Rethinking Physical Education in times of confinement: The Global Goals.

Global-GoalsThe pandemic time brought us PE teachers a new daily condition: to plan thinking about differentiation. We had, and still have to rethink our teaching way to have an approach to our students and provide meaningful content relates to Physical Education. I have been working in a PBL school (Project Based-Learning) and exploring different fields of knowledge, and something that we started to work on is the Global Goals. Not every PE content can be connected instantly to a group’s project, that’s because the teacher of reference must plan thinking about how to connect his/her project to the specialists as PE Teacher, for example. The first thing that we must do is reading about it before apply. Some essential strategies can clarify our doubts and lead us to the practices exploring the GG. I usually think about using the Habits of Mind as a strategy of application. Once knowing well how to use the Habits of Mind, I will try different sources as Global Goals or something.

The sample:

I want to exemplify a project that I made part of last year. We worked on GG #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. The classroom teacher came to me asking for something to connect to her project linked to GG #11, and we had a brainstorm on how to add PE lessons to her project. Thinking of sustainability and sustainable cities, we found the subject Architecture on her project. We came up with the essential question: How can we use the architecture around town to develop physical activities? The essential question brought almost instantly two sports: Skateboarding and Parkour. Both sports must use obstacles to play them, and it’s something that we can connect to the specific architecture to develop sports and talk about sustainability around town. How can architecture impact the community that we live in?
We chose Parkour, and I started to plan over the context. I split sessions of movements related to Parkour. In the gaps between sessions, we spoke a little bit about sustainability and how to improve the architecture in favor of our community and city.

Tracking GG in the context of Physical Education.

Here we have the example that we found two sports to explore GG #11. It could be a code of understanding this specific GG using previous experience, and then we can go deep into the content to find more connections to the GG. If we track each GG picking two or three sports as the starting point for those who are thinking of using the GG, we will analyze the GG and search for more sources to develop PE lessons in a meaningful way. Of course, we must guarantee all the characteristics of Physical Education to work on as motor and cognitive skills development, not only exploring the GG itself but including the GG afterward.


Global Goals: Starting Point (Establishing a pattern for PE contents)

Description: Here there are some ideas of activities to develop. It could be just a starting point, and it is far from being mandatory, and we can discuss possibilities of changes afterward.

#01

No Poverty Activities without equipment

#02

Zero Junger

Physiology and Body Systems

#03

Good Health & Well Being

Workout (Gym exercises) – Yoga

#04

Quality Education

HoM: Thinking and Communicating w/ Precision.

#05

Gender Equality Collective Sports (Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, etc.)

#06

Clear Water & Sanitation

Hydration in the context of Sports

#07

Affordable & Clear Energy

Athletics (producing inner energy to develop sports)

#08 Decent work and economic growth

Biomechanics and Kinesiology

#09

Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure

Technology in the context of PE

#10

Reduced Inequalities 

Tug of War (VT Routine)

#11

Sustainable cities & Communities

Skateboard, Parkour, and Bicycles.

#12

Responsible Consumption & Production

Fine Motor Skills (collecting material and producing games and plays)

#13

Climate Action

Outdoor sports (opened sky)

#14

Life Below Water

Psychomotricity, Swimming

#15

Life on land

Zoo workout (animals movements)

#16 Peace & Justice

Olympic Games (Fair play)

#17 Partnerships for the goals

Collaborative Sports

Updating Bilingual PE logo.

 

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It’s time to update our identity. I was thinking of making some changes based on what we were using as the leading name, in this case, Bilingual PE instead of Bilingual Physical Education. Let’s go back to 2017 when I released the project…

2017: After a while thinking of naming my bilingual project, I decided to use the name Bilingual Physical Education, a simple translation of “Educação Física Bilíngue” in Portuguese-BR. No one was working under the title, and I took the advantage to develop my project using this title. Pretty connected to what I supposed to focus on, but I have had to buy an online address. In my opinion, the address is the most crucial factor in developing marketing afterward. After a while, I decided to by the address bilingualpe.com, and for the blog, bilingualpe.blog. Under the name Bilingual PE, using the full name Bilingual Physical Education makes no sense anymore. People used to refer to the company as Bilingual PE only.

Time to refresh…

2020: The free time during the confinement made me rethink about the logo and the new identity. Decided already to change the name definitely, I thought about how to put the title in a pennant yet, that’s because the pennant is the main characteristic of Bilingual PE’s philosophy – approaching practices based on American schools. I researched other pennants, but I kept the same. I framed the name fitting into the pennant, taking of the white ball from the bottom of the logo and relocating at the top of the pennant, adding the basket under the ball. I added two more components regarding PE teachers as the whistle and the cap.

The colors of the new logo are something that I thought a lot to change. The previous color, blue, I just copy and paste from the frame of the .png samples that I bought a few years ago, and I liked it for sure, so I decided to use the same. I still love, but blue is a color that every company uses to promote its services, and now I wanted something totally different. I went to Rome last year, and I think the colors of the Roma soccer team is one of the most beautiful combinations that I’ve ever seen in my life. I changed the colors drastically for my own responsibility, without thinking of the impact on people surrounding me. Taking responsible risks as I usually say to my students.

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My reference is Roma’s Jersey (in my opinion, one of the most beautiful colors combination). I bought this ‘old school’ Roma’s jersey while visiting Rome last year. Stunning!!!

Now, take a look at the previous logo:

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I took of the American letters surrounded by lines on each letter. When I minimize the logo, it’s hard to recognize the words ‘Bilingual’ and ‘Education.’ The logo used to be blurry in a small size, so I changed the type of the letters, but the letters “P” and “E” o left the American model remembering American Universities.


Conclusion:

Not perfect because I’m not a designer, but I’m happy to add my personal tastes to my brand. We can find joy working on our brands, it’s a hobby of mine take care of what I made a few years ago and reached people somehow. Ideas coming up to my mind will strive to keep thinking of innovation.

PE lab

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In times of confinement, we as teachers are providing PE contents to our students develop at home, am I right? I guess so! Most of us are working hard to find meaningful content to teach practical and theoretical exercises. I started doing this a month ago, and since then, I thought about the brand new things that I realized teaching to my students, from toddlers to Grade 8.

I was producing documents and putting old strategies together to talk about this holding workshops, as I usually do twice or three times per year. The last workshop that I held was a little bit different, including my daily basis work at Escola Concept in São Paulo, and I keep thinking of splitting the workshops into different parts: ordinary PE in English Language and the new section, the PE laboratory = PE lab.

Teachers are teaching me while I’m holding workshops because I’m not developing the event to explain every single subject but raise doubt among us to discuss the scenario. Most of the questions I’m bringing up to solve my own doubts as a PE teacher, and that’s the real purpose of our meetings.

PE lab could be this place of discussion, taking now one step further to differentiate the ideas of our meetings. We’re committed to joining more people to our community, thinking of growing as much as we can support the new ones that already decided to work in the bilingual education, but at the same time, keep flowing old experiences with those who came with us since our first meeting in 2017. We have come a long way to where we are today to dismiss all of we already discussed and to pay more attention to the direction of what we want to achieve as professionals supporting each other.

One workshop to discuss what works already in the context of PE lessons, and others to discuss what’s new in our area. The confinement and the distance between us made us realize the new online PE, taking us out of our comfort zone and talking to each other more often than a few months ago using social media. I learned already, and I’m learning with my colleagues, and it’s time to put it all together.

If we have something new to show to the world, let’s research and prepare it in our laboratory to deliver the new way of teaching.