Each August a group of dedicated physical education teachers bring their collective knowledge and efforts together to host a PE Summer Symposium which serves as a "no cost" professional development opportunity for teachers. This event serves as a kick start to the school year for many teachers. The symposium has been taking place for the past 8 years. The PE Summer Symposium has been held in a virtual format for the last two years to align with pandemic best practices.
Session Title: No Equipment Necessary Engaging Warm Up Games
Presenter: Sonia Sheehan, FFCA SWE Campus, HPEC Vice President
Description: After teaching during the 2020-2021 pandemic school year, many teachers learned quickly to look for warm up games and activities that require little to no equipment. This session will take you through a range of games that can be easily taught if we are all still teaching under COVID restrictions or if our schools have returned to a less restrictive environment. These games will require little to no equipment and will get your students moving safely. Some games will include: The Reaction Game, Last Student Standing, The Spy, RPS Team Challenge, RPS Olympics, RPS Baseball, Mystery Number-Higher or Lower Than, and 3 person relays.
Session Video Link with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-ZpYLrFzcM
Additional Games Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRkq_D5jnkk
Session Title: Playground and Simple Equipment Parkour
Presenter: Chris Shaw, FFCA SMS Campus
Description: Want to add a fun twist to your gymnastics unit? Want to increase engagement in students who are reluctant learners of gymnastics? Incorporate some basic parkour skills into your gymnastics unit that can be taught using your playground and basic gymnastics equipment.
Session Powerpoint Link: Playground and Simple Equipment Parkour Powerpoint
Session Title: Just Add Paint...Reimagining Your Outdoor Teaching Space
Presenter: Dr. Dwayne Sheehan, Mount Royal University, Sonia Sheehan, FFCA SWE Campus
Description: This session will examine a few schools that repainted their outdoor tarmac space to enhance outdoor physical education classes. With paint on the ground, physical education class equipment needs drastically decreased and student organization and engagement exponentially increased. The design process, planning process, and painting process will be shared. Real life reflections will be shared on how valuable adding some strategically placed paint on the tarmac can result in higher quality outdoor physical education experiences.
Session Video Link highlighting elementary school design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyOQWpctCKQ
Session Video Link highlighting middle school design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aORahTKakmY
SWE Reimagined Tarmac Video Tour: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAGnKcS25kc
Session Video Link with the Tarmac Design Process Steps in detail: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FqaSxkHICivs1JbBZaQRuQq088xB7_IW/view?usp=sharing
Session Title: Websites - Hidden Gems for Teaching Health and Physical Education
Presenter:Melissa Brooks, FFCA NEE Campus
Description: Join me for a brief online tour of my favorite online resources to support teaching Health and Physical Education for teachers K - 12.
Session Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGZp-5_lmYc&t=8s
Session Title: Blackfoot Movement Story
Presenter: Melissa Brooks, FFCA NEE Campus
Description: Learn about a free resource through Be Fit for Life called a Blackfoot Movement story. Appropriate for preschool - grade 5. This story can be utilized in a classroom or PE setting. A document outlining story extensions will be shared.
Session Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVotaZW5aJ0
Session Title: Fun with Relay Batons or Lumni Sticks - Covid Friendly Teaching
Presenter: Melissa Brooks, FFCA NEE Campus
Description: I will share a fun mini unit that we used this year during Covid. The video will give an overview of the unit and lesson activities will be shared. Appropriate for K - 4.
Session Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEjjH21tlLE
Session Title: Hosting a Virtual Sport Stacking Tournament
Presenter: Brian Broad, FFCA NWE Campus & Jeff Howell, Speed Stacks Canada
Description: Do you want to host a virtual Sport Stacking tournament? Want to get kids excited about a different sport? We were the first school to host a virtual tournament with Speed Stacks Canada. Students have the opportunity to get medals, hold records on the WSSA website and be part of Team Canada or Team Alberta.
Session Video Link: https://1drv.ms/p/s!AmFXPXQ_xOircLxP5MWzUZjRbCs?e=ADcM5I
Session Title: Rubber Chicken Games
Presenter: Brian Broad, FFCA NWE Campus
Want to get your kids active and having a blast with very little equipment? Try rubber chicken games. I will show you games that have minimal equipment or contact, are easy to understand and will have your kids asking to play again and again.
Session Video Link: https://youtu.be/4BsOpsXTD4o
Session Title: Introducing the Outdoor Learning Quickdraw from Ever Active Schools
Presenter: Ever Active Schools
Description: This session will share Ever Active Schools newest deck of cards, the Outdoor Learning Quickdraw. This resource has been designed to support teachers, students and community programs in creating meaningful and active outdoor learning experiences. The deck of cards is loaded with 52 activity ideas and inspirations that can be used by all grade levels, particularly in middle years and up, organized into four suits: Physical Literacy, Teamwork, Outdoor Skills and Environmental Action. Our video will feature a few samples from each suit.
Session Video link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1HWez4l8SOhc9_Z_w-JMwzDO6sgGk7vCH/view
Session Title: Paddle, Pivot, Pedal, Prance and Most of All...PLAY!
Presenter: Tracy Lockwood, Play Education
Description: Attend this session ready to be immersed in activities, ideas and techniques that promote the development of Physical Literacy in multiple environments (land, water, snow/ice). With this collection of invigorating, fun and student-centered activities, you'll be able to motivate and engage your students to participate fully in Physical Education and physical activity. Many resources will be shared and topics will span a wide-range of ages and interest levels.
Session Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA7Nnou84ys
Session Title: Become Legendary with the New Mini Legends Program
Presenter: Tracy Lockwood, Mini Legends Program Coordinator, Athletics Alberta
Description: Brought to you by Athletics Alberta, the Mini Legends Program (MLP) supports the development of physical literacy and much more! Come prepared to move with and learn about this safe and inclusive program that focuses on fundamental movement skills, social connections, cognitive development and emotional skills. With this K-6 program, PE has never been easier! Through Plug & Play resources, FREE Virtual Lightning Bolts, and Coach-Facilitated Lessons, we can support teachers in motivating their students to feel confident to move and learn.
Session Video Link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ha5Utp79fGI
Session Title: My Favorite Games
Description:My favorite games to play in the gym or outside. These games are for grades 1-4 but can be adapted to upper grades. The games demonstrated in the session include: Quidditch (frisbees, pins, and various sized balls - best played inside), Crazy Cricket (ball, cricket wicket, pylons- can be played inside or outside) Bench Ball (benches or lines and balls- can be played inside or outside) , Steal the Gold (hula hoops , bean bags and pylons) and Squirrels Tails (tails, hula hoops and pylons - can be played inside or outside).
Session Video Link:https://youtu.be/IkPC4W9aXa8
Session Title: Online Strong - Using Digital Tools for Online Class Accountability
Presenter: Mariko Glenney, FFCA High School Campus
Description: The online classroom for PE teachers can be tricky. We must balance both synchronous teaching with asynchronous assignments. Flipgrid is a great tool for student accountability and participation.
Session Video Link: https://youtu.be/6yR-ysGvfxs
Session Title: Heart and Stroke Foundation Website Resources for Teachers
Presenter: Sonia Lallier - Community Relationship Specialist, Southern AB & MB | Heart & Stroke
Description: Learn about Jump Rope for Heart and HeartSmart Kids at Home. These two programs can excite your students to get active, and help you teach health outcomes in an interactive, meaningful way.
Session Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gb1nHCg4xpo