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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Steph Part 1 Final

1. The website is from CBC Canada and the documentary is from Saskatoon Canada. There is also a segment on a school from Chicago.

2.Yes I found this article to be very interesting. It shows you the power and benefits of physical activity. It’s amazing that in just 20 minutes every day of vigorous exercise you can improve your reading, writing, and comprehension.

3.You don’t hear anything about the PE teacher because most times in physical education classes only a limit number of students are active. And of those active most are not doing vigorous work. This study was based on 20 minutes of vigorous exercise not about a PE class.

4.Some of the benefits of this program is that the students were able to concentrate during class after working out. The behavioral issues decreased and they were able to sit in their seats without fidgeting as much. Also they are less impulsive and can sustain attention longer. I wasn’t surprised with these finding because after a workout I feel the same way as these kids do and I find it easier to concentrate. These outcomes are similar to NYS standards in that standard one deals with personal health and fitness and at City Park these students work out for 20 minutes so that’s met. Standard 2 relates to a safe and healthy environment and the teachers at the school provide them with just that. The students continue these workouts because of the challenge and probably self enjoyment. The final standard, resource management is also met. They provide this by having the treadmills, bikes, and other machines available to the students. New York State is always striving to achieve these standards while this school in Saskatoon and the one in Chicago are already on a great path of accomplishing these standards on a daily basis.

5.BDNF is a protein that “acts like a fertilizer on the brain.” It perverse the nerve cells, makes them stronger, helps with stress. In order for this to work you want to get your heart rate between 65%-75% of its maximum and keep it there for twenty minutes. Two key books are Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain and Psychological Abstracts by Walter Samuel Hunter.


DAILY BURN:
1. I’m not really a fan of Daily Burn. At times it can be confusing to find what you are looking for and you get only a limited number of things for free before you have to pay for it. Also, when I was searching for the food there was so much about fast food and not really the things I ate. I do not currently use another form of exercise or nutrition tracker because I don’t want to track my progress. It seems to complicated and time consuming. I probably will not consider staying apart of the Rockstar Group because I don’t want to track my information every day.

2. Learning Standard 1B is: Students will design personal fitness programs to improve cardio respiratory endurance, flexibility, muscular strength, endurance, and body composition. So if the students used Daily Burn it would do the work for them. They could use it to track all their improvements over the course of a year and see how well they did. In the beginning of the year you could have them set goals and this would help them to stay on track with that. They could set goals as a class and as individuals.

3. Some electronic tools that would be useful in capturing data is heart rate monitors, pedometers, and entering the information into an Excel sheet just like we do now in Stats class. In a high school setting at the end of class you can have students enter their information into an Excel sheet and this way you can track how well your students are doing. You can also use the information to compare students in the class and against a national average to see where their fitness skills are in comparison to others.





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