These 3 Critical Mistakes Will Kill Benchmark Test Results
Most of our kids have benchmarks this week or coming up soon. I wanted to take the time to share some parenting “success tips” with you.
Generally kids and parents make 3 critical mistakes during this period, which lowers test scores:
The first critical and perhaps fatal mistake is they forget to engage in exercise and the important role in development it plays. They figure they’ll cut out exercise to better cram (next mistake) for the test. Public education has already made physical activity almost nonexistent in the past few decades. When was the last time you saw a climbing rope at a school? We’ve steadily fallen in World academic standings while steadily rising in the diseases of modern civilization. We just lost the Olympics to a country that collapsed a few years ago. There was a great TED presentation in last couple of years by neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert, which highlights the connection of the brain and movement:
If we continue on our current course, we’ll soon be spineless blobs riddled with clogged arteries and tumors by the time we make it to high school (recent studies have determined many teens are already suffering from arteriosclerosis putting them at risk for heart attacks before the age of 30!). While stereotypes in modern society separate the jock from the nerd. In reality, some of history’s greatest thinkers exercised vigorously for 5 hours a day. Your brain is an organ that requires blood flow to bring it fuel and nutrients necessary or optimum performance and the neuroplasticity required for learning. In addition humans are hard wired from the womb to learn best when something is associated with movement, our primary function on this planet. If at any time in the week you cut out exercise, your mental performance will decline.
The second critical mistake is trying to cram a lot of information in before testing, be it the day before a test of the week before a test. Students should have a set study schedule and rhythm. The brain and body likes habits and shifts in habits lead to undue stress, which lowers performance. Just like many top performers had a pre game routine, students need a regular routine with cues, place, and a body ready to learn. Excessive increase in studying only breaks this routine and diminishes performance.
The third mistake is nutrition and overall lifestyle. Optimum performance be it mental or physical are one in the same. Cells are cells and have the same requirements to perform at their best. There are several foods that help replenish neurotransmitters, the chemical components of thoughts, in your brain. At the same time you want to avoid any food that contains neurotoxins. Despite all the money we pay to the FDA to help protect us, they’ve been bought by companies dumping known neurotoxins banned for food use everywhere else in the world into our daily food supply. These neurotoxins are found in chewing gum, diet drinks and foods, and can literally drop your IQ for a couple of weeks after ingesting them. One major neurotoxin is fluoride found in large quantities in your tap water. You can score higher on testing simply by replacing your tap water with real spring water. A few years ago I got to spend some time training with Ron White the brain athlete and National Memory Champion. Here’s some tips from the champ himself:
And here’s the brain athlete in action:
As always, we wish the kids the best of luck on there benchmark tests from all of us at Revolution MMA Benton! If your child is in need of a lifeskills and development program, we invite you to check our our Kids Martial Arts program.
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Kids who exercise at Revolution MMA and practice healthy eating and sleeping habits do well on Benchmark Tests