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Description: Brain research supports the connection between movement & learning (i.e. exercise enhances cognitive processing). Movement activities enhance whole brain learning, which develops emotional stabilization, focus, attention, self-expression, math & reading scores & access parts of the underdeveloped brain. Learn how SPECIFIC movements: are linked to & improve memory retention, reinforce academic concepts, & balance brain chemicals through whole-brain/whole-body learning labs. Each lab focuses on the three components necessary for optimal brain function: challenge, feedback, & physical activity. Additionally, teach children how to: (1) release excess energy, & (2) improve: (a) coordination (b) self-regulation (take a calming break), & (c) language/academics, all through movement. Help decrease student obesity & put learning into action with children thinking on their feet.

Learning Objective 1: Participants will be able to REMEMBER the benefits of exercise (both physically & mentally [academically]).

Learning Objective 2: UNDERSTAND PACE movement categories (midline mov’ts, energy exercises, deepening attitudes, & lengthening activities) by DEFINING at least 1 in own words.

Learning Objective 3: Participants will RECALL the anatomy of the brain including the location & functions of the Lobes, Cortex, Pre frontal cortex, Brain stem, Cerebellum, left/right brain & corpus colosseum & the effects they have on learning.

Learning Objective 4: VALUE the 6 Action Based Learning stations that are introduced in the webinar. The stations can be played in/outside that integrate academic concepts (backed by brain based research supporting the link of intentional movement to learning) using movement. The “labs” prepares the brain for optimal learning. Each station includes pedagogical information including: student learning objectives, skills to be learned, equipment needs, set up diagram, directions on how to play, and activity modifications to make the game/activity easier as well as more difficult so ALL students can participate and learn.

I wanted to make this an interactive webinar. However, I’ve been told that’s impossible due to SHAPE America’s webinar set up. Therefore, I want to “Start the conversation” here and bring it into the webinar. You’ll see similar posts throughout MySHAPE, and it’s all for this same webinar.

Think about the following scenarios and write answers on how YOU would/do handle similar situations based on the scenario (e.g. Scenario #1: answers:….., Scenario #2: answers…). That will make it easier for me to distinguish between the two. Please feel free to talk to one another about your ideas/answers.

Thank you and I hope you can attend the webinar on March 28, 2019 at 2pm EST titled “Movement Activity Labs That Enhance Whole Brain Learning.”

Scenario 1. Matthew’s a student who panics when it’s his turn to perform a fitness test item. He gets so upset, he gets light-headed & hyperventilates.

Scenario 2. Susan is anxious before games; which leads to a lack of focus & mistakes; In turn, the team makes fun of her; she gets angry; As a result of being angry, anxious, not focused, she has trouble listening/communicating w/ team on the court.

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