Local teachers learn the importance of physical activity in the classroom

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Montgomery, AL (WSFA) -  Today at Garrett Elementary School in Montgomery, the tables have turned for more than 70 area teachers.

They're taking part in a program called "Building Better Brains through Movement", and teaching teachers the importance of physical activity in the learning process.

The workshop was led by a former teacher, Jean Blaydes Madigan.

Madigan taught Physical Education for years and later moved to the classroom.

Now, she's a teaching consultant, sharing strategies she pioneered.

She said, "We're talking about the brain research that supports the link of movement to learning, and how when kids move, it anchors their learning. Also, how exercise can prepare the brain for learning."

The action based learning program is geared towards physical activity, but some of the teachers have found that they can apply those techniques in the classroom, to enhance the way their students learn.

Connie Dacus, a professor at ASU, says by using these techniques based on intentional physical movements, the kids don't really know that they're learning.  All they really realize is that they're having fun.

Madigan says the enthusiasm at today's workshop shows the students around here are in good hands.

She said, "They're here at a workshop in the summer, in their time off.  And what are they doing? They're here because they love kids."

The program is working to prepare the next generation with the next way of learning.