The methodology of the Sports-based Education Program is carried out by several activities that aim to change the lives of children and teenagers in local schools for the better. As a result, the Development Trail was structured with processes of academic training that make the day-to-day work of Physical Education teachers easier, and make them more skilled and self-sufficient.
The valuation and strengthening strategy mirrors a consensual reality: higher education alone cannot help professionals to increase the learning level of their students. Therefore, the Trail attempts to provide this training efficiently, focusing on three axes:
- Sports practices
- Development of teaching skills and games
- Popular toys and games
The activities are distributed over a workload of 232 hours, during the 36 months of the program – in accordance with the schedule of each local Secretary of Education.
Based on these axes, the structure offers physical education teachers new teaching methodologies. The concepts developed focus on actions already practiced in class and enable professionals to think them over and create new ones.
The Trail courses entail the valuation of each teacher’s reality when presenting new content, and consider his/her knowledge, experience, and personal and social identity. The idea is to provide conditions for them to begin a renewed physical education program, capable of changing the school environment, making it more inspiring and attractive.
The Development Trail courses include:
Sports Practices Module:
- Indoor soccer
- Planning and Framing the Municipal School Network Games (JIRME)
- Physical evaluation of Physical Education students
Skills Development Module:
- Human Relations
- Teaching planning
- Dissemination of Knowledge
- Project Preparation Guidelines
- First Aid for Physical Education teachers
- Participative and Democratic School Management: manager responsibilities for an efficient school
- School Management Workshop
Popular Games, Toys and Pastimes Module:
- Chess as a teaching tool at school
- Popular entertainment workshop
- Construction of popular toys
- Table games
To develop quality work, teachers must have didactic resources and appropriate facilities for sports practices. Consequently, the Sports-based Education Program assists in the improvement of the facilities and provides sports kits for schools and teachers. Schools annually receive complete kits with 460-items, containing balls (for soccer, volleyball, indoor soccer, handball), plus vests.
In addition, all Physical Education professionals participating in the program received a set of sweater, shirt, branded uniform and a pair of sneakers.