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Keep kids learning during inclement weather

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Feb 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

What happens when your school closes due to inclement weather? Does the learning stop? At some schools, it doesn't! A recent article reports that a school in Kentucky has "implemented at-home learning days instead of snow days." In Ohio, "students may complete assignments – known as 'blizzard bags' – when winter weather closes schools." Some schools also employ technology to keep students on track during unexpected days off. 

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Topics: Walkabouts, move to learn

Making healthy choices in and out of the classroom

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Feb 7, 2017 11:45:00 AM

Americans were consuming fewer sugary drinks. That progress has now stopped. Children and adults now consume about the same number of calories from soda, sports drinks, and other sugary drinks as they did in 2009-2010. From the Washington Post:

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Topics: Physical Education, move to learn, healthy choices

Fit classrooms: Exercise moves from gym to desk

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Jun 20, 2016 9:06:11 AM

CNBC recently reported on a year-long pilot program on using active classroom furniture. From the article: 

School is almost out at Oakridge Elementary School, but the verdict is already in: Kids who move more, learn better.

That's the consensus of teachers, parents and pupils after a one-year pilot program that introduced active classroom furniture into the Arlington, Virginia, school. Pedal desks, standing balance desks, and kid-sized ball chairs kept students moving while they learned. The results were remarkable.

"Some of the behaviors that teachers noticed increase were time on task, cooperation with each other, having an opportunity to sit and read for longer periods of time, complete worksheets or hands-on assignments without touching or wiggling or being disruptive to the learning community," said Oakridge Principal Lynne Wright.

This study confirms the research of our founder, Dr. Julian Reed. Active kids learn better. Looking for more information? Download our free ebook, Move to Learn: Exploring the Benefits of Movement in the Classroom

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Topics: Research, move to learn

How Can Movement Help Children with ADD and ADHD?

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Apr 20, 2016 10:25:00 AM

The National Institute of Mental Health lists symptoms of ADHD as difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity or over-activity. Using movement as a tool to enhance learning has been found to decrease behavioral episodes of children with ADD and ADHD. Some ADD and ADHD can be treated with non-pharmacologic agents such as physical activity. Perhaps teaching the elementary curriculum with specific emphasis on fundamental movements could decrease the symptoms associated with ADD and ADHD.

What Does a 2015 Study Show About the Link Between Attention Disorders (ADD and ADHD) and Movement?

  • According to a 2015 study by the MIND Institute at the University of California-Davis, physical activity seems to allow children with ADHD to focus on what they are doing.
  • In children with a diagnosis of ADHD, the 2015 study found:
    • Children who moved more intensely showed better cognitive performance.
    • The accuracy of children's performance on tests significantly improved when they were moving.
    • Hyperactivity in children with ADHD may help them think.

Want to learn more about the benefits of movement in the classroom to students with ADHD? Download our e-book, Move to Learn: Exploring the Benefits of Movement in the Classroom.

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Topics: move to learn

Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Apr 10, 2016 3:00:00 PM

Learning Styles

Understanding learning styles can help you provide personalized learning that best suits the needs of all of your students. Learning styles are the ways people process information. Students’ preferred learning styles have a significant influence on both their behavior and their learning. Information that is accessed when students use their preferred learning styles shows an increase in students' levels of comprehension, motivation, and metacognition.

Multiple Intelligences

Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences states that people have several relatively separate and different intellectual capacities. Gardner identified eight intelligences:

  • Musical–rhythmic and harmonic
  • Visual–spatial
  • Verbal–linguistic
  • Logical–mathematical
  • Bodily–kinesthetic
  • Interpersonal
  • Intrapersonal
  • Naturalistic

Ready to learn more about reaching different types of learners—and incorporating movement into your classroom? Download our e-book, Move to Learn: Exploring the Benefits of Movement in the Classroom.

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Topics: Kinesthetic Learning, learning styles, move to learn

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