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.
We started to make connections to sports confederations around São Paulo to promote unknown sports in our workshops. We thought about bringing more content that PE teachers are not familiar with. We already brought Frisbee last year to Beit Yaacov, than this year we held a workshop having a special guest from Sweden teaching us Floorball, as you can see displayed above.
We had a really great time with Nick, our hostess that day. We thought it was easy to play Floorball, but instead of control the ball and score quickly, we had moments of struggle to manage the stick and control the ball while walking or running. Pretty hard, in my opinion, and also very interesting to develop this kind of practice for elementary and high school.
Thinking about Floorball, in particular, we can plan a bunch of classes regarding Floorball, starting producing our own stick at Maker Space (or FabLab) at Escola Concept (my job). Making connections to another field as a teacher promoting Project-Based Learning and engaging students in the process of learning, not only the final product as playing and knowing the main rules of the sport. It could be something like a business that students must produce, practice, and “sell” their final product to their parents, showing in their Student-Led Conferences. It’s something to think about and dig deep into the PE project.
Besides the PBL thing, it’s another sport to teach our students and make our teaching moves like a differentiated instruction way. Sounds great for parents and coordinators regarding our role at school.
If you are looking for a new sport to add to your planning framework or/and your daily basis, it’s time to join us! On November 23, next Saturday, we will join to St. Nicholas’ crew to discuss #physed and play Curling.
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.
Idea: Develop a project connecting to bicycle as a means of transportation to engage people to take care of the environment and have workout equipment to provide health conditions.
I’m gonna use two pillars: Sustainability and Collaboration. Sustainability to engage people to know more about how to prevent damages to the environment. Collaboration to help each other to raise awareness of the impacts of using polluting vehicles on the environment.
Global Goal #3: Good Health and Well-Being. Using this GG, I’ll describe the health benefits to workout using bikes as the main equipment, exploring all the characteristics of the bicycle, making connections to body systems promoting health conditions on our daily basis.
Global Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. This GG will be part of the consequences of engaging riding bicycles in our routine and all the positive impacts of reducing pollution by using bikes instead of cars daily.
I’m going to display this project in an online education platform this week, and the first idea of the project is sharing with students from different schools to know more about sustainability & urban mobility.
Goals of the project:
Raise awareness of Sustainability & Health and Well-Being.
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
I’ve been thinking about strategies to engage my students to take PE lessons. A teacher struggles to keep students engaged all class long, and it’s mine also. Sometimes I feel early years involved, and lower or middle school don’t. On the other hand, talk to the old kids it’s quite useful to find new strategies to achieve student’s expectations, that’s because we can chat and discuss what is the best for them looking for their own interests. So, I have toddlers to kindergarten engaged and Middle School already spreading wings and discussing their interests, but what about Lower School? I started to put in practice some visible things to engage them as an Engagement Rating Chart.
I’m not talking about disengagement and disrespect only but giving them instantly positive feedbacks. Following this idea (to give positive feedback while teaching them) I think I could make it visible as I am pursuing this model of practices. I described the importance to do not complain while playing games, and this is the start of our new philosophy in PE lessons. If we do not complain about our friend’s behavior and try to solve problems by ourselves instead of taking short breaks during the PE lessons, children can enjoy more time and play.
This week I made this chart to gather some data of their behavior, and we (my assistant and I) felt children worried about the progress of the class. The main idea is starting the lessons one hundred percent, very happy and full battery. I made the connection with the battery because we are in the digital era, which means, students could understand the idea to lose something while the battery is losing energy. I established the rules below:
The three faces: Happy, Thinking, and Sad. I will manage the humor of the faces according to the power of the battery. Starting the battery a hundred percent, the face is Happy. Achieving fifty percent, the face is Thinking and, less than fifty, the face will become Sad (I’m rethinking to change the faces for thumbs up or down).
The battery: According to children’s behavior, if they score Disengaged or Disrespectful, the group will lose ten percent of the battery, which means, one less minute of ten minutes destined for free play at the end of the class.
At the bottom of the chart, you can see the rating behavior. I will gather their data through the development of the class. Disengaged is the “worst” one because some students don’t even try to take the class and find some humor in my lessons. For the old ones, students that don’t like sports or plays, in general, come to me asking to go to the nurse complaining about something instead of taking lessons – this is an indication of disengagement. Following the same idea, Disrespectful embrace all bad behavior as physical and verbal disrespect to each other and the teacher’s approach. If students score one point only in both categories, they will lose ten percent of the battery. They can recover the energy of the battery if they show Engagement, Happiness, or play and have fun like a Pro.
Of course, I have many things to consider and maybe remodel the chart. I’m applying the Engagement Rating Chat for the first time and know more about their feedback. I felt students engaged and worried to do not lose their free time and last but not least, to do not lose the PE class. If the chart becomes something meaningful, I’m thinking to ask the Teacher from Maker Space to do a wooden chart and also I’m thinking to make an APP. Let’s gather more data and reflect on the chart as a kind of research.
Besides Habits of Mind research that I’m developing, at the same time, I’m on a journey of learning to start this week my action plan of CoT to present a banner to my coworkers in October when Mark Church arrives in Brazil to visit us.
The main idea is gathering data through my lessons and describes how could I apply strategies of thinking in the context of PE lessons, which means making students reflect on the process of learning during Body & Movement classes (Physical Education at Escola Concept São Paulo/Brazil).
Thinking about my approach in the process of reflection, I decided to write down here to put all my ideas (fresh ideas) on the blog, so further I can gather all the information that I shared with you to compose my text, document, and explanation that I will present, as I started to do the same with the Habits of Mind research.
Last year I displayed many photographs on the wall showing early childhood students playing and having fun exploring the BaM classroom. Some students went to the classroom for the very first time and they looked at the wall observing each other through the pictures and they connected the practices displayed on photographs what the students were doing, so they could recognize the equipment and actions without my explanation and they were exploring the same idea of the photo using that equipment having fun and learning throughout their own interests. I was asking Church once if it is the real making thinking visible, and for toddlers, he told me this is how to make thinking visible in the context of PE lessons.
I had my doubts at the beginning of this journey and how to apply it, and I found answers. Now I have other questions that I will work on from this point of my journey at Concept, and I will be in charge of this research to keep looking for answers and sharing with all of you.
For those who are looking for new PE content, we will develop another workshop at Escola Beit Yaacov next month. On September 15, we will meet each other to continue our learning path to now more about Physical Education in bilingual schools in Brazil.
We made special content to explore our practices cognitively, and we are expecting to engage PE teachers to know more about the Habits of Mind in the context of PE lessons.
On September 1st, you can apply for the course on our website. Stay on following our page on Facebook and Twitter for more details and updates.
Looking forward to having you in our meetings and keep building our community of PE teachers working in bilingual/international schools in Brazil.
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.