When teachers go to Teacher's Convention, there are many inspirational speakers, things to learn, take in, and enjoy. This year was no exception.
I would like to share some of the insights offered from one of the speakers I went to this year. This is for your interest sake... and it involves my interpretation. If you are interested in finding out more... or wish to disregard it all together, it is up to you. These are some of my notes:
Dr. Greg Wells- Physiologist - "Sleep Better, Eat Better, Move Better, Think Better..."
- - lymphatic system - Fluid cleans the brain while we sleep. Adults require 5 complete rounds of 90 minutes of sleep to fully recover each day. (children -different guidelines for different ages) While you sleep, you put the things from the day into memory. Creative brain begins work after 4 hours of sleep.
- Imperative that devices (tv, ipads, ipods, games, etc.) away before night time routine.
- Light from screens trick brain into thinking it is day and it does not release melatonin for deep sleep. This disrupts the opportunity for body to enter deep sleep to do the work of "cleaning the brain."
- He suggests that it is important for families to engage in a 1 hour sleep routine before bedtime - no screens -1 hour minimum- prior to sleep...
These ideas are not new to me... I have struggles with fatigue, interrupted sleep, and limiting my own screen time - not to mention my daughter. This weekend, my daughter (Amelia - 6 years old) and I talked a bit about what this means for us... we have decided to try some different night time activities. This one is harder for me, than for her, at this point.
- Ideas: Gratitude journal (write about things that we're grateful for from the day), reading together, reading on our own, game of cards, story sharing, other regular "bed time routines"...
I will send my "eat" notes next week:)
Other information regarding this week at school:
- Social Studies: finishing large scale maps - looking at St. Lawrence Lowlands region
- Language Arts: character creation - beginning looking at famous Canadians to study (Social Studies cross-curricular)
- Math: multiplication strategies for 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication - no homework this week. Expect a new page on Monday, February 26th.
Students are getting close to the Music presentation happening March 8, at 2 pm and 6:30 pm. Preparations are getting more focused for this assembly.
Thanks for your attention,