Friday, November 7, 2014

Fun and Games Make for Better Learners

News Brief by Samantha Fine

A new study reveals four minutes of physical activity improves classroom behavior for primary school students. A brief, high-intensity exercise, also called a “FUNterval”, reduces fidgeting and inattentiveness for Grade 2 and Grade 4 students. Dr. Brendon Gurd, professor at Queen´s University and lead researcher in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies discovered interval exercise is an innovative way to fulfill the required 20 minutes of daily activity (DPA) in many school´s curriculums. In the study, students performed a “FUNterval” for 4 minutes during a 50-minute class. It was observed that there was less off-task behavior than without a brief active break. Although incorporating “FUNtervals” in classes could fulfill the required 20 minutes of DPA and reduce inattentiveness, could recess potentially be replaced?

Queen's University. "Fun and games make for better learners." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 31 October 2014.
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