When we think strategically about how students learn and the structure of the school day, the word “active” should come to mind. Schools that make movement a regular part of the instructional day, not only benefit school/classroom culture and student health, but make learning more effective. Physical activity is an important aspect of children’s development and can serve as a powerful tool to support cognitive development, physical health, and mental well-being. However, integrating physical activity into the school day can be difficult for teachers unfamiliar with managing moving students. This session prepares participants to return to their school with best practices, implementation strategies and turn-key resources to share with their colleagues.
Educators, Administrators, Other School Staff, Community Partners
At the end of this session, participants: 1) Will understand why movement is important for children’s physical, mental and social well-being. 2) Will be able to identify at least two ideas to increase activity during the school day, the connection between activity/ academics, classroom management strategies and how to integrate movement with academic content. 3) Will participate in hands-on learning opportunities interspersed throughout the session and walk away with free resources and implementation ideas for their school site.