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

Virtual School – PE lessons (1st Part).

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I was rehearsing to write about virtual school because I don’t want to miss any information regarding what I already did. I took a 15 days break since we started at the beginning of March, and now we have a few days of resting before we restart all the virtual lessons. Actually, maybe we won’t come back together, the whole faculty. We will have meetings to discuss which professional go back to the role right now, and perhaps we will take turns among us. I think it will happen because the school decided to open the Early Years routine again only on 1st June. Many parents didn’t handle all the tasks that we sent to the Google Classroom, which was a kind of a mess, giving back the duties until the deadline. I know their concern because most of them have more than one child, and could you imagine manage tasks regarding all the areas like PE, Visual Arts, Music, Performing Dance, and all the content regarding the teacher of reference (classroom teacher). It’s tough! One parent came to talk to me, virtually expressing her concerns because she has three kids. For many times she had to manage all the three tasks all day long. She told me that she needed to open the three files, prepare the environment for the lessons, material, equipment, cameras or cellphones to take pictures and record her kids, answer questions on Google Classroom, follow the reference teacher’s schedule on time (virtual class), etc. Imagine doing this with your kids and need to work at the same time… Too much work! For now, children from EY are not able to open all the files, use the technology properly to follow a routine and, understand the deadlines without parents’ support.

For Lower and Middle School (my school goes until Grade 8 this year), the scenario is different. Children can attend the classes on time on their own, open all the files, research, use all the technologies requested, answer questions, watch presentations, also our video calls of Q&A. We as teachers are engaged to produce daily content to deliver in the Google Classroom, following the pattern of school’s standards, the Brazilian education document, using all the strategies and studies like Habits of Mind and Making Thinking Visible to support us in this journey.

For PE lessons, it’s been a challenge to bring physical content into the home environment. Of course, we have content enough to deliver, mainly using YouTube as a partner. I subscripted YT Premium to help me to save time while watching videos and avoid adverts. I’m collecting videos with a different purpose, but always looking for videos that I can fit in my practices as a PE teacher, and as a Psychomotricist, I mean, exploring the Psychomotor Factors as Balance Skills, Fine & Gross Motor Skills, Lateralization, Spatial-Temporal Perspective, etc.

This text is just the opening text about the virtual school because I have a lot of things to mention and describe here. Let’s keep the first part as an introduction of the content, then I’m going to split the subject into topics and write another text afterward. See you soon!

We were the first group to play at @IceBrasil Arena ever!

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Simply incredible! Saturday (15), we went to Ice Brasil Arena, and we were the first group to play curling ever. We are proud to be part of Ice’s history already because, as PE teachers, we need to get to know new practices regarding Physical Education content. Obviously, it wasn’t easy that we were expecting, simply because we were walking on the real ice – yeah, REAL ice! We played for an hour and a half, and we left the arena exhaust. Great feeling, by the way. For sure, we want to play #curling over and over again, such as play hockey. In June, we will develop another workshop and play hockey afterward. We are excited already!

#FacetsOfUnderstanding: describing #standards and #benchmarks guiding Physical Education teachers to develop planning for understanding.

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Ok, this is new for me, but I’m already feeling very comfortable working on the standards and benchmarks using the Facets of Understanding to structure my role as PE teacher at Escola Concept. We returned to the vacation on Monday, and we were requested to review the Concept’s curriculum and make it more meaningful. Remembering that I worked on the first curriculum two years ago when I started to work at Escola Concept – the most challenging moment of career at that time. We did it, and we worked under our first curriculum until now.

But 2020 began…

…and we are collecting information from the six facets of understanding to describe our expectations on the process of learning. Our learners will be able to explore the contents of different fields and unities to understand Physical Education, taking lessons, and connecting to projects throughout the semester/year. Every facet has a bunch of verbs, and we are choosing verbs to describe the benchmarks, which means we are expressing our expectations of learners’ process of learning.

For example, if I choose the verb RECOGNIZE from the Facet ‘Self-Knowledge‘, I’ll describe the benchmark like this:

PT-BR: Eu reconheço diferentes jogos e brincadeiras propostos em aula e sou capaz de desenvolver os mesmos individualmente e coletivamente. / EN-US: I recognize different games and plays proposed in class, and I am able to develop them individually and collectively.

PS.: This sample is from Grade 1’s benchmarks.

Conclusion of the post:

It will be easier to work on plannings being guided by the new curriculum based on Facets of Understanding.

Bilingual PE expectations: 

Be aware of the benefits of the new structure and working on contents for workshops talking about the subject.

Curling Practices in our first workshop of 2020.

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After the first module of our workshop on February 15, we are going to play Curling using the brand new Ice Sheet at ICE Brasil Arena. The CEO of ICE Brasil, Marcelo Unti, told us to invite 30 people to play Curling and enjoy more the available time provided to us on the day. In this case, we are going to learn how to play with a specialist and develop games among us.

The idea is to have the theoretical part during the morning, have a break to have lunch, and during the afternoon, we will enjoy the game.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact us by email contact@bilingualpe.com sending us an email and requesting all the information to pay for the event.

It will be awesome for sure!

1st Bilingual PE workshop in 2020: Collaborative Planning.

