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Tom Egan Rethinking Recess Conference 2008

  1. 1. Rethinking Recess Setting Patterns For Life Tom Egan 10/25/08
  2. 2. Rethinking Recess Freakonomics Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling Brain Age Bouncing Dirt Sun
  3. 3. Chapter 5: The negligible effects of good parenting on education. Conclusion: It’s not what you do that matters… Its Who You Are that matters . “ If morality represents the way we would like the world to work, then economics represents the way the world actually works.” Freakonomics is the freaky way some things actually work. It’s Who You Are
  4. 4. Unstructured Free Play <ul><li>In order to establish a real and authentic relationship with horses, Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling has his students participate in unstructured free play with the horse in order to dismantle the conditioned human posturing that creates separation, isolation, and alienation . </li></ul>Exercise releases endorphins into your brain which not only give you a natural energy boost and significant mental clarity, but also get you on a natural high and have you feeling very happy.
  5. 5. Train The Brain In Minutes <ul><li>Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day! </li></ul><ul><li>Inspired by the work of prominent Japanese neuroscientist Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, the Brain Age games feature activities designed to help stimulate your brain and give it the workout it needs like solving simple math problems, counting currency, drawing pictures on the Nintendo DS touch screen, and unscrambling letters. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase blood flow to the prefrontal cortex! </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bouncing Lymph <ul><li>Lymph is a passive system so it requires movement to function optimally </li></ul><ul><li>Massage </li></ul><ul><li>Deep breathing </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise (bounce 3 min/hr) </li></ul>The well-being of every individual depends on the health of the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is the most important physiological system for combating foreign bodies such as viruses, bacteria, or fungi. It plays a pivotal role in defending against cancer and infectious diseases
  7. 7. Laughing Dirt <ul><li>Recently researchers found that mycobacterium vaccae bacteria, found in dirt, can improve mood and has increased vitality and cognitive function in cancer patients, and lessened their pain. </li></ul><ul><li>This bacteria appears to work by stimulating the body to naturally produce more serotonin – just as laughter stimulates production. </li></ul><ul><li>Depression, Anxiety, Aggression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Bipolar Disorder all have a common link: low serotonin level. </li></ul>The results so far suggest that simply inhaling these bacteria could help elicit the positive state’s of mind. You get a dose just by taking a walk in the wild or rooting around in the garden.
  8. 8. Happiness Vitamin <ul><li>Diet accounts for very little of the vitamin D circulating in blood. </li></ul><ul><li>Pills might not raise vitamin D levels much at all. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sugar Shock <ul><li>Processed Foods, Flour, Sugar Simply put, sugar causes the body to release insulin and stress hormones, which “flood’ the body. And unfortunately, in sugar consumption, the flooding never ends. If the refined sugar is not followed by a meal (with slow release of glucose from complex carbohydrates), the insulin will drop the blood glucose level too low. This prompts the adrenal gland to release the stress hormones (cortisol, which is our natural steroid and adrenaline) to the muscles and liver, which in turn release glucose from glycogen to raise the blood sugar level. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Setting Patterns <ul><li>ADD and ADHD are the result of body stress chemistry </li></ul><ul><li>ADD and ADHD one has overactive adrenals and one has under-active </li></ul><ul><li>What patterns do we want to be setting for life? </li></ul><ul><li>Fight or Flight </li></ul><ul><li>Points of stress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>change direction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>reschedule. </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Living Systems Affect <ul><li>Social System - Nature System </li></ul><ul><li>Immunity of Family And Friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Power of the pack </li></ul><ul><li>Smile Its Contagious </li></ul><ul><li>Yawning Is Contagious </li></ul><ul><li>Laughter Is Contagious </li></ul><ul><li>Fields of Life </li></ul>
  12. 12. Rethinking Recess <ul><li>What do you call… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Being yourself with Friends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Through Unstructured Play </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Breathing Deeply </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bouncing Around </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>With Laughter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In the Sunny Outdoors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Near or On Dirt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For Minutes Everyday </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How About We Call It Recess! </li></ul>

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