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EPE #310

Canadian Heroes

Today, many students had the pleasure of hearing Canada’s own Rick Hansen speak at the University of Regina. Although I did not see his presentation, a friend of mine told me that he was speaking about the 25th anniversary of his Man in Motion World Tour. In the hopes of raising money for spinal cord injury research and raising awareness for people with disabilities, Hansen wheeled through 34 countries in 26 months It was an incredible journey that has and will continue to inspire and motivate people around the world.

In celebration of the success and inspiration of Rick Hansen’s journey, there is a 25th anniversary relay taking place from August 24th 2011 until May 22nd 2012 This relay started in Cape Spear Newfoundland and Labrador and will move across Canada concluding in Vancouver! It is such an exciting endeavor happening in our own backyards. Whats even more exciting is the participation among Canadians; over 7,000 participants are involved!

So, how does this all fit into the curriculum you ask? According the the grade 5 outcome 5.11 Culture and History, students are expected to ” examine, evaluate and communicate the influence of Canadians, both historically and currently, on the development of the numerous options for participation in movement activities in this country”  I believe that using Rick Hansen’s story in the classroom would be an awesome way of achieving this outcome. Students could watch some videos or research him online to discover the history and underlying purpose of his tour. If possible, students could participate in a relay of some sort, or even donate money to the Rick Hansen foundation. Whatever type of connection you choose, it would be a great topic to discuss with your students. Before today, I had never known much about Rick Hansen, but I was so proud and excited for the accomplishments he has made in Canada and the world.



About porterjen

I am a pre-service teacher studying at the University of Regina. I have created this blog to follow the weekly events of my physical education class. I look forward to updating my first professional blog!


5 thoughts on “Canadian Heroes

  1. I really like this idea. I know we did a similar thing (probably like everyone else) about Terry Fox. I really like the idea of broadening the views and seeing more heroes that are doing great things in and for our country. This can be adapted to a lot of different lessons and cross curricular ideas. It fits into multiple subject areas and could be a very interesting inquiry unit. It is things like this that give teachers inspiration and create creative and engaging classrooms. Great ideas! thanks for sharing!

    Posted by tysonorr | February 7, 2012, 3:22 am
  2. Great Blog Jenny!
    For those of us a few years older than 25 this is a great moment…..I remember following the man in motion tour and the great pride all Canadians had in Rick Hansen as he made his way across Canada. I recall an interview on a TV show with Terry Fox’s mom and how proud they were that another person had taken up a cause just the same as her son had.
    Unfortunately, I did not get the opportunity to see Rick Hansen speak at the university but a young gentleman that I know was in attendance and for him it was very inspiring to get the chance to meet Rick Hansen and talk with him as this young man is dealing with spinal cord injury himself.
    I think this would make a great connection in the classroom as not only a way to inspire students but the physical education adaptations that can be made for all individuals as well as the cross curricular connection to health and the benefits of working to find a cure to some of these disabilities.
    Thanks for sharing this video!!

    Posted by lanakormos | February 7, 2012, 1:45 pm
  3. Thank you so much for this informative blog Jenny. Not only did you inspire thoughtful comments from our peers, but I feel that you instilled a sense of pride and inspiration in myself as a future Canadian teacher. I was never given the opportunity to explore the contributions of Canadian Heros outside of the realm of politics, with the exception of Terry Fox, in my elementary education. I can not help but recognize the presence of the hidden curriculum in my educational experiences, and this enlightenment allows me to make decisions in regard to curricular content that I will teach with a more critical lens. Including a classroom discovery on Rick Hansen would be extremely beneficial in the subject areas that Lana mentioned above and goes further in speaking to a true sense of a Canadian Hero!

    Posted by kylacheater | February 7, 2012, 4:08 pm
  4. I never thought about having the students in grade 5 learn about this outcome 5.11 Culture and History, students are expected to ” examine, evaluate and communicate the influence of Canadians, both historically and currently, on the development of the numerous options for participation in movement activities in this country.” thank you for showing us how we can do it and who we can include. I think Rick Hansen is a great Canadian hero.

    Posted by Harmony George | February 7, 2012, 6:18 pm
  5. Great post Jenny! I had no idea there was a component of knowing about historical Canadians and their impact on physical activity in the curriculum. I would have loved to hear Rick Hansen speak (darn classes) and am glad he is touring again to give an new generation of people information about spinal cord injuries and physical activity that can still be done.

    Posted by Tamara | February 9, 2012, 2:12 am

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