- …contributes to the development of the whole person – the physical, cognitive and affective (social and emotional) domains
- …is inclusive and accessible to ALL
- …can be cultivated and enjoyed through a range of movement experiences, in different environments and contexts
- …needs to be valued and nurtured throughout life
- …represents a unique journey for each individual
It is important for classroom lessons to include this through games or physical activity, even brief activity that encourages positive movement experience, which will help children gain a layer of motivation and confidence.
Other resources and community partners to consider to learn more about physical literacy or to learn how to incorporate physical literacy into any classroom programming:
- Physical Literacy: http://physicalliteracy.ca/
- Sport for Life: http://sportforlife.ca/physical-literacy/
- Be Fit For Life Network: http://befitforlife.ca/
- Centre for Active Living: https://www.centre4activeliving.ca/
- CIRA Ontario: https://www.ciraontario.com/
- OPHEA: https://teachingtools.ophea.net/
Your students don’t have to stop physical activity just because it’s cold outside. Bring the activity indoors by having them hop, skip or jump rather than walk with a Don’t Walk In The Hallway kit!
Promote creative movement and encourage activity in any space by adapting a Don’t Walk In The Hallway approach. See how it works in this video and read more about the positive impacts in this article.
A growth mindset is recognizing that struggling with something doesn’t mean failure, but seeing it as a challenge with a chance to grow.
To help change a student’s mindset toward growth, teachers can collaborate, practice, encourage, embrace challenges and welcome criticism. Establishing a mindset that embraces positive shifts can be done through the arts which can increase our capacity for change and support the development of self-esteem, leading to enhanced physical and emotional development.
Read more about growth mindset and healthy school communities here.
Social Emotional Learning
Social and emotional learning is the intentional practice and support of strengthening each student’s social and self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and responsible decision making.
Sport and physical activity build character through helping students learn to identify and manage their emotions, enhance problem solving and reasoning skills, build relationships and analyze situations with the ability to show respect and recognize the perspective of others.
Physical Activity & Relaxation
Exercise is a great way students can relax. The mental benefits include reducing adrenaline and producing endorphin which can help lift their mood.
According to the World Health Organization, physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditures. Physical activity includes exercise, as well as other activities that involve bodily movements and are done as part of playing, working, active transportation, housework and recreational activities.
Healthy Eating Habits
In support of making healthy food choices, the following habits can be impactful:
- Be mindful of the time you spend when eating and the cues given by your body
- Plan what you eat, aim to cook your meals
- Make meals, and their preparation, a communal experience with friends and/or family
- Find the joy in the why, what, where, when and how of eating and nutrition – make it fun!