Monday, May 17, 2010
Imagine in your sixth grade festival/ Talent Show you break out some Lady Gaga on the piano, "Paparazzi" to be specific. Besides totally committing to communicating his passion for the song, in his own way - watch some of the students in the audience as some of them are in totally awe, and of course there are others that have no idea what they just witnessed. For this viral video, in just over 2 weeks, had more than 15 million views and his already been on Ellen. Believe that you can make a difference and totally commit and work like mad to make your dream become reality. Make it so!
Oh...write your own song, create a YouTube Channel, post your song and have 2.25 million views = PRICELESS! This is the transformative power of technology. Learn to harness its power and make changes that are necessary in our world, community, and schools. Go Greyson and Go RockStars!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
I am writing this letter to request funds for the expansion of the new dance program I wish to incorporate at our school district. Physical Education is heading in a new direction, especially when it comes to technology and fitness. The amount of physical activity that children are getting has been decreasing dramatically over the years due to the amount of technology our country is now exposed to.
According to the YMC Longitudinal Survey, 61.5% of children from ages 9-13 do not participate in any physical activity outside of school. Dancing is a great lifelong activity that is fun and can also bring people together in a positive, social way. One very popular form of dance during this era is hip-hop. Hip hop dance is an upbeat sort of dance comprised of many basic foot maneuvers, To get kids introduced to hip-hop dance there is a great program that will make the coordinated in basic dance steps while also getting massive amounts of physical activity! Exercising while playing video games (exergaming) is a great way to incorporate today’s technology with the physical activity that children should be getting inside and outside of school. Not only does exergaming improve physical health, but it also improves mental health along with social interaction that will be beneficial for a lifetime. One of the up and coming exergames that is very popular is called iDance. Idance, part of the Positive Gaming series, is similar to the program Dance Dance Revolution, but is more in tune with fitness by recording heart rates, step counts, gives instantaneous feedback, and can accommodate up to 32 students at a time! As well as being able to incorporate this positive gaming sysytem into our curriculum, it would be very beneficial to set up an after school program for students to get an extra opportunity to participate in this great activity.
With this said, the iDance program coordinators can be set up to visit our school at any time to show the program in detail. I have been in contact with the physical educators of our neighboring districts and they are also interested in purchasing this game, which can be a benefit due to it’s cost. I am in the process of setting up a fundraising committee while brainstorming ideas to get this great system into our district. Along with this program, I am a Certified iDance Exergame Trainer, which allows me to help train other employees as well as run the program. Thank you for your time and if you have any questions you can contact me at email@example.com.
It has come to my attention that our Physical Education program is becoming stale. The students are becoming quite bored with the same activities every year and would like to become acquainted with something. My proposal to this problem is to add a dance unit in the P.E. curriculum. Not the type of recreational dancing that kids tend to dislike, but more modern dancing that is associated with today's popular music. Being able to dance to enjoyable songs would certainly motivate the students to become physically active. The benefits would include receiving a good cardio work out, being able to socialize with friends, and discovery a life time physical fitness activity.
In addition to including the dance unit, it would be valuable to add a dance studio to the facility. This would be needed to maximize the learning for the activity. The studio would include a smooth wooden floor, which is needed for smooth transitions during dances. It would also need a long mirror so that the teacher may teach the class in the same direction and still be able to keep an eye on everyone. If the mirror were to be missing, then the teacher would have to teach facing the class, making it more difficult for the students. I know this is a huge move for the school, but perhaps we can start small. We could start off with getting a long mirror set up in the gym that could moved or covered. If we see this being a success, then we could move on to planning a bigger expansion.
I hope you take this proposition in consideration and realize how beneficial this addition would be for the student body. Thank you for your time.
I am writing you on behalf of the McKinley School District Physical Education Department. As you know, physical education isn't always at the level it should be at some of the schools here in America. Or, should we say "a lot?" Here at Mckinley, we want to go break past the stereotypes and the norms, and really provide kids in our district with a life-changing physical education experience. Childhood obesity is becoming more and more of an epidemic and we feel the power lies in our hands to do something about it. We have always believed in the emphasis we have put on teaching our students to embrace "lifelong" activities. We want to inspire kids who aren't the best "athletes" and keep them motivated to stay active in something they enjoy outside of school. Swimming is one of the best lifelong activities that we here at Mckinley can think of. From young to old, everyone can participate in the low impact sport. Swimming is one of the best workouts for your body, and increases cardiovascular endurance. Those who are active in swimming tend to have less body fat and we feel that getting our students involved in swimming at school and recreationally would be a tremendous benefit. Unfortunately, we do not have access to a swimming pool in this area. That's why we feel the importance of looking into building a swimming facility. The benefits from having a swimming pool at one of our schools would be something to be proud of. Obviously cost issues come into play with such a huge project, but we would be more than willing to help raise money in the process. We know that it would be a great asset for our schools, and more importantly, our students lifelong health. Thanks for taking the time to read this. We look forward to hearing what you have to think.
