Teachers Association for Physical and Health Education

Give A Little - Get A Lot

October 25, 2019



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as of September 23rd at 6:45 p.m. 

The payment issue has been resolved and members can now fully register for conference.   

Registration will open to NSTU webmail holders* only at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 23rd

Registration will open for Non-NSTU webmail holders at 12:00 noon on Monday, September 30th

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Conference Locations:

Workshops have been scheduled in two locations in the Province:

Yarmouth - Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High
Pomquet - École acadienne de Pomquet

Location - Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High

Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High
146 Forest Street 
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

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Registration Information


NSTU Conference Fee:  $90
Retirees/Substitutes/Students: $35

Lunch NOT included.

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 13 E. III.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Registration Deadline

The deadline for registration is Friday, October 11th.


Amanda Brewertapheconference@nstu.ca


Thursday, October 24
Rodd Grand Hotel

6:00 p.m. Doors open for Hall of Honour
6:30 p.m. Hall of Honour Ceremony
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Social - Trivia
9:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m. Social - Band

Friday, October 25

6:30 a.m. Sunrise Fitness meet in the Lobby of the Rodd Grand (Weather Permitting)
5 km Town Run
20 km Lighthouse Bike (bring your own bike)
8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Opening/Awards
9:35 a.m. - 10:25 a.m. Session 1
10:25 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Nutrition Break
10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Session 2
11:40 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch (Off Site)
1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Session 3
2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m. Session 4
2:50 p.m. Receipts Passed Out
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. AGM


Session 1 (9:35 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.)

A1 - Floorball Nova Scotia
Anthony MacNeil

Floorball For School: An Introduction to The Sport of Floorball

A2 - BOKS Canada
Chris Tremblay

BOKS Bursts For Schools. DPA methodologies and resources to easily facilitate increased activity in the classroom, hallways, playground, transitional areas, etc.

A3 - KIN-BALL Sport:  Drills & Skills
Paolo Zambito

After an initiation to the sport, the participants will gain a more in-depth understanding of the rules, techniques and strategies. Experience series of exercises to improve skills (kicking, two person ball control and ball displacements). Learn to modify the rules during game time to help students master the sport. Finally, fun drills that can be used in evaluation.

A4 - Ideas & Strategies for Dailky Integration of Social& Emotional Learning Skills  (CANCELLED)
Michelle Hurlburt
Ideas and Strategies for Daily Integration of Social and Emotional Learning Skills into your teaching and classroom practices.

A5 - Exploring the NEW Canada's Food Guide
Jane Cunningham

This presentation aims to provide an interactive overview of the NEW Canada’s Food Guide:
- Highlight what has changed in the revision
- Build understanding of the key messages around healthy eating and why they’re important for student growth and development
- Share resources, tips and practical ideas for educators to use in their classroom
- Discuss the role Canada’s Food Guide plays in the broader school food environment
- Answer any burning questions

A6 - Phys. Ed. in Nova Scotia
Jeff Zahavich

A qualitative phenomenological exploration of students' experience with a quality physical education curriculum in Nova Scotia. This research aims to build knowledge on how the current Grade 8 PE curriculum is being supported and implemented in public schools in Nova Scotia within the HRCE and AVRCE.

A7 - Challenge by Choice Faster - Stronger Plyometrics
Torie Grimshaw-Surette

Do you want your students to have the opportunity to push themselves in building muscle? Learn/Try multi-sport plyometric activities that you can add to your fitness circuits, warm ups, etc.

A8 - Advanced Care Planning
Brian Noble

Advanced Care Planning is a five step process to guarantee your end of life is done the way you wish. This session will be presented by a trained Advanced Care Planning facilitator and retired teacher.

A9 - Tips & Tricks for Health & Phys. Ed
TAPHE Executive

Quick & Easy aspects to add to your Physical & Health classrooms.

A10 - Personal Hygiene
Rhonda Ross

Culturally responsive take on personal hygiene.

Session 2 (10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.)

B1 -Floorball Nova Scotia
See A1 for description

B2 - Nordic Pole Walking for You and Your Students
Bill VanGorder & Esther VanGorder

Nordic Pole Walking for You and Your Students. We will provide Nordic style poles, explain the benefits and train you in the correct Nordic Pole Walking technique. Dress for the weather, we will be both inside and out.

B3 - Active & Cooperative Games Large:  OMNIKIN Products
Paolo Zambito

Experience it all with Omnikin's durable 33’’ to 72’’ light-weight and colorful balls. Play a great number of cooperative games with our Omnikin balls that promote maximum student participation for large and small groups. Omnikin balls promote maximum student participation and will keep students actively involved and learning.

