More about Phys. Ed. and student success

Good morning from balmy Chicago–weird this weather, this year.

As a followup to the post yesterday on the merits of students engaging in structured and rigorous exercise, Matt Cullen, Physical Education teacher at Chicago’s CICS West Belden school provided more evidence via a book he is reading.  In the book, he finds more evidence about the value-add of exercise to learning and academic performance.   See more about Matt and his colleagues at the CICS West Belden school at: cicswestbelden.org

Matt’s note to me revealed an idea worth pursuing among P.E. teachers.  See excerpts below:

Hi Joey,

Relative to your recent post…

http://www.amazon.com/Spark-Revolutionary-Science-Exercise-Brain/dp/0316113506#reader_0316113506

I am currently reading it. Fascinating evidence that exercise physically transforms our brains for optimum performance.

Also, consider that we do a good bit of reading/math integration, etc. in specials…like centers where kids don’t just do the long jump…kids do several long jumps, then average them, then evaluate them, then illustrate their achievements through graphs…analyzing…explaining, etc.

Matt

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