The website is from CBC Canada. The city this story is from is city park collegiate in Saskatoon Canada.
What i feel about this news piece is i feel it was pretty interesting, I liked the fact how this school included hardcore cardiovascular endurance into their curriculum. Many of these exercises were done outside of the physical education class as well. This is a school where many troubled kids attended and exercise made a huge difference on the students in the school. Many of the children used heart rate monitors to track their progress over the year. Treadmills were used in this class as well. I know that it is a fact that when you exercise you do much better in a school setting, and i have found that to be a true fact as well. Many of these students did much better academically after they exercised. i was aware that before i watched this video that exercise helps the brain and many children do better on test if they exercise before hand. I usually use this method before i test and find it to work very well. The schools attendance actually was better with exercise used as well. Many of the children liked this program much more. The PE program that we herd about did not do much motivating for the students. This video showed us poor physical education and allowed for many of the students to not be active and be lazy all at the same time. When children feel that they are not as skilled as their peers they are turned off from a certain subject and will act out by not participating as they should be or would like to. As a physical educator i would try to make everything fun and interesting for my class while at the same time they would be getter exercise and learning all at the same time. You want to make physical education class as fun as you can for the students and have no waiting time and over 50% activity time. The results of the new system of using exercise in the lessons had a lot of effects and results on the school. Many of the students increased their grades in other classes dramatically with exercise. Many of the scores increased such as science. The school has an amazing system and i feel that many people should look at how they incorporate exercise into their program. Many of the NASPE standards were covered as well in this school that we use here in NYS. I saw standards four and five being used which is instructional delivery and management and impact on student learning. This new system had a great impact on the students learning and it clearly showed in the video. Barney was a student who was troubled and showed a lot of progress with this new system. Many of these children were motivated and did bad things until this program was put into place. The one student suffered from learning disabilities such as ADD. Exercise has a tremendous effect on how students learn and participate. I also feel that it is important to add other subjects in exercise programs to get the best learning out of your students. One final thing, DDNF is a protein known as Brain-derived neurotrophic factor. This is important in our students learning, memory, and their higher thinking. This encourages both growth and differentiation of neurons and synapses.
Two books on this study are:
1. “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by John J. Ratey
2. “Nature's Ritalin for the Marathon Mind” by Stephen C. Putnam
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Posted by Coach Yanik at 2:22 PM