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Physical Activity & Recess


Research shows physical activity improves focus and creativity. Recess and physical education are ways for learners to exercise, which is essential for increasing oxygen flow to the brain and brain cell growth. Incorporating movement in different ways during the school day can make students less fidgety and more focused, enhance Physical Well-being, and improve Short- and Long-term Memory and retrieval.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this school combines language arts with physical activity. Students can play games, walk, or jog while discussing their assignments or before returning to the class to write. As a result, students become healthier, learn better, improve their focus and Attention, and enhance their Social Awareness & Relationship Skills.

  • Teachers can incorporate extended movement during class by doing physical activities such as walking while reviewing content. Teachers can also encourage positive language and inclusive play by establishing common rules for games during recess and equipping students with simple conflict-resolution tools. This way, learners practice Inhibition & Self-regulation and Social Awareness & Relationship Skills while engaging in healthy play.
  • Design It into Your Product

    Videos are chosen as examples of strategies in action. These choices are not endorsements of the products or evidence of use of research to develop the feature.

    From 7:23, learn about ways that an augmented reality game such as PokemonGo can be used for educational purposes while encouraging movement. The game integrates prompts for quests that get kids outside exploring their neighborhood while learning about mapping and geography.

  • Developers can build activities and games that encourage learners to engage in movement and play by using videos, prompts, and even augmented reality.
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