Movement in Learning
" 'I hear and I forget.
" 'I see and I remember.
" 'I do and I understand!
In this course I will discuss why movement is important in our classrooms
- Imagine learning how to ride a bike by sitting in a classroom listening to the instructions. How long would you need to sit and listen to the instructions before you could say "HORRAY, I CAN RIDE A BIKE"? After thinking about this, I'm sure you are realizing that all the instruction in the world wouldn't teach you how to ride a bike. We learn how to ride by doing it! We physically get on the bike and try over and over until we achieve it. Movement is an intrical part of learning, yet schools – where most of the children’s learning is supposed to take place – are our prime promoters of inactivity. “Sit still.” “Stop squirming.” “Don’t run.” “Stay in your seat".
- While it's counterproductive to make it more important than school itself, movement must become as honorable and important as so-called "book work." Einstein stated, “Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” Piaget, the noted child development specialist studied by teachers, labeled this learning sensorimotor and determined it was the child’s earliest form of learning. Since then, brain research has proven them both right.
- Not only can inactivity in our schools lead to lower achievement, we are also placing our students in harms way as inactivity has a direct correlation to the rise in the childhood obesity rate.
- Researchers have determined that exercise not only makes us physically fit, but it can also make us smarter. Watch this short video about one school in Illinois and the program they have developed to get kids moving and learning. Next, watch the Childhood Obesity Epidemic Video and learn about the results of inactivity and the lack of physical fitness in our children today. After watching the videos, please consider the questions below.
Promising Practices[ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7GLPOmTYEE] click back button to return
Childhood Obesity Epidemic Video  click back button to return
Questions for Reflection:
- What are some of the reasons children are less active today?
- How can exercise make a person smarter?
- Should we include physical activities in our curriculum?
- What are some cultural factors that promote Childhood Obesity?
- What are the long term effects of Childhood Obesity?
- Should schools be a part of the solution?