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Friday, December 17, 2010

Jennifer LaMaida Final

EDU 255 Final

Part 1B- Brain Gains

Physical Activity In A Classroom Setting

1. The website if from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school is located in South Saskatoon, Canada. Later in the story there is another school mentioned which is located in Naperville Chicago.

2. I felt that this news piece was very interesting. Not many people are aware of the benefits of physical activity. Physical activity can help improve grades and behavior issues. Schools are removing physical education from schools because they feel that it is interfering with more academic subjects. However, if students are able to exercise and get their heart rates up every day they will learn more. Alison Cameron stated, “less sitting means more learning”.

3.I don’t think we hear about the physical education program because it is just a typical PE program. Students go to PE and if they show up and change they will pass. The students are benefiting more from academic classes in which exercise is incorporated then they are from physical education class.

4. The outcomes of the program were that many students achieved higher grades in many subject areas. Another big outcome was that behavior changed. Prior to the program, students were not paying attention, not doing work, and acting out in class. The program changed much of this behavior. Students were able to focus and complete assignments. Students were also excited to come to class, therefore there was more time for them to learn. I feel that this program met the NYS learning standards. Standard 1A and 1B were met because the students gained knowledge on basic motor skills, such as running, biking and walking, and were able to perform these skills. 1 B was met because students used the heart rate monitors, they gained useful information towards creating a plan of their own and knowing where they had to get their heart rates too. Standard 2 was also met because the exercise that the students completed daily actually decreased behavioral problems creating a safer environment. One student even reported that he wanted to change his lifestyle and be healthier by eating right and not taking drugs. Standard 3 was met because students were aware of what they could do at home. Some students were going home trying to convince their parents to exercise and go for walks.

4. BDNF stands for brain-derived neurotrophic factor. It iss a growth factor that is found in the brain. BDNF helps support old neurons in the brain and the growth and development of new neurons. It helps make the brain cells stronger. Basic aerobic activities help to develop an effective brain. The book mentioned in the clip is called Spark, By John Ratey.

Part 1C

There are many activities that meet learning standard 1a and 1b. The 6+3 across 3 means that by the end of grade 12, students should be recreationally competent in 6 activities, proficient in 6 across 3 different categories. In many cases this is not happening. For example, in my high school, students were able to get away with just showing up and changing for class. They participated by just the minimum amount in order to still get them a passing grade. I do not feel that many school districts are meeting the 6+3 across 3. In my opinion, about 90% of higher of grade 12 students should be able to meet the 6+3 across 3 categories. They have been taking physical education since kindergarten and by grade 12 should at least be competent in 6 categories. There are enough categories that students can learn from.
In terms of standard 1b, I think that it is very important for students to be able to create and follow a fitness plan. One of the main problems in the United States today is the upcoming rise in childhood obesity. Children are not active enough, they are too interested in television and video games. Students should have to create a fitness plan and follow it for a few weeks. This ensures that students know how. I think an appropriate percentage should be around 90%. Students also need to know about nutrition and proper eating because exercise, especially just in a physical education class is certainly not enough.

Daily Burn

1. I have previously used McGraw Hill Nutrition Calc 3.0 for the Foods and Nutrition Class. I feel that this program was easier to follow and work with then the Daily Burn. What I did like about Daily Burn is that it gave suggestions on what you can to do to stay fit and active. It is a good program to use, it breaks down what you eat and what activities you accomplish throughout the day to help you meet your goals.

2. This program provides students with many ways to create fitness programs. Daily Burn itself even gives you options on what you can do. This program will provide students with a place where they can log their activities for the day to see if they are meeting the goals they had set for their fitness plan. It will also help students keep track of what they are eating throughout the day. There is a challenge section of the program where you can select a challenge for individuals or the class to meet.

3. One of the ways students can benefit from this program is to simply keep track of their results. They can take screen shots of their results daily for a given amount of time. This will give the teacher a way to analyze their results and determine if they are meeting the criteria set or not. Students will also be able to look at their results and determine if the program in place is working for them or if they want to maybe change their program.

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