Physical education is more than a class during the regular school day. Each morning, more than 80 students Sir Isaac Brock Public School begin their learning day elevating their heart rates through sport and fitness activities.
More than 500 Sir Isaac Brock students have benefited from the program.
For the past six years, Brent Noon, teacher at Sir Isaac Brock, has been helping middle school students sharpen their minds and bodies with high-energy fitness sessions five mornings a week, from October to June.
SPARK is based on the book of the same name by Dr. John Ratey. The book highlights research showing early-morning physical activity can lead to biological changes that encourage brain cells to bind to one another.
"We are trying to help students improve comprehension and retention of information, which can lead to better grades," says Noon. "The program also helps to reduce anxiety and promote better mental health."
The SPARK programs helps students:
- develop healthy relationships with our peers and teachers to build a positive and safe learning community.
- raise their heart rates for a sustained period of time before they begin their regular day of learning in the classroom.
- learn the importance of nutrition and mindfulness by making healthy breakfasts before starting the school day.
- learn to take ownership of their education by creating and fulfilling personal goals.
Since 2012, more than 500 Sir Isaac Brock students have benefited from the program.
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