• Expands on the role of exercise in learning and brain development. • Includes classroom examples at both the elementary and secondary levels. • Includes specific references to the Speaking and Listening Skills section of the CCSS. • Discusses John Hattie's research

Exercise and Learning

Exercise and learning

When I was a kid, we spent untold hours playing outdoor games. Every kid new to the neighborhood understood the rules for kick the can, red rover come over, and any number of other outdoor pursuits—winter or summer. On occasion we chased each other all over the backyards of our extended neighborhood for no particular reason, other than the fact that it felt good to move; it felt good to run. Although we certainly didn’t realize it at the time, we were strengthening our cardiovascular and pulmonary systems for life, and this was supplemented by plenty of recess in elementary school and frequent physical education classes all the way through high school. But this is changing; as I travel ...

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