Activity and Classwork Combos
Active Learning means combining academic learning and body movement for better brain power. Time is definitely of the essence during the busy school day, but if you could cover all your required lessons AND improve your student's knowledge retention, would you do it? It's been shown that using physical activity while learning can enhance academic performance.
Teacher's Technical Talk
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has found evidence that physical activity in the classroom greatly improves academic performance. The CDC found that classroom physical activities increased blood flow, oxygenation, neurotransmitter levels, brain tissue, volume and nerve cell growth in the hippocampus (the memory and learning part of the brain). These physical changes led to improved attention span, information processing, coping skills, and self esteem.
Moving and learning can go together! Movement can energize both your body and your brain, helping you to learn better.
Fire Up Your Feet Mad Libs
Teachers can turn this activity into a classroom break to help get hearts pumping while keeping students engaged in the learning process. Mad libs are a perennial children’s favorite word game where students generate a random list of words to tell a silly story. With physical activity mad libs, instead of just reading the finished story, students pantomime the verbs as they are being read!