Education Matters

How physical activity can improve classroom learning

Posted by Andrew Simos on Dec 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM

How physical activity can improve classroom learningIn his book Spark, Dr John Ratey explains that the human brain is like a muscle – it grows with exercise. He also claims that exercise promotes the growth of new brain cells and enhances the function of our brains, making them work more efficiently.

It makes sense then that active participation in learning experiences can have a positive affect on a student’s academic performance.

Physical activity can enhance a student’s personal and social development and improve understanding of concepts and practical skills. It can also act as a vehicle to develop a student’s capacity and motivation to learn. This is particularly true for boys.

Providing boys with quality learning activities beyond the classroom is vital in helping students to practice the skills of critical thinking, enquiry and problem solving in everyday situations.

At Trinity, the PDHPE faculty provides a variety of opportunities to apply these life skills – both in and outside of the classroom. It’s our responsibility as health educators to instil in our students positive attitudes toward lifelong physical activity.

Boys are provided with opportunities to develop, adapt and improvise their movement skills in a range of challenging contexts and environments that appeal to their needs and interests. This exposure to positive experiences promotes the benefits and increases the likelihood of lifelong physical activity.

In encouraging and enabling students to meet the recommended amount of physical activity per day (60 minutes for 12 to 18 year olds) and providing opportunity for positive experiences, students can understand the critical role that physical activity plays in lifelong health and wellbeing.

To see how physical activity is improving the lives of Trinity boys, watch our Sport and Co-Curricular highlights here.Experience the Trinity difference

Topics: Physical education, Outdoor education, Sport and boys