My students need 30 heart rate monitors to target their heart rate range as they exercise, helping to improve their memory, attention, and engagement throughout the day.
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I work at Title I school in North Carolina that serves a diverse group of 5 - 11 year old students. As an arts integrated school, our students explore content and demonstrate their understanding through visual art, dance, music, and dramatic arts. Each day they enter school filled with enthusiasm and excitement for their learning.
Our school strives to create a strong sense of community to support each one of our students.
This support includes providing tools to help our students reflect on their academic, physical, and emotional learning. By doing so, we can create pathways for our students to be successful and reach whatever goals they set for themselves.
Our students want to learn more about the connection between fitness and their academic performance in school. With these monitors, they can analyze how exercising within their peak performance range builds the skills that help them learn.
According to Dr John Ratey, "Exercise directly stimulates the dorsolateral prefrontal cortices - the brain regions in the frontal network responsible for focus, concentration, organization, and planning." With intentional physical movement, students are more engaged and motivated because exercise promotes their ability to concentrate.
By boosting their organizational skills, they are more prepared to classify and synthesize their learning. Our students will feel empowered and motivated in their classrooms as they will understand the relationship between exercise and academic achievement.
Our students will use the monitors to track their heart rate and performance levels. They will use the monitors during our school wide morning movement routine, throughout lessons in their classrooms, at recess, and during P.E. classes to track their heart rates at various points throughout the day. They will then compare this fitness data to their academic data. Not only will they use this information to goal set for themselves, but they also plan to use the data to motivate their classmates to become healthier and more aware of their own learning needs. Students at our school want to create class and grade level performance goals to foster a culture of health, fitness, and academic success.
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