Examining: Ignite the Brain! Boosting Learning Through Exercise & Fitness (4.21-6.25.21)

Examining: Ignite the Brain! Boosting Learning Through Exercise & Fitness (4.21-6.25.21)

Apr 21st

Date: April 21 – June 25, 2021
Course #: EDMA 288:612
Credit: 3 credit hours
Registration Deadline: April 21 @ 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.

Course Objectives
By the end of the course, participants will:

  1. Understand the major mechanism connecting exercise to positive and increased brain functioning;
  2. Understand how exercise impacts student learning and achievement;
  3. Understand the effects of exercise on mood and symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety, stress and addiction; and
  4. Know exercise and fitness models and regimens that benefit brain activity and support student achievement.

Course Topics
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

Required Text:
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.

**Important Information for You**

Please read through as these are Frequently Asked Questions in which answers can be found within this page.

  1. The instructor will email you once the start date arrives with information on how to get started in the class.
    1. Emails regarding this class will come from the instructor/organization with an email address ending in @educateteachers.org;
    2. Be sure to check your junk/spam/clutter folders-mailboxes in case the email isn’t recognized as known mail; and
    3. If you are using a school email address, many schools have their network security filters set up to push unknown emails directly to spam and you will not see even see it-if this is the case you will need to either talk to your IT department and request emails with the email address be allowed through or let us know you want to use a different email address.
  2. The Tabs at the left side of this page have important additional information regarding this class.
    1. The Syllabus gives information of what will be expected of you in the course. Generally it will include course policies, rules and regulations, required texts, and a schedule of assignments.
    2. The Fees will let you know how much this class will cost depending on the type of credit you want to take it for as well as if you are an ISEA member or not.
    3. The Cancellation Policy is important so you know how to cancel if you need to and how refunds are handled.
    4. The ISEA Official Transcript page tells you how to access your transcript once the class has ended.