B4 - SchoolsPlus - Breaking the Barriers
Jeanine Muise

SchoolsPlus - Breaking the Barriers

B5 - Nova Scotia Sport System 101:  Priorities & Opportunities
Steph Spencer

This presentation is designed to provide insight around the current landscape of sport in our province, helping to support physical education teacher’s development of quality sport in their classrooms and beyond. We will be sharing Sport Nova Scotia’s new strategic plan, which focuses on all Nova Scotians having lifelong opportunities to experience the positive benefits of sport, as well as the sport system overall incubator for transforming sport for all, reSPORT. With this, we will discuss current priorities, resources, capacity and opportunities at the provincial, regional and community level.
Through practical examples of partnerships, collaboration and support, we will examine quality sport development in schools, as well as connections to local organizations that create pathways for ongoing participation for students and teachers to continue as participants, coaches and officials beyond the school day. By having greater understanding of the direction of sport in the province and connections to the players who support it, physical education teachers can work with their schools and local resources to create and practically implement greater opportunities for quality sport, recreation and physical activity both in and out of the school day.

B6 - Exploring the NEW Canada's Food Guide
See A5 for description

B7 - Advanced Care Planning
See A8 for description

B8 - My NSTU Insurance and Benefit Plan Covers That?
Rollie Hannem

The NSTU Benefits Plan cover much more than Drugs, Teeth and Eye Glasses! Members, and their families, have access to programs that cover all aspects of wellness. We realize that stress for teachers come from all aspects of life and programs are available to help you and you family members get through those situations. Information is power when it comes to looking after yourself and your family.

B9 - Virtual Lesson Planning

Members of the New Brunswick Physical Education Society will run through virtual lesson planning including skills and assessment using digital whiteboards.

Session 3 (1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.)

C1 - BOKS Canada
See A2 for description

C2 - Net Games Using Innovative Gopher Equipment
John Byl

Come and engage in innovative games with innovative equipment that progressively build skills and concepts of net games. Some of the activities use rebounders, small parachutes, heavy balls, and hidden targets. Come prepared to participate.

C3 - Backcountry Camping with Students
Peter Himmelman

Backcountry Camping with Students - what you need to know, plan for, and ask questions about how to start it in your school!

C4 - Rope Skipping in PE
Sam Ashley
This session will cover the basics of speed and freestyle rope skipping for all ages. We will introduce the CANSkip Skill Development Program and a new self-comparative mini-competition format that can be integrated into PE classes. Bring your sneakers to give skipping a try!

C5 - Ideas & Strategies for Dailky Integration of Social& Emotional Learning Skills  (CANCELLED)
See A4 for description

C6 - Nova Scotia Sport System 101:  Priorities & Opportunities
See B5 for description

C7 - 2, 4, 6, 8, See How We Physicate
Justin Oliver, David MacNutt, Jason Tutus

2, 4, 6, 8, See How We Physicate- Join 2018 TCRCE PETE Award Winner David MacNutt, Islands Consolidated School PE Teacher Jason Titus and TAPHE President Justin Oliver as they share their best lessons from grades P-12 PE. Participants will be learning by doing in this active session that will encompass a wide variety of PE lessons, assessments, and outcomes. Presenters will also share structure and strategies they use in their PE programs and how one size does not fit all PE programs. Participants will leave with lessons to use in their gyms on Monday.

C8 - Sexual Education for Middle School
Sonya Cook

Sexual Education for Middle School

C9 - You make the Call?
Adam Aldred

You make the Call:
The Game through the Lens of a Hockey Referee

C10 - Virtual Lesson Planning
See B10 for description

Session 4 (2:00 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.)

D1 - Physically Active Numeracy
John Byl

Learning Math through Physical Activity and Learning Physical Activity through Math. Participate in active games that involve both mathematics and physical activity. Working your mind as we work the body. Learning to be more mathematically and physically literate.

D2 - Nordic Pole Walking for You and Your Students
See B2 for description

D3 - What is the Duke of Edinburgh Programme?
Peter Himmelman

Duke of Edinburgh Programme. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (DOE) program encourages young people to be active and to participate in new activities in four areas: community service, skills, physical recreation and adventurous journey. It is an awesome extracurricular program that can be used to complement already existing school initiatives.

D4 - Rope Skipping in PE
See C4 for description

D5 - Using a Games-Centred Approach to Move, Think and Learn
Tricia Zakaria, Ryan Fahey Physical and Health Education Canada

The Move Think Learn resource series uses a games-centred approach to move participants through tactical gameplay problems and skill development, think through options and skill selection, and learn how to apply these skills and tactics to broader gameplay situations. Participants will be introduced to the 16 resources in the series, have an opportunity to participate in the activities, and be encouraged to make the connection between a games-centred approach and its application to their programming.

D6 - Sexual Education for Middle School
See C8 for description

D7 - Social and Emotional Learning (P-3)   (CANCELLED)
Jesse Legate & Krista Ritchie (MSVU)
Integrating social and emotional curriculum outcomes in health education: Sharing evidence-based instructional strategies for P to 3 health outcomes.

D8 - Yoga Nidra - Mindfulness for Teachers
Lori Munroe-Sigfridson

Yoga Nidra is a state of being that is not really sleep, but not exactly fully conscious, either. Often considered a form of medication, it’s the practice of guiding your entire body and mind into complete relaxation.  Yoga Nidra for children can be a helpful method to help them calm down encouraging relaxation as well as provide clearer thinking and respite from studying if they’re having difficulty concentrating.
Teachers will leave the session having personally practiced yoga nidra with a script, mentor text list and an understanding of how to incorporate short sessions into their daily routine both at home and within their classroom.

