Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Heather's Hot Pick: PE Resources

Get active!  Check-out some Physical Education resources available to you and maybe useful for your lesson planning now and on practicum! 



The Great Ontario physical education teachers' resource for grades:  1-3, 4-6, 7-8  (2009) by Mike McCabe

OPHEA's DPA activity card set  (2006) by Ontario Physical and Health Education Association



Research Database suggestion –Try searching Sport Discus with Fulltext in addition to ERIC or  Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA).

Sound Recording

Practice your culture dances you learned this week with Children’s Folk Dances or Folk Dance Fun or just shake it with some Movin music for DPA or Movin Music for DPA – Volume 2!!


65 energy blasts with Judy Haward

BCTF-Physical Education Specialists

Canadian Association for Health Physical Education Recreation & Dance

Canadian Association for School Health

National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Heather's Hot Pick: JUMP Math

To compliment Math Makes Sense textbook series, an official approved Learning Resource textbook series used in BC District and Schools, is the Jump Math program.  

John Mighton began this program ten years ago as a tutoring club called JUMP (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigy) from his apartment.  A principal sent him a number of students who were terrifically challenged by math or performing below grade level .  By working with these and many other children with this program,  Mighton came to believe that “not only can all children learn, but also that mathematics can be a powerful tool for social justice”  (Mighton, 2008, 32).  

Mighton believes that a large number of people have difficulty understanding and learning math because theories of education on which math programs are based do not consider real conditions in the classroom or new psychological models that highlight brain theory and how children learn.   To read more about Jump Math philosophy and principles check out:


Mighton, J. (2008). Using Math as a Springboard to Success. Education Canada, 48(3), 32-35.
**Print --Located Periodicals section in  the Abbotsford Library filed under the  title “Education Canada”

Mighton, J. (2008). The end of ignorance: Multiplying our human potential. Toronto: Vintage Canada.
Location:  Abbotsford Library, Curriculum Collection  --  Call number:  LB 14.7 M53 2008       

Mighton, J. (2003). The myth of ability: Nurturing mathematical talent in every child. Toronto [Ont.: House of Anansi.        
Location: Abbotsford Library, Curriculum Collection --  Call number:  QA 135.6 M535 2003                        

Mighton, J., Wyatt, J., & Sabourin, S. (2007). Jump math: Student Workbook s and Teacher Guides.  **Divided by Grade Level.
Location:  Abbotsford Library, Curriculum Collection  --  Call number:  Begins in QA 135.6 M522 2009

Website:  For training opportunities, philosophy, background and resources -

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Blackwell Reference Online - NEW

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