Using Morning Physical Exercise Boosts Math, Literacy Test Scores

Administrators at Oskaloosa (Iowa) Middle School implemented a program that uses physical exercise to prepare sixth-grade students for their most rigorous academic classes each day.

Oskaloosa’s sixth-grade students begin each day with a 20-minute activity session before settling into their math and literacy courses, each of which are 90 minutes long. Officials added the activity period after PE teacher Betsy Luck researched the positive impact that a Daily Mile program in England has had on students. Read More

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ACG Schools: Does sport make kids smarter?

Originally published April 11, 2018 in the New Zealand Herald.

Sport in the digital age is even more crucial for New Zealand school students, a leading Auckland secondary school educationalist believes.

Daniel Mathie, year 11 dean and a physical education teacher at ACG Parnell College, says because young people spend a lot of their time online many are less active than children were in the past.

Parents are understandably more cautious about letting their kids out to play,” he says. “They are only trying to protect them, but in earlier times when there was no internet kids were more active and outside playing tag, chasing each other on their bikes or climbing all over jungle gyms. So to me, sport is more crucial than ever before.” Read More