Physical Education Department
This website is Canadian and the story is from Saskatoon, which is a City in the province of Saskatchewan.
What do you think about this news piece....interesting...why or why not?
I thought this news piece was very interesting because it’s studies like these that really motivate me and make me love what I’m doing. Not only were the results out of this program very successful, but it’s great to see a teacher that is willing to go above and beyond what is asked of them to help out her students. She went out of her way to find equipment they could put in the classroom and organized her lessons around this fitness-based learning style. That shows great commitment to your profession and it really motivates me a lot.
Why don’t we hear anything about the PE teacher being involved with City Park Collegiate experiment? How will ensure that your PE program will be a benefit to the students and faculty of your school
The physical education instructor was not mentioned at all through this experiment, except for in relation to his physical education classes not being up to standards. They mentioned in the video that a lot of the students in physical education don’t participate and there is a lot of wait time. As a physical education teacher candidate this is painful to hear because wait time is something that every good instructor tries to eliminate. When I get a physical education position, I will ensure that all of my students are active participants and are enjoying the activities that are presented. A way to make this possible is to be knowledgeable of every students’ fitness and skill level so that each student is challenged in their own way.
What are were the main outcomes/benefits of the program? Were you surprised from their findings? Are these outcomes similar to our New York State PE Standards? Explain your answer by giving details and examples, while comparing and contrasting.
There are many benefits to this program and the way it positively impacted these students lives. Just by doing some regular exercise, test scores were improved tremendously along with impacted behavior. When students feel better at school, they are able to take that positive energy home to their families and have a positive impact on them also. I’m not very surprised at these findings, I just wish people had come across this discovery sooner because it’s a great program. The outcomes relate very well to the NYS standards, especially when dealing with standards one and two. Although the students weren’t participating in all types of physical activity, they were very active in the cardiovascular aspect, which is an extremely important part of fitness. It also applies directly to standard two because in relation to their schoolwork, the students started to understand that understand that physical activity provides the opportunity for enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and communication. This program can also relate to standard three because once the students started to become more physically active in school, they were able to bring this activity outside of the classroom and to their own homes. This could very easily lead to resource management in their community and for them to have the knowledge they need to work out somewhere in their community.
What is BDNF and what does it have to do with PE and learning? How do you get BDNF or other associated goodies? What are the names of two of the “key” books and their authors that currently outline the benefits of exercise and learning/academics? At least one is mentioned in the news piece.
This is a nerve growth factor that acts as a fertilizer on the hippocampus that is a central station for learning and memory. This is stimulated by sustained and vigorous exercise. The book “Spark” was written by Harvard university professor, John Ratey.
What do your impressions of using Daily Burn? Do you currently use another form of online exercise and nutrition tracker? If so what is it and which features do you like better? If not, why not and will you consider staying apart of our Rockstar Group? Be sure to include your screen shots (at least 3) that you took and cropped.
I think daily burn is a great way for people trying to get on track with their healthy lifestyles to watch their progress and become more fit. The only downfall to this website is that it’s very confusing. I’m usually very good with technology and programs, but I still feel lost after using this for a week. I believe that this site can be most beneficial to someone who is looking to do the “pro” version because you can get very detailed with what you eat, how much you work out, etc. A few months ago I signed up with a website called mycaloriecounter.com, which is part of everydayhealth.com. My healthy eating habits started to decrease and I needed something where I could track the food I ate as well as the calories I was putting out easily and efficiently. I find the website I used to be a lot easier because there’s not as many options to choose from.
How would you use this website to accomplish our Recommended Regent’s Level for LS #1B? What modifications would you use to establish a group or individual’s goals?
