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.

ABCs of Classroom Physical Activity

Don’t let the social and physical distancing protocols stop you from allowing your students to engage in classroom physical activity! If there’s anything we’ve learned from the pandemic, it’s that youth and adults alike need to move and get fresh air. I’m sharing some simple ABCs for integrating physical activity in your classroom with appropriate [...]

3 Tips to Decrease Sedentary Behavior in Higher Education

If someone asked you to describe what a college classroom looked like, what would you say? My mind pictures an older classroom with tile flooring and desks with one armrest lined up in rows. There’s probably a large table at the front of the room with a computer, and a screen that can be pulled down [...]

By |2021-03-24T19:24:16+00:00March 24th, 2021|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Active Classroom Management|0 Comments

Implementing Social Emotional Learning into your Lessons

Social emotional learning. SEL. What is it? Seems like a buzzword these days. The concept of SEL is not new, as it has been around for decades. The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL, n.d.) defines it as: “The process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills [...]

By |2021-02-23T17:53:29+00:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Movement Activities in a Virtual Environment

Most of you are pretty adept at teaching virtually by now. In fact, many are rocking this and have the organization and delivery of teaching online down to a science. What are some of the things you are noticing about your students as you teach in this way? Are they attending regularly? Are they focused? [...]

By |2021-01-14T22:00:30+00:00January 14th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

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, [...]