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.

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

Springboard to Active Schools: 3 Steps to Success

The Springboard to Active Schools initiative is an online platform that assists teachers, administrators, parents, and other school physical activity leaders with strategies to maximize activity efforts related to Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs. The Springboard to Active Schools site provides a plethora of information, resources, and training related to classroom physical activity. Specifically, the [...]

By |2019-07-10T18:19:14+00:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: Active Classroom Management|0 Comments

Secondary Movement Breaks

Movement is for Adolescents Too! It’s important not to leave out the population who may need activity the most—adolescents. While movement breaks in elementary school have been embraced, they are not quite a “staple” at the secondary level. If you are a secondary teacher, you may cringe at the thought of leading a group of [...]

How Active Seating Helps Students with ADHD – What??

As teachers, we really want students to be “still” and focused when we are trying to teach them concepts. It just feels right. It gives us the impression that the content we are teaching is actually sinking in. However, it is extremely difficult for students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to focus on a [...]

By |2019-05-21T17:22:48+00:00May 15th, 2019|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating|0 Comments

Using Classroom Physical Activity to Help Students with Mental Health and Anxiety

You hear tear-jerking stories of your students’ home lives all the time. One is being raised by grandparents who are barely healthy enough to walk because they have no health insurance. Another slept on the floor with her four younger siblings last night. Two had no dinner last night, so their last full, healthy meal [...]

By |2019-10-10T17:36:05+00:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Activities, Teaching|0 Comments

Dynamic Classrooms on College Campuses

When most of us hear about an “active learning classroom”, we envision students engaged in physical activity as a means of recharging their brains or as a novel strategy for teaching an academic concept. But what about at the post-secondary level? Ever thought of that?

By |2019-05-21T18:49:14+00:00March 5th, 2019|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Active Classroom Management|0 Comments

Activities to Help Build Relationships in the Classroom

Starting off the school year with cooperative activities is an excellent way to have students learn about each other and teach them how to work well together and for each other. This blog includes a few classroom activity ideas to get your student's wiggles out and ideas to build teacher student relationships.

By |2018-09-17T17:21:48+00:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Teaching|0 Comments