Engaging minds through physical activity

Active and Flexible Seating

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 [...]

Giving Students Flexible Seating Options

Children need to move! Students cannot be expected to sit still in a normal chair for 4-5 hours a day. How can anyone expect a student to not fidget or move and learn? As a special needs teacher of students with Emotional Disabilities, I have chosen to provide my students with several seating options. Most [...]

By |2019-10-08T18:08:43+00:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Active Classroom Management|0 Comments

Physical Activity in Secondary Classrooms

The brain/body connection is not exclusive to elementary age students. In fact, it does not discriminate. This magnificent relationship is ongoing, extremely subtle, and critical to the teaching and learning process at all grade levels and content areas. Using thoughtful and purposeful physical activity is no less appropriate in a high school trigonometry classroom than [...]

By |2019-10-01T15:00:59+00:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Finding Grants to Support Your Active Classroom

I had a colleague that once said that the best way to solve problems was with creative writing.Matt Levine, Brand Manager Money does not grow on trees—because it is mostly cotton and linen, and cotton only grows into a tree if left unharvested. And since money is made, that means cotton was harvested, and you [...]

By |2019-09-26T14:21:59+00:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Teaching|0 Comments

RunningBrooke: Engaging Educators to Create Engaging Classrooms

When it comes to introducing activity in the classroom, many educators often wonder where to start. Brooke Sydnor Curran, Founder and CEO of RunningBrooke, makes it her goal to assist teachers and principals as they incorporate more activity into their classrooms and schools. In the latest installment of our interview series with Brooke, she explains [...]

By |2019-09-12T19:23:11+00:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Active Classroom Management, Teaching|0 Comments

Active Seating and the 21st Century Classroom

The look and feel of classrooms is changing. If it hasn’t already happened in your school or classroom, perhaps it’s time that it should! Flexible seating, dynamic seating, active classroom – call it what you wish, but it’s time for the classroom to get an update. Yes, I know change can be difficult! We expect [...]

By |2019-09-23T20:47:34+00:00September 4th, 2019|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Teaching|0 Comments

RunningBrooke: A Movement Revolution

Are you looking for a new way to incorporate more activity into the classroom or your community in general? Take a cue from Brooke Sydnor Curran, Founder and CEO of RunningBrooke. Over the past 10 years, she and her organization have made it their mission to get children in Alexandria, VA more physically active, happy, [...]

By |2019-07-22T14:32:03+00:00July 31st, 2019|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating|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