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We started 2020 bringing great news! Yesterday we went to ICE Brasil Arena to know the brand new Curling’s Ice Sheet and Hockey pitch. It’s something that I’m very excited to tell you because it’s an unusual sport here in Brazil. Marcelo Unti, the CEO of ICE Brasil in São Paulo, invited me to visit the place, and he provided me two dates to develop a Bilingual PE event there. On February 15, we are going to develop a workshop about Collaborative Planning and practices of Curling afterward. We’ll have around four hours of the theoretical module of PE planning and one hour and a half of Curling practices on ice – yeah, real ice!

For the first part of the workshop, we are asking teachers to bring their technology to develop Collaborative Planning using Google tools like Docs and Sheets. I’m building our platform to provide quick experience planning in a whole group, saving time and gathering knowledge from each other ideas.

Stay on! During the next week, we’ll display the links to the subscription for the workshop.

ACME #Whistles for Referees and PE Teachers.

 

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ACME Metropolitan Whistle from England.

 

If you are looking for a whistle to prevent Ear Disorders throughout loud noises as whistles can be daily, instead of using an ordinary plastic whistle as I’m using right now, I’m looking for something more expansive. Still, it can help me heathier to my inner ear health.

Once I had instructions from a Speech Therapist (also my wife) about the loud noises surrounding us teaching children. I used to use my voice only when I started to teach early years, but moving to higher grade levels as Lower and Middle School, I changed my mind to do not lose my voice before forty’s. When I taught in a Canadian school two years ago, the Canadian consultant warned me as well. So, I started using the plastic whistle and using frequently, I felt some uncomfortable noises while whistling during my lessons. I’m coming back to that advises from the Speech Therapist to prevent ear disorders.

A company from England is producing whistles since 1870 for Policemen. Some referees are using the same whistle to teach PE classes there. I put a video on YouTube to hear the sound of the whistle, and I thought that it can be interesting to try this one. The model is old, and musicians usually use the brand to teach classes. Maybe it can be a healthier option for me. Let’s see (or hear).

It’s expansive, around R$ 80 here in Brazil. Two websites are selling the whistle, but as an England product, it can be an excellent choice to keep our inner ears health.

Know more about the company behind the ACME Whistle by J Hudson & Co.

How Can I Observe Learners’ Thinking Moves Through Body & Movement Lenses?

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Pictures Also Make Thinking Visible. This was my conclusion of the Inquiry Plan Action that I presented last Monday (29) at Concept São Paulo. As I explained previously, I displayed five photographs of a Pre-K3 student trying to reach the top of a trampoline during Body & Movement lessons, and she didn’t ask for help. She solved her problem by herself, taking actions, and recognizing what the best equipment to help her out was.

Mark Church from Harvard’s Project Zero came to lead us during our presentation making many connections to our daily basis. We had the opportunity to walk around as a Gallery Walk, knowing more about our coworkers’ projects.

If you come to Concept, visit our auditorium, there are banners by the wall with our projects. One of those banners are mine, and I’m feeling proud to show more about PE contents in a PBL school.

The sequence of photos – Inquiry Plan Action.

I was pursuing these photographs since last year, and the teacher of this student found it last week. For sure, this will be my presentation next month of the Inquiry Plan Action – Culture of Thinking. I will explain above why I chose this sequence to showcase my work here at Concept…

  1. As you can see, the first and essential thing is how the teacher took the photos. The identification was preserved, so this is an important thing to show the practice out of the school workshops or professional meetings.
  2. I was playing around the classroom with other students, and at this moment I was absent helping the kid to reach the top of the trampoline, so the children wanted to jump on the trampoline, and her teacher (my partner) noticed the child was trying to get on the top of the trampoline by herself.
  3. I was amazed (and I’m still amazed looking at the pictures) to see her autonomy, and this is very interesting because she doesn’t know, but this picture was an influence on other students’ practices…
  4. I achieved these influences printing the photos and displaying on the walls of my classroom. So, I made her actions visible to the others, and they could recognize the equipment and the environment while observing her photos. I was impressed because some students did the same actions after looking at the pictures. They were looking for the trampoline around the classroom and some blocks/pillows to help themselves to get on the top of the trampoline and enjoy the toy/equipment.
The first ‘4 steps’ of my showcase is above. I know maybe (or for sure, I really don’t know yet) I’ll make some changes to become more clear in what I want to show and explain. This is just the beginning of my research. Writing about it and reflect on the photos will be good for me to develop properly what my bosses and consultants want to hear from a PE teacher.
Engaging myself on HoM (Habits of Mind) and CoT (Culture of Thinking) in the context of Physical Education lessons. Let’s see what’s next…

Habits of Mind Action Research Planning – Body & Movement (PE) – Escola Concept São Paulo.

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Moving forward on the previous content mentioned below, this is the picture of the practice of my action research of Habits of Mind. As you can see in the picture, a small group of students from Grade 6 wasn’t engaged in my PE lessons, and I asked my assistant to take some photographs while teaching them. We were playing Dodgeball at the beginning of the class as a warming-up activity, and in less than ten minutes, one student just ignored the deals and procedures of my classes, which is taking the whole class and attend the expectations of the practices.

This is the picture of the beginning of my research. The research will last a month and a half, and the idea is engaging these group of girls and use the Habit of Mind “Finding Humor” – check the all information below to know more about my action plan for this research. Looking forward to showing pictures of engagement through the process of my specific research. This is my debut of HoM researching after taking an online course. My research will last a month and a half as I mentioned above, but I will keep working on this project until December when I’ll present a TED Talk at Escola Concept SP to my leadership and coworkers.

Crossing fingers to have an excellent experience through this new perspective of teaching PE lessons to Middle School.