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"Out Of The Blue" AAA State of Play Blog: The ABCs of Why Play Matters! Photo by woodleywonderworks (Flickr) Play offers far more than just fun and games.

AAA State of Play Blog: The ABCs of Why Play Matters!

It is an essential ingredient to a child's physical, emotional, and social development! When kids play, they are exploring natural sources of self-expression, creativity, and learning. Exercise can take 10 years off your brain's age, new study shows. There's more evidence that what's good for your heart is good for your head.

Exercise can take 10 years off your brain's age, new study shows

A new study shows that people who run, swim or do other moderate exercise have brains that look, on average, 10 years younger than the brains of couch potatoes. "Our study showed that for older people, getting regular exercise may be protective, helping them keep their cognitive abilities longer," said Dr.

Clinton Wright of the University of Miami , who led the study. What schools and parents must do to get children outside. Forbes Welcome. Thanks for coming to Forbes.

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Please turn off your ad blocker in order to continue. To thank you for doing so, we’re happy to present you with an ad-light experience. Hi again. Looks like you’re still using an ad blocker. Nixing Recess: The Silly, Alarmingly Popular Way to Punish Kids - Sigrid Anderson Cordell. When Kathy Lauer-Williams’s son was in elementary school in Allentown, Pennsylvania, he would often lose recess as a punishment for forgetting his homework or a signature on a form.

Nixing Recess: The Silly, Alarmingly Popular Way to Punish Kids - Sigrid Anderson Cordell

Troubled by the teacher’s habit of taking away recess, Lauer-Williams wrote about it on her blog and spoke to other parents. She found that she was not the only parent questioning this practice. Despite her attempts to talk to the school, she says nothing has changed. Taking away recess has become a common practice among teachers trying to rein in unruly students. A study by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that 77 percent of school principals reported taking away recess as a punishment, while a 2006 study found 81.5 percent of schools allowed students to be excluded from recess. Cutting Physical Education and Recess: Troubling Trends and How You Can Help.

By Erica Lue, Advocacy Coordinator, National PTA Since the 2001 passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, many schools have struggled to find ways to meet the act's rigorous assessment standards.

Cutting Physical Education and Recess: Troubling Trends and How You Can Help

One avenue schools have been taking to find time for more academics is to cut out physical education classes and recess. Even as Obesity Concerns Rise, Physical Education Is Sidelined. Physical education in school. “Eighty per cent of schools provide intramural and interscholastic opportunities for physical activity, but just over half support transportation to support these activities, which may limit participation options for some students.

Physical education in school

In addition, one-third of schools reported that at least half of the student body participates in activities before and after school, yet only 10 per cent of schools arrange late busing so students can participate in after-school activities, which again limits opportunities for participation” (Active Health Kids Canada, 2007, p.18)“According to the 2005 Survey of Canadian Schools, almost all elementary and middle school students in Canada take at least one physical education class per week: The average is three days of physical education classes per week” (Active Health Kids Canada, 2007, p.18). Sitting Is the New Smoking: Ways a Sedentary Lifestyle Is Killing You. Welcome. The cognitive benefits of play: Effects on the learning brain. © 2008 - 2014, Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., all rights reserved Science supports many of our intuitions about the benefits of play.

The cognitive benefits of play: Effects on the learning brain

Playful behavior appears to have positive effects on the brain and on a child’s ability to learn. In fact, play may function as an important, if not crucial, mode for learning. Want specifics? Here are some examples. Animal experiments: Play improves memory and stimulates the growth of the cerebral cortex. Play And How It Impacts Early Brain Development. Brain Games Are Not Just Kid's Play, Aging Experts Say. By the time Ann Stewart hit retirement age, the real estate executive was starting to notice some "senior moments.

Brain Games Are Not Just Kid's Play, Aging Experts Say

" "As you get older, you just realize you're forgetting things or you're leaving things behind, and that is not a good sign of aging," Stewart said. Many people believe those signs are inevitable — but after taking part in a research study on brain-training, Stewart isn't one of them. Three times a week for a month, she played a video game called "NeuroRacer," guiding a car down a winding road while picking out flashing circles along the way. The game's creator, Dr. Video Games in the Brain: Study Shows How Gaming Impacts Brain Function to Inspire Healthy Behavior. “Identifying a direct connection between the stimulation of neural circuits and game play is a key step in unlocking the potential for game-based tools to inspire positive behavior and improve health,” said Brian Knutson, Ph.D., Stanford University.

Video Games in the Brain: Study Shows How Gaming Impacts Brain Function to Inspire Healthy Behavior

Redwood City, CA (PRWEB) March 19, 2012 In news that could shift how game developers and healthcare professionals harness the power of videogames to do good, HopeLab and Stanford University researchers today announced new data showing that Re-Mission™, a video game about killing cancer in the body, strongly activates brain circuits involved in positive motivation (1). This reward-related activation is associated with a shift in attitudes and emotions that has helped boost players’ adherence to prescribed chemotherapy and antibiotic treatments in a previous study (2).

A growing body of data shows that digital games can positively alter players’ attitudes and behavior. Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning. Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and ... - Dorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. 182. The Importance of Play: Why Children Need to Play, Early Childhood Today, 2005-Sep. In this article, the authors discuss the important role of dramatic ("pretend") play in early childhood with increasing emphasis at school on developing academic skills in children at younger and younger ages.

The Importance of Play: Why Children Need to Play, Early Childhood Today, 2005-Sep

Braininmind. Learning Through Movement and Music: How Exercise Benefits the Brain. How Exercise Benefits the Brain Jean Blaydes • Debby Mitchell Why do we exercise? Some people exercise to lose weight. Others exercise to prevent disease. Some exercise just to feel better or to be healthy. Exercise benefits the brain even before it benefits the body. Earlychildhood NEWS - Article Reading Center. It appears that research is now supporting what we in early childhood education have been saying for years.

ResultsSallis. ASCD Book: Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd edition. Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd edition. Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd ed., Rev. and Updated. Exercise: a behavioral intervention to enhance brain health and plasticity. Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S. Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have written several books, including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice.

Incorporating exercise and movement throughout the school day makes students less fidgety and more focused on learning. Improving on-task behavior and reducing classroom management challenges are among the most obvious benefits of adding physical activities to your teaching toolkit. Movement and Learning. 2 4 book review 5. Kindergarten report. Gestwicki85549 1111185549 02.02 chapter02. Forbes Welcome. A School Day That’s All About Play. Memeoirs Turns WhatsApp Chats into a Book. The Value Of Hard Work. Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity. The Value Of Hard Work. Tapping Into the Potential of Games and Uninhibited Play for Learning.