Exercise feeds the brain and aids in all areas of executive functioning, including concentration, memory, and mood. Being active is especially important for our youth; many studies have shown that kids who are active are healthier and do better in school.
The Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) strives to make being active a way of life for communities. On September 26, 2018 Winona County PartnerSHIP hosted a free training at Ridgeway Community School for teachers and others who spend time with kids in the classroom. Seventeen people attended from Ridgeway Community School, St. Charles Elementary School, Winona State University and Saint Mary’s University.
The interactive training covered the importance of providing brain breaks and energizing activities as an intentional “reset” for kids. Content also included best practices and free or low-cost resources to help incorporate more activity in the classroom. One example is to make a classroom kinesthetic so kids can learn through movement. This could include standing desks or seats that allow students to move while seated.
“The training was awesome. I got many wonderful hands-on activities to get my busy fourth graders moving through our day,” said Erika Goldsmith, St. Charles Elementary School.
“I added a few more tools in my teaching today. It was 2.5 hours of fun and real-life quick hitters that anyone can use,” said Scott Kobs, St. Charles Elementary School.