This website would be a great thing to use at the high school level to allow students to track their workouts and progress in a way that’s fun for them. This is also great for the nutrition aspect of the site because many kids aren’t eating what they should be to grow and fulfill their nutritional requirements. I think that if students had to log what they ate, it would be an eye-opener to the amount of calories they’re consuming and what they need more of in their diets. This site will be able to accomplish our Recommended Regent’s Level for LS #1B because it allows students to plan their own fitness work out and to keep track of the goals that they have in mind. In order to modify this for a group’s goal, it would be good to have a “class goal” set up for the year because it’s something that would unite the students together. Through out the year you could set up meetings with students to assess their progress and help them reach their goals.
What electronic tool could you see as being useful for capturing data and reporting for the Recommended Regent’s Level for LS #1A? Describe how this tool might work in a High School Setting. If you plan to use Excel, or Google Forms, be sure to include a sample that can be tried out online.
I think that having the students take screen shots of their progress would be great proof to report data. By printing out a screen shot of their nutrition, exercise and goals they are showing that they are performing and working towards their goals.
I really enjoyed playing Lunch Crunch and Pyramid Pile up. These are two great games that really help to teach children about the importance of proper nutrition. In the game Lunch Crunch the objective is to give the students two servings of either vegetables or fruits before they get to the lunch lady.
The game gives you a selection of foods that keep shuffling as you hand food out to the children. To shuffle the food around more you can take the unhealthy foods and put them into the refrigerator, which gives you more points. If you let a student reach the lunch lady without two servings of fruits and vegetables you lose points. One of the things I really like about this game is the goal is to give the students a healthy lunch. This teaches the children who play this game that the best lunch is a healthy lunch. Also, I like how there is a pretty wide range of foods that you have to choose from. The larger selection of foods makes the game more lifelike and entertaining. Pyramid Pile up is another great game. In this game the objective is to fill up the food pyramid with the correct servings per category before the chompies fall on your pyramid and get to the bottom.
Once the chompies reach the bottom of the pyramid they knock the entire pyramid down. This game gets progressively harder as you more up through the levels. More and more food options and chompies can make it quite challenging. I also like this game because of what it is teaching children about nutrition.
The pyramid has one spot for every serving of that particular food group that is recommended to consume in one day. For example the pyramid has four spots for fruits because it is recommended that a person should eat four servings of fruit per day. After playing this game you just remember how many spots there are for each food group. This is very important information for young children to be learning, especially with obesity as high as it is. I am very happy with the lessons being taught be theses two games and I wish more games could have lessons behind them as important as nutrition.
I am writing this letter to you in regards to funding for equipment, space, supplies, and facilities for an upgrade for our school district. We here in the physical education department feel that physical education is a very important aspect of every child’s learning just as much as any other academic class the students may take. We feel that our students will receive the most learning with the proper equipment and for the safety of our children as used in NYS learning standard number two. We feel that it is very important for our children to have as many supplies as possible for their learning. For example we could use new equipment in our tennis unit we are currently in at the moment. Many of the racquets are broken and almost not usable for our students. We feel this is very important to receive new equipment along with more supplies because here at New Paltz High school physical education is much more than just participation and attendance and playing the sport of tennis or any unit we teach. When we teach an unit here we believe it is very important for our students learning to cover every domain such as their psychomotor, affective, and cognitive skills. We not only look at our students ability to participate and play during class we assess our students on all three domains. We feel that getting new equipment and more supplies is very crucial for our student’s success and learning. Along with this we ask for more space for our students to perform their skills as well. Using the gym alone is not enough space for our students to demonstrate enough of what is required of them in NYS learning standard 1A and 1B. We would like to be able to use the tennis courts over at the college and would need transportation. We feel this is equally as important because students must have the right facilities to demonstrate to us their ability to perform a skill such as stated in learning standard 1A. Also in order for our students to be successful it is useful to have them learn from learning standard three which requires that our students have an understanding of resource management. We feel that applying our tennis skills on an actual court will be very beneficial for our students learning and awareness of great places to maximize their playing while in physical education class. All of these skills are equally important to us here in the physical education department using the NASPE standards as well. When I first received the job and was working with the older physical education teachers they told me physical education was about taking attendance, participation and reading the news paper. Receiving my degree from Cortland University told me otherwise and I am very prepared to do everything in my power to make learning for my students the most beneficial as possible. What I have learned over time in all of my experience and classes taken at the University of Cortland is that physical education is more than what others may make it out to be. I have learned so much more about physical education than when I first started out and agreed with the older generation, but after much research and years of school I am prepared to do everything in my power to request kindly that we are able to receive the funding for our class for a better education and reputation here at New Paltz High School. Here is a web page of an example of the standards we follow here at New Paltz High School. http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/pels.html. If there are any other questions regarding this email please feel free to contact me through my number at 555-5555 or through my email here at the high school, yanikmitchell@NPH.edu. I look forward to hearing back from you and meeting so we can discuss this further more in person. Thank you very much for your time.
