On 24th of November 2021, we were delighted to conduct our first “Teacher Professional Development Fun Day” of the academic year at Sham Shui Po Government Primary School, in which we received an overwhelming response from the participating teachers. This face-to-face fun day enabled the teaching staff to take a breather from the heavy daily load of work and enjoy the benefits of physical activity through a variety of game and activities. Over 50 teachers actively participated in the event.
The event kicked off with a brief introduction of physical literacy, followed by an exciting, fun and interactive big board game - “Fun to Move Everywhere” which is designed to promote fundamental movement skills (FMS) and health-related fitness for all levels. Teachers were then arranged in groups to experience different physical fitness tests and activities on a rotation basis, aiming to improve their skills and knowledge in health as well as to enhance their physical and mental well-being. The test items included handgrip strength, shoulder flexibility, body composition, and FMS. The participating teachers were glad to be provided with the opportunity on the use of Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA), and received a detailed report on personal health outcomes such as Visceral Fat Rating, Bone Mass, Muscle Mass and Metabolic Age, etc. They could also try out the Project’s FMS Rater to understand their competence of “Horizontal Jump” as it provided immediate feedback right after the skill attempt.
During the fun day, the teachers showed enthusiasm to work together and learn new things to replenish themselves. The team will continue our effort to liaise with individual Project schools to conduct “Teacher Professional Development Fun Day” in upcoming term.
|Date:||24 November, 2021|
Home-school cooperation is a vital element in promoting children’s whole-person development. Aiming at strengthening the connection and communication with the parent-teacher associations (PTAs), the Inter-school PTA Meeting was held on 8 Nov 2021. Project Leader Professor Amy HA, as the host of the meeting, briefed attendees on the project achievements, latest research findings, as well as the upcoming parent initiative (i.e. Fun to Move@JC Parent Workshop Programme 2022). During the discussion session, Ms WONG Po Yam, Principal of Po Leung Kuk Chong Kee Ting Primary School shared their school-based experience in engaging with parents. Ms Jade MOK, Vice-Chairperson of the PTA of Po Leung Kuk Lam Man Chan English Primary School, shared how their children and parents benefitted physically and socially by participating in Fun to Move@JC. Other parents also expressed their gratitude for the Project, specifically for providing great opportunities and suggestions for family exercises free of charge.
A total of 85 PTA representatives including school principals, parents, and teachers from 29 project schools attended the meeting.
|Date:||8 November, 2021|
Teacher Workshop - “Fun To Move Everywhere” – School Promotional Activity and Competition Brief (Teleconferencing)
The aim of this online workshop was to introduce "Fun to Move Everywhere" - a big floor mat designed to enable students to master basic movement skills and health-related fitness in a fun and engaging way. This workshop provided teachers with strategies to integrate skill teaching and practice into PE lessons, and how they can support students to participate in the Project's "Fun to Move Everywhere Interschool Competition", which will be held in May 2022. Over 80 PE teachers participated in this online workshop. The project team introduced related digital learning materials and demonstration videos, as well as a guided teaching schedule and game rules for intra- and inter-school activities and competitions. Approaching the end of the workshop, the team also gave a teachers a demonstration of the skills in moderate-to-high difficulty and intensity levels, to ensure learning progression across different levels of ability. Overall, the teachers found the workshop practical and effective.
|Date:||5 November, 2021|
To prepare for the 2021/2022 new school year, we organised an online interschool event titled “2021-2022 School Meeting cum Activity Session” with principals and teaching staff of Project schools on 27 August 2021. The event aimed to express our sincere appreciation for the continuous support from the Project schools, and to share the fruitful outcomes of last school year. We are delighted to have over 200 participants, including school group representatives, principals, PE teachers and teaching staff, joining the Project team to get ready for school. The school meeting hosted by Prof. Ha was to bring updates to schools about the Project progress and positive outlook, as well as to strengthen schools’ readiness to adopt new initiatives in the coming school year.
Subsequently, a relaxing, fun and interactive activity session was led by the Project team. All participants, no matter they exercise regularly or not, were actively engaged in the Project newly designed big board game named “Fun to Move Everywhere”. The board game is designed for all levels which integrates the components of fundamental movement skills and health-related fitness to promote confidence and competence through physical activity. The Project has given a big board game (diameter: 2.5m) to every project school. We hope that the initiative will help make the exercising experience even more inclusive and accessible for all participants.
|Date:||27 August, 2021|
The final teacher workshop for the academic year was conducted on 21 June 2021. The objectives were to 1) demonstrate how to use technology and research to collect objective data for analysis, and 2) use student data to inform and evaluate the effectiveness of teaching and learning in PE classrooms.
During the workshop, Professor HA provided an update on the development of Fundamental Movement Skill Rater and its application in school settings. The student data collected by the Rater was shared to strengthen teachers’ application of the system in their classrooms for the assessment and improvement of students’ performance in fundamental movement skills. She then reported the positive results of using the Fitness Dices to promote fun fitness in teachers’ own practices. Two teachers were also invited to share their hands-on experience and suggestions for effective classroom practice. The workshop ended by summarizing the highlights of the Project’s recent successful events and upcoming activities. Over 100 PE teachers participated in this online workshop, and 59 of them submitted responses in the post-event survey. They all found the workshop very fruitful and practical.
|Date:||21 June, 2021|