Teacher professional development initiatives under the Fun to Move@JC project have not come to a halt despite of lengthy school suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak. While PE (Physical Education) instruction is greatly affected, our team has shifted our focus to materials and methods even applicable in virtual settings. An online teacher workshop via ZOOM was conducted on 22 May 2020. The workshop was led by Professor Ha, covering four core topics:
1) PE class arrangement (Guidelines under the COVID-19);
2) Promotion of Project’s real-time online PE classes;
3) Project e-learning materials; and
4) Preview of next year's workshop: Inclusive Physical Education. A total of 78 PE teachers from 26 project schools attended the workshop. The supplementary learning materials were well-received by the teachers. They also showed enthusiasm in using these resources to enrich their school-based PE curriculum.
|Date:||22 May, 2020|
We maintained close communication with school principals and parents during school closure. Meetings with school principals were conducted via video conferencing on 12 May 2020. Latest activity plan responding to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic was discussed. The school heads welcomed the new initiative of Fun to Move@JC online physical activity class, they agreed that the classes would encourage students to do exercise at home. As schools should get well-prepared for school resumption in June, project activities would be implemented in a flexible manner based on the preference and the needs of the schools. Feedback from parents offers valuable insight into the design of programme activities. 18 parents from 8 schools were invited for focus group interviews using “ZOOM” in April 2020. The parents shared their experience in participating in the programme, as well as their thoughts on parental roles and physical activities.
|Date:||12 May, 2020|
Children with physical literacy encompass the motivation, confidence (“want to move”), physical competence (“can move”), knowledge and understanding (“value moving”) to value, develop and maintain positive physical activity behaviours for life (“keep moving”). As PE teachers play an important role in promoting physical literacy among students, our Project is dedicated to provide professional development opportunities to inform teachers regarding the concept, and its application to support the whole-person development of students. This teacher workshop was divided into three parts: 1) Sharing on the concept of physical literacy and its integration in school PE; 2) Practical session for take-away fun activities; 3) Brief introduction and demonstration of Fun to Move Challenge Event - the first-ever student competition in fundamental movement skills among Hong Kong primary schools. The teachers were engaged in a range of activities and discussions led by Professor Ha and the Project Team.
Venue: Sham Shui Po Government Primary School,CUHK
|Date:||15 January, 2020|
Parents play a crucial role in influencing their children to develop an active lifestyle. In the sharing session, Professor Ha, Principal Investigator of the Project introduced the concept of Physical Literacy, while parents shared their experience in participating in the activity classes held at their school. Representatives of the school parent-teacher associations (PTAs) also exchanged views with the project team. The occasion has provided a valuable opportunity for the PTAs to explore potential collaborations with the project, thereby reaching out to more families.
Activity zones themed under ball skills, locomotor skills and partner-stretching exercises were held to give some fun ideas for the families to get moving!
Venue: S.K.H. Holy Cross Primary School,CUHK
|Date:||11 January, 2020|