WHAT THIS MEANS FOR THE CLASSROOM.....
When students enter the classroom first thing in the morning their brain needs to be at an optimal state for learning. Aerobic exercises can help "reset" the brain to relieve any stress or anxiety a student might have encountered before coming to school. When a student is stressed out or their brain isn't concentrating on the lesson a teacher is teaching, chances are the student won't retain the information taught to them because their brain wasn't focused. An easy way to prepare the brain for learning are simple cardiovascular exercises. Some of the best times to incorporate a cardiovascular exercise are:
- Before class begins to optimize the brain for learning.
- When students are off task and need to refocus.
- Before transitioning to a new lesson.
- When students are having a hard time remembering the information being taught to them.
By completing simple aerobic capacity exercises, the students are getting their heart rate up and feeding oxygen to their brain. Now students are balancing their mood and behavior, improving their memory, and organizing their brain to help with reading which helps with putting patterns into a sequence.