Product ID : TR1009
“Learning is never cumulative, it is a movement of knowing which has no beginning and no end.” -Bruce Lee
It’s no secret that schools cut gym and recess to increase classroom instruction time. The result: Test scores are not improving, we have the unhealthiest generation of students, and our students aren’t learning. Did you know that kids (anyone under the age of 17) need one hour of intense aerobic exercise every day? Does your school provide that opportunity? Most likely, it doesn’t! Thanks to latest in brain research, neuroscientists agree that exercise has a greater impact on the brain than it does on the body. It’s time to let our schools know!
Teachers, we already know that kids of all ages need exercise. It’s an outlet for their youthful energy, right? Did you know that it’s a lot more than that? Aerobic activity is essential to learning. This course will walk you through the overwhelming scientific evidence that proves physical activity is the key to not only academic performance, but also improved behavior issues. We will conduct our own exercise and memory experiment, meet the top researchers in the field of neuroscience, review the best online resources, use evidence-based research to write a proposal to our administrators requesting more physical activity and finally, implement what we learned to revamp an old lesson to include exercise and movement... All while running on the treadmill! (Just kidding about that last part!) But you will be expected to practice what we preach and engage in mini-exercise bursts. So, grab your sneakers and water bottle. It’s time to sweat-out your 18 hours of professional development!
PROJECTS TO BE COMPLETED
1. Why? (Exploring what happened to physical education, recess and other “special classes” in schools)
2. Exercise and Memory Experiment and Analysis
3. TedTalk with Dr. John Ratey
4. Resource Reviews
5. The Proposal Presentation
6. Motivate with Movement Scenarios
7. Lesson ReShape!
9. Online Participant Evaluation
- Basic computer file management knowledge, e.g. opening, saving and uploading files, creating folders; Word Processing skills; Basic Internet keyword searching skills
- PowerPoint knowledge is preferred, but not necessary
- Basic physical competencies (walking, squats, touch toes, push-ups, jumping jacks, mountain climbers, abdominal crunches) *
* This course requires some basic physical movement. Modifications are expected and encouraged. There is intent to increase the heart rate and stimulate the brain through short bursts of exercise throughout the course. Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program. See basic physical competencies above for a complete list of potential exercises throughout this course.
- Microsoft® PowerPoint® (Mac or PC)
- Word processor
DISCLAIMER: This course requires some basic physical movements such as jumping jacks, push-ups, squats, etc. Consult your doctor before beginning any exercise program or activity.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES
- Using the course text and the law, No Child Left Behind of 2001, learners will explain why they believe PE and recess classes have been cut from public school programs by providing evidence-based answers in the questions on the file titled, Why.
- Using the Memory Experiment presentation, learners will complete the memory activity and analyze their results, reporting their findings on the Memory Analysis file with a 100% completion.
- After watching Dr. John Ratey’s TedTalk, learners will respond to the questions provided in the file titled, Ratey Response with 80% accuracy.
- Using the list of Top 10 (Free) Online resources, learners will choose 5 to review and rate with 100% completion.
- Using the evidence from the course text, learners will write a proposal that incorporates 6 research-based pieces of evidence and present their findings using a presentation software.
- After reading the section on Integrating Movement, learners will apply practical solutions to 5 behavior and academic performance issues commonly seen in the classroom.
- Using the material from the course text and an old lesson plan, learners apply new physical movement activities and strategies to improve an existing lesson plan. Learners will incorporate 100% of the required lesson plan elements.
- Using the course materials, learners will complete the file titled, Reflect with 100% completion.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS MET
Research shows that increasing physical exercise in teachers and students will increase academic performance across all standard benchmarks.