Innovative Ideas

INNOVATIVE IDEA: HELOISE LORIMER SCHOOL

WELCOME TO OUR NEW INNOVATIVE IDEAS SERIES! We’ll be posting interviews and stories from school health champions from across Alberta. We hope you’ll find their ideas inspiring and informative, and that they’ll spark some great ideas of your own! Our first idea is from Adam Pratt, a Physical Education teacher at Heloise Lorimer School in…

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13 TIPS AND IDEAS FOR CELEBRATING NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY IN YOUR SCHOOL

Indigenous people make a presentation to a crowd in a school library

Written by Sissy Thiessen, Resiliency Coordinator, Ever Active Schools Every year on June 21, schools all across the nation take the opportunity to celebrate Indigenous culture, history and contributions for National Indigenous Peoples Day. A way that many schools commemorate this special day is by hosting school-wide activities and celebrations. Many Alberta school jurisdictions have…

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COPPERFIELD SCHOOL – WALKING SCHOOL BUS LAUNCH

Shape AB walking school bus with police bear

Written by: Tracey Coutts, Active School Travel Coordinator, Ever Active Schools SHAPE’S WALKING SCHOOL BUS MASCOT HAS FOUND A NEW HOME IN CALGARY’S COPPERFIELD SCHOOL! On Monday, April 9, 2018, over 50 students, families, school administrators, staff, and other important guests gathered for the launch of the school’s Walking School Bus initiative. This initiative will…

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FIVE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT HEALTHY, CARING AND INCLUSIVE SCHOOL COMMUNITIES

Written by: Stephanie Shantz, Media Coordinator, Ever Active Schools Pink Shirt Day 2018 is here! This annual awareness day is part of the growing movement to foster healthy, safe and caring school communities in Canada and beyond. But building school communities where all students feel included and supported isn’t just limited to a single day…

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SHAPING THE FUTURE 2018 RECAP

Written by Stephanie Shantz, Media Coordinator, Ever Active Schools LAST WEEK, EVER ACTIVE SCHOOLS BROUGHT TOGETHER MORE THAN 400 DELEGATES FROM THE EDUCATION, HEALTH PROMOTION, ACTIVE LIVING AND RESEARCH SECTORS FOR THE NINTH ANNUAL SHAPING THE FUTURE CONFERENCE. As the largest Comprehensive School Health conference in Canada, Shaping the Future 2018 was a unique opportunity…

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HOW TO START A YOUTH MENTORING PROGRAM IN YOUR SCHOOL

Submitted by Michael Janz (@michaeljanz), Alberta Mentoring Partnership This week, in recognition of #MentoringMonth, we’re pleased to feature a guest post from Michael Janz, partnership engagement coordinator with the Alberta Mentoring Partnership. DID YOU KNOW THAT 80 PER CENT OF ALBERTANS AGES 18-24 WISH THEY’D HAD A MENTOR WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER? January 25th is…

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ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: WHERE THE MAGIC HAPPENS

Submitted by Brandi Heather, adapted physical activity and play development specialist I OFTEN REMIND MY STUDENTS THAT IN ADAPTED PHYSICAL EDUCATION, AND LIFE, NOTHING GREAT HAPPENS UNTIL THEY START TO UNDERSTAND THEMSELVES: WHAT THEY LOVE, WHAT THEY FEAR, WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN AND WHERE THEY WANT TO GO. So many people ask about tools that…

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INNOVATIVE IDEA: 12 HEALTHY DAYS

Idea submitted by Brenda Bowman, Teacher, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools We received this awesome idea from Brenda! This innovative idea can be modified to be non-denominational, implemented throughout the year and modified to cater to limited mobility. What’s your focus? Active Living What’s your idea and how have you implemented it? 12 Healthy Days…

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ADAPTED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: EVERYBODY IS ABLE!

Submitted by Brandi Heather (@BrandiKnss ) Adapted Physical Activity, Inclusive Physical Education, Mainstream, Differentiated Instruction, IEP Plans – all come back to one fact: Everybody is Able! As an Adapted Physical Activity Specialist, I am often asked about using the correct terminology around adapting a physical education space for all learners. My advice is almost always…

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