Engaging minds through physical activity

mattlevine@gophersport.com

About Matt Levine

Matt Levine is the Brand Manager for Moving Minds. He holds an Master of Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Iowa State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Drake University. Matt came to Moving Minds in 2018 after working in higher education for more than 10 years, serving time in student life and activities and leadership development programming. When Matt is home and not chasing his two kids Ellie and Will around the yard (who are typically chasing their dog Ruxin around the yard), he enjoys cooking with his wife Anne, and embracing the outdoor activities that Minnesota offers!

Remote Learning and the Negative Impact on Student Posture

As students are returning more and more to classrooms around the country, I am reading post after post talking about how hard it is to get students re-engaged in the structure of class. They are excited to see friends again, not be staring at a screen, and to be outside their house. And with these [...]

By |2021-04-12T15:49:43+00:00April 5th, 2021|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating|0 Comments

Movement Mazes and Physical Distancing

Movement in our schools has never come under the spotlight quite like it did in 2020/2021. With the concern of contract tracing, student-student contact, student-teacher contact, and the overall spreading of COVID-19, we have seen more and more schools reduce the movement patterns of their students. In reading blogs, social posts, and speaking with educators, [...]

By |2021-02-16T15:17:31+00:00February 16th, 2021|Categories: Active Classroom Management, Classroom Activities|0 Comments

How to Incorporate Active Learning at Home

Since Thanksgiving Break, our kindergartner has been distance learning. And, while we are headed back to a more normal elementary school experience in Minnesota, we still have had to make adjustments to our home and to our daughter’s learning space to provide her with the best opportunity to be successful in school. The added challenge as a parent now working from [...]

By |2021-02-02T19:18:06+00:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|0 Comments

5 Great Additions to the 2021 Classroom

The 2020-21 school year has presented some unreal challenges for educators and administrators around the world. No surprise to me, the challenges were met with the ingenuity that makes our classrooms so amazing. With some hope on the horizon for this coming spring and next fall, the focus will shift to ensuring students transition back [...]

By |2020-12-21T21:29:14+00:00December 9th, 2020|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating|0 Comments

It’s About More Than Space

While we dive head-first back into classrooms this summer and fall, we are spending a lot of time talking about distance between students’ spaces in their classrooms. Our focus on safety is so important and our educational leaders have a task on their plate that I do not envy. However, while I value this conversation [...]

By |2020-08-07T16:02:43+00:00August 11th, 2020|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating|0 Comments

Social Distancing in a Kinesthetic Classroom

Recently our team was recruited to design a secondary classroom for a partner in the Midwest. Not just any classroom though—this one would have to take social distancing into account while considering a headcount of nearly 20 students. The space was a typical 25’ x 25’ classroom that needs to promote learning. When speaking with [...]

By |2020-06-16T18:18:56+00:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Teaching|0 Comments

The 4-1-1 on Antimicrobial Furniture

The furniture industry is going to throw a lot of antimicrobial products at educators, office suppliers, architects- you name the industry and it will probably happen. Antimicrobial products are fantastic. BUT, do you even know what that means? Here is the quick breakdown of what this all means. As a quick primer before we go [...]

By |2020-07-24T19:30:12+00:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Teaching|0 Comments

The Role of Kinesthetic Furniture When Returning to Schools

Students have been sitting on their couches and running the roost of their homes since March. In the likely event that students will head back to classrooms in the fall, it will be important to provide an environment that helps them transition back to the classroom, keeps them engaged, and works in the favor of [...]

By |2020-06-15T13:01:47+00:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Teaching|0 Comments

Mental Health Check-In: How Are You Doing?

I am not sure about everyone else, but I am tired. My family is tired. Pandemics are exhausting. If you are not working from a soft spot on your couch or an in-home office, then you might be surfing the web reading about the pandemic. It is relentless. Like this disease, the exhaustion and mental [...]

By |2020-05-12T18:19:07+00:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|0 Comments

5 Predictions to Prepare for the Uncertainty of Our New Reality

My five-year-old is supposed to start kindergarten next year. As we prepare for school next fall, we have so many questions about our new reality, and we are working to educate our little scholar about what she might expect. COVID-19 has added some new challenges. Kindergarten prep events are canceled. Classroom visits are canceled. We [...]

By |2020-04-22T16:38:50+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|0 Comments