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20 Lessons Learned from 20 Years in PDHPE and Community and Family Studies Classroom Jan 12, 2024

In my latest podcast episode, I shared the top 20 teaching tips and lessons I have gathered throughout my extensive 20+ year career in the PDHPE & Community And Family Studies classroom. From building relationships to advocating for self-care, you’ll get a wealth of practical strategies...

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A Sneak Peek at What's in Store for PDHPE & Community and Family Studies within The Learning Network in 2024 Jan 04, 2024

In our latest episode of The PDHPE & CAFS Podcast, I share an exciting sneak peek at our plans and vision for The Learning Network in 2024. As the founder and leader of The Learning Network, I have supported PDHPE and CAFS teachers for nearly four years (after leaving the classroom, but over...

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Making Sense of Your PDHPE & Community and Family Studies HSC Results Dec 14, 2023

As the big day finally arrives and students across NSW receive their HSC results, it's an understandably nerve-wracking time for teachers too. As the culmination of two years of work, these results are a reflection not only of our PDHPE & Community and Family Studies students' efforts, but of...

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Reflecting on the Year with the SOAR Analysis Model - A Framework for Growth Dec 06, 2023

The end of the school year is a natural time for reflection. As the hustle and bustle of term wraps up, it's important to take stock of what worked well and where there is room for improvement. In my recent podcast episode, I shared a structured reflection model called SOAR Analysis to guide...

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Strategies to Avoid Burnout and Thrive as a PDHPE & CAFS Teacher Next Year (and Beyond) Nov 29, 2023

As the end of 2023 approaches, it's easy for PDHPE & CAFS teachers to feel overwhelmed by everything left to do before the holidays. While it's normal to feel stressed this time of year, it's important we also take steps to set ourselves up for success in the new year.

In my latest podcast "5...

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5 Practical Activities for Teaching Consent and Sex Ed in your PDHPE Classroom Nov 22, 2023

Consent and sex education are important topics for students to learn, but they can be difficult subjects for teachers to broach in an engaging way. In a recent interview for The PDHPE & CAFS Podcast, Natalie Stokell shares practical strategies she uses in her own workshops that bring these...

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Mastering Term 4: 4 Strategies to Thrive as a PDHPE & Community and Family Studies Teacher Oct 10, 2023

Are you ready to conquer Term 4 as a PDHPE and Community and Family Studies teacher? Term 4 is often a whirlwind of activity, and whether you're an experienced educator or new to the field, it can be overwhelming. But fear not, because I'm here to share four straightforward strategies that will...

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Protecting Your Time, Energy, and Wellbeing: What's Next for PDHPE & CAFS Oct 03, 2023

As a former teacher with over 20 years of experience, my mission is to help you protect your precious time, energy, and well-being. Let’s explore the joys of the school holidays, the challenges of a new term, and some strategies to make your teaching journey smoother!

Feeling Positive About...

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It's Time to Get Off Your Community & Family Studies Island Sep 07, 2023

Today, I want to talk to you about something that's been on my mind for a while. It's time to get off your Community and Family Studies (CAFS) Island. Let's explore a better, more efficient and supportive way to navigate your Community and Family Studies journey. Why should you listen to me?...

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Unlocking the Collaborative Investigation in Health and Movement Science  Aug 25, 2023

As a Health and Movement Science educator, you have a unique opportunity to empower your students with skills that will shape their future success. Let's explore the ins and outs of the Collaborative Investigation within the Health and Movement Science Syllabus for Year 11, offering you a...

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What’s in and what’s out in the New Health and Movement Science Syllabus Aug 11, 2023

Let’s discover the ins and outs of the new Health and Movement Science syllabus, exploring what's in, what's out, and how these changes will shape the learning experiences of our students.

 It’s time to unravel the mysteries of the refreshed course!

Unpacking the Syllabus: What's...

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7 Things To Love About The New Health and Movement Science Syllabus Aug 04, 2023

 As an experienced teacher and coach in the field of PDHPE and CAFS, I cannot contain my excitement about the new Health and Movement Science (HMS) Syllabus. Having taken a deep dive into its content, I am truly in awe of the thoughtfulness and relevance it brings to Stage 6 PDHPE. Read on...

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