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ISD health and fitness students kick-off Erasmus+ project in Barcelona (includes news article/video in Catalan)

ISD health and fitness students kick-off Erasmus+ project in Barcelona (includes news article/video in Catalan)

Students in ISD’s 9-10 elective health and fitness class are part of an Erasmus+ project that has them work collaboratively with students and teachers from five other countries: Spain, Italy, Finland, Portugal and Turkey. This collaboration will span two years and allows the students to investigate How Movement Improves Learning Experiences in Schools. This will be done through a series of student exchanges as well as through research collected by each participating school. The first student exchange experience took place in Barcelona mid-November. Several ISD students were a part of the exchange and were introduced to the research that will be the cornerstone of the project. In addition to the project work, the students were able to learn about the Spanish and Catalan cultures.

One ISD student who took part in the Barcelona thought exchange has noticed a great improvement in his ability to focus on learning after exercise. He joined the elective class for fun, but has started to implement the strategies from the program throughout his day and has noticed a difference. Prior to beginning homework, he will engage in 5 to 10 minutes of fitness. This helps him feel more focused and he is no longer rushing at the last minute to complete projects. The results from this project have the potential to transform the relationship between fitness and education.

The Erasmus+ project and the first student exchange was highlighted in a local, Barcelona news item with video.