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BAM: Brain Activating Movement


At Saskatoon Public Schools, we believe movement is essential for all students to access learning. As educators, we know that a daily opportunity to exercise can have a multitude of benefits for our students.

This spring, Saskatoon Public Schools is launching Move To Grow In The Classroom, a campaign to encourage students, teachers and staff members to pursue Brain Activating Movement (BAM) twice a day.

In schools, the Move To Grow In The Classroom campaign will focus on helping our students understand how they can move their bodies to activate their heart, muscles and brain, all while enhancing their learning. Our goal is for students, parents/caregivers, teachers, staff members, and School Community Council members to view exercise as an embedded piece of the learning that takes place in our daily schooling.

Why should schools move to grow in the classroom?

Teachers are in a powerful position to facilitate neurological processes by using BAM activities to enhance academic outcomes in mathematics, reading and writing.

  • BAM activities assist students with self-regulation, allowing them to attend and focus for longer periods of instruction time.
  • BAM activities get students up and moving throughout the school day, which has a positive impact on their social, emotional and physical well-being.
Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)5/15/2019 11:53 AM
Move To Grow . . . Independence

move to grow independence image.jpgAs parents and educators, we know learning is enhanced by rehearsal and practice. This is true with any learning whether it be the letters of the alphabet, how to play guitar, or developing the skill of independence. Thinking about letting your child walk to school?

Here are some tips to prepare yourself and your child:

  • Plan the route your child will take to school. A neighbourhood map is available on the school website.
  • Rehearse the route by walking it together and continue to rehearse until you both feel comfortable.
  • Along your walk, identify any safety hazards, as well as safe places for your child to go if they need help.
  • Still aren't sure about your child walking independently? Contact other parents in your community to see if they have kids who walk to school in order to create a walking group.

With rehearsal, education and planning, the walk to school can be one of your child's first steps towards learning independence.

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)11/26/2018 11:40 AM
Move To Grow . . . Your Brain

movetogrow_brain.jpgResearch evidence suggests that children who are more physically active do better in school.

Exercising not only spikes brain activity and prepares you for mental stresses, but also increases the retention of new information and helps students to better react to complex situations. Just a single session of moderate exercise before school has been shown to benefit brain function and academic performance in children, while also producing healthy consequences in terms of  mental health. 

The benefits of exercise come directly from its ability to reduce insulin resistance, reduce inflammation, and stimulate the release of growth hormones—chemicals in the brain that affect the health and abundance of brain cells.

Exercise stimulates growth of new connections between these cells in a wide array of important areas of the brain, making it easier for the brain to grow new and strong connections during a learning process. Indirectly, exercise improves mood and sleep, and reduces stress  and anxiety. 

Drabble, Rodney J. (Rod)11/7/2018 1:42 PM