In July of 2015, 13 members of the Charles Haskell faculty attended training in South Carolina to explore the concept of Action Based Learning. This model is based on new research which proves that putting movement into the classroom actually increases brain activity and improves students’ academic achievement as well as behavior. This group of teachers came back to Edmond with the desire to put this model in place at our school.
Teachers throughout the building routinely have students pause during instructional time to take part in “Brain Boosters” which include movement. Emphasis is placed on crossing their mid-lines, both horizontal and vertical.
In addition, two Brain Gyms have been installed in the school which include a variety of equipment that promotes physical activity combined with development of core muscles and balance. Charles Haskell is the first school in the Edmond district to put these features in place.
As you walk through the school, you will also notice in various rooms some of the chairs have been replaced with stability balls. This is another component that develops core muscles and allows for movement beyond what is possible in a chair.
Our students enjoy their time in the Brain Gym!