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|Coach Larry Calhoun and Pass Christian Middle School teacher Denise Brown exercising to Move to Learn.
Posted On: Monday, February 15, 2016
Coach Larry Calhoun, the star of the Move to Learn exercise break videos, was part of Pass Christian School District professional development day on February 10, 2016 and Pass Christian Elementary School students’ day on February 11, 2016 to demonstrate to administrators, teachers, and students the Move to Learn Initiative.
“Improving nutrition and physical activity levels for Mississippi school children is a priority; healthy children are more likely to be academically successful,” said Anne Travis, CEO of The Bower Foundation. The foundation is partnering with the MDE OHS to improve the health of students statewide through the program. “Brief physical activity and increased fitness improve learning and test scores. With this in mind, Move to Learn was designed to be fun for students, improve learning, and assist teachers with classroom management,” said Scott Clements, Director of MDE’s Office of Healthy Schools.
The Move to Learn videos feature Coach Calhoun leading students in simple movement exercises that can be done in a small space. Teachers are noticing that incorporating the fitness breaks in the classroom has increased their students’ ability to learn and to focus on schoolwork.
These brief, organized, and free classroom movement breaks can help teachers manage their students’ energy levels so that after a fitness break children’s brains are more focused and ready to learn or take a test. These breaks were developed by Mississippians for Mississippi children. Research shows us that when we exercise our body we are also exercising our brain. Studies have shown that physical activity increases a child’s ability to learn, and as fitness improves, test scores improve.
Coach Curtis Cotton from Delisle Elementary School and Coach Payton Ragon from Pass Christian Elementary School teamed with Matt Dalrymple from the Office of Healthy Schools and Coach Larry Calhoun to organize this event. Pass Christian School District teachers are excited about this resource as they prepare students to meet education standards. “This has been such an excellent resource for our school and has provided many students with ways to improve the overall thinking process. We have seen many changes due to implementing this brain break idea every morning of the school day” said Payton Ragon.