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DANCE LESSON PLAN 1 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! For the next four weeks, we’ll be posting a new Div 1/2 (grades K-6) dance lesson plan to help you teach movement. These lesson plans build on one another from week-to-week. You…
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COVID-FRIENDLY PHYS ED GAMES

September is here and Alberta students are heading back to class, but students under the age of 12 are not yet eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. While masks, physical distancing and other public health policies are fairly straightforward to apply in many classes, Physical Education brings unique challenges: masks are not worn during moderate-to-vigorous…
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SUMMER SEND OFF – THANK YOU TEACHERS!

Summer Send Off – Thank You Teachers! Farewell, 2020/2021 school year. It’s been a time. We’re sure you have BIG summer plans to get to–hello, sleeping in, enjoying the sunshine and avoiding screens–but before you go, we’ve got a few quick things for you. We’ll keep it short and sweet so you can go find…
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PUT A SPRING IN YOUR STEP!

Written by Megan Weiler, Krista Trim and Kayli McClelland The days are getting longer, the sun is shining warmer, and the people are coming out to play. It’s spring time, and we’re going to enjoy every minute of it. The easiest way to take advantage of the changing weather is to get out there and…
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The EAS Box: Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain

MOVE YOUR BODY, GROW YOUR BRAIN

It’s no secret that physical activity boosts brain health: just read the 2018 ParticpACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth! While we all know that movement can help our children and youth learn better, oftentimes we find it hard to prioritize physical activity. Teachers might have curricular outcomes to focus on, out-of-school…
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FAMILY DAY AND PERSONAL WELLNESS

Written by Kayli McClelland, Creative Media Specialist, Ever Active Schools If you’re like me – you live close to many of your loved ones and you enjoy being active – Family Day is really nice.   It’s a Monday off in the middle of February. The cold of Alberta’s winter has started to set in.…
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FOUR REASONS TO TRY PODCASTS FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Podcasts are a rich source of information, stories and entertainment, with a surprisingly wide range of topics: the history of the elevator, the secret world of moss, Dolly Parton, and much, much more. Many of us listen to podcasts while we cook, travel, or move our bodies – but have you ever considered using podcasts…
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CELEBRATIONS MATTER: HALLOWEEN 2020

Written by Tracey Coutts, Ever Active Schools THIS TIME LAST YEAR, WHO COULD HAVE PREDICTED THE DIFFICULTY OF THE DECISIONS TO COME AROUD HALLOWEEN 2020? A Halloween night, with a full moon, falling on a Saturday for the first time in five years, should be a spooky season lover’s dream. And yet, here we are,…
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LEARNING TO EMBRACE THE COLD WEATHER

Written by Chesa Peter and Kayli McClelland If you’ve lived in Alberta between October and May (okay, really, any time of year), you know that our winters here can be harsh! The cold weather isn’t going anywhere and neither are we, so it’s time to learn to get along. The Cold Weather Recess Planning Guide…
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RUN, WALK AND ROLL WITH THE AMA YOUTH RUN CLUB

“It got me running too and connected to the kids on a different level.” – A 2019/2020 Run Club coach The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Youth Run Club has been supporting Alberta students with free, fun and flexible programming for 7 years, and while clubs may look a little different this year, all the great…
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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