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Level 2-12 teachers (8-18 year-olds)
Web site offering bilingual English-French educational material)
Numerous downloadable resources for teachers)
Since 1988, the Canadian Olympic Committee has provided Olympic-themed resources for Canadian schools. Over the last few years, these have been available on our web site and span grades 2 to 12 (age 8-18).
Throughout the year, a special web site is a rich source of inspiration for teachers. It offers abundant material to be downloaded or consulted: project ideas, lesson plans, stories of Olympians, competitions, videos, podcasts, case studies, photos, interviews, a library, information on the Olympic Movement, etc.
The programme is open to all teachers, students and other interested parties, who must fill in a registration form to have access to all the resources.
The programme is sponsored by a Canadian financial institution which has been helping Olympic athletes for many years. Thanks to this support, the Canadian Olympic Committee can implement various measures to stimulate participation, for example:
Since 1988, thousands of schools and teachers have benefited from this programme. As an example, after the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games just over 56,000 educators participated in the program.
When creating our resources, we have focused on the needs of teachers. Time spent knowing the end-users of the resources is always time well spent.
For instance, our experience with the Canadian school system shows that teachers are very busy meeting the government mandated curriculum. If our resources are viewed as but another item that they are expected to take time away from their lessons to teach, then teachers will simply not use them. Therefore, we have linked our Olympic Education resources to provincially required learning outcomes. We position our resources as high-interest materials that assist teachers in meeting mandated curriculum outcomes.
Canadian teachers were complaining that there was a lack of resources available to teach government mandated character education or social responsibility. This need corresponded well with our desire to promote Olympic Values through the lives and experiences of our Canadian Olympians. Our Olympian Stories have been well received, because they fill an identified gap in available learning materials.
The Canadian educational system has focused on elevating the self-esteem and academic achievement of Aboriginal students. The Canadian Olympic School Program partnered with Aboriginal sports organisations to profile Aboriginal Olympians and to promote role models that would be inspirational to Indigenous students.
The practical advice that we would pass along to others is that Olympic Education resources and programs should be created with a full understanding of the educational realities and priorities of those teachers who will be using them in the classroom.
Discover the educational resources of the Canadian Olympic School Program directly on the following web sites: www.olympicschool.ca
Organisation: Canadian Olympic Committee
Dr. Monique Allain, Manager of Education, Youth and Community Outreach
21 St. Clair Ave. East, Suite 900,
Canada M4T 1L9
Phone: +1 416 576 6090