Engaging minds through physical activity

Active and Flexible Seating

SaddlED – An Active Desk Chair Students Love!

I have wanted to create an active classroom for my health students for YEARS! Finally, I can make this dream a reality and included a SaddlED Active Desk Chair. My students loved using this chair, and at times they battle over who got to use it. Of course, I had to come up with a [...]

By |2020-02-13T15:23:04+00:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating|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, [...]

Seasonal Changes and Children’s Physical Activity: How to Create Active Indoor Recess

As colder weather approaches for most of us, it is wise to think about ways we can still provide the activity and movement breaks that children inherently need and want, even if time outdoors is not an option during school time. Research supports the notion that children are more active during spring than winter, and [...]

RunningBrooke: Making a Positive Community Impact

Whether in the classroom or in the community, it’s very important to keep children physically active. An easy way to both get our kids active, and get involved in your community, is to become a champion for change. In the third blog of our interview series with Brooke Sydnor Curran, she explains the importance of [...]

By |2019-10-21T16:33:00+00:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Teaching|0 Comments

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