21st Century Learning Space for PDHPE

I like the idea of schools in the future having designated learning spaces designed specifically for different KLA’s. Being a PDHPE teacher, I especially like the idea of a “PDHPE Central”, a learning space where students understand that when they enter the space, they are there to either be active, be healthy, or think positively about themselves and their relationships.

The Space could have a common area with a small cafe, stocking healthy lunches and snacks, perhaps cooked or prepared by students at the school on somedays, with free fruit donated by families from the school or people within the community who are able to help out.

The ICT lab could house computers and devices with software and apps that enhance learning opportunities in PDHPE. Students could have access to a PLN that allows connectedness and interaction, helping to keep them in touch with teachers and other students. In relation to ICT, teachers could tweet or Facebook message students to remind them of assessments, permission notes or uniform requirements for certain activities. 

The ICT lab would be a “connected classroom” with interactive whiteboard, video conferencing facilities, and lesson creation and data collaboration software. This would enhance opportunities for collaboration between students, teachers and schools across the state. More information about this can be found at http://cmslive.curriculum.edu.au/leader/default.asp?id=32307&issueID=12213.

PDHPE central could house some “normal” classrooms, with desks and chairs, but some should be open spaces, with small stools that can be easily manoeuvred to allow students to face each other for better interaction and discussion. This would enhance activities in personal development lessons, where students may be discussing issues such as harm minimisation, saying “NO”, assertive language, persuasive techniques to reduce risk taking etc. 

The space could be connected to a small gym and change rooms and open onto sporting fields, providing a “one stop shop” for PDHPE students in the school. This may help students gain an understanding of the connection between being physically active, a healthy diet and having healthy and positive relationships. 

Please feel free to add any ideas that would make PDHPE central a better place!

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