Category Archives: Communicates to Inspire

Remote Learning: PE, Health and Wellness

Staying at home doesn’t mean we can forget about taking care of our health and well being. Whether we must stay inside or use our backyard or go for a walk while #socialdistancing, there are a number of ideas below that can help you:

  • ADLC Digital Teacher Resources – includes content, assessments and answer keys. Teachers can select all or some of the material and decide how and when to use it. Free. Contact Partner Support team at 1-866-774-5333 or email

  • AMA Virtual Youth Run Club:

  • Be Fit For Life:

  • BOKS Kids At Home:

  • Chair Yoga Flow:

  • Coronavirus Info – How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells. Students might start with the classic K/W/L chart: What do you know, or think you know, about this pandemic and its impact? What else do you want to know? Make a list of as many questions as you can on as many aspects of this outbreak and its effects and implications as you can think of, then choose one to investigate. What is known? What is still unknown?

  • Edpuzzle – introduce students to self-paced learning with interactive video lessons. It’s easy to add your own voice narration and questions! Find or create a video and then add in questions. Whether or not you have an account, check out the information on how to get started

  • Offline Activities – track how many sit-ups/jumping jacks you can do each day, track how long you can hold a plank, create a new dance move, count the steps to move between locations in your home, put items in bags to lift and see if you can add more items after a few days, invent a new sport, do some exercise move or march in place during commercial breaks or on the hour, play trashketball (wadded paper and use trash can for basket) and see how far you can move from the basket, go for a walk outside.

  • Peekapak – an award-winning, literacy-based social emotional learning (SEL) platform of stories, research-based lessons and interactive learning games.

  • Top Exercises for People Living With a Disability:

  • Walking Curriculum – 60 easy-to-use walking-focused activities are designed to engage students’ emotions and imaginations with their local natural and cultural communities, to broaden their awareness of the particularities of Place, and to evoke their sense of wonder in learning. Free Kindle download from Amazon.

  • Wanna Play a Game? 3 different Google Slides games – Connect4, Tic Tac Toe, Dots. Make your own copy and have some fun online with students.


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Remote Learning: K-3 Literacy

  As my school division and our province moves into the Emergency Remote Learning arena, I will be        sharing various resources that could be used by teachers with their students in an online environment.    Think about what your outcomes are. Think about your students. Then look at the different resources.      Check out one or two that catch your interest. And look at others as you see the need arise.

Listening, Reading, Viewing

Author/Book Readings

Read-Aloud Guidelines

Reading Comprehension







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Dicing Up the Stories

Over the summer I had the opportunity to move my daughter from Alberta to Aberdeen, Scotland. She had taken a one year teaching contract so I jumped at the chance to help her get settled and get in some great sightseeing at the same time. During one of our excursions I came across these Storyteller Dice (created in Denmark).

They reminded me of Rory’s Story Cubes that I had seen on Amazon. I bought one set while in Aberdeen and then for Christmas my daughter sent me two more. I like that they don’t take up too much room in my bag when I travel around to schools.


As a facilitator, I support teachers, library staff, educational assistants. I plan many workshops, lessons and source out resources.


Two ways that I use them with adults is:

  • Anticipatory – based on the outcomes/topic, what sentence can you create with 2-3 (or all the) cubes to share what you already know or wonder about the topic?
  • Summative – create a sentence with 2-3 (or all the) cubes to share what you noticed about the topic, what your are excited about, or what are your next steps?


If you do not currently have access to these cubes, you can create your own. Grab some dice from the Dollarstore or create your own cardboard dice and add images to the sides. You can have themed dice or just random images, whatever you desire.


I also use the Dixit Cards (english and french) in a similar fashion. Instead of choosing many cards, participants choose one card to share their thoughts.


Gamify Getting Fit with Students

person wearing black work boots

Photo taken by Henry Xu

Every January, people reset their fitness and health expectations. Why not incorporate a gamified getting fit stream within your school day with students? Work with students to create a plan to incorporate a ‘1% better each day’ so that they can see what should be done in the way of being healthier daily. (For more on this 1% concept, I highly recommend you read Atomic Habits by James Clear.)


