Action Based learning healthy and fun -

Action-based learning healthy and fun

Debates rage on about the best way to teach children in school. A new study may be turning the traditional model of kids sitting quietly in class upside down.

It may look like students at Mitchell Elementary School are just working out at a gym, but they're also learning cite words, math facts and even geography.
Principal Dirk Bedford says, "If we engage our kids in some movement, we're going to turn their brains on, and if their brains are turned on, then the activities we do with our kids are going to be more engaging, more fun for them."
Down the hall in Chad Counts' special education class, the students bounce a ball while saying words. "Their achievement has been faster and greater - it would have taken longer for me to have them learn a concept, but now they're excited about it."
The activities the children are doing is a part of 'Action-Based' learning, and the numbers show the proof of how this teaching method is helping more children learn and retain information versus the traditional methods of teaching. 

In some classes, teachers take five minute breaks during teaching to recharge the students by doing yoga poses and even Taekwondo moves.
"Before this program, only 55-percent of the children were meeting their goal, and after this program, 68.5-percent of children met their goal test score," says Dr. Carly Scahill.
Dr. Kathryn King and Dr. Scahill - both pediatric residents - have been studying this method of learning for several years, and have collected data at Mitchell Elementary. "when the kids have been involved in some activity, be it at recess or some yoga in the classroom or some exercise they've done in PE, then they are most ready to learn to read."
The students seem to agree.

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