Mitch Yanik (Physical Education Department)
I am writing to you on behalf of the Physical Education department and our fellow students. Our wish is to incorporate non-traditional activities and units in our curriculum. As we advance as a nation and as Physical Education evolves more and more, we feel that Physical Education class is not just about throwing out the balls and telling the students to have fun. We must apply incorporate life skills as part of our class. It has come to my attention that more than 80% of my students want to experiment in non-traditional activitites. I have taken a survey and found that most students have grown tired of basketball,volelyball,soccer,softball,football etc. There is a unit called Project Adventure which i wish to use in my classroom. Project Adventure uses many skills such as communication, teamwork, trust and other useful life skills to help complete certain tasks and objectives. Most of these skills if not all of them are taught within other classes such as social studies, science, and english. Some of these activities provide brain stimulating objectives that help students expand their thinking and problem solving skills. We feel that by adding this unit into our curriculum we can help develop necessary skills that these students need to attain to become succesfull in everyday life. Students seem enthusiastic about the idea of starting this unit. Blindfold games, tag games, trust falls/runs/dives are being talked about amongst the students. Throughout my time at SUNY Cortland I became certified in PRoject Adventure and I am ready to teach these kids safely and responsibly. I have created a presentation that I would like to share with you to help my cause of addidng this unit to the curriculum. If you have any questions at all please I encourage and would like you to contact me via e-mail Harris.firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me at 845-555-5555. Again I thank you for your time and really look forward to seeing you Tuesday night at 8pm in the Hall of Fame Room. We feel this presentation is enough evidence to convince the board to allow this unit.
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The web-site is from CBC. This is a Canadian broadcasting company in Canada. Saskatoon is the name of the province that it takes place on. The story also talking about a high school that is using a fitnees program to improve students academic performance. The location of that high school was Chicago.
I thought that the article/news piece was very interesting. When i was in high school it felt that I was doing better in my classes during sports seasons. In the news piece it was interesting to see how much all the students improved. I think the entire class improved 1 whole letter grade, which is pretty incredible when you think about it. Most students have trouble improving a third of a letter grade and these students were improving by the whole grades. A program like this really helps to improve students education and it has strong evidence to support it. The troubling thing about this is, why dont more schools incorporrate this into their budgets/curriculum. Physical Education seems to be at the top of the list when it comes to making budget cuts.
The video showed most students standing around not being active, not participating in physical activity. It is sad that most Physical education teachers do not care whether their students participate or not. It appears that the teacher feels as long as he is getting paid then he is doing his job. This is a terrible attitude to have as a physical educator. Now a days schools should be looking into finding teacher candidates who show compassion, energy, knowledge, enthusiasm for physical education (Cortland students). when it comes time for me to teach, my physical education classes will be beneficial and helpful to all my students. I will take my passion and energy and apply it to my lessons which in turn should make the students want to learn. Faculty/co-workers would greatly benefit from this program because all physical education classes if taught correctly help students release stress, and helps get ride of all that unecessary energy they have stored up. When it comes time to return to their classes they will be calm relaxed and ready to participate and learn. The faculty should have an easier time getting their lessons done, and they will even have a higher successful passing rate when it comes time to do grades. Physical education shouldnt be looked at as throwing a ball on the ground and telling the kids to have fun. It should be viewed as a unique learning tool that can help improve the lives of everyone physically and mentally. When people work out it gives them endorphines, endorphines make people feel good.
They were positive outcomes they showed benefits to having the program in the schools. Reading, writing and math comprehension all seemed to improve. There was a student who improved his comprehension by 400%. The kid also suffered from having some academic problems and some behavior issuses. Another student ran on a treadmill and it helped him control his emotions, and focus in class. I can relate to these results because I can remember having English class after my physical education class and i found that I had a lot of energy released and when i got to my class i was ready to learn and was more focused on what the task was. As stated above the entire class averaged one letter grade improvments. The students seemed to want to come to school, it appeared (and i agree with it) that the students gained motivation to do tasks. This program is similar to our NYSLS. The students are increasing their personal health, which is congruent with NYS LS 1A, they are given options to what type of activity they want to engage in NYS LS 1B. NYS LS 3 was the only one I think was not covered. I dont think i heard anything about where the students can go within their community to continue their physical education.
