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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. 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. So, let's celebrate play using the basic building blocks of education - our ABCs! A - "Almost all creativity involves purposeful play. " - Abraham Maslow B - Bouncing, jumping, swinging, dancing, sliding, hopping, running! C - "Children learn as they play. D - "Deep meaning lies often in childish play. " - Johann Friedrich von Schille E - "Each of us is of infinite value. F - "Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.

" - Khalil Gibran G - "Go and play. H - "Have regular hours for work and play; make each day both useful and pleasant…. J - "Just play. L - "Life is more fun if you play games. " - Roald Dahl O - Open-mindedness begins on the playground. Z - Zest! 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. 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. But it's not necessarily easy. Related: This may be the easiest, healthiest way to cut 205 calories a day The study of nearly 900 people showed 90 percent fell into the low-intensity group. The people are part of a larger group taking part in a bigger study called Northern Manhattan Study. Five years after that, they took the memory and thinking tests again. The 10 percent who said they took part in moderate- to high-intensity exercise scored better on the tests 12 years later.

Related: Hate exercising? What schools and parents must do to get children outside. Forbes Welcome. Thanks for coming to Forbes. 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. Please turn it off in order to continue into Forbes' ad-light experience. Thank you for turning off your ad blocker! Thank you for visiting Forbes. We noticed you still have ad blocker enabled. Thank you for turning off your 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. 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. So why is this practice so prevalent? State and district-level policy can also guide a teacher’s decision to keep students in from recess. When Recess Goes, What Else Do We Lose? Alternatives for Discipline.

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. One avenue schools have been taking to find time for more academics is to cut out physical education classes and recess. Another approach has been to withhold time allotted for physical activity as a punishment for poor classroom behavior, or for extra tutoring time for struggling students. While estimates on cutbacks to school recess differ while accommodating a more vigorous academic curriculum, what is certain is that the trend is on the rise.

Recess, with its unstructured play time and the ability to allow students' choices in the activities they pursue, is a particularly troubling cut that many argue actually has detrimental effects on students. National PTA is not alone in our concern over the drift towards less physical education and recess in school. Even as Obesity Concerns Rise, Physical Education Is Sidelined. Physical education in school | PHE Canada. “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. 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. The ticking clock and furious patter of computer keys are staples in offices around the world. Regardless of specific business, offices share many similarities. One such similarity is a sedentary culture and studies show all that sitting is taking a major toll on employee health. Click Here to see the Complete List of Ways Sitting is Shortening Your Life From the driver's seat to the office chair and then the couch at home, Americans are spending more time seated than ever, and researchers say it's wreaking havoc on our bodies. "Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting.

Levine is credited with coining that mantra -- "sitting is the new smoking" -- but he's not the only one who believes it. Another reason the smoking analogy is relevant is that studies have repeatedly shown the effects of long-term sitting are not reversible through exercise or other good habits. Click Here to see the Original Story on The Active Times. 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. 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 In 1964, Marion Diamond and her colleagues published an exciting paper about brain growth in rats.

When researchers examined the rats’ brains, they discovered that the “enriched" rats had thicker cerebral cortices than did the “impoverished" rats (Diamond et al 1964). Subsequent research confirmed the results—rats raised stimulating environments had bigger brains. They were smarter, too--able to find their way through mazes more quickly (Greenough and Black 1992). Do these benefits of play extend to humans? How long should recess be? Language and the benefits of play 1. 2.

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. " "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. Adam Gazzaley of the University of California San Francisco, said Stewart and the other seniors markedly improved their ability to multitask, performing as well as 20-year-olds. "I don't sit around worrying about losing my mind anymore," Stewart laughed. He thinks it might only be a couple of years before doctors are writing golden-agers prescriptions that are filled at the app store instead of the pharmacy. 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.

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. Sponsored by the nonprofit organization HopeLab and conducted by Steven W.

Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning. Students in Robbi Giuliano’s fifth-grade class sit on yoga balls as they complete their assignments at Westtown-Thornbury Elementary School in West Chester, Pa. (MATT ROURKE/ASSOCIATED PRESS) Last July I published a post titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today.” It hit a nerve and became one of the most-read pieces on this blog last year, with readers continuing to click on it, along with related posts, such as “The right — and surprisingly wrong — ways to get kids to sit still in class” and “A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still.

She can’t. Neither can the kids.” Here is a new post on the same subject, by Aleta Margolis, founder and executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching, a D.C. By Aleta Margolis As an educator for the past 25 years, I’m delighted that our national conversations about teaching and learning are beginning to recognize that excellent instruction engages students intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Local answer-sheet. Play = Learning: How Play Motivates and Enhances Children's Cognitive and ... - Dorothy G. Singer, Roberta Michnick Golinkoff, Kathy Hirsh-Pasek. 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.

Play is especially beneficial to children's learning when it reaches a certain degree of sophistication. In other words, "unproductive" play happens not only when children fight and argue when "mommy" keeps performing the same routines with her "baby" day after day with no change. By contrast, play that has a potential for fostering many areas of young children's social and cognitive development has the following characteristics: Children create a pretend scenario by negotiating and talking with peers, and they use props in a symbolic way. Children create specific roles--and rules--for pretend behavior and they adopt multiple themes and multiple roles. Scholastic, 557 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. 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. Exercise benefits the brain even before it benefits the body. Growing new brain cells, a process called neurogenesis;producing BDNF (brain-derived neurotropic factor), nicknamed the fertilizer for the brain;strengthening secondary dendritic branching that increases memory retrieval; andimproving mood by balancing the neurotransmitters endorphins, dopamine, cortisol, and serotonin.

The brain is a complex structure. Exercise creates the optimal environment for neural plasticity, the ability of the brain to change. Improved Brain Function (Medina 2008) Enhanced Cognition (Etnier 1997) Improved Memory Enhanced short-term working memory and increased long-term potentialityPhysiological strengthening of the brain as the result of dendritic branchingStaved-off symptoms and signs of dementia Reduced Stress Balanced Mood and Behavior Summary. Earlychildhood NEWS - Article Reading Center. It appears that research is now supporting what we in early childhood education have been saying for years. That is, positive early experiences forge the foundations for lifelong learning and behavior.

And, to optimize the development of each child, a rich nurturing environment is required (Diamond & Hopson, 1998; Fischer & Rose, 1998). Such support has been abundant in news articles and journal publications in connection with the importance of early experience in brain development of the young child (Begley, 1997; Nash, 1997). In essence, “rich environments produce rich brains,” and an essential agent in this process is movement activity! In addition to supporting the need for early education, what science now provides is a better understanding of the critical periods or “windows of opportunity.” These critical periods help us identify when positive experiences may be most beneficial in the developmental process. 1. 2. 3. 4. Infants (Birth–12 months) Chugani, H.T. (1998). Greenough, W. ResultsSallis. ASCD Book: Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd edition.

Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd edition Eric Jensen About the Author | Comments About This Book When the first edition of Teaching with the Brain in Mind was published in 1998, it quickly became an ASCD best-seller, and it has gone on to inspire thousands of educators to apply brain research in their classroom teaching. Now, author Eric Jensen is back with a completely revised and updated edition of his classic work, featuring new research and practical strategies to enhance student comprehension and improve student achievement. In easy to understand, engaging language, Jensen provides a basic orientation to the brain and its various systems and explains how they affect learning. How to tap into the brain’s natural reward system. Jensen’s repeated message to educators is simple: You have far more influence on students’ brains than you realize . . . and you have an obligation to take advantage of the incredible revelations that science is providing.

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. 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.