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Down With PE has been created to help support physical and health educators on their ongoing pursuit of new knowledge and skills that are purposeful for both teaching and student learning.

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Marcus Down

Educator and Consultant

Marcus is an experienced physical educator. He is currently an instructor of physical education (PE) methods at Vancouver Island University in the Faculty of Education. Marcus began teaching PE in 2009. Since then, he has taught at public, independent, and international schools using a variety of curricula (British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Australian Curriculum Assessment & Reporting Authority - ACARA). In 2014, Marcus completed his Masters of Arts (Kinesiology) at the University of Victoria. His research mostly focussed on PE instructional models that achieve a wide range of educational outcomes for school-age children. 

 

Marcus has taught elementary PE at International Baccalaureate (IB) schools in Hong Kong, Canada, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, and Vietnam. He is an IB Workshop Leader and continues to lead a wide range of workshops for educators around the world. Additionally, Marcus has had the privilege to present his work at local, provincial (BCPHE, Ophea), national (PHE Canada), and international (Asia, Middle East) PE conferences. He has also been provided the opportunity to help lead workshops and courses for continuing teachers and undergraduate students at multiple universities across Canada.  

 

Marcus served as a committee member (2019-2022) for the Physical Education, Health & Wellness, Athletics, Sports, and Experiential Learning (PHASE) Conference held annually in Asia. In 2016, he was identified as an educator who advocates for impactful technology, and innovates to improve classrooms, schools and local communities and was selected as a Google Innovator. Marcus has supported the Google for Education Certified Innovator Program by scoring Innovator applications on multiple occasions.


After living and teaching abroad for the past seven years, Marcus returned back to Canada in 2022 with his wife and two daughters. He has recently launched a resource website (downwithpe.ca) and has begun consulting with schools in Europe & North America.

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