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Less Stress, More Motivation?

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A recent article in the New York Times, "Less Homework, More Yoga, From a Principal Who Hates Stress," made me think: Now this is the kind of principal I wish I had had in high school. He was even ridiculed by Jay Leno and Rush Limbaugh for his efforts to get kids to chill out.

Joking aside, this is an issue worth debating. If teenagers are stressed out and worrying constantly about academics, are they likely to do their best in class? Might a little official endorsement of relaxation (which is promoted in quite a number successful companies around the world) result in kids having better concentration and even heightened interest in what they are learning?

I will leave that up to the educators out there to weigh in on this topic. But I will say this: I concentrate and perform at far higher levels in my workplace on the days that I go roller blading in the middle of the day for 45 minutes or so than on the days when I am a desk blob for eight hours.

And they do offer Yoga here too.

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Definitely agree. Lower the class load and # of preps - make lunch longer, offer yoga. Google does it right! Is there research out there to support this?

This is especially important as physical education is no longer required in the upper levels of high school -- a point in students' academic careers and general lives when the stressors of college-level courses, preparing for college applications, after-school jobs, and even the expected level of responsibility rises. The students need a time out to relax their minds and move their bodies after being stuck within brick walls and a plastic desk for hours.

Check out a book called Brain Gym which focuses on exercises, both aerobic and non-aerobic, that increase attention span and lower tension. Personally, I think students spend way too much time in their seats. Posting reading passages around the room and incorporating movement into a class reading assignment keep students more engaged.

I agree with all of the statements. Students spend way too much time in their seats. They need to be up and moving especially with an overweight society we live in today. Students need to learn that exercise is good for them and they should be taught that in schools just like we teach them everything else in life.

I agree with all of the statements. Students spend way too much time in their seats. They need to be up and moving especially with an overweight society we live in today. Students need to learn that exercise is good for them and they should be taught that in schools just like we teach them everything else in life.

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