Engaging minds through physical activity

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.

3 Teachers Talk Challenges and Triumphs of Distance Learning

What a different world we are living in! Who would have guessed the 2019-2020 school year would basically be “over” in March? Learning new teaching strategies on the fly. Trying to figure out how to communicate with students and their parents. Tracking emails and phone calls and homework submitted (and not submitted). No closure, no [...]

By |2020-04-17T15:10:15+00:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|1 Comment

Social Distancing and Physical Activity: How to Keep Students Active at Home

COVID-19. Social distancing. Outbreak. R-naught. These buzzwords and phrases are new to all and scary to many in 2020. “Flatten the curve” is another phrase that you might be familiar with. The intent is for individuals to use smart self-care practices and self-isolate by physically distancing themselves from others. These practices are anticipated to reduce [...]

By |2020-03-23T14:29:33+00:00March 18th, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|0 Comments

3 Simple Ways to Measure Activity Break Results

You may have tried the whole “activity break” thing and didn’t feel like it was successful, or that students acted crazier after their break than they did before. In many instances, especially if the idea of activity breaks is fairly new to the students, the novelty may excite them, and they will need strategies for [...]

By |2020-03-03T20:30:01+00:00March 4th, 2020|Categories: Active Classroom Management, Classroom Activities, Teaching|0 Comments

The Importance of Student Posture in Health and Learning

Look around your classroom at the types of desks your students sit in. Are they too big or too small? Are they confining? Do they clutter the space? Are they one size fits all? While you probably just take what you’ve been given when it comes to your classroom furniture, perhaps thinking outside the box [...]

By |2020-02-13T15:23:27+00:00February 5th, 2020|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating|0 Comments

Is Student Health a Teacher’s Responsibility?

Recent reports show that 1 out of 5 adolescents are now prediabetic, meaning they have high blood sugar levels, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as having type 2 diabetes (Andes et al., 2019). Unfortunately, there aren’t consistent outward signs or symptoms for prediabetes, so until someone has moved to type 2 diabetes, [...]

Seasonal Changes and Children’s Physical Activity: How to Create Active Indoor Recess

As colder weather approaches for most of us, it is wise to think about ways we can still provide the activity and movement breaks that children inherently need and want, even if time outdoors is not an option during school time. Research supports the notion that children are more active during spring than winter, and [...]

Anxiety and Movement: Overcoming the Fidgets

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (2018) reports that 12 to 25% of children have anxiety disorders. That is one or more out of every eight children. This equates to potentially three or four students in your class who are carrying the weight of anxiety on their shoulders. Children with this disorder are considered [...]

How Yoga and Mindfulness Saved My Classroom

“I did yoga with my students last year, mainly in my first block class. They said it helped their focus for the remainder of the day and helped reduce the stress of homework and outside things.” – Mac Underwood-Cohick, Physical Education and Health Teacher, The Ensworth School, Nashville, TN “I’ve used yoga with my classes [...]

By |2019-09-23T20:57:30+00:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Active Classroom Management, Teaching|0 Comments