Technique 41 – Feel confident as you introduce exercise and sports movements to your students. They will be smarter for it.
Traditional school activities are good for the brain, but motor activities have their own special way of contributing to learning.
While our culture has a way of separating motor development from learning and brain development, in reality the two are inextricably linked. The brain is totally responsible for all movement, and all movements are recorded in the brain.
Practice Makes Perfect!
For gross motor skills, a good example is learning to hit a ball with a bat. The brain directs you through all your movements. Then when you swing, your movements are recorded in your brain. They then influence you for the next time. How wonderful it is to learn movements correctly from the beginning and how difficult it is to change learned patterns.
For fine motor skills, learning to hold a pencil is a good example. How wonderful it is to get it right in the beginning and how difficult it is to break an old pattern.
So much happens during the course of a day, but show whatever appreciation you can for exercise and sports movements. Your attention to those areas will mean the world to your students and be beneficial to them at the same time.