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PROFESSIONAL LEARNING TEAM REPORT 2011-2012 PLT Title Effects of Exercise on Student Focus in Classroom Instruction Blurb for PLT Conference Brochure Based on recent research regarding the benefits of exercise on learning and engagement, this team implemented short bursts of heart-rate-heightening activity in the classroom and tracked student response. Data was collected on student focus, participation and assessment results. Contact Information (Write * next to facilitator’s name.) Name School Grade Level or Subject Kathryn McCabe* Belmont High School Social Studies Greg Bruce Belmont High School Special Education Stacie Ross Belmont High School Guidance Patty Harper Belmont High School Math Sarkis Asadoorian Belmont High School Physical Education Joe Reynolds Belmont High School Physical Education Stacie Marino Belmont High School Physical Education Guiding Theme X Differentiated Instruction/RTI Integrated, Real-Life Experiences Acquisition of 21st Century Skills Deepening Teacher Content Knowledge Improving School Climate/Culture Teaching the “Whole Student” Other (explain) _______________________________________________________ Inquiry Question How do we implement heightened-heart-rate burst in classroom instruction in order to improve student learning, performance and overall health?” Process Identify Teacher’s participating in test groups Create data compilation template for teachers Compile list of activities to give teachers to implement Set an optional Teacher-Meeting to go through the program Give survey to students in test group Teachers need to track student productivity pre-test Create a presentation to show students at the beginning of test time Gather data from pre-test and test-period Analyze the data – create PLT presentation Findings Data before implementation demonstrated a student focus issues and student survey shows a variety of student concerns over focus. Still collecting post-implementation data from participating teachers. But initial data demonstrates that teachers can track a difference in student engagement and meaningful participation in classroom activities. Recommendations / Next Steps Consider Early Morning PE classes Consider reaching out to schools actively implementing activity in classroom for more information and next steps. Develop a model for a pilot program that allows students to participate in physical activity during the first two blocks during the school day and are in a cohort together. Reach out to Guidance to help facilitate. Implement and track this activity in classroom activity for a full year.
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