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EDU 255 Final

Brain Gains
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Andrew Bell

on 15 May 2011

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Transcript of EDU 255 Final

Brain Gains The news website is from Canada. The story is from Saskatoon, SK. This story was very interesting. It claims that exercise increases learning. With evidence like this, there is even more importance of physical education programs. If students have time during the day to be physically active, they will perform better in class. A PE teacher is not mentioned because the focus is on the classroom. The story is about improving behavior and performance on tests. They do say that students do not get much activity during PE class due to poor teaching so maybe the teacher did not want to be a part of the report. My PE program will be active and get all students involved. I will find a way for students to take my class seriously and increase their physical performance. The beginning of this video shows how PE class was used in a way that improves learning. The main benefit is that students were able to improve their scores in most subjects. The program isn't focused so much on physical activity. It is based more on what physical activity can do for academic performace. I was not suprised with their findings because it makes a lot of sense. I was suprised that nobody has thought of this before. This program kind of relates to NYS Standards 1B and 2B. They do have plans to keep their heart rate up for a certain amount of time which matches the "cardio respiratory endurance" area. The teacher also wants the students to enjoy physical activity which matches standard 2B. BDNF stands for brain derived neurotrophic factor. It is a protein in the brain that helps neurons involved with learning and memory. BDNF is released at a higher level during exercise. This leads to the conclusion that the more you exercise, the better learner you will be. The two main books that are keys to the relationship between exercise and learning are "The Kinesthetic Classroom" by Traci Lengel and Mike Kuczala and "Spark" by Dr. John Ratey. Check out this article that outlines the relationship between physical activity and learning: http://www.activelivingresearch.org/files/Active_Ed.pdf
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