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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Lauren Video Answers- Part 1

Where is the web-site from? Where in the world? Which country? What city and state/province is the story from?

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.

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