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Aug/Sep 2016
Vol 13 No 8
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Learning on Your Feet: Incorporating Physical Activity into the K-8 Classroom
By Brad Johnson and Melody Jones

"Exercise is Miracle-Gro for the brain." ~ John Ratey

As the quote suggests, exercise really is Miracle-Gro for the brain. Regular physical activity supports healthy child development by improving memory, concentration, and positive outlook. The connection between learning and exercise seems to be especially strong for elementary school students. Given these findings and the ones which will be discussed throughout this book, cutting back on physical education, recess, and even play with the aim of improving academic performance, as some districts have done, appears to be counterproductive.

The fact is that children learn better when they are active and engaged. Unfortunately, public education in a sense has "childproofed" education. Think of how all young animals learn. They learn through movement, play, and exploration. You don't see a bear cub learning how to eat and survive by sitting still, just as you don't see a baby learning by laying still. In fact, young babies are so active that some young parents actually childproof their homes with locks, latchets, and other barriers so their children won't get injured or harmed while exploring.

Similarly, education has childproofed education as well. Students are expected to sit quietly in their desks all day without opportunities to explore, play, and move. When we cut out or remove recess, physical education, and other opportunities for children to learn in the manner in which they are designed to learn....

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Drones in Education: New Book on Using Drones to Engage Learners

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There’s no question that drone sales are soaring, and now a new book from the International Society for Education (ISTE®) shows how educators can use these small aircraft to help …

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Burned Out, Burned Up and Overwhelmed!

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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.13 No.7 July 2016
Cover Story by Brad Johnson and Melody Jones
Learning on Your Feet: Incorporating Physical Activity into the K-8 Classroom
More Teacher Articles...
»Students Need To Get PhysicalColleen Kelly Mellor
»Total Body Learning: Movement & Academics by Fritz BellSusan Fitzell
»School Recess Offers Numerous Benefits - Stanford Report
»Missing Recess For Extra Help Is Problematic… What's the Alternative?
»Physical Education in Quotes, and Articles
»5 Ways to Increase Learning Through Play
»URGENT: Students Need Daily Recess!Mayra Bazán Torres
»Global School Play DayJennifer Bearden
»20 Movement Activities for the ClassroomLeah Davies, M.Ed.
»Movement Activities and Games for Elementary Classrooms (Part 2)Leah Davies, M.Ed.
»Thys Boke is MyneSarah Powley
»Shared Reading - How Effective Is It?
»For The Start Of A New School YearTodd R. Nelson
»12 Ways to Improve and Enhance Your Paraprofessional - Teacher ExperienceSusan Fitzell
»Classroom Management Articles by Harry K. & Rosemary WongHarry K. & Rosemary Wong
»Drones in Education: New Book on Using Drones to Engage Learners
»Burned Out, Burned Up and Overwhelmed!
»Apple Seeds Quotes for Educators and StudentsBarb Stutesman

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