News ID: 14742
Published: 0342 GMT November 01, 2014

Fun, games make for better learners

Fun, games make for better learners

Four minutes of physical activity can improve behavior in the classroom for primary school students, according to new research by Brendon Gurd.

A brief, high-intensity interval exercise, or a "FUNterval," for Grade 2 and Grade 4 students reduced off-task behaviors like fidgeting or inattentiveness in the classroom, Science Daily wrote.

"While 20 minutes of daily physical activity (DPA) is required in Ontario primary schools, there is a need for innovative and accessible ways for teachers to meet this requirement," says Dr. Gurd, lead researcher and professor in h Studies. "Given the time crunch associated with the current school curriculum we thought that very brief physical activity breaks might be an interesting way to approach DPA. We were particularly interested in what effects a brief exercise bout might have in the classroom setting."

For the study, students were taught a class and were then given an active break, where they would perform a FUNterval, or a non-active break where they would learn about different aspects of healthy living on alternating days for three weeks. After each break, classroom observers recorded instances of off-task behavior. When a four minute FUNterval was completed during a break from class, there was less off-task behavior observed in the 50 minutes following the break than if students completed a non-active break.

 

   
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