How might one best implement organic learning into a standard academic setting?

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How might one best implement organic learning into a standard academic setting?

Quality physical education is beneficial to students as it equips them with confidence, skills, knowledge and behaviors that promote physical active living. Through physical activities, students gain various health benefits including reduced weight, and minimal chances of developing illnesses like diabetes, and heart disease. Again, quality physical activity has academic benefits which are associated with desired classroom behaviour, improved memory, and concentration. Estimates indicate that only less that 20% of teenagers engaged in physical activities in 2009. One in four adolescents do not participate in physical activity. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended that learners participate in reasonable to enthusiastic physical activities for more than 50% of the time spent in physical education session. However, more time is spent on management tasks limiting students from obtaining the benefits of quality physical activity. Incorporating organic learning into physical education will improve the quality of physical activity enabling students improve on their academic performance and their health.

Focusing on quality of movements in physical education class affords greater learning opportunities. Allocating time for awareness through movement lessons is beneficial for physical education classes as it equips students with necessary skills. Physical education classes are supposed to focus on physical activities that promotes health and academic performance. However, majority of students avoid the class because they are unable to perform the activities as directed by instructor or because they do not understand how to participate in the physical activities. However, by attending awareness through movement lessons, students are guided through various movements, encouragement to move slowly, to work out on a comfort zone, to attend to various meaningful differences, and to take note of the general connection within the movements. As the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (3) indicates, one on four students do not engage in physical activities. However with organic learning, students will be able to realize their full potential when it comes to physical activities, and encourage them to participate more and perform as desired in physical education class. In the physical education class, the student will focus on quality of movements. As Feldenkrais explains, in order to improve on quality, a student will have to focus on smoothness and reversibility of a movement. The focus is also required on the congruence of the movement with breathing. In a standard academic setting, there will be movements from an instructor during the physical education class. In this case, to implement the organic learning, the student will focus on doing few movements at a slower pace with awareness. Conscious attention plays a major role towards quality movement. For better outcome, a student will have to do few movements, slowly and with conscious attention. Doing many movements without conscious attention as in many physical classes in a standard academic setting leads to undesired outcomes.

Making a personal decision in physical education class yields desired outcomes. In a standards academic setting, instructors decide on what students should do during the physical education class. This is irrespective of whether every students understands it or not. However, as Feldenkrais explains, students should make personal decisions, when it comes to participating in physical education classes. For example, a student may decide to creative their own move instead of following instructor’s move, or imagine a movement instead of doing it. The freedom of choosing what to do during the class, is beneficial in that it empowers a student to be self-directed. The strategy aims at empowering one to be able to teach themselves new ideas. With this freedom, a student should focus on doing movements that are easy and comfortable. The move should also be pleasurable. This strategy enables a student to pay attention to a movement which improves the quality. By just following instructions on what movements to do and choosing movements that are difficult, students are limited to a small portion of their potential. However, making personal decision and starting from comfortable movements and of course paying attention to the movements, one will be able to learn new patterns of moving and thinking and be freed from the habitual patterns.

Inhibiting current movement behaviours plays a major role towards acquisition of new movements. Having multiple means help in enactment of desired functions. Therefore, having various movements helps in achieving desired outcomes. Being able to inhibit existing movements usher in the ability to acquire new ones. By learning related movements one stimulates awareness of different options. Again, a student needs to rest to allow for the incorporation of the new movement into the nervous system. However, the strategy of inhibition and a variety of choice does not mean removing movements from inventory. Rather, one should add new options for use during various functions. The strategy will be helpful in participating in physical education class with ease, clarity, and sophistication (Leri 5). Therefore, in a standard academic setting in particular during physical education class, a student should strive to learn new movements by first inhibiting the already existing ones. The result will be the ability to choose the best movement for a specific function.

Surrendering to weaknesses as a pathway to success. Research shows that most people use their strengths to hide their weaknesses. People spend more energy in covering up for their weaknesses. In physical education classed, most students spend much time on movements that they are good at ignoring those that they are unable to do. By the end of the day, they only have the few movements they know to rely on. However, by identifying the weakness and working on it, one is able to have a variety of movements that promotes success. Somatically, the effective side is conceptually separated from the bad side (Leri,9). Therefore having the capacity to work accordingly means that strengths and weaknesses are integrated. Paying attention to strengths and weaknesses, helps one to face the fear of falling in the physical activity class into rolling.

In conclusion, it is clear that incorporating organic learning into physical education class improves the quality of movements and eventually realizing the set goals. The following strategies help in implementing the organic learning onto a standard academic setting in precise into the physical education class. First is by focusing on quality of movements for greater learning opportunities. Second is by making a personal decision in physical education class. Third strategy is inhibiting current movement behaviours for acquisition of new movements. Fourth is surrendering to weaknesses a pathway to success. Organic learning helps in improving all aspects of human functioning through exploration of the patterns of body movement with awareness leading to performance improvements. Therefore, in a physical education class, organic learning helps students to improve on their performance.

Work Cited

Leri, Dennis. Learning How to Learn – An Overview of the Feldenkrais Method. 1997.             Accessed on 13th Feb 2018 from             http://www.unfetteredmovement.org/resources/articles/learning-how-to-learn-an-         overview-of-the-feldenkrais-method/

U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Strategies to Improve the Quality of Physical           Education. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010, 1-4.