Editor’s Perspective Article: Nutrition, Exercise, and Sleep: Physiological Considerations in the Classroom for Alternative Certification Teachers

Brian R. Evans

Abstract


Proper nutrition, adequate amounts of physical activity, and sufficient amounts of sleep are three important variables for healthy children. Alternative certification teachers quickly enter the classroom at the beginning of their programs and may
encounter disengaged students who lack the energy needed for quality learning and achievement. Commonly, classroom management issues are the biggest challenges faced by new teachers in alternative certification programs (Evans, 2010). Children who receive proper nutrition, adequate amounts of physical activity, and sufficient amounts of sleep could be more receptive to learning and have the energy levels needed for dynamic and engaging classroom experiences. This article addresses nutrition, exercise, and sleep for students in the context of new teachers in alternative certification programs. Alternative certification teachers in the New York City Teaching Fellows program were surveyed to determine their attitude toward student health issues in the schools and it was found that teachers indicated student health issues to be important to them.

Keywords


alternative certification teachers; student health; student engagement; teacher attitudes

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