Heather Erwin

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About Heather Erwin

Heather is a Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion at the University of Kentucky. She is a former physical education teacher, and co-author of Dynamic Physical Education for Secondary School Children, 8ed. Heather was also the recipient of the NASPE Curriculum and Instruction Young Scholar Award and a AAHPERD Research Consortium Fellow.

One Easy-To-Accomplish New Year’s Resolution

New year, new you, right? Seems like a common theme for people to want a fresh start in the new year. Interestingly, I read that less than 10% of Americans make resolutions that they actually keep (van Bavel & Packer, 2022). Almost a quarter drop theirs by the end of January. I’m guilty. I’ve tried [...]

By |2024-01-09T14:53:03+00:00January 9th, 2024|Categories: Active Classroom Management, Teaching|0 Comments

Holiday Activity Breaks for your Classroom

As winter break approaches and students get more and more excited about the holiday season, incorporating some common festive songs into your daily movement breaks is easy! Using the movement bank concept, draw stationary activities out of a hat (or simply preselect these movements). These may include squats, neck rolls, marching in place, touching toes, [...]

By |2023-12-04T20:55:47+00:00December 4th, 2023|Categories: Active Classroom Management|0 Comments

How to Integrate Movement into the Season of Gratitude

As Thanksgiving approaches, gratitude and thankfulness trickle to the forefront. We know that gratitude can improve physical and mental health through better sleep, higher immunity rates, lowered depression and anxiety and reduced risk of disease (UCLA Health, 2023). Following are some ideas for how we can integrate gratitude with movement for our students: Complimentary Post-Its [...]

By |2023-11-07T21:34:58+00:00November 7th, 2023|Categories: Active Classroom Management, Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Halloween Activity Break Ideas

In anticipation of holiday events with your students, it’s always a good idea to plan out some movement ideas to go along with the food and more stationary activities during parties and celebrations. Most schools celebrate Halloween. The day is typically associated with candy and sweets, so it can be a great opportunity to educate [...]

By |2023-10-02T13:17:01+00:00October 2nd, 2023|Categories: Active Classroom Management, Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Top Products for the New School Year!

Now that the school year is underway, your protocols and procedures are probably established, and there’s room to add some movement breaks for the students to get their wiggles out! Allowing children to move and be active helps facilitate learning with memory retention and increased concentration. Below I share some of Moving Minds’ top products [...]

By |2023-09-12T13:02:09+00:00September 12th, 2023|Categories: Active Classroom Management, Standing Desks, Teaching|0 Comments

Integrating Movement Breaks into Back to School Night

Back to School Night (aka Meet the Teacher or Open House) may be approaching soon for you, and one effective way to engage your students, family members, and parents/guardians is to grab their attention with movement breaks during their visit to your classroom. Depending on how the event is organized, there are various ways to [...]

By |2023-08-14T20:16:14+00:00August 11th, 2023|Categories: Active Classroom Management|0 Comments

Teach Juggling to Change Up the Pace

So, you’re an elementary teacher and you wonder why I’m suggesting including juggling, right? Well, one, it can be done in small spaces like your classroom, two, plastic grocery bags make for good scarves, and three, it can be good for the brain! From your experience with children, I’m sure you know avoiding sedentary behavior [...]

By |2023-07-06T20:35:26+00:00July 6th, 2023|Categories: Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Behavior Management and Organization Tips for the Classroom

Summer break is here! Enjoy a little time away from the classroom. But… as you mentally prepare for the coming year, the most sound advice I can give is to spend ample time in behavior management and organization. The more effectively this is done at the beginning of the year, the more time that can [...]

By |2023-06-08T14:01:57+00:00June 8th, 2023|Categories: Active Classroom Management, Teaching|0 Comments

How to Create a Sensory Space in Your Classroom

Having a sensory space in your classroom provides students with a quiet and calm area to re-focus. Sometimes all a student needs is something to distract them from the current environment/situation in order to reset the brain for the task at hand. As a teacher, if you notice a student needs to have a break [...]

By |2023-05-24T14:46:25+00:00May 23rd, 2023|Categories: Active Classroom Management|0 Comments
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