You can easily incorporate Phys. Ed., Health, Math, Social Studies, Science and Language Arts into this. A cross-curricular opportunity filled with great research on best ways to track, what is to be tracked, goal planning, timeline, sharing of successes and growth, etc. Check out some of the ideas and resources below:


  • Trackers – there are a variety out there from basic pedometers to fitness trackers to smartwatches. You may already have access to a class set that can be used during the school day. If not, reach out to local businesses or a sponsor to purchase your own set. Depending upon the age of students, they may already have one on their wrist or you can even just use one for the whole class (teacher has the smartwatch and shares information with students so they can utilize the information). Check out some of the best smartwatches, best fitness trackers, cheap fitness trackers mentioned in the last month.
  • Spreadsheet – Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets are a great way to input daily steps, heart rate, mood, workout minutes or whatever you and your students decide they want to track. Information can be easily shared as visuals through the many different charts that are available with these two resources.
  • Map – local or international paper map or Google My Maps are able to track cumulative progress. Check out how Eric Curts explains it in Google Fit My Maps
  • Curriculum Connections 
    • Language Arts – students can reflect on how their fitness tracking has made them aware of certain aspects (their HR, how fast they walk/run…) Taking a before and after picture, they can remark how they feel and what daily healthy opportunities do for their learning.
    • Science – research what happens to the heart or the brain when you work out, share what has happened to their heart over time, share how their moods may have changed (for the better). Connect with an expert via videoconference.
    • Health and Phys.Ed. – has this tracking made them aware of other fitness opportunities? Have they become a better student or player in another sport? Is water the best thing while working out? Which foods are best to keep a body healthy?
    • Social Studies – tracking steps through the community may have students seeing different things in the community that they would like to share. Or one can add up steps to see where they can go anywhere in the world and research places that could be visited.
    • Math – charts, traveling distances, HR differences.


If this is a long-term tracking event (more than a month), I would suggest that you change you the tracking by adding challenges, individual and team opportunities to make it interesting. Show that being healthy can be fun.





2020 – Balance

This reminds me of Wayne Dyer’s quote regarding this topic. “Getting in balance is not so much about adopting new strategies to change your behaviors, as it is about realigning yourself in all of your thoughts so as to create a balance between what you desire and how you conduct your life on a daily basis.” I have heard it before and I believe I will add one more book to my list of books to read for 2020, that of Wayne’s Being in Balance. For those interested, some other books that I will read are Tiny Habits by BJ Fogg, Choose Yourself by James Altucher, Give and Take by Adam Grant.

With such a political whirlwind regarding education in Alberta, I certainly will need to take many breaths, lean on family and friends as I work through my professional duties to continue to make this career a rewarding one.

I wish everyone a great start to 2020.

This has not been the first time that I have ventured to the #oneword arena. A quick scan shows a few blog post regarding these different years while others was just a quick visual on Social Media.

2019 – make

2018 – yet

2017 – spark

2016 – creative



3Delicious Learning

two brown and white textiles

Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on unsplash

Three dimensional resources and learning doesn’t have to be scary. Opportunities to show students what 3D printers and 3D software programs are within reach via YouTube. Check out what Columbia Uni is doing:



Now, K-12 schools don’t necessarily have access to a 3D food printer, but they can have access to the digital resources. Delve further into this subject whereby you can have students not only experience three dimensions but to create them as well!



Get Techy with AR and VR

Biobreak PD: AR and VR

3D Tools, Libraries and Resources

Mobile Learning Initiative – AR

Mobile Learning Initiative – 3D

Mobile Learning Initiative – VR


Challenge students to view a variety of three dimensional items and try to either recreate or create their own. We’ve seen our students develop amazing virtual reality environments to demonstrate their knowledge on a particular topic. We’ve seen students create something physical in order to support/assist another student (braille blocks). There is no limit as to where this technology can be used to enhance, adjust, support and even design new experiences/habitats.


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Digital Portfolios – an introduction

Whatever online platform you are using at the school level for digital portfolios, the information below can support some of the work that you are doing. You can see that in our school division, K-4 students can be using Google DOcs, Google Slides, Google Keep, SeeSaw and ClassDojo while our grades 5-12 are using myBlueprint.

Some of the links found on the poster:

  • Building SEL skills such as gratitude requires F2F interactions, meaningful discussion and reflection. Check out the sites and apps that can be used to promote the development of character in  and out of the classroom –
  • Within myBlueprint there are the Digital Media Literacy Lesson Plan Series for K-12. 
  • Common Sense Education has its K-12 Digital Citizenship Lessons at  
  • MediaSmarts hosts Media Literacy Week in mid-October at .
  • PSD’s Digital Literacy Fundamentals GSite at

If you would like to see previous “biobreak” posters and resources, please go to