Problem and Part of the Solution
IntroductionDuane coaches lacrosse ata New Jersey high school. The programme is well respected by the local community, and successful, Duane's teams regularly go to the play off s and have won the championship twice in the last five years. Duane is proud...
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Nga Taonga Takaro: The Growth of Cultural Sports in Our Society
"Kia mau ki nga taonga takaro, kia heke iho ra i nga tupuna, katahika tika" (Cherish the games of our ancestors and continue to utilise them for the good of our people.) 1This article is about Nga Taonga Takaro, traditional Maori games, and how they...
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Vol. 41, No. 3, November

Should You Buy? Neo-Liberalism, Neo-HPE, and Your Neo-Job
AbstractHave you noticed a proliferation of commercial services and programmes to help schools do Health and Physical Education (HPE), school sport, or physical activity better? It is no accident that more and more businesses want to promote their product...
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Faking Physical Education?
AbstractIt's claimed that school physical education can benefit the health and well-being of youngsters, improve their social interaction, foster their critical thinking and develop their understanding of their anatomy and physiology. This essay suggests...
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Physical Education in Primary Schools: Holding on to the Past or Heading for a Different Future?
AbstractThis paper reports on research undertaken by Petrie, Jones, and McKim (2007)1 during 2006, as part of a Ministry of Education funded evaluation of the impacts of professional learning on curricular and co-curricular physical activity. While the...
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Understanding the Maori and Pacific Body: Towards a Critical Physical Education Pedagogy
AbstractIn this article I discuss how Maori and Pacific people are positioned as practical and physical in relation to societal norms. I first discuss the ways that the Maori body has historically been thought about, drawing links between these and contemporary...
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What's the Story? Outdoor Education in New Zealand in the 21st Century
AbstractOutdoor education, in its various guises, has been part of the New Zealand education system for decades and is considered by many to be integral to school life. This paper addresses outdoor education within physical education in primary and secondary...
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"Fit, Fast, and Skinny": New Zealand School Students 'Talk' about Health
AbstractThere is little question that New Zealand children and young people currently reside in a context where healthy eating and exercise imperatives are proliferating both in their formal school environments and in their lives outside the school gates....
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Key Competencies: Views from the Gym Floor
AbstractThe release of The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) will inevitably yield challenges and possibilities for teachers of Physical Education in both primary and secondary schools. In this paper I describe the vision and key competencies embedded in...
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Physical Education and the New Zealand Curriculum: Maximising the Opportunity
AbstractCurriculum revisions and other Ministry of Education initiatives implemented over the past two decades have drastically changed schooling in New Zealand. In particular, the 1999 release of Health and Physical Education in the New Zealand (Ministry...
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Vol. 41, No. 1, February

Taking Risks Is a Social Phenomenon
So many activities that we embark on have inherent risks. These risks are specific to the nature of our movement domains and can be physical, social, psychological, cultural and environmental. This is especially true for adventure activities undertaken...
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Lifetime of Experience in Physical Education
Kylie Thomson, Advisor North for PENZ, spoke with physical education teacher educator Rosalie Mitchell. Rosalie has recently retired from her position at Auckland University, signalling the end of a chapter in her life that has seen her influence and...
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Exploring Action Songs Waiata-a-Ringa
Level 1-2Select an appropriate song for the class to learn, for example, 'One Day a Taniwha', 'Noke', 'Kei Hea te Tuna?', 'Whakawhiti Ron'. (These can be found on http://www.tki.org.nz/r/hpe/exploring_te_ao_kori/voice/action e.php)Help the class to understand...
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Taking the Plunge: What Youth Think and Do around Diving into Water
BACKGROUNDWhile recreational swimming is generally perceived as a positive indicator of a healthy lifestyle, one potentially serious health risk is that of spinal cord injury (SCI). Such injuries are often the consequence of entering the water head first...
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Ideas for Teaching Safe Diving
The primary source of expertise for the article below has been reproduced with the kind permission of Jenny Blitvich1, University of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia.Inclusion of safe diving in learn-to-swim and water safety programmes can provide a diving...
