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HOW TO HOST A TOURNAMENT

Written by Nathan White and Melissa Tierney, Ever Active Schools In our Everybody Plays project work, funded by Jumpstart, Ever Active Schools has been working with schools and communities to host leagues of play, which includes tournaments! This handy guide is intended to help you plan and host a tournament. It is important to note…
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HOW DO I TEACH CANADA’S FOOD GUIDE?

Submitted by the team of Registered Dietitians at Teach Nutrition How to teach Canada’s Food Guide (CFG) is a question that our team of Registered Dietitians at Teach Nutrition hears… A LOT. CFG is part of the curriculum for all grade levels, so it requires different approaches for different ages and stages. Determining how, why,…
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HOSTING A HISTORIC ATHLETIC EVENT

In October 2022, Ever Active Schools had the opportunity to co-host the Alberta School Athletics Association (ASAA) Cross Country Running Provincial Championships with maskêkosihk, or Enoch Cree Nation. This was only the second time in ASAA history that a First Nation community was selected to host.  “It was so special because the Cultural Grounds [where…
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HOW TO HOST A YOUTH FUN RUN OR WALK EVENT

Written by Hayley Degaust, Ever Active Schools The AMA Youth Run Club is a free, fun and flexible opportunity for schools and students to get active! Run, walk or roll your way to a healthier school community at any grade level. Hosting a fun run or walk event is a great way to either kick…
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EMPOWERED, INSPIRED AND CELEBRATED: STILL I RISE

The idea for ‘Still I Rise’ initially came to be in December 2020, when an insightful EAS team member working primarily in the Treaty 8 region recognized the need for Indigenous youth to receive messages of hope, perseverance and resilience in a time of uncertainty. From there the concept of a free virtual student event…
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THINK OUTSIDE THE (CLASSROOM) BOX

Written by Tracey Coutts, Ever Active Schools Welcome sweet Spring, “when the world is mudluscious…(and) puddle-wonderful” (In Just-, E.E.  Cummings) and beckons us outdoors to partake in its miracles. Yes, teachers, we know that many of you have been slipping on those rubber boots and taking your classes outdoors to Explore Your 2.4s and your…
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LAND-BASED LEARNING: CONSIDERING THE FUNDAMENTALS

Written by Andrea Barnes. Originally published in GEOEC Connections Journal, October 2021. As an Environmental Educator with Alberta Parks and a classroom teacher, one of the silver linings of this past 1.5 years has to be the dramatic uptake and motivation for teaching outdoors. As we move into another year, hopefully, this energy and passion…
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DANCE LESSON PLAN 4 OF 4 FOR DIV 1/2 (GRADES K-6)

Dance is not only a physical education curricular requirement in Alberta schools, it’s also a fun and expressive way to move your body! This is the final post in a series of four Div 1/2 (grades K-6) dance lesson plans to help you teach movement. These lesson plans build from week-to-week, so if you haven’t…
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DANCE LESSON PLAN 3 OF 4 FOR DIV 1/2 (GRADES K-6)

Dance is not only a physical education curricular requirement in Alberta schools, it’s also a fun and expressive way to move your body! This is the third in a series of four Div 1/2 (grades K-6) dance lesson plans to help you teach movement. These lesson plans build from week-to-week, so if you haven’t seen…
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DANCE LESSON PLAN 2 OF 4 FOR DIV 1/2 (GRADES K-6)

Dance is not only a physical education curricular requirement in Alberta schools, it’s also a fun and expressive way to move your body! This is the second in a series of four Div 1/2 (grades K-6) dance lesson plans to help you teach movement. These lesson plans build from week-to-week, so if you haven’t seen…
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Twenty-First Century Spaces for Twenty-First Century Learners

The environments we operate in provide cues, nudges and incentives that influence our actions in subtle yet profound ways. Think of the effects that a bike path has on the likelihood that students will ride their bikes to school if it leads safely to the school grounds: the path makes riding bikes an easy and safe choice for parents to support, knowing their children are not riding in busy traffic. The path also serves as a fun and active way to start the day.

Recognizing the importance of promoting healthy learning environments, Ever Active Schools is proud to have delivered the Twenty-First Century Spaces project. Partnering with organizations to leverage the health promoting work of many, this project aimed to influence the way schools are built in the future.

We have seen changes in pre-service teacher education, teacher professional development, curriculum design, and even the outcomes children will gain from their education. The Twenty-First Century Spaces project helped to ensure we can adapt social and physical environments to keep pace with the ever-changing demands of education.

Research has shown that healthier students are better learners, and we want to play a part in supporting the development of future school builds through a health promoting lens.

As a result of the Twenty-First Century Spaces project, our best-selling resource Don't Walk in the Hallway was developed, along with a supporting electronic resource, Don't Sit Still in Class.

Don't Walk in the Hallway is a set of hallway decals and a resource handbook with guides to:

  • Advocating for Activity Permissive Learning Environments
  • A Comprehensive School Health Approach to Don’t Walk in the Hallway
  • Pattern Starting Points
  • Energizer Ideas
  • Curriculum Links
  • Evaluating the Impact of the Decals
  • How to Access Support: Online Supplement

The point of Don't Walk in the Hallway is simple: get students moving more at school! Schools with Don't Walk in the Hallway decals see an average of 1,000+ more steps per day per student. And let's not forget that adults can join in on the fun, too! Check out the decals in action:

Stemming from the success of Don't Walk in the Hallway, we developed a Supplementary Resource featuring active lesson plans that make use of the decals.

Our Resilient Schools work and collaboration with First Nations School Authorities led to the creation of Indigenous Don't Walk in the Hallway! Versions exist with vocabulary and teachings from Piikani Blackfoot and Fishing Lake Cree Métis.

Related Resources

  • Don't Walk in the Hallway

  • Don't Walk in the Hallway: Hands + Feet

  • Don't Sit Still in Class

  • Supplementary Resource Cards

  • Indigenous Don't Walk in the Hallway