According to Dr. John Ratey, author of SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, “Exercise is miracle grow for the brain.”
We recommend reading it. We believe that when you understand the science behind how exercise grows, builds, and fuels the brain, you will feel inspired to plan more fun activities for yourself and your students. Why continue the same old complaints about your energy, your mood, your productivity and that of your students, when you can so easily change it?
To summarize, stress drains you. Stress makes you tired, and your kids, slow. Movement, play, yoga de-stress you. When you stress less, you enjoy greater access to energy and executive function.
Be a better person and a more effective teacher by integrating more exercise into your day. Get out and run, climb, swing, and share games; stay in and dance or do yoga; move through all kinds of pretend play, then, before shifting to a more academic or focused activity, take 1-2 minutes to breathe, consciously slow down, and return to a calm, grounded, alert state of mind.
We’ve designed our Adventure Skill Flash Cards to give you specific tools to integrate the brain and calm the body. These self-regulation techniques are child-friendly ways to quickly recharge, re-direct, soothe, energize, integrate, and focus yourself and your children. Use them throughout the day as needed and after aerobic exercise to enhance attention, learning, memory, and communication.
For another great resource for learning more about exercise and the brain, check out the wonderful website and video series (short, funny, terrific clips) of DR. JOHN J. MEDINA. Dr. Medina is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School” and “Brain Rules for Baby.” This developmental molecular biologist and father, his lifelong fascination with how the mind reacts to and organizes information will engage, enlighten, and entertain you.