Date: September 15 – November 19, 2021
Course #: EDMA 288:709
Credit: 3 credit hours
Registration Deadline: September 15 @ 5:00 a.m.
The research is clear and it’s time for educators to rethink the body-brain connection! Sure, exercise and fitness build strong bodies, but they are also crucial to building strong brains and developing better learners. Examining: Ignite the Brain: Boosting Learning through Exercise & Fitness is a 3 credit hour course in which participants will explore exercise’s power to improve student learning and grades; help fight addiction; boost mood, and reduce symptoms associated with ADHD, depression, anxiety, and stress. Whether you’re a P.E. or classroom teacher, this course is for you.
The course is organized into 8 modules and presented in a modified, self-paced format. Participants are encouraged to access the course regularly and make reasonable progress, but there are no due dates attached to individual assignments. Instead there are 2 absolute due dates (mid-term and the last day of class) to provide flexibility and to better accommodate participants’ busy schedules. Lessons will be taught and goals will be met using a combination of text readings, external resources, activities, assignments, and enrichment materials. The instructor will offer feedback and coaching on discussions and assignments.
By the end of the course, participants will:
1. How exercise is impacting learning
2. Exercise, brain growth & stress
3. Exercise & anxiety
4. Exercise & depression
5. Exercise & ADHD
6. Exercise & addiction
7. Hormones & aging
8. Developing a regimen
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain (2008) by John J. Ratey. Paperback reprint 2013. This book is available for purchase through bookstores and online.
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