BDNF is a neurochemical that helps the brain function and grow. This is associated with physical education and learning because the more you engage in physical activities it increases the amount of the particular chemical. Eating the right way and taking in fewer calories a day can also be a beneficial way to increase the levels of BDNF.BDNF acts of certain neurons of the CNS and the PNS helping to support the survival existing neurons, and encourages the growth and differentiation of new neurons and synapses. Two books that discuss BDNF: "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain" by John J. Ratey. Natures Ritalin For The Marathon Mind by Stephen C. Putnam.
I am not the biggest technology guru, in fact I really do not know how to do certain tasks or commands on a computer. I found that Daily Burn was fairly easy to use. It took a little getting used to like finding where everything was and how to set it up, however i found it to be easy. I like keeping a log of my daily nutrition intake. It was interesting that you can design an entire plan for the week to help you reach your health related goals. However I do not like going on the computer everyday and feel that we are too technology dependant. I personally feel that when we go on the computers we get side tracked and start web surfing and doing other things other then the task at hand, I am old fashion and feel that a simple journal log and keeping a notebook is the exact same thing that can produce the exact same results. I will still be part of our Rockstar group.
I would use this website to accomplish our recommended regents level for LS #1B by having the students set up their own personal fitness programs. You do not know the exact reason a student is using the site. There are many different reasons such as losing weight, gaining muscle, gaining weight etc, so each student will produce an individual one and keep their logs daily. I would just have them write down their goals to what they want to accomplish at the begining of the unit.
I would use Excel in order to capture the data and reporting for the recommended regents level LS 1A. Excel is a great tool and has many functions to use in order to sort data and graph data.
Plus i know in my high school we had to take a computer class and be familiar with how to use excel and microsoft word so students should be familiar with it they have to take it in their schools. The students would have to list the activity that they did and keep log of their HR for the lesson and how many steps they took. The only problem with having students do this is since computers arent readily accessible in the gymnasium the students have time to forget their data. also the data could be invalid and not trustworthy because students might not take it serious and just write down whatever they want just to complete the task. Plus they already take a math class so I do not think they would enjoy calculating data and recording it. However maybe if there was a way to work with the math teacher and have them set up this information when they have math that day.
Friday, May 14, 2010
I am writing to you on the behalf of myself and my students to request funds for a video gaming system. As you know it is important to keep variety in the classroom and hold the interest of students, I feel this would be very beneficial to that statement. I just finished a yoga unit that my students enjoyed very much. They asked me if I had ever used the Nintendo Wii video game system to practice my yoga before. I had played a couple times and thought this would be a great tool for class, but I don't currently own that system. The Nintendo Wii is a system controlled by wireless movements that causes the player to be physically active while playing. In an article from the Huffington Post, a survey was taken of how many children played video games. The survey came back at 97 percent played. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/16/survey-97-percent-of-chil_n_126948.html To keep the class more stimulated a video game system incorporated into a physically active lesson could be a great teaching tool for the class. Since many people do enjoy video games and the students enjoyed the yoga unit, putting those two things together would be a great experience for many students. A student has offered to let us borrow the Wii to show the school board an example of yoga on the Wii and an opportunity to try the game for themselves. I would like to invite you to come to this presentation to get a better idea what I would like to accomplish for the students. The presentation will be may 29th at 7pm in the main gym. If you have any questions or need to contact me my email is email@example.com
This is a great website. I use to use another website that just track what I ate, but not my exercises. There is a lot more applications to use and there is a lot of food choices to pick from if you eat a lot of brand name foods. A cool thing was that you could use your Ipod phone to scan a food and it would transfer it to your log. I will definitely stay apart of the RockStar group and continue to use this website.
How would you use this website to accomplish our Recommended Regent’s Level for LS #1B? What modifications would you use to establish a group or individual’s goals?
I would tell my students to set a weight goal if they wanted to too, but I really want my students to be mindful of what they eat and if they are active. I know when I don’t see any exercise on my log I just want o do some push-ups just so I feel better about doing something that day. I would want my students to be able to make their own fitness plan and have some knowledge of how to stay healthy. I would make walking goals for each week for everyone in the class to collectively hit a certain number of miles and to have at least everyone contribute to the group so one person isn’t doing all the walking.
What electronic tool could you see as being useful for capturing data and reporting for the Recommended Regent’s Level for LS #1A? Describe how this tool might work in a High School Setting. If you plan to use Excel, or Google Forms, be sure to include a sample that can tried out online.