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Circo Arts: Activity Challenges for Children
IntroductionWith increased awareness of circo arts developing around New Zealand, the idea of exploring circus-related skills within school programmes is now being considered by some teachers. Although still not widely evident in physical education programmes,...
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Schools under Pressure to Deliver Aquatic Education
Teaching children water safety skills could potentially save their lives but for many schools providing pupils with an aquatic education is proving too hard.Health and safety regulations have forced the closure of many school pools and with school funds...
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Newton's Laws: What's the Big Attraction?
This is the second article in a regular series in which Steve Stanley of Siliconcoach explores various aspects of biomechanics.When asked who Sir Isaac Newton was, some people will reply that he was the person who had an apple fall on his head and at...
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Dear Cecil and Celia: Teachers' Questions Answered
This is a regular section of the Physical Educator. We encourage teachers to send in questions relating to the teaching and learning of physical education. Please send your questions to simon.j@penz.org.nz with the subject line: Dear Cecil and Celia.Dear...
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Developing Fundamental Movement Skills Key to Active Future
With today's children leading more sedentary lives than previous generations schools are increasingly being asked to take the lead and push the get active message.But how far do a school's responsibilities go? And is it reasonable to expect teachers...
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Potential and Challenges
PENZ asked two educators to share their personal opinions on the potential and challenges of the 2007 Curriculum in relation to physical education.The release of the 2007 New Zealand Curriculum has provided us as physical educators' good reason to continue...
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PENZ Life Membership Award
Rosalie MitchellThe award of Life Member is conferred by PENZ on members who have given long and distinguished service in the cause of physical education. This honour is given sparingly and generally it is awarded only when the service has been nationwide...
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Vol. 40, No. 2, August

Teachers' Questions Answered
Dear Cecil and CeliaThis is a regular section of the Physical Educator. We encourage teachers to send in questions relating to the teaching and learning of physical education. Please send your questions to simon.j@penz.org.nz with the subject line: Dear...
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Pre-Service Teacher Education Hours Are They Enough?
Physical Education advisors are voicing concerns that they feel PE is gradually becoming marginalised in schools, especially at primary level.While a key reason for this is often believed to be teacher overload in the terms of the amount of work and...
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No Profession Is an Island
Inter-sectoral collaborations seem to be the flavour of the month in governmentspeak right now. From cross-political party accords (e.g. Repeal of Section 59), to multiagency 'health' initiatives (e.g. Mission-On) and plans afoot to combine ministerial...
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Exploring String Games - Whai
Te Ao KoriWhakapapaWhai are games using a length of string tied to form a circle. In myth the origin of whai is accredited to Maui, a demigod and hero of the Maori, and so it is sometimes called by his name. When put over the hands, hooked over the thumbs...
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The Importance of Conference!
The recent PENZ National conference got me thinking about the importance of attending such a gathering. I asked myself the following questions: Why was it important that I attended? What did I gain from my attendance? This is my response to these questions.What...
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Mental Health
Key Area of Learning"In physical education, students focus on movement and its contribution to the development of individuals and communities. By learning in, through, and about movement they gain an understanding that movement is integral to human expression...
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Key Competences, Resilience and Physical Education
The New Zealand draft curriculum introduces the concept of Key Competencies for teachers to consider when developing a curriculum for their school and in planning and teaching and learning programmes. The Key Competencies have been conceptualised to...
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Happy 21st Birthday Sport Education: Where Are We Now?
IntroductionThe Sport Education curriculum model turns twenty-one years old this year. And like any birthday there should be opportunity to reflect on the past, confirm and celebrate the present and to consider the future - to take stock on what has...
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What Youth Know about Water Safety
BACKGROUNDTo reduce the risk of drowning associated with aquatic recreation, many resources have been allocated to water safety education for children and youth." A consensus exists among the water safety education community that the value of such education...
