This blog is to give anyone a chance to follow my journey as a teacher starting with the nomination of 2014 Colorado Teacher of the Year. This blog can also be used as a resource for information within the world of education.
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" Nelson Mandela
Friday, September 26, 2014
Active Body has an Active Mind
I have found some great information on the impact of physical activity on the brain. It is so important that we get our students moving to ensure they are getting the best education possible. Use this information to educate others.
The Link Between Physical Activity and Brain Activity!
The images are a composite scan of 20 students' brains taking the identical test. On the left is the brain activity from students who sat quietly prior to the test. On the right is from students who were active prior to the test, but the images showed their brains were more active as well!- Dr. Chuck Hillman, University of Illinois
Performance Of The Mind And Body Are Related
Researchers at West Virginia University evaluated the fitness levels and standardized academic scores of 725 Grade 5 students and re-examined the results two years later when they were in Grade 7. The study concluded that academic performance dipped when students' fitness declined but academic performance incresed when fitness improved.
Exercise is the single most powerful tool to optimize your brain function!
“Consistent Exercise, and certain types of specific exercises, can both temporarily and permanently affect the way your brain is able to focus, its ablitity to deal with stress and anxiety, and its ability to learn! ...Exercise is like fertilizer for the brain...it's so good, it's like Miracle Gro®.” - Dr. John Ratey, Harvard Brain Researcher