9 Jan, 2019

TAGTIV8 – a resource to review.

This is a really interesting and innovative approach that effectively combines physical activity with skills linked to literacy and numeracy. Although aimed at the Primary sector – the TED talk is definitely worth viewing and the approach to learning promoted here has some very clear links to the experiential learning so critical in the Early Years.

Are We Sitting Uncomfortably? – An introduction to Physically Active Learning (PAL)

Google ‘Children Learning’ and you are met by a sea of images with children sat at desks. Ask pupils to draw what learning looks like and and they will draw pictures of themselves sat down listening to teachers – often thinking about anything other than the task in hand. With our incessant focus on assessment, are we constructing learning environments which not only constrain our children’s creativity but also damage their health? With habits formed in developmental years, which are difficult to change as we age, are we educating our children into a negative health trajectory?

Evidence shows that movement, combined with learning, is not detrimental to academic performance and may even have positive effects. Teacher accounts, supported by research, highlight the potential for Physically Active Learning (PAL) to engage students who are left behind in traditional classrooms. How does PAL enthuse children? Informal environments lower inhibitions with the physiological arousal of the task, leading to improved concentration through a release of brain enhancing neurotransmitters.

Given the supporting evidence, why is PAL not commonplace across all schools? While great examples exist, active pedagogical strategies are not formed in the foundations of teacher training. Education continues to persist in didactic teaching strategies. In schools, programmes implemented by early adopters show promise, yet many fail to gain traction with the wider teaching body. Barriers – from perceived pupil behaviour to assessment pressures – persist.

To lead change, we need to think big. A paradigm shift is required. ITT organisations need to instil active pedagogical strategies at the heart of their provision. Schools need to reinforce this practice with newly qualified and established teachers alike. With significant investment we can change habits and build positive health trajectories for our children.

Physically Active Learning- Improving Performance | Bryn Llewellyn & Andy Daly-Smith | TEDxNorwichED

LBU Research into Physically Active Learning (ITV Calendar News)