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Junior Sport and the Evolution of Sport Cultures*
I am grateful to be asked to share some thoughts with you on the topic of junior sport. I have enormous respect for the sport culture of New Zealand, and I have been impressed with the serious efforts taken in recent years in New Zealand to strengthen...
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"The Software Is Great but What I Also Need Is Resources."
This is the most common request from siliconcoach users who currently use the software to teach movement analysis in schools. This article will outline what siliconcoach and Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) are doing to meet these users' needs.Siliconcoach...
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Vol. 40, No. 1, May

Creating and Sustaining Communities of Practice among Physical Education Professionals
IntroductionThe concept of a Communities of Practice has gained currency in recent years as a promising strategy to improve the quality of teacher education (Darling-Hammond & Bransford, 2005). It is also viewed as way to engage teachers directly...
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What Youth Do during Aquatic Activity
BACKGROUNDIn an island nation with easy access to water, evidence of the enthusiasm of New Zealanders for aquatic recreation activity abounds. A1999 national survey of aquatic activity reported 80% of respondents over 18 years of age had participated...
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Physical Education Down Under: Fusion or Confusion
BackgroundAt the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance (ICHPER-SD) Conference held in Wellington in October 2006, the authors presented a keynote titled: Physical Education Down Under: Fusion or Confusion....
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Physical Education and Our Mission of SPARC
SPARC has a mission to assist New Zealand to become the most active nation and win in events that matter to New Zealanders. For New Zealand to achieve these lofty goals we need a pathway of development for children and young people so they have the confidence,...
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The Role of Fitness Testing in Physical Education
PENZ asked three educators, one each from tertiary, secondary and primary education, to share their opinions on the role of fitness testing within physical education."Watcha this Miss""Run you lazy dogs! You can do better! Stop dawdling! This is a run...
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Exploring Hand Games
Te Kete lpurangi (TKI) and Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ) have put together a comprehensive educational resource on Te Ao Kori (TAK). This fantastic resource for teachers includes the following:* The Whakapapa of TAK* How to plan and link TAK...
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More Than Learning a Sport
One of the principles that captures the essence of physical education is "learning in, through and about movement". In the key area of learning of Sport Studies, opportunities abound for learning that are beyond physical skill development alone and ensure...
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From Surviving to Thriving
All teachers have a story to tell. Teachers stories can provide us with new insight, new information. They can encourage us to reflect on our own teaching, give us something to relate our own experience to, or they can simply give us a sense of knowing...
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Frustration as Advisors Leave
Time is the biggest pressure conspiring against physical education in schools, say two physical education advisors who have recently resigned from their posts.Margot Hinton and Brent Cray have worked in secondary schools in different parts of the country,...
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Teachers' Questions Answered
This is a regular section of the Physical Educator. We encourage teachers to send in questions relating to the teaching and learning of physical education. Please send your questions to simon.j@penz.org.nz with the subject line: Dear Cecil and Celia.Dear...
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Are We on Mission with Mission-On?
At the end of 2006 the Government announced the launch of a broad based package of initiatives to be funded over the next four years called Mission-on. The package is aimed at giving young New Zealanders and their families the tools to improve their...
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Sports Studies in TKI
Have you looked at tki.org.nz lately? Or used the sports studies resource material that is there?There is a very good selection of material there for use in the teaching of Sports Studies.It includes:Introduction to Sport StudiesSports Studies and the...
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Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained
Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence ExplainedAdrianne Hardman and David Stensel Routledge (2003)Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained explores the benefits of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of various health conditions...
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Teaching Health and Physical Education in Australian Schools
Teaching Health and Physical Education in Australian schoolsedited by Richard Tinning Louise McCuaig and Lisa Hunter Frenchs Forest, N.S.W. : Prentice Hall, 2006 (2005 printing).Not since the publication of 'It Takes 2 Feet' (Burrows & Ross, 2003)...
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Developing Strategy Skills
Hoopla is an exciting game that can be used to develop strategic thinking in games across a variety of contexts and levels.Aim of the game: Use strategic thinking skills to keep your team 'in' for the longest time.Environment: Gym, court, field (even...
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