D9 - My NSTU Insurance and Benefit Plan Covers That?
See B8 for description

TAPHE Satellite Conference Friday October 25, 2019
Outdoor Education: Exploring Skills to GET OUTSIDE


École acadienne de Pomquet
Pomquet, Antigonish Nova Scotia
791 Taylors Rd, Antigonish, NS

Click on the map to access directions

Registration Information


NSTU Conference Fee- $90

Lunch is included on site.

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 13 E. III.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Registration Deadline

The deadline for registration is Friday, October 11th.


Registration for Sessions is onsite from 8:00-8:50am Sessions (12 participants maximum in each session)
Keynote: TBA
Annual NS Outdoor Educator Path-Finder Award
Workshop Schedule
Session A: 9:00-10:30
Nutrition Break
Session B: 10:30-12:00
Lunch: Join us at the BIG TENT to share stories and “outdoor ideas”
Session C: 1:00-2:30
2:30-2:45 Receipts and prizes

Workshops (12 teachers maximum in each session)

GO for a Hike!
Junell Andrews and Michael Sidney

This session will focus on the ins and outs of taking a class or an extra-curricular group on a day hike. Topics will include site selection, route planning, terrain, risk assessment and risk management, gear, meal planning, medical forms, and other considerations to alleviate concerns. Remember to dress for the weather!

Cooking up a storm!
Mike Morrison and Jody MacLean

From the schoolyard to the back-country, learn the basics of outdoor cooking using a variety of techniques and stoves. This session will cover basic safety, stove and fuel options, and some easy to prepare and plan meals and snacks. We will finish the session by preparing a quick snack that can be enjoyed with all age groups.  

Shelters for P-12 Get Outside
Scott Hudson

This session will be hands on learning of the basics of choosing a place to build a shelter, building a shelter and how to use knots that make the building of shelters easier, including a variety of different shelter ideas for different age groups.

Tommy Chubbs

This hands on session is a how-to workshop dedicated to making fire: primitive to modern techniques will be explored. We will experiment with types of tinder, fire layouts, making splits, and managing fire with youth. We will also develop LnT practices.

How to GO: get outside
Chris Demers

This workshop will explore how teachers can set up their own outdoor-learning space. We will present, through direct experiences the projects, that involve teachers and students at Pomquet. We will help you navigate the complex structures of grants, connecting teachers and grade levels to appropriate outdoor instruction, and how to assess the targeted outcomes as part of outdoor education.

Waterfront Canoeing
Kajtek Jaskowiak and Adam Leuschner

This ‘hands-on paddles’ workshop will introduce teachers to canoeing for P-12 implementation in the NS public school setting, focusing on differentiation of teaching for various age groups and demographics. Instructors will share teaching resources, access to canoe program resources and will facilitate an on water dialogue about what canoeing may look like at participating members’ schools. Please note, the workshop will be multi-element in nature, participating in the École acadienne de Pomquet student experience, utilizing bicycles to access the lake (less than 10 min ride). Please come in comfortable clothing for activities. 

Setting up a Base Camp
Andrew Foran 

This is a hands on workshop that will explore equipment and required skills to set-up, and run a base camp for students. A base camp allows teachers to explore the natural world with their students, through numerous cross-curricular approaches, and provides a place for a class to return to, supporting lessons in-the-field.

On the Bike
Aaron Neaves 

This is an active session where you will be on the bike, actively learning how to implement a fundamental bike program in a Nova Scotia Public School setting.  Whether you are teaching at a rural or an urban school, learn how you can safely get students outside and on bikes. The session will conclude with a bike ride exploring the wonderful trails at École acadienne de Pomquet.  

GO Orienteering
Jim Blanchard

Participants will be introduced to a way of teaching orienteering skills to students using Google Maps. They will also participate in an experiential map and compass activity on the École acadienne de Pomquet grounds. The session will teach strategies on orienting oneself, in the world, using games and with a variety of maps. 

A Backpack for Everyone
Eric Morneau

In this workshop, participants will learn how to build an A-frame backpack for day hikes or longer journeys. They will leave the workshop with the know-how and skills needed to teach the students in their school. Build their own backpack is a satisfying experience and this also levels the economic playing field; everyone has the same pack.

Advancing Outdoor Learning through field studies
Geoff Marshall

This session will focus on general expectations and guidelines for anyone wishing to incorporate field studies into their curriculum. Field studies can provide highly engaging hands-on experiences to students in science, geography, and other subject areas when properly implemented. This session will include hands on ecosystem-related activities (species identification, increment boring, clinometers, soil augers, GPS and use of ArcGIS) and participant expertise may extend the value of the session to many other subject areas.

Outdoor Leadership and Cross Curricular Games
Myla Boudreau, Alex Chisholm, and Bryden Boudreau

This session will offer junior high teachers the opportunity to develop their understanding and leadership in an outdoor setting. Participants will take part in various games and cross-curricular activities. The purpose of this session is to provide practical hands on examples adaptable to multiple settings, abilities, and subjects. 

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