Why getting rowdy in the classroom may be a good thing
Classrooms in the Netherlands are shaking things up – literally. Researchers tracked the academic performance of two groups of 8-year old students over the course of two years. The physically active group integrated exercise into classroom learning – jumping in place while practicing spelling or doing jumping jacks while reciting multiplication tables. The control group stuck to traditional classroom behavior. At the end of the study, the active students were four months ahead of their less-active classmates in math and spelling.
Researchers concluded that the movement caused students to focus better, particularly on subjects involving repetition and memorization. The increased physical activity may also cause new blood vessels to form – thus bumping up cognitive performance. With many more variables to look into, the research team plans to continue the study and add students from 9 to 12-years of age.