Two important pieces of backpack mail will be going home tomorrow. One is the permission slip for our first Robert Crown Presentation: The Science Behind Drugs and Prevention. It will be taking place on Friday, 3/6/15 at 2:00. The other will be a paper copy of what you see below. Due to the upcoming PARCC testing, Mr. Murray and I will be providing gum and mints to the students if they wish to have it.
PARCC Food for Thought
PARCC testing is just around the corner and classroom teachers want to provide an environment that is stress-free and that engages as much brainpower as possible.
We will be offering students cinnamon gum and hard candy mints to help reduce test anxiety, as well as help them to engage their brains and assist in processing. According to brain research it’s not just a fun idea, it actually works! Recent research shows both cinnamon and peppermint work as a pick-me-up and stimulant for the brain. Here's a look at the research...
"Peppermint stimulates the area of the brain responsible for alertness," according to Bryan Raudenbush, lead researcher. "And cinnamon increases blood flow to the muscles and brain; with increased blood flow comes increased arousal and attention."
Cinnamon and peppermint topped others in ability to enhance cognitive processing in humans. And it depends on whether you sniff (orthonasal) or chew (retronasal).
For more information check out this article; http://brainbasedbiz.blogspot.com/2007/03/afternoon-slump-cinnamon-mint-kickstart.html
If you do not want your child to partake in the gum or mint treat during testing, please email me. No substitutes for provided gum or mints will be allowed unless a parent has emailed with permission for another gum/mint.
Trident Cinnamon Chewing Gum / Orbit Cinnamint Chewing Gum
Lifesaver Pep-O-Mint Hard Candies