Engaging minds through physical activity

Heather Erwin


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.

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 |2019-12-05T21:45:17+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

Create a Movement Bank for Unique Classroom Activities Every Time!

Picture this: You stop the class to allow a movement break, and you choose an oldie but a goodie – do the number of jumping jacks equal to the correct math problem shown. The students comply, but you can tell they might be getting a bit bored. It’s time to switch up your classroom activities! [...]

By |2018-10-01T18:34:28+00:00June 5th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Including Students in Physical Activity Promotion

It is often said that schools should be a place to teach respect and responsibility to students (Lickert, 1991). While young children are strongly influenced by teachers, as they age, peers become more important especially when it comes to classroom physical activity and motivation (Salvy et al., 2009). When we incorporate the notion of friends [...]

By |2020-10-16T16:55:41+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Activities, Teaching|0 Comments