The effectiveness of Brain Gym® Exercises on Improving Students’ Performance in classes of middle school boys in private schools in Dubai, UAE(Ethnographic Study Conducted at the American International School. Dubai, UAE)

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The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
School education plays an important role in shaping the personality of students throughout the first seventeen years of their lives. This is why teachers should make sure students are grasping knowledge and are able to apply it effectively in the present and the future regardless of any obstacles or challenges. One of the promising educational interventions that is said to help teachers to do so is a group of physical exercises called Brain Gym®. This experimental research was interested to test the effectiveness of these exercises in enhancing boys’ academic and behavioral achievements in their classes. The research was conducted in one of the private schools in Dubai, UAE. Brain Gym® was applied inside two classes of grades six including forty-four students. The methodology that was used was a mixed-methods approach. Results showed that on the behavioral level, students’ ability to settle down and listen to the teacher’s instructions increased and students became less aggressive towards each other and they started enjoying learning. On the academic level, the marks of post-implemented quizzes showed a significant drop, however, post-implemented major exams showed a significant rise. The research concluded that Brain Gym® exercises were indeed effective in improving the behavior and attitudes of the students and in making them more focused in what they doing in class, however, more researches should be done to prove the effectiveness of these exercises on increasing the academic level in terms of educational attainment.
Learning -- Physiological aspects., Brain Gym® Exercises, students’ performance, United Arab Emirates (UAE), private schools, school education, educational interventions, behavioral achievements, teacher’s instructions