Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.
Action Step -Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students.
Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
GEMS Kindergarten students in Sue Tougas’ class have enjoyed exploring the connection between their minds and their bodies. Elementary Guidance Counselor Cindy Little has worked with the children to learn about breathing techniques that help them calm their bodies and focus their minds in preparation for learning, problem-solving, and handling feelings.
Current research by Dr. John Ratey, “SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain“, has shown that simple breathing exercises, mindfulness techniques, and purposeful movement can have a positive influence on children’s learning. The goal is to create an optimal teaching environment.
“It is important that children learn to breathe as a way to calm their bodies on their own and focus their minds for learning.” – Cindy Little, GEMS Elementary Guidance Counselor
Students today face many challenges and need to develop skill in navigating negative emotions, stress, and even traumatic life experiences. Educators can support children in managing these challenges with use of movement, music, and breathing. Teaching young children to develop healthy habits can prepare students for a lifetime of success.