Their teachers would likely put on a video, which encouraged the kids to get up along with dance, along with then they’d get back to work.
“What a brilliant idea,” I remember thinking at the time.
My kids’ teachers were certainly not alone. More teachers are incorporating some form of movement into the school day, especially as the research is actually pretty clear: Physical activity in school leads to better cognitive performance along with fewer behavioral issues, not to mention cutting down on stress along with anxiety.
The challenge, though, is actually persuading school administrations to consistently make time for physical activity when they are pressed to meet stringent academic requirements along with find the money to pay for some of the training.
Research: Physical activity benefits students
Just as our schools teach math literacy along with reading literacy, they can teach physical literacy, teaching children the basics of movement to ensure they can stay active for life, said Susan Kamin, chief wellness officer for the National Association of Physical Literacy.
The for-profit association provides in-person along with online training to teachers along with communities along with provides “BrainErgizer” videos, several-minute movement videos developed in conjunction with the University of Connecticut based on research on what stimulates the brain.
“When you exercise, you turn on the attention systems, to ensure means you’re (paying) better attention, you’re able to deal with more frustration, you’re able to stay with the idea longer,” he said. “You’re able to manipulate information by turning … on the front part of our brain to make the idea work better, along with that will’s actually key along with important in terms of taking in information as well as performing with the idea.”
A recent study, a review of 26 previous studies looking at the impact of physical activity on academic performance, found that will kids who get extra physical activity in school do better in reading along with math.
“The research shows that will the idea leads to better cognitive function for kids so they’re going to have better results, academically,” Kamin said. “the idea’s also going to help with behavioral issues from the classroom, because if kids are able to move, they’re not going to have so much excess energy. They’re going to be able to focus, along with the idea’s going to solve a lot of the sort of interpersonal issues that will come up with kids as well, because they’re going to have an opportunity to get that will energy out.”
Breakthrough Magnet School, South, a pre-K through eighth-grade school in Hartford, Connecticut, is actually in its third year working with the National Association of Physical Literacy. The school had valued movement along with mindfulness before, yet since the partnership, the school has received additional training along with is actually doing physical literacy a key part of the classroom experience, Principal Julie Goldstein said.
“I think the idea actually validates a lot of what teachers know: that will students need movement, they need planned opportunities for movement along with that will the idea can be done in a pretty short, simple way throughout the day along with that will the benefits of the idea outweigh the little bit of planning that will is actually necessary from the beginning to kind of get that will structured,” Goldstein said.
Her third- along with fourth-graders who are actively engaged in physical literacy are the highest-scoring students in math along with literacy within the district, she said. Beyond the benefits academically, there are benefits outside the classroom. due to This particular school year, not one student coming from This particular group has been referred to her office for a conversation with the principal. Before they began doing physical literacy, she might have had one or two office referrals every month, she said.
“This particular particular grade level is actually at the highest risk for misunderstandings, disagreements along with even injuries at recess time, along with we’ve had none, so the impact that will the idea is actually has goes far beyond just the academic along with the behaviors from the classroom,” she said. “Even during the unstructured times, they’re better able to manage themselves, to play independently along with to do that will in a way to ensure the recess time actually serves them the way the idea’s intended to, which is actually to give them time to play along with have fun.”
Using screens to get kids moving
The concept is actually simple: Today’s kids have grown up with screens, so GoNoodle tries to use entertaining videos, often about two minutes in length, that will will get kids to move around along with then either get back to their schoolwork or go off along with play with friends.
KC Estenson is actually the chief executive officer of GoNoodle, a for-profit company that will makes money through relationships with partners who believe from the company’s mission. (The videos are free for schools along with parents, although teachers can pay for GoNoodle+, which for $10 a month gives them access to additional videos, games along with classroom resources.)
Estenson — who is actually the former head of CNN Digital — is actually a father of three who, like most parents, has struggled with how much time his kids, ages 8, 12 along with 14, spend on screens during the day.
“GoNoodle gets kids to move. the idea gets them to be active,” Estenson said. “The entire purpose of This particular is actually a whole brand new interaction form with the screen, which is actually active engagement versus passive engagement, along with most television along with most of what’s happening with the technology currently of all ages is actually passive, binge viewing, hours spent just watching the screen along with doing nothing else.”
The key, he said, is actually doing entertaining content that will children (the target group is actually ages 5 to 12, grades K-6) will enjoy so much that will they’ll want to get up along with dance or do yoga or even some form of meditation along with mindfulness.
“along with so starting coming from the earliest age … we’re putting positive associations between the right things that will are available to them on these screens along with hopefully giving them an awesome alternative to the junk food that will’s out there,” said Estenson.
‘the idea actually validates … what teachers know’
The goal is actually at least 60 minutes of activity per day, which is actually crucial especially since many kids don’t get the play time children used to get outside of school decades ago. There are a variety of reasons why, including the widespread use of digital devices along which has a lack of access to along with time for free play.
“One of the biggest pieces of feedback we get coming from schools from the field is actually, ‘we are very busy places. We appreciate what everyone offers, yet the idea’s overwhelming. Can you make the idea easier for us to know what’s available?’ ” said Charlene Burgeson, executive director of Active Schools.
Streamlining to make the idea less cumbersome for schools to learn what resources are available along with what programs they can bring to their school is actually one challenge. The others are money, time along with philosophy.
Schools can’t always find the funding to pay for formal training, videos along with various other programs that will get kids moving. There is actually also the pressure of the clock along with having enough time to work physical activity in when trying to meet the required academic standards along with complete the curriculum.
“I know lots of teachers who say, ‘Yeah, I wish I had more time to do This particular,’ ” the National Association of Physical Literacy’s Kamin said. Even in schools that will can find the time, there is actually still some opposition because the idea’s a departure coming from the way things used to be, she said.
“the idea’s a big change for some of the teachers. They’re not sure that will they want to make that will leap. the idea’s sort of ‘if the idea’s not broke, why fix the idea?’ Yet the schools that will have made the leap see tremendous results. So how do you move the needle?”