I love the heart rate monitors, especially the Activio software. I think it is a great idea to have the students be able to see their heart rate and see if they are really being active in class. Also I can keep records of how everyone’s heart rate was in the class. I could show students, parents, and administrators graphs and examples of how much activity my students exert in my class.
Physical Education is no longer just "rolling the dodge balls out." Now it is about learning to be physically fit for the rest of your life. Phys Ed once was about athletes being good at the sports played and the sports played in class. Disc Golf is becoming incorporated in schools nation wide. It is growing in popularity with all ages and all genders. This is a sport for everyone to play who enjoys being outside with friends and throwing a disc to a target using strategies. This is a good unit to be introducing because the equipment that we are needing are a few Frisbees, targets, and open space. The facilities needed would only be fields outside the school or on rainy days space in the gym. This is one of the cheapest sports to supply for. I have researched the benefits from playing Disc Golf. Playing disc golf allows you to be outside in the sun which allows the absorption of Vitamin D, walking the course which is sometimes miles long for each hole creates the physical activity portion of the game. Students will have the opportunity to become more socially active with their peers because it is a slow paced game. Students could use this sport outside of school and bring their family members and even their grandparents could play this sport with them. Disc golf is an easy way to be physically active for the rest of your life. Thank you for the time you have given me. Hopefully we can start moving forward with this popular lifelong activity.
Thank you agian,
What do you think about this news piece....interesting...why or why not? I think this a very great news piece, but it was disappointed to hear that there wasn’t a PE teacher being mentioned.There have been many studies that say that exercise stimulates the mind and it’s about time that it is more broadcasted. Many people do not realize how important physical activity is and this news piece was a great example of that. It is amazing how everyone’s skills improved over the course of four months.
Why don’t we hear anything about the PE teacher being involved with City Park Collegiate experiment? How will ensure that your PE program will be a benefit to the students and faculty of your school. The school probably didn’t have a strong program or the teacher in the classroom wouldn’t have had to take the initiative and put equipment in her classroom. I will teach the way we are taught to each and not throw out a couple balls and say have fun. I will keep my class active while making it fun and interesting. I will have a variety of activities that my students can participate in long after high school.
What are were the main outcomes/benefits of the program? Were you surprised from their findings? Are these outcomes similar to our New York State PE Standards? Explain your answer by giving details and examples, while comparing and contrasting. Every student in the classroom improved. Especially Bernie who improved by 400% in comprehension. Many of the students were skeptical, but eventually many of the students couldn’t wait to exercise again. The teacher kept them active and that fulfilled standard one and the students had a couple options to pick from so they had the beginnings of a fitness plan which fulfills standard two. Standard three wasn’t fulfilled, but the classroom is not a physical education setting. I’m sure if a student asked the teacher where other places they could got to exercise she would have some answers.
What is BDNF and what does it have to do with PE and learning? How do you get BDNF or other associated goodies? What are the names of two of the “key” books and their authors that currently outline the benefits of exercise and learning/academics? At least one is mentioned in the news piece. BDNF is a protein that allows the brain to retain more information. BDNF is vital to learning, memory, and higher thinking. BDNF is released after extended periods of acitivty. The two books were Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain” by John J. Ratey and “Natures Ritalin for the Marathon Mind” by Stephen C. Putnam.
As the face of Physical Education is changing, our department would like to incorporate the use the technology into the classroom. The new Exergame phenomenom is sweeping accross the United States as well as the rest of the world. Our department would like to include a Dance Dance Revolution Lesson into our curriculum. The costs for the equipment are fairly inexpensive, as of now a total price of $ 367.69 has been calculated. Our department will need the following equipment to get the program underway; two dance pads, a Play Station 2, a projector, a screen and the DDR game disc. With fundraising in the form of a bake sale at the Spring concert as well as the sale of our Phys. Ed. T-Shirts, we will be able to fund the total cost of equipment. We would also like to start an annual DDR competition with a low cost entry fee, to showcase the talent and skills learned in class. The money earned each year will go towards further research of Exergames and new versions of DDR games. There are not only immense physical benefits that are gained playing DDR, but there is also socialization as well as gains that can be seen in the classroom. Exercise can increae a neurochemical by the name of BDNF, that can help to improve memory which wold lead to increased progress in the classroom. Thank you for your time and consideration, and we hope to soon have one of the top DDR curriculums in the nation.
Physical Education Department