Jake Rogalia

255 Final Exam

Part b)

1) Where is the web-site from?  CBC News

2) Where in the world? Canada

3) Which country? Canada

4) What city and state/province is the story from? City Park/ Saskatoon

 5) What do you think about this news piece....interesting...why or why not? I thought that this news piece was very interesting and supplied a lot of good information.

I was impressed that when the students were working out in the morning their performance in the classroom increased. It’s not like it was a small increase, students were increasing their skills by at least 25% in their classes. It’s good to see that physical education can actually have a huge impact on your performance in school and with activities outside of school. After watching this video it makes me want to try and create a morning workout program for students. If the results from working out and then learning in school is this good then schools all around the world should be doing this. Another huge aspect was the change of the students behavior in the classroom. Before they started this program the students were always being disruptive and causing problems in the classroom. When they started implementing this program the students began to top swearing in class, acting out, and they began to become more focused and interested.

6) Why don’t we hear anything about the PE teacher being involved with City Park Collegiate experiment?

The teacher might still be working on experiments with her own students and wants to collect more data or keep researching on her own. They also might want to see if they can get the same results with a different teacher.

7) How will ensure that your PE program will be a benefit to the students and faculty of your school?

To make sure that my PE program will be a benefit to the students and faculty of my school I’ll make sure to try and implement activities that already have had research done and have shown positive results. I might also do some research on my own to come up with great new ways for students to learn and improve their skills in the classroom as well. I’ll also be sure to give pre-tests and post-tests so I can compare the results and see if the students are actually learning the material taught to them and also improving their own skills. I want evidence to be able to show that my students are actually being physically educated people.




8) What are were the main outcomes/benefits of the program?

Some of the main outcomes and benefits of the program is that exercise helps brain cells grow, affects behavior, students have longer attention spans and can take in more information. Student performance in the classroom increases due to exercising.

9) Were you surprised from their findings?

 I was surprised by these findings because I didn’t think that physical education would have such a huge impact on learning and behavior. Now since there Is data actually supporting that physical education helps learning, schools across the world should implement this into their programs. If I knew this as a kid or a young student, I might of worked out even more and been more inspired to work out because I would of known they are more benefits to working out. I can say that I worked hard in school but struggled a bit, if this program was at my school then maybe I could of received even better grades and been more motivated.

10) Are these outcomes similar to our New York State PE Standards? Explain your answer by giving details and examples, while comparing and contrasting.

 Both this project and the New York State PE Standards have some similarities because they are both promoting physical activity, being safe while using equipment but at the same time this program is a lot different than the New York State PE Standards because it’s showing that exercising before doing work is very beneficial. With the New York State Standards it’s pretty much just saying the students will learn about a variety of sports and they’ll be responsible students, and they’ll be aware of opportunities in the community. The other project goes more into depth and is showing that physical education can actually help us in other school subjects, and it can also help grow back brain cells.

11) What is BDNF and what does it have to do with PE and learning?

 BDNF is Nerve growth factors- exercise causes the release of the nerve growth factors. When the BDNF is released, It acts like a fertilizer on the brain and helps brain growth and learning along with preserving nerve cells, withstand stress, and makes cells stronger.

12) How do you get BDNF or other associated goodies?

You get BDNF from sustained aerobic movement, which is getting your heart rate up to about 65-75% of your maximum and keeping it there for about 20 minutes.

13)  What are the names of two of the “key” books and their authors that currently outline the benefits of exercise and learning/academics? At least one is mentioned in the news piece. Provide a link to a research-based article that shows the benefits of physical activity/PE on academic scores or learning.

There are two key books that outline the benefits of exercise and learning/academics, the first book is The Kinesthetic Classroom by Traci Lengel and Mike Kuczala, the second book is Spark by Dr. John Ratey.


c)  As discussed throughout this semester, the goal in NYS is to have PE included in the school report card and to have a Regents Level objectives.

1) Recommended Regent’s Level for LS #1A= What is the %-age of the senior class that is “recreationally competent in 6 activities and “proficient” in 3” in 3 different activity categories (6+3/3)  (See B-9 in packet) - -------Recommended Regent’s Level for LS #1B= What is the %-age of the senior class that has reached “competency” in their “Personal Fitness Plan”? I believe that for both of theses 100% of the senior class should be proficient in 6 in 3 in 3 and they should also reach competency in their personal fitness plan. What this means is that the students will be competent in 6 activities, proficient in 3 in 3 different activity categories. If you put the time and effort in to help your students succeed this should be an easy goal for all the students to reach.

1) What are your impressions of using Daily Burn?  Do you currently use another form of online exercise and nutrition tracker? If so what is it and which features do you like better?  If not, why not and will you consider staying apart of our Rockstar Group? Be sure to include your screen shots (at least 3) that you took and cropped.

 I actually really like the Daily Burn since I started using it, you can keep track of everything from diet to workouts. This is a great way to track exactly what you’re eating, sometimes you don’t actually realize how bad your eating. It’s also a good way to show you if you might need more carbs or proteins in your diet. This is the first exercise and nutrition tracker that I have ever tried and I’m probably going to keep using it because it’s a great way to stay on top of my diet and workouts.

2) How would you use this website to accomplish our Recommended Regent’s Level for LS #1B?  What modifications would you use to establish a group or individual’s goals?

 I would use this website to accomplish our recommended regent’s level for ls #1b by having my students set up their account at the beginning of the semester and have them track what they eat, work outs, etc. I would also have students set goals for themselves whether they want to lose weight or gain muscle. You could also have competitions within your class to see who loses the most weight, who gained the most muscle, who lost the most body fat. This could be a great way to get the students motivated and interested in working out. You can also take the data from the students results and see if the students have made improvements throughout the semester and if they are accomplishing their goals.

3) What electronic tool could you see as being useful for capturing data and reporting for the Recommended Regent’s Level for LS #1A?  Describe how this tool might work in a High School Setting.  You MUST include a sample Excel worksheet or Google Forms, so that we can see how you would track students and the percentages / grade breakdown.

An electronic tool that I would use would be a blog. I believe using a blog would be a great way to keep information and also share information with others. Every day the students go on to their blogs and write down what they ate and how much they weigh. At the beginning of the year you can have the students blog about their goals for the year and they can blog about them throughout the year. Students can also share great food ideas with other classmates or help each other out with any problems they might be having. This is a great way to keep track of what you’ve been doing and also a good way to interact with the other students.